After a three-week closure, Exchange Specialty Coffee is back on the tools.
The East End cafe reopened today following a refit and expansion into the site next door (formerly Couture Jewellery & Co). The kitchen, now three times the size, has relocated into the newly acquired space, and the seating area has extended into an L-shape around the service counter.
With the changes comes a new head chef and menu, which has had a complete overhaul, save for customer favourite The Wallace Sandwich. “That’s the icon,” says owner Tom Roden. “We’re still going to keep to our ‘simple is better’ mantra. There are only about eight options on the menu, plus pastries and toast.”
New additions include French-toasted cornbread with banana, bacon and dulce de leche; and black chorizo with potato hash, apple relish and watercress salad.
Joining the team is head chef James Bednall, the former senior sous chef at the Crown Plaza Hotel. “He’s come for a lifestyle change,” says Roden. “He was mostly overseeing staff rather than being hands-on in the kitchen, so now he’s got complete control over what goes on in there.”
The new-look Exchange will officially launch at a special event on Tuesday December 6 with Melbourne roasters Market Lane and craft brewery Sparkke Change Beverage Co.
Exchange Specialty Coffee
12/18 Vardon Ave, Adelaide
Mon to Fri 7am–5pm