On your marks...get set...start your Modbar! But wait, what the heck is a Modbar? Introducing Acacia, the new Henley Beach café, home to South Australia’s first Modbar machine, which is basically a set of taps dispensing espresso. The machine commands half the space of the entire café and is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. With its controls hidden under the counter, the machine allows baristas to easily manipulate water pressure and temperature. And if this mysterious device doesn’t already have you intrigued, wait until you taste the food.
On the breakfast menu you’ll find classics dishes, including coconut pancakes, toasted muesli and scrambled eggs. If you’re looking to try something new however, the Smoked Kippers, the Patas Bravas or the Grilled field mushroom should tickle your fancy. Our pick? The Parmesan Pan Perdu, with grilled asparagus on a bed of green hummus, dukkha, beetroot, mushroom and scattered roast tomatoes – is your mouth watering yet?
From midday until 2:30, you can get pork belly with polenta, grilled baby octopus, slow cooked beef brisket burgers, honey roast pumpkin with a chickpea salad, and plenty more.
There are also a bunch of side dishes including potato wedges, slaw, rice, and bread, along with kid friendly choices such as grilled fish or chicken strips served with coconut wedges, carrot, and cucumber sticks.
But enough about our stomachs, what is the vibe like might you ask? With salty air flooding through the windows and adorably friendly staff, the place suits customers young and old – from kids and beach bums to locals and parents. We should also mention the café isn’t too bad on the eyes either – the washed-out grey walls and tables, contrasting with olive green couches and bright plants creates that modern and fresh atmosphere we crave.
So, whether you’re suffering from a speciality coffee craving, you’re in need of a yummy food fix, or you’re needing a place to stop by for a fresh juice after a long and hard tanning sesh, Acacia is the new place to be at Henley Beach.
Header image via Acacia