Coco Flamingo

North Adelaidians can now get a slice of beach paradise without making the long trek with the launch of Coco Flamingo, an exciting new health-conscious café.

Having a dreamy interior decked with cane swing chairs, greenery and a vibrant wall art installation, Coco Flamingo is a scene straight from Byron Bay and radiates tropical vibes.

After working in the hospitality industry for five years, it was owner and founder Luke Parella’s travels around the Australian East Coast, Thailand and the Philippines that inspired the creation of Coco Flamingo

“I wanted to create a space that feels like you’re on a summer escape in North Adelaide,” Mr Parella said.

Serving up health-conscious, wholesome and nourishing dishes, Coco Flamingo offer a menu that is predominantly vegan and vegetarian – however a touch of dairy options are also available.

Adelaide Food Central were invited to the official launch night of Coco Flamingo in their tropical inspired store in the heart of North Adelaide, where we taste-tested a range of their new dishes on offer!

A rainbow of red, orange and green glasses showcased three of their refreshing cold pressed juices, locally made by their friends at Coco Jumbo. The “Orange-atan” was a citrus explosion of orange, carrot, ginger and lemon, whilst “Mad Beets” was a rich, velvety concoction made from beetroot, apple, orange and carrot. Coco Flamingo have truly nailed it with their signature Green Juice, balancing out the bitterness of the spinach and kale with ginger and mint.

Arranged amongst fresh tropical fruit and greenery was an array of dishes from their sweet and savoury menu, all of which were aesthetically pleasing and perfectly Instagrammable!

From the savoury section of their menu was the hearty Nourish Bowl, which combined cumin roasted pumpkin, raisins, toasted almonds and spiced organic brown rice with hummus, greens, a rainbow slaw and zesty tahini dressing. The perfect brunch option, the Savoury Sourdough came topped with house-made hummus, tomato, basil and lemon. For those on-the-go, the Toasted Sourdough Sandwich is the perfect no-fuss option, filled with roasted pumpkin, a choice of dairy of vegan cheese, house-made pesto, spinach and enoki mushrooms. No millennial menu is complete without Smashed Avo, which was served on sourdough bread with greens, hemp seeds and dukkha.

Two options from their fresh and fruity sweet menu were also on display. The perfect early morning pick-me-up, The Coco Crunch was made from a house-made buckwheat granola mix, organic coyo yoghurt and house-made almond mylk, topped with a fresh seasonal fruit such as passionfruit and a sprinkle of crunchy coconut flakes. The ultimate guilt-free healthy dessert, the Waffle Bowl consists of a vegan protein waffle bowl filled with organic coyo yoghurt, fresh seasonal fruit and edible flowers.

Roving around the white breeze blocks and wicker lounges were Coco Flamingo’s kind staff, who served several samples such as the “Zoodles”, which is one of their weekly salad specials made from zucchini noodles, house-made pesto, sunflower seeds and cherry tomatoes. We also got our own mini versions of the wholesome Nourish Bowl and the deliciously sweet Waffle Bowl.

To quench your thirst on those scorching summer days that lie ahead, Coco Flamingo also offer an extensive drinks menu. For a classic cuppa, fairtrade coffee is available from Soho Coffee Roasters and organic hand-blended herbal tea from Tea Tribe Byron Bay. Kept chilled and stocked in their fridge is plenty of Mojo Kombucha, with flavours such as strawberry hibiscus and perfect passionfruit. All dine-in iced drinks ranging from iced coffees to iced chocolates are served in a fresh coconut, which adds an authentic tropical touch.

No trip to Coco Flamingo is complete without a happy snap on one of their cane swinging lounges, or in front of their vibrant fuchsia neon sign centrepiece.

With a deliciously healthy menu, coastal interior décor and relaxed atmosphere, Coco Flamingo is sure to be a safe haven to escape the heat with a tropical feast this summer.

Having officially opened on Thursday 13 December along Melbourne Street in North Adelaide, Coco Flamingo is open 8am – 3pm Tuesday to Sunday.

Words by Tayla Giles

WHERE: 143 Melbourne St, North Adelaide

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