2014 is off to a good start – here are some of my January foodie adventures.
Brunch I headed to the recently opened Mrs Sackville at the Kingston Foreshore. It’s not along the lakefront, but faces the Bus Depot markets. The small café offers homey and simple food in a quiet spot on the Foreshore. Prices range from $9 for house-made toasted muesli to $25 for a Sunday Big Breakfast.
Penny University in Kingston recently introduced CRONUTS to their weekend menu. I tried their maple and thyme glazed cronut for $6. Deliciously sinful. I tried to be healthy and had their Low GI Breakfast Pudding before indulging in the cronut. Consisting of black sticky rice, coconut, grilled mango and nut brittle, this was an awesome dish and very filling. Best of all, it suits most dietary requirements as it’s gluten-free, vegetarian and dairy-free.
I had the white beans, tomato chorizo with baked egg at Autolyse on Lonsdale Street. The fresh bread tasted amazing, especially after dipping into the yummy tomato sauce.
Coffee at Lonsdale Street Roaster’s latest project, Remedy, on the Kingston Foreshore is reasonably priced and tastes great! I think it will do very well there.
Lunch Dolce and Salato in Civic not only offers sweets and gelatos, but they have a huge wood-fired oven and have a selection of wood-fired pizzas on the menu at around $19 each. I really liked the ‘Verdi’ pizza consisting of caramelised pear, prosciutto, brie, rocket and bocconcini cheese. Yum!
I was informed of an awesome coffee and lunch spot in Woden – Urban Bean Espresso Bar. Using Ona coffee, they really do make a great coffee. I headed in for lunch and have been raving to everyone about the delicious chips covered in 20 different seasonings. Better than Kingsleys!
After all the hype, I thought I’d check out Vietnamese street food at Roll’d in the Canberra Centre food court. Disappointed with both the banh mi and rice paper rolls.
Dinner I dined for the first time at Aubergine, recently rated Canberra’s number 1 restaurant by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. It was an enjoyable experience and is a great place to go to for special occasions or foodie fine-dining get togethers.
I headed to Torrens to finally try out Pistachio Dining, which has been on my list of restaurants to visit for the last 5 years. I thought dinner was lovely and like that they have tasting plates for both entrees and desserts.
I was eager to try out The Rum Bar at the Kingston Foreshore – a 5 star rum/cocktail/pintxos bar. I was suitably impressed with the selection of pintxos chosen – the charcuterie board, coconut shrimp (feature photo above) and arancini balls in particular. There is a bit of a wait for cocktails, especially on a Friday night, but the staff reassured us that they would be bringing in more bar staff.
I tried out Peking Duck at Mr Wei’s, located near the Canberra Theatre on London Circuit. A whole duck is $89.90 (shared between 4), and a half duck is $48.90 (shared between 2). Not the best I’ve had.
You can’t beat nice cheap food so I went back to PappaRich a couple more times for dinner.
I tasted Peruvian food for the first time at Cholo’s Peruvian Restaurant in Dickson. The saffron ice cream was feminine, light and sweet. I also tried doogh – a yogurt drink with cucumber and salt in it. Definitely the most odd drink I’ve ever tasted and not one I’d likely order again.