From time to time one comes across a café or restaurant that makes you sit up and take notice for one reason or another. I had one of these moments during a recent trip to Adelaide. I was googling restaurant and café options in the city when I came across Eggless. The concept intrigued me, and I knew I'd have to pay it a visit. I was curious about this place because I know there are so many people out there who don't eat eggs out of preference or due to allergy. Eggless also had a great range of vegan desserts - great for people looking for dairy free dessert.
I headed to Eggless Dessert Café late last Sunday night, and luckily got a seat inside straight away (good thing too - it was very cold outside!). A friend and I wanted to sample a few of the eggless creations on offer, so we ordered the tasting plate for two ($18) with four small portions of desserts from the menu.
Tasting Plate for Two $18
We ate our way from one end of the plate to the other.. It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it! :P We started with the ice cream.
Sweetcorn Ice Cream
I was doubtful as to how the ice cream would be creamy without eggs or dairy, but it was quite creamy. It was quite light, and was lightly flavoured with the sweet corn and coconut milk/cream (not sure which). Delicious and refreshing on the palate.
Lychee and Passionfruit Pana Cotta
This was a wonderfully refreshing and flavoursome dessert. I can imagine it would be wonderful on a hot summer evening. The pana cotta was a bit runny to be a pana cotta but it was gelatine free after all.
Sticky date and raspberry pudding
I'm not normally one for anything with dates, but this dessert was great. Delicious and moist with a warm pouring sauce.
So good, and my friend's dessert highlight for the evening. Yum :)
After dessert I asked owner and dessert creator Eelin a couple of questions...
Tell me a little about the concept behind Eggless
My parents were lacto-vegetarians (now vegan) and we've had a lot of trouble looking for desserts they could eat whenever we go out. So we then make our own food and desserts and have been doing that for many many years. I am also very passionate about desserts and understand how difficult for people with dietary restrictions to find decent desserts so we thought that it would be nice to be able to provide a place for people to have nice desserts.
You have a wide range of desserts on your menu. What's your personal favourite?
That's a really hard question...I do love lots of desserts but so far the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie is my favourite...can't really go wrong with the chocolate and peanut butter combination...it's also decadently rich but so lip smacking delicious!! It appeared a couple of times on our menu and it's also very popular with our customers.
So what's the secret? How do you create egg-free desserts without compromising on flavour or quality?
Lots of trial and error really...it's about knowing the ingredients and what they can do. I spend my spare time reading food magazines and recipe books for ideas and tips. I also try to use natural and fresh ingredients in my food to give the best flavours.
Do you have any tips for people wanting to create eggless desserts at home?
The internet is a fantastic source of heaps and heaps of egg free dessert recipes and has lots of good tips too.
Eggless Dessert Café
162 Goodwood Rd