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“Nice but slow”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of White Cedars Cafe

White Cedars Cafe
Ranked #3 of 16 Restaurants in Burra
Cuisines: Indonesian, Cafe, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: http://www.visitburra.com/Places_to_Eat/
Gawler, Australia
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63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Nice but slow”
Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

It was a cold and blustery night, and we were literally blown in through the door. Rather than a hearty greeting, the reception was almost as cold as that outside. The proprietor was on the phone, and abruptly asked our name and pointed to a table (we had hooked, but with only two other couples, there was room to spare).

Upon finishing the call, which seemed an inconvenience as well (I think it was a takeaway order), he came over, handed us the menus and promptly announced there were no spring rolls tonight. No spring rolls!! It was 6:30pm and only 4 other people in the place! Oh, and by the way, not so much as a "hello", "welcome" or anything else, before he whisked off out the back.

The food was nice; not as spicy as other Asian foods. The entree omelette was delicious, and the green curry and vegetable curry were both lovely. It should be noted that the chocked did come with loads of vegetables, and the curry was very liquid in nature, almost like a big bowl of soup.

The wine list is limited, though if the is not the foot traffic I can understand not holding on to stock. The wine by the glass was from piccolo bottles, so that was nice.

You do feel that you are sitting in the front dining room of someone's house; the doorbell sounding from the kitchen when a course is ready. So too, unfortunately, the laid back nature of the service. Whilst our departure was pleasant, with a chat at the till, the rest of the evening almost made us feel like our attendance was an inconvenience.

The decor and background music was nice, however one wouldn't want to be dining on a busy evening, as it may take hours. Someone came in to order takeaway, but upon heating that the tapioca dessert couldn't be done as it would take 25 minutes, they left without making a purchase. I have a feeling that there is only one person in the kitchen, owing to the time between courses, and also the previously mentioned phone order, where the estimation was about 30 minutes for a pickup.

So, a nice meal, but don't think it will be a quick event.

Visited June 2014
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Rome, Italy
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Flavours of Indonesia not expected in a small historical town in South Australia”
Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

It was a pleasure to visit this cafe. The flavour of the food produced well appreciated. A small, intimate dining area, which is also the home of the owners. Give it a try. The food is worth it

  • Visited June 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Indonesian”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

A hidden gem didn't expect to find Indonesian Restaurant in rural South Australia, had Indonesian Chicken Soup & Tamarand Soup followed by the best Nasi Goring we have tasted. Prices were what you would expect without being over the top, service excellent as was the surroundings. After travelling for a number of days great place to stop off and relax would make a point of calling again if in the district

Visited September 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Weekday lunch”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

We chose to dine at White Cedars Cafe for lunch and selected the corn and prawn pancakes ($12) as an entree, Ayam Bali chicken curry ($25) as a main and Tapioca Pudding ($11) and Green pancakes ($11) for dessert.
We have enjoyed food from most of Asia but are not familiar with Indonesian food. Maybe we are not qualified to judge but we did not particularly enjoy our meal and felt it was overpriced. The main course was quite tasty and we found it to be the best option. The entree and desserts were very high in carbohydrates, the desserts being basically starch and brown sugar syrup.
Service was pleasant but somewhat slow.

Visited July 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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133 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Stunning!”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Loved this cafe, service and food exceptional. A group of us had booked, we left it up to the Chef to decide on our meals, the barramundi cooked in coconut milk was a huge favorite, followed closely by the prawns. We were served just the right amount to not feel 'over full' and gluttonous, although the desserts (probably not needed - but we couldn't resist!) were very tasty! Pancakes with shredded coconut and Cointreau sauce with ice cream was stunning! A very special and inviting atmosphere and very reasonably priced. Definitely book as is a small restaurant to ensure you get a table. They do have a wine list so you do not need to BYO, but we took some reds and bought our white white wine there.

Visited August 2013
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