When I was invited to check out Cibo Locale, a new expansion on the well-known Cibo brand, I have to say I wasn’t expecting anything too fancy. I was expecting to be offered a typical Italian lunch and some sweet options you can find at any Cibo café around Adelaide. But boy was I wrong! In fact, Cibo Locale has nothing a typical Cibo café offers, with the exception of Gelati. Conveniently located on Grange Rd in Findon, this cafe has an extensive breakfast and lunch menu based on seasonal and local produce and not just Italian dishes but dishes from around the globe. Today the Adelaide Food Central team sampled the delicious lunch menu and were thoroughly impressed.
This site is very spacious and can seat up to 85 plus people with rustic yet modern décor. Upon looking at the menu it is very hard to choose with so many appealing lunch options. It’s very easy to want to try everything, which is basically what we did on this occasion. But we have no regrets!
First off was a chef’s recommendation: Cauliflower fried rice with cured prawns, sesame cucumber, fermented cabbage, pickled onion and a chilli egg. Not the kind of dish you would expect to eat at Cibo but it was a nice surprise. This dish was full of flavour and a stand out was definitely the house made Kim Chi, which was sour and had just the right amount of spice. A different yet delicious dish and a great start to our meal.
Next we had the Coconut poached chicken salad with iceberg, spicy slaw, peanuts, shallots and herbs. This salad is intended to be eaten like a San Choy Bow: Using the lettuce as cups to fill with the chicken and condiments. With the squeeze of lime on top it was especially fresh and tasty and the coconut poached chicken was moist and delicious. This would be such a great dish to share or as a light lunch time option.
The Prawn spelt spaghetti with garlic, chilli, lemon, chives and watercress was a definite stand out. Not only was it presented beautifully with the fresh watercress on the side and a generous amount of prawns on display, but it tasted sensational. The simple garlic, chilli and oil flavour throughout the pasta worked amazingly with the perfectly cooked prawns and fresh herbs. It was also the perfect portion size to cure any lunchtime cravings. The fact that it was spelt pasta also makes the dish a little healthier which is always a plus and right on trend at the moment.
If this food wasn’t already enough, we also tried the Royale cheeseburger with American cheese, house pickles, ketchup, chipotle mayo and skinny fries. This was such a delicious burger and full of flavour. The meat was moist and juicy and married perfectly with the strong cheese and house made chipotle mayo. I am a sucker for chipotle mayo so I loved this aspect of the burger. The skinny fries on the side were crisp and perfectly seasoned. This burger definitely gives burger joints around Adelaide a run for their money! It was also accompanied but a deep fried pickle which made me all kinds of happy.
The definite favourite of mine after tasting all of these great dishes, was the Crisp Pork Belly sliders with kim chi slaw, aioli, chilli chutney, brioche bun. It was nothing short of amazing. The pork was perfectly succulent and crisp and there was plenty of it, which is hard to find sometimes. Mixed with the slaw and kim chi it was absolutely delicious. I honestly could have eaten ten of them and may just come back to do so.
By the time dessert came around we had eaten enough to keep us full for the rest of the day, but we could not say no to what was on offer. The first dish was Banana and Cinnamon Cornflake French toast with maple syrup. The cornflake crust gave the perfect crispness to this French toast and set it above any regular French toast I’ve had before. It’s inspired me to try this at home next time I get a French toast craving. Paired with the banana, maple syrup and mascarpone there was the perfect balance of sweetness.
These Buttermilk pancakes with blueberries and lemon curd were divine. I could not get over how light and fluffy these pancakes were, but still with a little crispiness on the outside which I love. They were actually the perfect pancakes. The tanginess of the lemon curd and blueberries were a great accompaniment and if I did not have two other desserts to try I would have eaten the whole bowl quite frankly.
My favourite of the three desserts was definitely the Crisp Waffle with fresh berries and yoghurt cream. One word: YUM! The waffle itself was so crisp and sweet I was in heaven. The berries were so fresh and I loved the yoghurt cream to go with it. This was everything you want a waffle to be. Only thing missing was some chocolate sauce but I only say this because I’m a chocoholic. It was amazing nonetheless.
We also sampled a hot chocolate to accompany our desserts. It was perfect: not too sweet and a delicious chocolate flavour. There are many other drinks to choose from as well with coffee, cold drinks, pressed juices, a wide range of teas and smoothies. I was also pleased to see they offer milk alternatives such as Almond and Coconut milk, which is a must in all cafes these days in my opinion.
This was a truly enjoyable experience dining at Cibo Locale. I honestly think I will be dreaming of those Pork belly sliders for weeks to come and will need to come back to cure my cravings. While I had my favourite dishes, everything was consistently good and there was not one dish I did not enjoy. Not only is the food fabulous but everything is reasonably priced and there really is something to cater to everyone on this menu. A new site will be opening soon in Dulwich so keep your eyes peeled as it will offer a slightly different menu, but will be just as amazing I’m sure.
Words by Angela Scarfo from All About That Food
WHERE: Shop 4, 225-229 Grange Rd, Findon