– by Tiarne Cook
As you amble along the east end of Rundle Street, which boasts Adelaide’s finest fashion and dining, why not veer off the heavily worn track into the buzzing back streets? Take a left on Union Street and you’ll find yourself in Ebenezer Place, a leafy cobblestoned sanctuary in the heart of the city.
Tucked between some hefty competition is the tiny tour de force Hey Jupiter. Reminiscent of scenes on the streets of Paris, bright, thinly-framed outdoor dining chairs sit lined up looking out over the street – perfect for people watching the fashionably clad business men and women that scuttle by (you really could be somewhere in Europe).
The glowing interior of the small space, invites you in, especially on a gloomy winters day. Owners Christophe and Jacqui man their usual stations and a gentle ‘bonjour, comment ca-va?’ greets you as you walk through the door.
I take a seat amongst the hanging pot plants, a collection of vintage mirrors and quirky floral wallpaper and before long a hot, silky cup of coffee appears at the table (it seems Christophe has memorized my order). Jacqui wanders over to offer the menu, but I opt for the ‘usual’ – a soft bun filled with wafer-thin, crispy pancetta, a sliced boiled egg (my own addition), spinach, avocado with tomato chutney and a lemon-thyme mayonnaise. A delightful start to the day, and the coffee – the Harvest blend from Five Senses – is perfect.
Hey Jupiter is known around town for it’s mean gourmet sandwiches – the roasted Berkshire pork belly with cumin slaw and parsley is legendary ($14), as is their fine selection of pastries, the croque monsieur (a beefed up ham and cheese sandwich – $10.50),
Friday night raclette and wide range of alcoholic beverages, available in sneaky half glasses to accompany lunch.
So get away from the hustle and bustle, and venture a little further afield, you may even find you discover a whole new world.
ADDRESS: No. 11 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide, SA
HOURS: Mon-Thurs 7am-5pm, Fri 7am-9pm, Sat 8am-3pm, Sun 9am-2:30pm