‘The morning after the night before…’ we all know what that means; strong coffee and a BIG brekky to soak up yesterday’s digestive dampening of fermented fruit. We had spent the night in the Barossa Valley and, not being a local, thought it was best to check-in with a trust-worthy and regionally familiar friend, Tara Sullivan from Two Hands Wines. She advised that there was a great little place in Tanunda that did fantastic breakfasts. Without hesitation I rang and booked for 5 people under the name of ‘Dougal’.
Arriving at the cafe we were greeted by Hobbsy and Mariel at our table which was mistakenly titled ‘Ouaul’ - I must work on my Irish accent [giggle]. Flashing back to his childhood, Hobbsy said that walking through the door was like carrying a fistful of 5 cent pieces into the local deli for a bag of mixed lollies or strapping on a pair of Clark’s school shoes. The menu is on a large framed chalk board near the counter. This can make it a little difficult to decide unless you are sitting in the nearest chair or ready to go up and order, but at the same time the venue felt so nostalgic that it was totally forgivable.
All 5 drinks were served promptly in mismatched cups and saucers which matched perfectly with the decor. Although slightly tardy, breakfast was served with a ‘Once Upon a Time’ theme like a fairy-tale tea party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; the scrambled eggs were served in tea cups; the crispy local bacon with rocket on crusty toast; and the chutney in a Peter Rabbit egg cup. When first impressions count and eating with your eyes is more than an expression, this was undoubtedly an ‘eye-gasm’. My tastebuds only confirmed what my cornea communicated.
Nosh Cafe was like eating at an extravagant op-shop. The prices were very reasonable for produce that certainly tasted fresh and had been cooked with the love you’d expect from your Grandma. The lovely young ladies working in the cafe were all extremely friendly, well mannered and beaming with smiles even though they were run off their feet due to the steady stream of young patrons after some good ‘Nosh’. I love the feeling of a country kitchen from a bygone era and this lovely little cafe was that, and more. If you are in the Tanunda area, go back to the future, but don’t stick your gum under the desk!
Where: 64 Murray St, Tanunda, SA, 5352
Trading: Mon – Fri 7:30am – 4pm, Sat 8:30am – 5pm and Sun 9am – 4pm
Contact: (08) 8563 1097
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