It’s Sunday morning and we don’t have football so we decided to travel across town and check out The Pantry on Egmont, a cute little cafe tucked away in the Adelaide suburb of at Hawthorn.
Luckily we arrived before the rush and managed to grab one of the six tables, but there’s also a bench along the window with four chairs. Outside are another two tables, with chairs and a couple of milk crates. Some cyclists took up these seats while we were there, and a lady out walking her dog sat outside also.
We sat looking out, with the railway line across the road. Our son enjoyed watching the long freight train go past, and the noise didn’t bother us inside.
I love the decor – retro with lino tables, mismatched chairs and 1960s kitchen canisters lining the wall behind the counter, where the tiny kitchen is located.
Looking at the breakfasts, all three of us wanted to order the same thing! But we compromised and ordered one different dish.
We had smashed avocado with grilled haloumi, tomato chutney topped with poached eggs and sour dough toast. This was a mouthwatering dish, with the avocado not too zesty, but creamy and still chunky. The haloumi not as squeaky as we were expecting and the chutney was a nice addition – not too spicy and not too hot.
We also ordered the salmon on rye with black pepper, dill cream cheese, pickled red onion and rocket. We added poached eggs. I really enjoyed the salmon as it was thick slices of salmon, rather than the thin pieces of smoked salmon you find most everywhere else. The dill cream cheese went so well, smothered generously on the rye bread with the salmon layered on top. The pickled red onion was soft and not overpowering and the rocket was crisp. And there was plenty of everything on the plate. Oh, and the poached eggs, on all three plates, were soft and runny. Yum!
The lattes were warm and drinkable straight away, which I really like in a coffee, and there’s a good variety of drinks, from coffee, tea, milkshakes and juices.
Paintings by the owner’s daughter, and one by the owner, adorned the walls. The staff were friendly, and there must be a few regulars from the area, as staff seemed to know them well.
The Pantry on Egmont also serves lunch, and on occasion holds special themed dinner evenings.
I really enjoyed breakfast here, and can’t wait to go back and try something else from the menu – whether for breakfast or lunch!
*Picture of the front of the cafe from www.thepantry.net.au