Walking into Hopes and Beans, the team at Adelaide Food Central were welcomed with an aromatic scent of food that was being made fresh in the kitchen. All food and drink was provided free of charge.
Located in the heart of Payneham Road, Hopes and Beans is a small, family-run business that caters to its customers by providing healthy and delicious options of dining. With a brilliant name that takes on the pun of “Hopes and dreams”, the “Beans” component in their name is meant to correspond to the fact that they are a vegetarian and vegan-friendly café.
Being a small café in one of the quieter suburbs of Adelaide, Hopes and Beans has established itself as a fantastic spot for friends and families to have a lovely gathering. With their vintage décor, their pop art that has been canvassed across their walls, and their mismatched furniture, this café is a brilliant spot that seems to have the “pop” factor in an otherwise quiet row of shops and stores.
For our feast, the team first tried the Smashed Avocado on Rye with tomato salsa, sticky balsamic vinegar, roquette, and lime. Being a massive lover of anything and everything avocado, this dish was a pleaser, with the perfect blend of fresh tomatoes, onions, avocados, and perfectly toasted rye bread. My only criticism with this dish would be to drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the vegetables and avoid basing the plate with the vinegar, so that the bread doesn’t get too soaked in it.
Next, we tried the Mushroom and Bean Burger with Vegan cheese, caramelised onion, roasted pumpkin, tomatoes, lettuce and homemade relish, served with a side of salad. While this dish may not have necessarily delivered on presentation, it most certainly delivered in its flavour. I was initially weary about the combination of mushroom, beans and pumpkin together, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this combination complemented the flavours well and delivered in a scrumptious manner.
We also ordered the Gourmet Hot Dog with chorizo, caramelized onion, bacon, cheese, homemade relish and mustard, served along with a side salad. The hot dog was well made with seriously delicious chorizo, tomato sauce and mustard. While the mustard was quite prominent in this dish, it was an enjoyable one to share with the other team members and have a meaty dish amongst all the greens.
Overall, we were impressed by Hopes and Beans – in terms of service, quality, and the food. It is definitely one of the little cafes in the suburbs that warrant a visit when you find yourself in that side of Adelaide!
Words by Fatema Sitabkhan
WHERE: 190 Payneham Rd, Evandale