My friend and I had just finished dinner and we were wandering aimlessly down King William Road looking for a venue that served dessert and coffee. The place also had to have a flat screen TV so that she could keep up with the football scores. She’s a huge Port Adelaide supporter and didn’t want to miss any of the action.
The best place we could find that satisfied the criteria was Stumps. With live music and pleasant surroundings, it seemed like the place to be on this slightly cold wintery night. So what kind of food do they serve at a cricket themed establishment? They have a cafe style menu with a selection of tapas and larger dishes. Nearly everything on the menu has some form of meat, however, there are a one or two vegetarian options. The dessert menu on the other hand, was very limited, with nothing that really stood out.
The decor is modern and stylish with prominent use of blacks and browns. There’s a combination of normal and communal tables, as well as bar seating in an open plan area.
My friend’s Caffe Latte was the first to arrive. We asked for water for the table but that never came.
The desserts took a good 20 minutes to get to us. I would have thought it was just a matter of slicing a cake out of the cabinet and putting it on a plate. The presentation was fairly poor. It looked as though they just threw the cakes on the plate and served it up.
I ordered the Toblerone Cheesecake. I’m more of a fan of baked cheesecakes, however this was the homestyle cream cheese variety. The base of the cheesecake was unsually thick, and instead of a firm crumbly texture, it was soft and moist, similar to chocolate cake. The cream cheese filling was soft and delicate with crunchy chocolate pieces mixed in between. The chocolate topping was gooey and decadent with even larger chocolate pieces providing a nice crunchy texture.
My friend had the Orange and Almond Cake which was gluten free. I had the opportunity to try some and thought it was good. The cake was soft and moist with a nice zesty flavour. The thin layer of gelatinous topping was sweet, but nothing compared to my dessert.
The staff were friendly when we first walked in, but the service kind of dropped off after that. The water that we requested never came and the staff members weren’t around when we needed them. The atmosphere was relaxed with warm outdoor heating, a large wall hung flat screen TV and singer performing in front of us. The cost of the cakes set us back $9 each which I thought was over priced. The desserts weren’t anything great and the presentation was ordinary.
We should have known better than to come to place not known for their desserts.
WHERE: 150 King William Rd, Hyde Park