Suburban cafes and food joints within Adelaide have long being gone unnoticed and are starting to gain traction in their popularity in recent months. There’s a unique charm and sense of ambience that is enjoyed by customers and visitors who venture out of the city and are welcomed with a more inviting, community feel.
One such cafe that we recently visited is Wholly Belly. A small, family-owned business (owned by Glenn and Mary Smith) that is tucked away less than 10 minutes out of town by driving on Magill Road, the food joint possesses a vibe that congregates people from all walks of life to simply sit down and enjoy a cuppa or a wholesome wood-fired pizza in peace.
Specializing in hand rolled wood fired bagels, wraps, pizzas, and much more, the menu is small but concise enough to be able to make a decision without spending too long flipping between the pages. The price range of the items available for purchases here are decent and affordable (particularly if dining on a student budget and with 1-2 people) - sides range from $4.90 - $9.90, pizzas from $13.90 - $16.90, wraps from $11.90 - $13.90, and breakfast meals from $8.90 - $17.90.
As co-owner Mary Smith had a chat with us during our dining service, Wholly Belly is hoping to bring back a vibrant sense of enjoying Friday in the suburbs, through their Supper Club, which runs from 6pm and offers customers with their choice of starters, all-you-can-eat pizzas, and dessert for just $32 (adults). There’s also a special for kids - $10 for their choice from schnitzels or pizzas.
For drinks, we had a hot chocolate and peppermint tea. The drinks were served with cute latte art and gave the much-needed morning kick!
For food, we had the chicken pesto pizza, which was served with a pesto base and topped with chicken, basil, sundried tomato, feta, and rocket. There really is something different and satisfying about biting into the crust of a pizza that has been cooked wood fired style! The subtly smoky flavours, coupled with the fresh taste of the rocket, and the tenderly cooked chicken pieces made for a delightful meal for two. The pesto base is a surprise to the tastebuds (compared to the pizza sauce base that is the norm) - and a pleasant one at that!
We also tried the sweet and spicy bagel, which was served with harissa-spiced pumpkin, baby spinach, honey, and toasted sesame seeds. While the bagels were a tad spicy for my liking, the bagel is generously-sized and perfect for sharing with 1-2 people. The spiciness from the pumpkin was well balanced by the cooling taste from the spinach and honey.
The hospitality of the staff is also commendable - everyone is friendly and determined to deliver the best possible service, which is a huge deciding factor for me (personally) as it does add to the dining experience in a big way.
Wholly Belly stands true to its name, as we experienced a whole and satisfied belly after our dining experience at this cute little food joint. Offering options that are healthy and delicious, coupled with a seriously calming interior that makes dining in a breeze, you’ll want to give this food joint a go, next time you find yourself around that side of town.
Words by: Fatema Sitabkhan
Where: Wholly Belly 24 Magill Rd, Norwood
Open: Monday -Closed, Tuesday & Wednesday - 8:00am - 3:00pm, Thursday & Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm and Saturday & Sunday 8:00am - 2:00pm