For some time now, wherever you would find good coffee in Adelaide, Abbots and Kinney would not be far away. Whether it was from their own pop up at Unley Metro and the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market, or behind the display cases of Larry & Ladd, Coffee Branch and Exchange Specialty Coffee, the two pretty much went hand in hand. The Raspbetty, Sfogliatelle and assorted danishes had already won our hearts and created a group of dedicated disciples that would follow A & K to the ends of the outer suburbs. But now, all of our prayers have been answered with the creation of their PERMANENT PREMISES in the city. Hallelujah.
Designed with the help of clever creatives Studio Gram, Alex Hall and Crafty Design, the storefront combines light wood with a black feature wall to achieve a striking effect. As you walk towards the counter at the end of the store the perfection of the pastries, made daily by Jonny Pisanelli and his team, can be truly appreciated as the stars that they are. The menu introduces us to some new savoury options such as the Barry Croquer (croque monsieur), Mark Prosciutto (roast pumpkin, prosciutto and mozzarella danish), Silly Sausage (chicken & onion sausage roll) and Nasty Pasty (spiced chickpea and veg), with the old favourites we know and love still there to guide us through the hard trials of making a decision. Coffee comes from local roaster D'Angelo Coffee, combining with Fleurieu milk to make a drink that's way more South Australian than Farmer's Union (sorry). Lunch options are served with a daily salad, which on the day we visited was a concoction of lentils, fennel, feta, chilli, mint and red cabbage that perfectly complemented the Nasty Pasty, which was nasty in name only.
A window behind the counter lets you peak into the bustling kitchen, while sit down options come from the long communal table or seating along the wall. The day we went was super busy, so get in quick if you fear your favourite will sell out. You can still find Abbots & Kinney treats stocked at their usual cafes around town, but come to Pirie Street for a selection straight from the source.
Mon to Fri 6:30-3pm
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