Many many years ago before this blog (think around 5 to 6 years), I was hunting for macarons down on Gilles St Markets. C was tagging along for the ride and got an awful coffee from a place. When we arrived at From Scratch Patisserie, the state of the coffee somehow popped up in the conversation. The young man behind the stand said that no one should be drinking bad coffee and made C one on the house (if anyone wants to know, C said it was good). I suspect that Abbots and Kinney is run by the same young man who served us and owned From Scratch Patisserie. These small kind gestures I find hard to forget :)
I’ve been stalking Abbots and Kinney on Instagram for a while but never made the connection until recently. They’ve only had their pop up at Coffee Branch and were around the Adelaide Farmers Market but I can’t seem to wake up that early. Luckily for us non-early risers they’ve opened up a store on Pirie St which makes them a lot easier to catch.
I wasn’t able to start smashing down pastries first thing in the morning so I dipped my toes in with a savoury item: Danwich. Buttery and sweet danish pastry was sooo good with a flaky and crispy top and a light, fluffy inside. This sandwiched juicy mushrooms and spinach (I feel so healthy) that gave a delicious mouthful with each bite.
I’ve read a recipe for almond croissants and remember that it’s usually made with old croissants but I don’t know if that’s the case for Abbots and Kinney. I did find the pastry to be stale where it felt flat with no lightness or crispness to it. What I loved was the almond paste with a hit of alcohol/vanilla that gave another flavour dimension to the dish. Slivered almonds are sprinkled on top of the croissant with a good dusting of powdered icing sugar that added a lovely sweetness to the whole dish.
I take back my words. I did make it to the Adelaide Farmers Market once this year and got this incredible Ugly Raspbetti. Flaky and crispy pastry; rolled in sugar with a raspberry filling pipped in (tasted like jam). What I will rave about was the texture of the pastry – so light, so fluffy but with a crunch. What more could I have asked for?
Very friendly and attentive service where our waitress was accommodating and noticed the small things. The place itself is small and the ‘table’ is more of a bench like set up. It’s a bit awkward as you are kinda facing strangers and it’s hard to talk to more than 1 person on a bench if you were in a group.
78 Pirie Street, Adelaide