Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Coffee Club, Rundle Mall, Adelaide

There's only so many places that one can frequent before craving for a change in taste. It happened to me a couple of weeks ago; after growing tired of having my lunches and being holed up in a relatively active environment, we figured that we should explore the cafes around me and give me some breath of fresh air.

That landed us in Coffee Club due to its familiarity and location.

I'm aware of this coffee franchise as a result of my summer trip to Western Australia some years ago and patronized it whenever I could find a branch (Claremont Quarter, WA and Harbour Town, WA). Not to mention, Coffee Club has opened its first Malaysian franchise in my hometown.






Menu

Different franchisees have their own house specialties. The one in Claremont Quarter has a pumpkin puff, which tasted heavenly with the strong aroma of curry powder, and the one here would be the quiche that I tasted and the avo and feta toast (see the image below).


Avo and Feta Toast

In addition, there is more that you can choose from in the event that you want to satiate the sweet cravings.











We settled for the quiche set as it included a salad on the side and tea or coffee of our choice for the price of one. I wouldn't have been able to polish the plate clean if we had each ordered our own dish. I'll have to admit that I was shocked when the quiche arrived on my table... it was such a huge portion that I immediately was relieved that we chose to share.


Quiche Set (AUD $11.90)

The quiche consisted of an egg, mushroom, chicken and cheese mixture.

It was unfortunately a tad bit salty for me because the filling was really delicious when eaten on its own. Me being me, I love my quiches when there is a strong aroma of cheese bursting in the air. That's how I like the quiche to be. Though, the crust was crispy when sliced through. Perhaps it'd have been even lovelier for me if the baker had allowed the piquancy of Filo pastry to balance the taste and excluded the addition of more salt into the entire dish, but I guess that's just me being sensitive about the overall taste.

The accompanying salad had a different story; it provided a raw contrast with the concoction of purple cabbage, lettuce leaves, cucumber, carrots and alfalfa sprouts. The dressing was just as simple, with just a drizzle of olive oil to heighten its freshness, which I love a lot. I dislike it when the sauces used suffocate the salad, making me taste the saltiness of the gravy instead.


Flat White

The flat white was rather thick - much to my favorite as it incorporated a heavier ratio of milk to coffee. I have no idea what type of coffee beans Coffee Club used in the making of this dish, but it was flavorful. Not to mention, the stencil resembled the unique image of a fern leaf. If there is something I've noticed, most of the cafes/coffeehouses here have their distinct coffee arts for the types of coffee, but definitely not Coffee Club. I was under the impression that the cafe emphasized more on the taste than the visual appearance of the drink.


The seating area




A resized panoramic view of the seating area and cashier



Coffee Club,
100 Lower Ground Floor,
Rundle Mall,
Adelaide Central Plaza Adelaide Arc
Adelaide SA 5000

Website: http://www.coffeeclub.com.au

Landmark: near Chemist Warehouse, fronting David Jones's shoe department

14 comments:

  1. Awesome looking toast. Miss all such western stuff that I enjoyed when I was in NZ.

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    1. Whoa, you are up early, suituapui. =O I didn't order that, actually; it was captured of a photograph on their menu, lol.

      I guess finding authentic western food around town is gonna be like finding a needle in a haystack. =/

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  2. There's one of these in my hometown too. I've had some hits and misses with the food. I'd like to try a pumpkin puff though - haven't seen those ones at home.

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    1. Ah, Yum List, that pumpkin puff, unfortunately isn't available in Adelaide. =( I guess it's unique to Coffee Club Claremont Quarter. =/

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  3. Their pastries looks good! The place is big too!

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    1. It's just them maximizing the floor space, Hayley. ^^ Perhaps you could give it a sample if and when you're here? =D I laid off from it for a while because of the saccharine...

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  4. nice review! it'll be interesting to eventually visit both the australian and malaysian outlets, and see if you have a preference :) happy exploring anyway, and hopefully you'll find cafes that you enjoy thoroughly :)

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    1. Thanks, Sean. =) I initially had the idea of visiting the one in Subang Parade, but a quick glance of its menu revealed that it's mostly filled with Asian cuisine (I usually prefer Western cuisine). I'll try to explore around if I have the time. =)

      I think I may've found a favorite cafe haunt - and it's in one of my next reviews. =)

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  5. sandwich and coffee. perfect match.

    love the looks of the flat white....not the watery type.

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  6. I spotted the burger and the big breakfast looking thing above the burger (in the menu pictures). Those are the ones I would go for! :D

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    1. I haven't tasted that before, CL. Not exactly the biggest burger fan here, hehe. I know which one you meant, don't worry. =)

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  7. Nice! I didn't know about this place when I went to Adelaide, I did have coffee at a place called Lucia's in Central Market though.

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    1. It's hidden inside the mall, Huai Bin. Only those heading to the food court would know of this cafe. Lucia's, you say? Will give that a try when I'm in Central Market (if they are still there). =)

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