Good breakfast in Canberra??

By 21 September, 2012 55

I love breakfast and am desperate to find a great breakfast spot in Canberra but everywhere is terrible and overpriced.

I went to Beess & Co in Yarralumla on the weekend and it was appalling…even the toast was bad (and how can you mess that up??). A few weeks ago had Urban Food and nearly $60 later for 2 small meals and 2 drinks (all of which were small and awful), I wasn’t happy again. I have tried Cream, Pancake Parlour, Black Pepper, Milk & Honey, Cafe Essen, Gus’ and a whole raft of other places I can’t remember…but looking for input…

So, where do you love for breakfast? (especially interested in places that do a good French toast…)

Thanks

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55 Responses to Good breakfast in Canberra??
#1
johnboy5:37 pm, 21 Sep 12

I haven’t tried Edgars in Ainslie in a while, but it used to be my go-to for breakfast.

#2
c_c5:49 pm, 21 Sep 12

People who go to Urban Pantry are the biggest suckers in Canberra. Overpriced, very, very poor quality. The one time I tried it earlier this year to see what all the fuss is and why it’s always crowded, they served me a plate of charcoal with some pastry and fruit. I would have been embarrassed to send it out of the kitchen, much less charge for it.

#3
Darkfalz5:54 pm, 21 Sep 12

Sfoglia in Dickson is pretty good. I had French toast with a big breakfast somewhere but I don’t remember, it might have been the place at Hackett shops?

Ever had French toast with thick cut brioche? That’s to die for.

Spill the Beans did the best big breakfast ever but they closed a few years ago.

#4
Golden-Alpine5:59 pm, 21 Sep 12

Cafe inJoy at Gold Creek

#5
kea6:01 pm, 21 Sep 12

+1

When spring time hits, nothing beats a hot breakfast and a latte in the sun.. but unlike in Sydney, I am yet to find a place in Canberra that does breakfast for two for $30! Keen to hear what others think!

#6
jessieduck6:05 pm, 21 Sep 12

Duxton in O’Connor is another good pub option.

#7
jessieduck6:06 pm, 21 Sep 12

PS, that has got to be the best thing about banning smoking inside venues (aside from the health aspect blah blah)- you can actually enjoy pubs before 11am!

#8
Madam Cholet6:08 pm, 21 Sep 12

I’ve been researching places to take my work team for lunch and have decided on The Fellows at ANU. I note that they also do breaky. Does anyone have anything to offer up in this place?

Depends obviously where you live but I like lanyon homestead cafe and also the one at the homestead at Hall whose name eludes me. The botanic gardens has a cafe under new management which I’d like to try when I can get a run at a normal weekend.

#9
Spykler6:15 pm, 21 Sep 12

If you are the locale of Fyshwick on a Sat morning then Industry Cafe do a great Big Brekkie for $19.

#10
beeshive6:26 pm, 21 Sep 12

The National Library does a great breakfast and you can sit inside or out. Beautiful at this time of the year. Haven’t been at breakfast time for a while but the current lack of parking since the Patrick White lawn park closure may make this an almost impossible option these days. Certainly can’t get any parking if you go to the library after 9am but it might be OK for an early breakfast (I think they serve breakfast until 11).

#11
Bad Seed6:31 pm, 21 Sep 12

We had breakfast a few weeks ago at La Piazza at Erindale which recently moved from the main shops to the new complex on Gartside St. Very reasonably priced, fed 4 for less than $50, service a bit slow but would go back there as there’s not much on this side of town. I had the breakfast trifle -fancy name for a layered muesli in a long glass with fruit and yoghurt but it was yummy!

#12
Masquara6:41 pm, 21 Sep 12

There’s a new place opening at Realm in Barton some time in the next few weeks that is promising breakfast … it will be called Maple and something.

Hyatt breakfast is good but pricey.

If you don’t mind grease, Tilleys do breakfast for about $28 a head including a coffee …

#13
mistertim6:55 pm, 21 Sep 12

My cafe favs are Silo in Kingston and Farmers Daughter in Yarralumla.

#14
andym6:58 pm, 21 Sep 12

The restaurant / cafe at Lanyon do a breakfast, menu looks good, but never tried it, has anyone?

#15
plausibly_deniable7:07 pm, 21 Sep 12

Two before Ten, north of Hobart Place. Great coffe, lovely people, intersting food. Delissio in Braddon do a pretty unhealthy-but-awesome French toast using croissants – as if it wasn’t bad enough for you already.

In general the challenge is that if a place does a good job, then it’ll get crowded, then too crowded.

#16
pptvb7:22 pm, 21 Sep 12

Avoid A Bite To Eat in Chifley, the food is O.K, but the service is terrible. We were the only ones there on a Tuesday morning and it still took 45 minutes to get served.

#17
XO_VSOP7:25 pm, 21 Sep 12

I have been to all mentioned and more , trust me in this Bean and Grain Fyshwick markets 10/10 the food and people. Short story took my Grandmother and she was really admiring the cups , mentioned to owner if we could buy said cups, said sorry he had them made custom, 5 mins later he brought her a set on the house. The little things!

#18
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd7:52 pm, 21 Sep 12

By that I mean coffee club is horrid horrid poo, and there are sadly not many joints that do better.
I don’t really want to spill the beans on the good places as they are already crowded enough.

#19
fabforty7:59 pm, 21 Sep 12

Golden-Alpine said :

Cafe inJoy at Gold Creek

Ugh ! I won’t go there any more. Food is OK but I refuse to line up for ages only to struggle to find a table and the noise is so bad you can’t have a decent conversation. Clearly the popularity of this place is proof Gungahlin is still lacking decent cafes.

#20
kakosi8:05 pm, 21 Sep 12

Darkfalz said :

Sfoglia in Dickson is pretty good. I had French toast with a big breakfast somewhere but I don’t remember, it might have been the place at Hackett shops?

Ever had French toast with thick cut brioche? That’s to die for.

Spill the Beans did the best big breakfast ever but they closed a few years ago.

+1 for Sfoglia – the eggs benedict is also wonderful

#21
XO_VSOP8:16 pm, 21 Sep 12

Also note Maple Cove promoted to be open…. is not until Oct … However cant rate looks a little Melbourne vegan inspired

#22
Masquara9:11 pm, 21 Sep 12

pptvb said :

Avoid A Bite To Eat in Chifley, the food is O.K, but the service is terrible. We were the only ones there on a Tuesday morning and it still took 45 minutes to get served.

Ugh! Bite to Eat Chifley is a dirty hippy joint. Shared vegemite jar dipping is a hepatitis risk, folks!

#23
Genie9:18 pm, 21 Sep 12

I quite enjoy going to Dzire in Dickson…

The place is pretty quiet (although our brunch time is around 11am) and service is great !

Ricardos’ at Jamo is also great, but always super busy. Booking a table is highly recommended.

#24
zorro2910:07 pm, 21 Sep 12

excellent…thanks all! lots of places to try…i am a hopeless breakfast fiend and canberra really depresses me on the breakfast front

:)

#25
arescarti4210:40 pm, 21 Sep 12

Cafe Wood Works in Bungendore do a pretty nice breakfast. Not exactly a bargain, and I don’t think they do French toast, but the quality of food and the service is good IMO.

#26
Jindy7:47 am, 22 Sep 12

Edgars
Breakfast menu till 11:30
Pancakes or french toast with bacon and maple syrup. For 3 people with coffees for about $45

#27
Sandman7:51 am, 22 Sep 12

pptvb said :

Avoid A Bite To Eat in Chifley, the food is O.K, but the service is terrible. We were the only ones there on a Tuesday morning and it still took 45 minutes to get served.

Maybe you pissed the staff off. I’ve never waited more than 10 minutes for my food on a weekday, we can get breakfast and coffee for 2 and a 2 year old for less than $40 and there are nice comfy seating options.

#28
OverLord8:03 am, 22 Sep 12

twoforjoy in Kingston is great, go to place for late breakfast. Service varies, but once you taste the food you forget.

#29
SupaSal8:41 am, 22 Sep 12

French Toast is done pretty Damn good in my house if I say so myself – Why should I go out and pay for something I can make at home – Have had many a brunch party – I’ve got a coffee machine, eggs, bacon, tomato’s, mushrooms, onion, garlic and bread – We decide where to eat (sun or no sun) the place is quiet so we can enjoy our catch up and the food is ready in a few mins – all freshly prepared (not sitting in prep dishes for hours on end).

#30
Madam Cholet8:56 am, 22 Sep 12

andym said :

The restaurant / cafe at Lanyon do a breakfast, menu looks good, but never tried it, has anyone?

I’ve been there a lot….considering that when we first moved to Canberra it was our closest local cafe! In spring and summer the location is heaven on earth. Food is hearty I suppose. Service not always spot on but makes it most of the time. In the colder months it’s nice to be inside by the fire….not so great for kids but as its quite small.

Heck, I even got married there. If you wanted this location in any other metro area in Australia you’d pay a fortune. One of the wonderful things about Canberra is that these locations can be literally a stones throw from home. When we first moved here we could here the cows at lanyon mooing in the morning!

Ok, reminiscing over.

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