Hopes and Beans has only just re-opened a week ago after a complete overhaul; with new owners, a new shop fit-out and last but not least, a new menu. The Hopes and Beans café is conveniently located along Payneham Road in Evandale, just a short drive from the CBD and an even shorter stroll from the Avenues Shopping Centre. Hopes and Beans currently offer an all-day breakfast menu, which includes coffee, milkshakes and daily fresh juices, with the aim to expand the menu to include light lunch options in the near future. Adelaide Food Central had the opportunity to sample some of their breakfast menu items. All food and drinks were provided free of charge.
The café itself is small, yet spacious at the same time. The layout is simple with a front service counter, display fridge and five wooden tables positioned along the side walls. Of note is the kids play area complete with a tiny table and chair set, play mat and boxes of toys, which makes Hopes and Beans a definite family-friendly brunch destination. The other thing to point out is the fact that you can actually hold a conversation with your fellow diners. Many cafés these days are so overcrowded and noisy that holding a conversation is almost impossible. Big ticks here to Hopes and Beans!
Today I opted for the most popular item on the menu, ‘Brad’s Benny’. Unlike your traditional eggs benedict, ‘Brad’s Benny’ consists of rashers of bacon, sautéed mushrooms and two soft poached eggs topped with rocket and house made hollandaise sauce all piled high on a piece of toasted Turkish bread. Not only was this dish impeccably presented, but all of the flavours and textures worked so well together. The bacon was crisp and plentiful; the eggs were perfectly poached, whilst the Turkish bread added the right amount of crunch to the dish. What I liked most about ‘Brad’s Benny’ was the tangy house made hollandaise sauce, which complemented the sweet sticky balsamic and EVOO drizzled over the plate to perfection!
Mr L went with the more traditional eggs benedict option and ordered the Eggs Florentine, which comprised smoked salmon, baby spinach and the same two soft poached eggs topped with rocket and house made hollandaise sauce on toasted Turkish bread. Given that Mr L cleared his plate, I think he too was very pleased with his dish.
The final dish of the day was Hopes and Bean’s version of the breakfast staple, pancakes, which came served with homemade berry conserve, vanilla ice cream and maple syrup. Upon arrival I noted that there were three large pancakes, which makes this dish excellent value for money at $9.90. The pancakes themselves were light and fluffy and teamed with the sweet accompaniments made for a great dish. I particularly liked that the maple syrup was served in a small pouring jug allowing you to add as little, or as much as you like to the pancakes.
The service at Hopes and Beans was very quick, which you would expect from a café of such a size. More important are the prices, ranging from $4.50 for toasted Turkish bread to the most expensive item on the menu and second most popular menu item, the ‘Big Breaky’, coming in at $16.90. The entire menu at Hopes and Beans is very affordable especially given the generous serves. It’s a win-win situation for the diner.
Given Hopes and Bean’s proximity to the Avenues Shopping Centre it is a perfect location for a pre or post shopping coffee and bite to eat, minus the hustle and bustle typical of shopping centres. The café is open every day except Sunday and there is ample car parking nearby. In line with the previous owners of Hopes and Beans, the menu still offers a handful of brekkie choices for vegans and vegetarians.
Adelaide Food Central would like to thank Brad and Teresa for their hospitality and hope that all their ‘hopes and dreams’ come true with their new venture!
Words by Kelly Betterman
WHERE: 190 Payneham Rd, Evandale