The moment Local Grind opened its doors in mid September last year, I was eager to visit the new cafe located at The Watson Apartments in Walkerville offering food using SA local produce. It was also one of a handful of cafes that was opened during the Christmas holiday break so it was the perfect opportunity to make a visit there with a few friends.
We arrived a few minutes late for our reservation and was met with a pretty empty cafe. I informed the waitstaff that I had made a booking and she responded that they were flat out as the morning rush had just ended and that they would get our table ready in a few minutes. Not a problem at all. It didn’t take long til they cleared a table and we were seated with a pram in tow as baby J was in on our lunch date too.
What a great looking cafe with recycled and handmade bar stools, a funky branch light fixture, door collage as a feature wall and dangling light bulbs in the already brightly lit cafe due to the wall of windows letting in plenty of natural light from the outside. Top marks for decor already. We settled on a few beverages to start with whilst we chatted and kept baby J entertained.
Soy latte in a ceramic ‘paper cup’ shaped cup – too cute!; $3.90 + 50c
Green juice: apple, celery, pineapple, kale, cucumber and mint; $6.90
As you know with babies, they are QUICK! Unfortunately for us, baby J’s hands were at the ‘grab and pull’ stage where he would grab and pull anything in sight and in this case, he pulled Mama J’s hot pot of tea down and… SMASH! Oops! Accidents happen… and more so with babies! Thankfully everyone was fine, just a little shocked, embarrassed and very apologetic. The waitress came by and helped us clean up the mess but didn’t appear very happy about the situation… more so brisk, annoyed and came off quite unfriendly. Suffice to say, we were on high alert and cautious for the rest of the time we were there. Moving on… the food—came out quickly after said accident.
Eggs baked with capsicum, red onion, kale and white beans with sourdough; $16.90
We requested the eggs baked to be cooked through as one of the girls had a bun in the oven so soft cooked eggs were a definite no-no; they came out as requested, cooked through although a little too charred on the top—oh well, I suppose there was a high chance of that happening?
BBQ charred corn & shallot fritters; $16.90
I couldn’t go past their corn fritters—two bbq charred corn and shallot fritters topped with rocket leaves, shaved radish and a tomato relish which looked and tasted more like sweet chilli sauce… you be the judge from the photos. The corn and shallot fritters were decent but not fantastic, I found them to be a bit dry on their own and the corn slightly ‘shrivelled’ as they were overdone, but aside from that, when combined with the fresh leaves, crisp thin radish slices and relish/sauce, it was fine.
Mama J ordered the ciabatta with Coorong angus steak, caramelised onion, bacon, cos and aioli; $15.90, it came presented on a board with one slice of ciabatta bread and the toppings on top, like an open faced sandwich. The flavours were all there, but we all thought it was quite expensive for what we got and we were nowhere near satisfied.
So off I went to the front counter to have a gander at their dessert and pastries cabinet. We settled on a lemon meringue tart and profiterole to share.
Lemon meringue tart
I really wanted to like Local Grind. The cafe is in a great spot in Walkerville with plenty of street parking available and the decor is funky and fun, but the food and service didn’t live up to our expectations, namely the service. We felt like we were a nuisance especially with a baby in tow.
So readers, for future reference, do you have any go-to spots (lunch or dinner) that are kid and baby friendly? I’d love to know!
33 Warwick Street
Walkerville SA 5081
P 08 7087 9655
7 days 7am-4pm