While I was reminiscing over my first ever visit to Mekko Market & Cafe last week, I was already itching to go back for another look at their gorgeous, pre-loved clothing and accessories while enjoying their dirty chai latte again. An amazing place to hang out with friends and catch up over a cup of coffee with brunch. They’ve recently re-opened after what feels like forever since COVID-19 started a few months back. We are just grateful that Mekko has decided to come back with a bang on “new” preloved stuff and a new cafe menu. Their Head Chef Tania has come up with wonderful creations and we were every bit impressed with what had been prepared for us that day on the table.
Our favourite would have to be their ‘Eggs Benny‘! We know it sounds cliche but this was genuinely one of the most delicious eggs benedict we have ever had. They also offer a gluten-free option for this dish. It comes on charcoal toasted sourdough with perfectly poached eggs just oozing with delectable runny yolk. Also accompanied with smokey bacon and wilted spinach and generously topped with seeded mustard hollandaise sauce.
Another dish I would definitely order again would be their ‘Jerusalem Soup‘ . Made mostly of lentils and herbs, this soup is not only gluten free but vegan too. Amazing flavour overall with a little spicy kick at the end of each taste. Absolutely ecstatic that this “not so common” soup can be found here at Mekko. We hope it’s here to stay and keep us warm during this cold winter.
Although we came at brunch/lunch time, we indulged ourselves in their ‘Apple Pie Porridge‘ and ‘Blueberry and Ricotta Pancakes’. Mix in the porridge and you get the most satisfying breakfast ever. The apples had to be the highlight of the dish. The diced apple is crunchy, sweet and sour with a hint of cinnamon flavour to complement the classic taste of porridge. Their pancake was a double stack with lemon curd (always a big fan!), meringue and mascarpone. You won’t leave there hungry.
Forget tofu, we have now agreed that black bean and sweet potato patty is the way to go to create the best vegan patty for your burger. This was not just an ordinary ‘Vegan Burger‘ (but again, there is no such thing as ordinary when it comes to vegan burger creations, they are always so tasty!). It comes in acai and chia buns with baby spinach, avocado, vegan mozzarella, vegan chipotle mayo and served with a side of potato crisps. It’s a humongous size and we loved every bite of it.
Another dish that we got to try was the ‘Seasonal Crushed Avocado‘ basically like smashed avocado, you can add chicken or smoked salmon for a few extra dollars. The turmeric and sesame sourdough are the base and also come with poached eggs. The avocado was fresh, crushed and garnished with marinated feta cheese and hazelnut dukkah. Way to go! We absolutely loved the play on the flavours. Using hazelnut dukkah was extra but we weren’t at all surprised as we knew their last menu was also as stunning as this one (who remembers their Egg Benny with blue pea hollandaise sauce? Totally amazing)
Our last dish was the Rainbow Veggie Bowl. As you can see in the photo, they named this dish as colourful as a rainbow. Fresh baby spinach at the bottom then topped with charred corn, generous amounts of avocado, julienne carrot, radish, diced maple roast sweet potato, black bean and lemon ginger turmeric dressings. And to give the extra crunch they also put almonds in it. It’s definitely a feel good type of dish.
Mekko Market & Cafe has to be one of the most interesting, busy markets in the Prospect area. We are definitely putting it into our calendar for when we visit them again very soon. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend that you go. Located on Prospect Road, there are car parks surrounding, easy access to the market/cafe which blends into one area. Thank you Mekko Market & Cafe for taking good care of us.
Words by Dee Pene from Adelaide Food Authority
WHERE: 89 Prospect Rd, Prospect