Friday, December 30, 2005

Blessed Cheese, McLaren Vale

When I asked the cellar door bitch at Chapel Hill about the McLaren Vale's best breakfast, she was unequivocal: "my place". Of course, I'm using cellar door bitch as a term of endearment. She wasn't the least bit bitchy. Very helpful really. Her 2nd best breakfast recommendation was right on the money: Blessed Cheese Cafe, 150 Main Street, McLaren Vale, Tel +61 8 8323 7958. A most enjoyable plate of fried eggs topped with melted cheese and dusted with paprika.


Although the mushies and tomato were a bit cold, the bacon was nice and crispy, and they served an excellent side of Spice Girlz relish (the Moroccan jam, I think).

The scrambled egg and salmon foccacia (with smoked applewood cheddar) was also good, except that the spinach was raw, not wilted.

But since this is a cheese shop, I reckon the humble cheese on toast would be the best bet. Or, maybe a ham, cheese and tomato toasted sandwich, with brie, smoked, blue or was-rinded cheese.

Even Curtis Stone and his mate paid a visit to Blessed Cheese during an episode of Surfing the Menu.

13/20 "cheesy"