When, in December 2012, Royston Park Cafe opened in a tiny, nondescript shopping strip with no street-cred whatsoever, I wondered if it could possibly survive.
But Royston Park Cafe has not only survived, it has thrived, becoming a popular coffee, breakfast and lunch haunt, and not just for those, like me, who live close by.
Owners Patrick and Justin have earned a loyal clientele by consistently providing good coffee, pleasant, cheerful service and generous serves of well-prepared food. They recently gained a liquor license and now serve a concise list of mainly South Australian wine, beer and cider.
My usual breakfast dish is poached eggs with spinach and mushrooms ($11.90), which comes as two beautifully poached eggs on Mercato bread with sauteed spinach and button mushrooms flavoured with garlic and parmesan. If you ask nicely, Justin will add his house-made hollandaise sauce free of charge. Other breakfast choices include spicy baked beans on rye with fetta and herb salad ($11.90), Belgian waffle with poached rhubarb and chantilly cream ($11.90) and brioche French toast with strawberries and maple syrup ($12.90). An inexpensive option is the yogurt cups with brown sugar and almonds at only $5 a serve.
For lunch we like the Moroccan lamb salad with pine nuts and fetta and the chicken and tarragon pie with kipfler potatoes and peas (both $17.90).
My only criticism is that the hard concrete floors, metal-legged chairs and bare walls can make the cafe very noisy when crowded — and it’s often crowded, especially on weekends.
If you’re looking for a relaxed cafe with good coffee, pleasant staff and great food in Adelaide’s inner east, why not give Royston Park Cafe a go?
Royston Park Cafe
59 Battams Road, Royston Park
(08) 8363 3780
Wheelchair access: Yes
Open: 7.30am-3.30pm Wednesday to Sunday