The Topiary Cafe, Tea Tree Gully


It’s hard to find good places near the north east of Adelaide – Pearl’s Diner has moved to the city as Burger Theory and on very rare occasions you find gems like Indian Temptations. I was excited to see The Topiary Cafe located at Newmans Nursery at Tea Tree Gully – yes near my hood (kind of)! We chose to sit in the beautiful al fresco dining area that has an edible garden and a wisteria arbour but sadly we missed the bloom at the start of summer.

the topiary cafe

The menu looked so good and it was hard to just pick something – always a good sign. I finally decided on the filet mignon and smoked potato dish that looks so beautiful plated up. Tender juicy beef wrapped in prosciutto and topped with pine chimichurri – is there anything better in life than this? Cylinders of smoked potato gnocchi that were light, airy and soft like a cake; paired with slices of pickled heirloom carrot that gave an acidic touch and pops of blistered tomatoes.

filet mignon and smoked potato

  Filet Mignon and Smoked Potato ($27.90)

filet mignon and smoked potato

Look at the prosciutto wrapped beef!

C choose the smoked paprika marinated chicken breast that came with a corn and lime puree and was decorated with semi-dried tomatoes, charred chorizo and baby herbs. C let me steal a bite and it was surprisingly sweet from the corn and lime puree; the juicy, soft chicken was cooked perfectly with a flavour filled paparika crispy skin.

smoked paprika marinated breast

Smoked Paprika Marinated Chicken Breast ($32.50)

Beautiful little place that serves such delicious dishes – so happy we have this gem at the north east of Adelaide :)

Food: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Atmosphere: 3/5

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