We’ve found the best spot for your boozy brunch.
Adelaide café “the Messy Tomato” has introduced a summer menu to accompany its new liquor license, and the meals are delicious.
While the café still has its famous, massive breakfast platters, the Messy Tomato is branching out, adding summery dishes to its repertoire.
“The summer menu is light and fresh, but still filling,” says Juliana Esteves da Silva, the head chef. “I’m mainly vegetarian, so we came up with some new vegetarian pastas and salads.”
For breakfast, the Messy Tomato now offers Funghi Tartuffo––a potato rosti with spinach, a trio of mushrooms, poached eggs and decadent truffle sauce––and a vegan dish with pumpkin hummus, house-made dukkah, avocado, mashed peas, mushrooms, and a massive slice of pumpkin on pumpkin rye toast. These menu items complement other Messy Tomato favourites, such as the Napolitano poached eggs and bacon on Ciabatta, and a Brioche French Toast, which now has mango compote and heaps of fruits for summer.
For lunch, the menu now includes a spaghetti marinara with house-made fish stock, calamari, prawns, fish, crab meat and a traditional olive oil and garlic sauce, a vegetarian pumpkin penne with broccolini, and a Mediterranean salad with jalapeño and tahini.
“The jalapeño tahini sauce really changes the salad from normal into something special,” Tony Curcio, owner of the Messy Tomato.
“We’re known for our pastas and platters, so it’ll be nice for people to recognize us for something new, fresh and different.”
Oh, and did we mention there’s now alcohol available as well? The café recently secured its liquor license, so beer, bubbles and wine will be pouring all day long.
The Messy Tomato is opening a second location in Newton mid-April. It too will have a liquor license and the café’s signature dishes, and it will also offer some more grab-and-go options.
Make sure to check out the Flinders Street location and its upcoming Newton spot, but be warned that at the Messy Tomato, the drinks and dishes are served with a side of banter.
“The way we serve people is with a very casual, family approach,” Curcio says jokingly. “We might tell you off while we serve you.”
Find the Messy Tomato at 151 Flinders Street.