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Friday, January 11, 2013

Bite-Size Review: The Aviary Dessert Kitchen

So there I was last November driving back from the South Australian wine country to Adelaide's downtown core, when I received a call from my favourite radiologist-doctor-cousin asking me to lunch.  Said it was at her colleague David White's eatery at the trendy-ish Parade where he's trying out a relatively new lunch menu and would we be willing guinea pigs.  Would we? Does my bull terrier inexplicably dance on her butt when she's feeling itchy? (If you are pausing even for a moment to consider what the right response is, you may as well stop reading my blog now. Right this very second. There's so obviously nothing of any redeeming value here for you.) After making some deft maneouvers through the city's lunchtime traffic, I found myself streetside five minutes later at The Aviary Dessert Kitchen.  That's right, a dessert kitchen.  On its website, we are told that "their gallery of decadent and velvety chocolate, melting macaroons, and light and creamy treats are sure to set your heart aflutter."  So just when I thought I was going to have a meal consisting of sugary, diabetes-inducing confections - it wouldn't be my first, btw - I was escorted upstairs away from the aforementioned displays of velvety chocolate and melting macaroons to a bright cheerful cafe enclave where I was treated to some serious carbs and fibre in the form of The Aviary's new-ish menu of tasty sandwiches and flavourful salads.

Here are some highly recommended highlights of that lunch:
Grilled Portobello mushroom with melted mozzarella, basil
and dollops of pesto on toasted sourdough
I could eat dozens of these in one sitting:
Roast duck, cucumber, spring onion and hoisin sauce on a steamed bun 
A Nicoise-style salad with a baked trout and salmon kicker

Downstairs at the chirpily cheerful Dessert Kitchen
The Aviary Dessert Kitchen - 227 The Parade, Norwood, South Australia 5067, Australia
Telephone +61 8 8332 4646

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