Jamaica Blue is a popular local and international franchise that has been around for over 20 years. Their success is based on two simple beliefs; sourcing the best coffee, and using fresh, locally sourced ingredients in their dishes. At Jamaica Blue, there are 3 coffee blends to choose from, which are sourced from the best coffee producing regions in the world. They also have an extensive gourmet breakfast and lunch menu, which has something for everyone.
Today, I visited the Jamaica Blue cafe on level one of the Myer Centre in Adelaide. Greeted by Mona, the franchise owner, it was a warm and friendly welcoming that would make anyone feel at home. Both the cafe and menu have been developed to the owners own personality while adhering to the Jamaica Blue standards. Not every Jamaica Blue cafe has the same menu and what’s on there is a reflection of local tastes and the produce available. The most unique feature about this particular store is all the surrounding glass which allows plenty of natural light to flow through. I also like how there is plenty of space between tables which removes the feeling of being cramped.
Being a big burger fan, I opted for the Vintage Ground Beef Burger for lunch. The beef patty had good thickness and its diameter was the same size as the bun. The meat was well seasoned and juicy, and the mince was well refined. The bacon could have been a bit more crispier for my liking, but its saltiness was well balanced by the sourness of the pickles and the natural sweetness of the tomato and red onion. The rocket was fresh and crisp, while the aioli brought all the elements together. The brioche bun was nice and firm, and held all the ingredients in well.
Next I had the Bacon and Maple Pancakes. It consists of three light and fluffy pancakes sitting underneath crispy rashers of bacon. With a generous drizzle of maple syrup, the sweetness is well balanced by the saltiness of the bacon. A delicious sweet and savoury dish that has been brought over from the States.
The pricing at this Jamaica Blue cafe is fairly typical when compared to other cafes in the CBD. Meals start as low as $6 and go all the way up to $20, but if you look at the quality of the dishes and their execution, it makes it all worth while. Combined with the exceptional service and laid back vibe of the place, and it becomes clear why this place is always busy.
Adelaide Food Central would like to thank Mona and her staff for their hospitality as well as Foodco for organising the visit.
Jamaica Blue Myer Centre is open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch. They also open till 9pm on Fridays.
WHERE: Level 2, The Myer Centre, 22 Rundle Mall, Adelaide