Summer = beach weather.
The stranger and I ventured down to SA’s most popular beach of Glenelg for a bit of a stroll and a bite. Growling stomaches meant that a bite was going to take precedence over the stroll and dabbling into the waters.
We were on the look out for PURE – boutique coffee bar on Jetty Road from a recommendation to the stranger. After counting down the shop front numbers, we found the coffee bar which sat towards the beach end of Jetty Road, next door to Hogs Breath Cafe. Funny how we’d never noticed the coffee shop as the place was quite large and big but then again, we don’t really venture down to Glenelg all that often.
PURE interior shots
The cafe was large with plentiful seating inside and outside with cafe tables, a sofa area, high bar stools, benches and a funky retro looking bike on display – look but don’t touch! PURE is ultimately known for their coffees with a range of special blends but on our visit, given the extreme heat on the day, we passed on the coffees and settled for an iced cold beer and some H2O to quench our thirst.
We grabbed a menu each and flipped between the two pages before settling on some small bites to share, unfortunately the food offerings on the back page were unavailable at that time and we were limited down to the front page choices. Too bad cause we were looking forward to trying their lobster linguine with confit tomatoes, garlic, chilli and basil; $16.00 and confit pork belly with apple puree, parsnip chips and kohlrabi remoulade; $18.00!
So instead, we got the following:
Our board of food: fried devilled chicken; $12.00, house chips; $8.50, zucchini flowers; $15.00 and meat sliders; $15.50.
Our small bites were presented on a long plank of wood. On one end sat a small pile of fried devilled chicken: succulent pieces of crispy fried chicken with a kick, so it says on the menu. I didn’t think there was much of a kick, if any, but the chicken pieces were crispy and seasoned well. A bowl of golden handmade potato chips with paprika aioli served in an espresso cup was plonked in the center of the board, they weren’t as crispy as I hoped but we still saw the bottom of the bowl. Two zucchini flowers ($15.00… expensive no?) in a light tempura batter, stuffed with goats cheese, lemon and pine nuts served with cucumber and a horseradish foam. The goats cheese was overwhelmingly strong and I found little relief to balance the flavours out with the tiny pile of accompanied cucumber pieces and horseradish foam, which didn’t taste like horseradish. The best part of the zucchini flowers were the battered ends with none of the filling, crisp and light.
Meat sliders: braised marinated lamb slider with lettuce, tomato and aioli & pulled pork slider with an Asian vegetable slaw; $15.50
PURE is open early mornings through to late evenings, coffees during the day and boutique beers and wines during the night along with a selection of bar food and tapas. A good experience with friendly staff and a casual and laid back atmosphere, I wouldn’t come rushing back but if I was to be in the area, I’d definitely drop in for a taste of their coffee.
PURE – Boutique Coffee Bar
34 Jetty Road
Glenelg SA 5045
P 08 8294 2410