If you’ve ever battled the epic Fullerton Road roundabout and cruised out on to Kensington Road, there’s a little local gem just sitting on the right hand side of the road, that’s been there for 20 years. The Black Olive. While you need to continue up the road a little before you can do a u-turn, it’s a worthwhile exercise, as the cafe’s new owners are dishing up something special.
After taking the reigns to the former sandwich bar two weeks ago, the new co-owners, David and Angelo have launched their new venture together from their shared passion in the hospitality game.
Angelo is the food guy. His career highlights included being the chef at the Hyatt, then InterContinental Adelaide, and most recently a stint at the Stamford Grand. But Angelo’s passion was to create dishes, unhindered by the restraints of the hotel industry. The Black Olive is now his creative outlet.
David is the coffee guy. After owning CIBO in Norwood for 11.5 years, and selling up to take a break, David is back with zest. His passion for amazing coffee has seen him take on the barista role behind the counter, treating customers to fantastic coffees, made from locally roasted D’Angelo beans.
After realising that people’s eating habits were changing, and people were after fast, fresh and healthy options (with the odd indulgence here and there), Angelo and David have teamed up to deliver what they’ve come to understand that people want.
The solid but tight menu offers convenience for those wanting to whiz through on their way to work, grabbing a coffee to go and a wrap or healthy salad – plus a more relaxed offering for those wanting to get away from the office for a meeting, or lunch with a friend.
Open weekdays from 7am to 4pm, The Black Olive will be a mecca for Instagram snappers, with their breakfast smoothie delivering on the visual appeal, as well as being a tasty treat for those looking for a healthy start to the day. Just a tip – it’s massive, so bring a friend so share the love!
For those wanting something more substantial, their cooked breakfast options are also divine. The Portabello mushrooms with cherry tomatoes (cooked perfectly), and sauteed garlic kale on sourdough is a treat. Add a couple of eggs and you’ll be good for go all day.
On cold Autumn days, you can’t go past the home-made pasta – and Angelo’s Casarecce Ragu. It’s hearty, warming, and incredibly delicious. A definite favourite for us.
The take-away options are all (mostly) guilt-free and include Angelo’s in-house toppings – from his berry compote to his granola and chia panna cotta. There’s turkey or salmon wraps, focaccia, piadinas, croissants, take-away salads, plus a whole cabinet of cakes for those with a sweet tooth. You can also grab a bottle of The Fix, which is cold pressed juice out of Canberra, which has gained a cult following interstate. The Black Olive are their exclusive stockist in Adelaide, so make sure you grab a bottle to see what the fuss is about!
All in all, you’ve now got a good reason to take a second look at this Kensington Road destination. The Black Olive has been firmly placed on our list of places to go for great coffee, and great food.
Check it out at 4 Kensington Road, Rose Park or on Instagram @theblackolive4