Cafes · Food and Drink

Coconut Estate Eatery – Interview

Since opening their doors to the public late last year, Coconut Estate Eatery has been on my list of places to visit for the longest time!

Since visiting the cafe for the first time shortly before Christmas, I have now been to the cafe about 3x times and there is no doubt that there will be plenty more visits to this cute little cafe that has quickly been recognized for their feature flower wall, their oh-so-pretty dishes, the excellent customer service, and the healthy range of food and drink that is on their menu.

Accommodating 70 people at one time, the cafe boasts of a relaxed indoor seating with booths for larger groups and intimate seating by the flower wall for couples and small groups of friends, along with a quaint outdoor seating that allows you to enjoy your meals in the abundant sunshine that is currently blessing Adelaide.

Owned by Sithara Rajakaruna, who is also the Head Chef aka brains behind the well-celebrated and colorful menu at Coconut Estate Eatery, the cafe has done really well in achieving a broad appeal, attracting people of all ages into their beautiful space. Offering contemporary modern cuisine with a Sri Lankan touch to it, I wouldn’t be surprised if you needed some time to make a decision on what to get, because I can almost guarantee you that you’ll want to try E V E R Y T H I N G !

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Coco Nut Goodness

Through my consistently positive experiences at Coconut Estate Eatery, I was fortunate enough to score an e-interview with Sithara, where I let my curiosities of this unreal cafe run wild. Below, you will learn a brief story of how Coconut Estate Eatery came into our lives as one of the best blessings that the Adelaide cafe scene could ask for:

Tema: Who are the faces behind Coconut Estate Eatery (CEE)?
Sithara: The faces behind CEE are Sithara Rajakaruna and her family, along with cafe manager Blake Rylie and our beloved staff (we have 12 staff members at the moment).

Tema: How did the concept of CEE become a reality?
Sithara: Since working for other establishments such as Spice Kitchen, Jamie Oliver’s and Celsius for a combined total of 8 years, I had a dream to open up my own cafe. I think the pure passion and dedication to start up my own business, with the support from my family strongly pushed me to make CEE a reality.

Tema: How did you decide on what items to place on your menu?
Sithara: I have always wanted to introduce Sri Lankan food to the Adelaide food scene. But, I thought it would be a bit risky to do authentic Sri Lankan food as a startup business. That’s when I decided to introduce the Sri Lankan cuisine with an Australian twist.

Tema: What inspires you to come up with the dishes on your menu?
Sithara: I would attribute my inspiration for the menu dishes to my culture, my passion for playing with natural healthy food, and my strong desire for cooking for people and making them happy.

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The Refresher

Tema: What can people expect from your new menu, which was launched a
couple of days ago?
Sithara: We cater for all the dietary requirements, whilst aiming to deliver on extraordinary presentation and flavours.

Tema: What would you say is the most popular item at CEE?
Sithara: Every dish is a big seller in our cafe. But, the Nutella Lovers and Nourishing Goodness are two dishes in particular that are quite popular, compared to the rest of the menu items. 

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Nutella Lovers

Tema: What do you hope for your customers to experience, when dining at CEE?
Sithara: I hope that our customers will be able to enjoy the luxury of sensational food, refreshing drinks and great, friendly customer service, all whilst experiencing it all in an Insta-worthy atmosphere.

Tema: What would you say is an ideal CEE experience?
Sithara: CEE is not just another average cafe and aims to deliver the ‘wow’ factor on all aspects of the cafe; including food, drinks, and overall ambience. I would highly encourage people to come and visit us, if they would like to experience something exceptional.

Tema: How are you finding this location for your business – has it
been a good move so far?
Sithara: As a new, young entrepreneur, I think it is the best decision I’ve made so far, to set up my cafe in a prime location like O’Connell Street in North Adelaide. It’s always busy and there’s a generous amount of foot traffic, so it’s worked well for our cafe to thrive in this location!

Tema: Is there anything else that you’d like our readers / your customers to know
about CEE?
Sithara: We take a great pride on food ( especially with the flavours). The presentation of our food and drinks are what has resulted in a drastic development of our cafe.

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Will You Berry Me? – a new addition to their menu

Location
5 / 11 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide SA 5006

Opening hours
Mon-Sat: 8.00 to 15.30
Sun:         8.30 to 14.30

Social media
Facebook // Instagram

 

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