What a groovy place I chose to spend my Friday lunch.

I had been eyeing this place off for over a year and finally decided to venture. It’s easily said that after I strolled in with my camera and took fifty or so photos before even looking at the menu, the interiors are very aesthetically pleasing. Rustic furnishings and quirky light fittings against modern abstract colours, shapes and designs. The lazy Sunday music soothed the soul, whilst sipping on an iced latte.

After having a squiz of the menu, I went with the waiters suggestion, roasted and pickled fennel and zucchini salad. It’s done with candied lemon, roasted almonds, mizuna and fresh mozzarella. I found it thoroughly enjoyable with lots of different textures. I found the menu to be reasonably priced and with an abundance of optional extras and able to cater to many dietary options and requirements. Mainly an all day breakfast menu but some lunch selections are available and all go down well with house made cocktails or a drop of wine. They also run pickling workshops approximately once a month where you learn what pickling is, how to do it, an introduction into fermentation, among many other things. These book out extremely quickly and cost $90 per person. One of the things that I am passionate about is fresh, local produce and this café ticks all the boxes. From D’Angelo coffee, to milk from the Fleurieu Milk Company, to all the fresh locally sourced fruit and veg.

All in all, a very impressive café with an often-changing menu full of locally sourced ingredients, friendly, knowledgeable staff and really cool interiors. There wasn’t really anything to fault at Pickle in the Middle, only a café bursting with character, serving good food and a very inviting place to meet up with friends or simply pop in for a bite yourself.

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