Wah gwaan, Adelaide!
What’s up, Adelaide!
Everything going alright?
Because do I have a place to recommend to you foodie lovers!
Having volunteered for around 5 weeks in Jamrock (Jamaica) earlier in the year, I was feeling a weird yet strong form of homesickness upon my return to Australia. Jamaica is a country that boasts of beautiful greenery, the friendliest of friendly individuals, the freshness of their fruits and vegetables, and the intoxicating quality coffee. I was in tears at leaving this tiny yet gorgeous country that has stolen my heart.
Which is why, I was pleased to return and check out Jamaica Blue where I found these elements replicated through their customer service, their choice of food and drink, and of course, to satisfy my much-needed dose of the iconic Blue Mountain coffee. If you are a coffee snob like me, then you will appreciate the freshly roasted coffee beans from the Blue Mountains as they are sure to provide you with just the right amount of caffeine kick to get going with the rest of the day.
Having been around as a franchise for over 20 years, Jamaica Blue Adelaide has garnered a lot of success in a short span of time. The cafe was also recently awarded the Retail Excellence Award by Foodco, the mother company of Jamaica Blue – that’s proof enough that the team at Jamaica Blue are passionate about delivering excellent customer service and a dine-in experience.
Upon walking into the cozy cafe located within the Myer Centre complex in Rundle Mall, you will, no doubt, be greeted with a big smile and incredibly genuine customer service. There are options of social and quieter seating available, but be advised that the cafe does attract a great deal of customers (for all the right reasons), so get in nice and early if you’re after some quality solitude time.
The cafe is often abuzz with chatter and yet, I find this space to be inviting as my “safe space”. It allows me to drown out the chaos outside and find my own sense of calm and rest in here. It’s a great spot that provides you with a great view of the Christmas decorations within the Myer Centre complex or simply watch the regular happenings around Rundle Mall. People watching has never been more fun!
In terms of food and drink, the summer-friendly menu offers a range of delicious options for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. It isn’t a wonder that I frequent this place at least once a week. Using locally sourced ingredients and a combination of simplistic yet exciting flavours, the meals here are wholesome and scrumptious.
Ever watched Adventure Time? Ever been hooked on to one of their most popular songs – Making Bacon Pancakes (there’s a 10 hour loop version of this song too, FYI!). Now, replace the “making” with “maple” and you’ve got Maple Bacon Pancakes. Yes, it’s real. Yes, it sounds weird. No, it doesn’t take gross – it’s actually pretty amazing.
The avocado smash with bacon and maple sauce is a dish that I will never get tired of. While it is offered as a weekly special on occasion, this is one meal you do not want to miss out on. The sweetness from the maple sauce complements the smokiness from the bacon. Breaking into the poached eggs revealed an almost orgasmically pleasing river of the egg yolk. Served on a slice of sourdough bread, this dish an excellent option for those who can’t decide between sweet and savoury.
We also tried the lemon, cottage cheese, avocado on toast with side of smoked salmon, because we are true blue avocado lovers and can’t help ourselves. A healthier option but equally delicious, you are presented with sliced avocado served on a bed of lemon cottage cheese with two slices of toast. The cottage cheese, chive lemon zest and juice hold the avocado well and provide with a zingy taste. Salmon pieces are thinly cut and present with a fresh taste. Seasoned with salt and pepper, this was a great dish that had a subtle taste of the fish and worked well with the crunchiness from the bread.
Of course, no meal is complete without dessert…or maybe I just really like the sugar rush! Having tried the dark chocolate & walnut brownie, the lemon and sugar muffin, and the caramel and chocolate tart (all served with cream!), I can safely attest to the fact that the desserts here are fluffy and light in texture and have just the right amount of sweetness that doesn’t make it an overpowering finishing dish.
With summer nearly here, there are some refreshing granitas available – we tried the Raspberry and Mango-flavoured granitas. The mango granita served with mint leaves is sweet and has a soft pulpy texture at its base. Served with ice and mineral water, this drink does the job in cooling you off on a hot, summery (30+ degree celsius) day. The raspberry granita juice is lighter, and served with mint leaves is another great option of a summer drink.
In the spirit of Christmas, there are cute takeaway cups that are designed to represent a gold-colored pineapple, which in Jamaica is seen as a traditional gift. So, now you can enjoy your takeaway coffee in true Jamaican style!
The concept of Jamaica Blue is wan wan coco, ful baskit – “if you slow down, stop rushing and take your time, you will achieve your goal”. You can visit Jamaica Blue to slow down, embrace the flavours in their food and drink, and have a relaxing morning / afternoon surrounded by lovely customers and staff members alike. As they say in Jamrock, Mi deh yah, Everyting criss (“Everything is good”).
Words & Photos by Fatema Sitabkhan