Those who have wandered through the Adelaide Central Markets would already be familiar with Le Souk and its authentic Algerian cuisine. Like many businesses, it’s often better to start off small to see how the market reacts, and that’s exactly what the Central Market stall was, a prototype. Not surprisingly, the first Le Souk store was a huge success and it lead to the opening of the new cafe on Gawler Place in the heart of the city. Located on the ground floor of an office building, the site is surrounded by glass, with high ceilings around many of the dining areas that allow plenty of natural light to flow through. The cafe is licensed and the food offerings are pretty much the same as Central Market stall with the addition of a few extras.
We started off with the Merguez Sausage Breakfast which is served with eggs, spinach, mushrooms and toast. The star of the show are the sausages which are made in house and are free of additives and preservatives. The proteins change from time to time, but the end result is still the same, they’re delicious! The sausages were well seasoned, lean and juicy with a bit of a kick to them. The eggs were cooked sunny side up, the spinach was soft and delicate, and the mushroom had lovely earthy flavours. All the components of a hearty breakfast!
Next were the Mixed Olives and Dips. The olives were all pipped and marinated in Algerian spices. The Hummus was smooth and creamy, as was the preserved lemon version. The Tabouli was light and refreshing, and well executed. Perfect with a beer or in this case, as a starter of a meal.
The Chakchouka is another dish from their all day breakfast menu. 3 poached eggs sit on top of minced beef that has been slow cooked for 6 hours with onion, garlic and crushed tomato. The meat is finely ground, and the sauce has great depth. Served with crusty bread, it’s a real treat to have the delicious juices soaked into the bread like a sponge. This dish is perfect for any time of the day.
The Lamb Couscous is another slow cooked dish that is a must have. Large morsels of lamb are slow cooked for 6 hours in a Ras el Hanout spice blend and sumac. The lamb is soft and delicate, and the meat simply falls apart. The bed of couscous below soaks up all the juices, as does the accompanying vegetables. Absolutely delicious!
The food at Le Souk is simply amazing, and with its more bright and centralised location, it’s even better! When Owner, Azou Bouilouta, asks if you want a date, you should by all means accept. They’re delicious! The new cafe is ideal for any occasion, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, a quick coffee or an afternoon drink at the bar.
Le Souk Gawler Place is open from 7am till late everyday.
WHERE: 99A Gawler Place, Adelaide