Entropy sits in a big, shiny repurposed railway shed, but that doesn’t mean the cafe is easy to find. Located in the grounds of an old university research facility by the banks of the River Torrens, Entropy proves that there’s only so far Google Maps can take you before you’re on your own.
Thankfully, there are signs to guide you, and it’s worth the expedition. The word ‘entropy’ relates to a measure of unavailable energy in thermodynamics, and was inspired by co-owner Laura Alexander’s fascination with physics. She also thought it sounded a lot like the challenge of starting a business.
All products are sourced from South Australia, so coffee is supplied by Dawn Patrol, tea from Scullery Made and juices are fresh or from Besa.
The breakfast and lunch menu has a South American vibe (care of the chef’s heritage) and includes the Sudamericana (house made baked beans, potato rosti, poached egg, sweet potato and morcilla sausage) alongside Cuban sandwiches, Peruvian soup and chilli con carne.
Friday nights see Entropy transformed into Char/Bar, serving local microbrews such as Pirate Life and Lobethal Bierhaus, as well as an even mix of Barossa, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley wines by the glass and bottle.
The Char/Bar menu makes use of unusual yet sustainable meats such as crocodile, alpaca and wild boar that all get the South American barbeque treatment.