Heading out of the city on Goodwood Road you'll come across a small section of shops, cafes and restaurants that should be on any foodies' list of places to experience.
We dropped into Gingers on a Sunday around lunchtime and instantly loved the feel of the place. It has a vintage feel just like the name says, and seems to be quite popular as we had to wait (only a short while) for a table to become free. Gingers, unlike some cafes understands people like an all day breakfast... sometimes all you want at lunch or dinner is a light meal featuring eggs.
The service was fast and friendly and we didn't have to wait long for our food event though the place was full and buzzing. Staff know their business and look after customers with efficient but friendly service.
We ordered orange juice to start and it came in jars which is popular at the moment, it was fresh squeezed and delicious.
Food - she ordered Gingers Burger which included the House Beef Patty, Swiss cheese, Caramelised onions, Jalapeño aioli and mixed leaves with a side of cajun fries included. Cost $19.
Verdict - Burger featured an excellent pattie with real beef, superb dressing, and a satisfying fresh bun with sesame seeds. Shoestring Fries were delicious with a Cajun seasoning. All served on a wood serving board, was excellent presentation.
I ordered the Bespoke Breakfast and added bacon and gluten free bread ($2 extra for the GF bread). It comes with 2 Clare Valley eggs and you can add sides such as avacado, feta, smoked salmon etc. Cost is $10 plus extra for bacon or other sides … add $2 for gluten free bread.
The eggs were poached and the bacon very good. The gluten free bread was acceptable - it’s a hard one for cafes, getting the right gluten free bread as it can turn an otherwise great meal into a negative experience. Fortunately the bread Gingers used is fine, but here’s a tip for cafes, and take it from a gluten free consumer for over 15 years, the best bread I’ve come across is called Biodynamic Rice Bread from Culina Bakery and is amazing. It tastes like bread - not gluggy like many GF offerings).
To finish off I ordered a soy macchiato which was one of the best I’ve had. It was creamy with a rich coffee taste and not bitter. The soy too wasn’t burnt so the taste was excellent.
The cafe is decorated in vintage art on the wall and the furniture too has that retro feel with metal tables and some wood tables too. You feel comfortable and cosy there and the you can drop in for a full meal or a coffee. Gingers if fully licensed and is open 7 days. Weekdays from 7.30am with the kitchen on til 3pm every day. On public holidays and weekends they are open from 8am.