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(Just over) $10 lunch review: Sweet Bones

By poetix - 14 December 2012 38

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Feeling a little hungover, I decided I needed something healthy for lunch, breakfast having been an impossibility.  The new bakery and café Sweet Bones on the non-city end of Lonsdale Street has been beckoning for a while now; I kept trying to get in before they were open.

Now, from recent threads I know that some rioters are a tad anti-vegan.  I am not vegan; just a wishy-washy vegetarian, although on most days my non-vegetarian intake is one white coffee and a sprinkle of cheese on tomato pasta.

Can vegan food be tasty?

On the basis of my tempeh focaccia today (I think it was $11.50, but I forgot to make a note) I would say most definitely yes.  The bread was crunchy but soft on the inside.  The vegan mayonnaise was delicious, and the whole thing had a smoky flavour that reminded me of various fish from my bad old days.  The serving was generous and beautifully presented, as I tried to show in my photograph.

Importantly, the short black I had before the food was really strong and thick; enough to make me feel human again.

The cafe is in the über-cool arcade that contains a bike shop, various second hand and designer dress shops, and hairdressers and galleries and all the other essentials of modern living.  (Yes, my irony levels are fine, thank you.)

It amused me, as I chomped my way through the delicious vegan lunch (nobly refusing vegan cupcakes as an afters) to see a stuffed antelope head looking down on us all from a second hand store, just above a super-sized Jesus with his arms open.  I swear I saw the antelope’s head move once in a nod of approval.  But I am a renowned liar.

I really recommend Sweet Bones.  A large number of awesomely beautiful people were there, which made for pleasant viewing, from my daggy perspective.  And the bread is really good.  Give it a go and you may be pleasantly surprised.

You can, incidentally, have a real milk coffee, as well.

[ED – the arcade in question is Lonsdale Street Traders, across the road from Debacle where the tyre shop used to be]

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38 Responses to
(Just over) $10 lunch review: Sweet Bones
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astrojax 1:54 pm
14 Dec 12
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‘bones’ in the name of a vegan joint? how off-putting that must be for the prospective clientele!

and why were you hungover, poetix? you always seem such a clean living kind of poster!

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poetix 2:03 pm
14 Dec 12
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Vodka is God’s health drink. You can’t beat the French or the Germans without it.

So if we’re ever invaded by the French or the Germans, expect stiff resistance from O’Connor.

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rosscoact 2:04 pm
14 Dec 12
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Is Lonsdale Street becoming or already is the hippest street in Canberra?

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johnboy 2:09 pm
14 Dec 12
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Wait until The Elk and Pea is going at full steam and debacle’s moved down the road.

At that point you’ll be at hipster overload.

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dpm 2:34 pm
14 Dec 12
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poetix said :

Vodka is God’s health drink…..

So no bench pressing at the Gym today then? 😉

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rosscoact 2:56 pm
14 Dec 12
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johnboy said :

Wait until The Elk and Pea is going at full steam and debacle’s moved down the road.

At that point you’ll be at hipster overload.

I was down at the Lonsdale Street Roasters getting my double shot Johnny Cash macchiato and contemplating parking the fixie in front of Elk and Pea to have a smashed pea and streaky bacon brioche before going shopping to buy a new knit cap and I thought, gee there’s a lot of hipsters around here.

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poetix 3:03 pm
14 Dec 12
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dpm said :

poetix said :

Vodka is God’s health drink…..

So no bench pressing at the Gym today then? 😉

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow
Lifts on that heavy bench from day to day

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poetix 3:04 pm
14 Dec 12
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rosscoact said :

Is Lonsdale Street becoming or already is the hippest street in Canberra?

is, in my humble op

And I just noticed a mistake in my review! Sentence should read ‘although on most days my non-vegan intake is one white coffee and a sprinkle of cheese on tomato pasta.’ Not non-vegetarian.

I obviously need vodka to write proper.

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Thumper 3:07 pm
14 Dec 12
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poetix said :

Vodka is God’s health drink. You can’t beat the French or the Germans without it.

So if we’re ever invaded by the French or the Germans, expect stiff resistance from O’Connor.

Three words.

Gin and Tonic.

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Solidarity 3:19 pm
14 Dec 12
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To be honest, for $11.50, it’d better be the best most amazing sandwich ever.

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poetix 3:25 pm
14 Dec 12
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Thumper said :

poetix said :

Vodka is God’s health drink. You can’t beat the French or the Germans without it.

So if we’re ever invaded by the French or the Germans, expect stiff resistance from O’Connor.

Three words.

Gin and Tonic.

Don’t. We may get another lecture about the British as the world’s toughies.

But I also like my quinine! With lime and a punkawallah.

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DrKoresh 3:52 pm
14 Dec 12
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on most days my non-vegetarian intake is one white coffee and a sprinkle of cheese on tomato pasta.
You do realise that there is nothing anti-vegetarian in eating cheese or milk right? Did you mean to say vegan?

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devils_advocate 3:58 pm
14 Dec 12
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Solidarity said :

To be honest, for $11.50, it’d better be the best most amazing sandwich ever.

I know – time was, you could get a burger from a red van for about that much, and it was the standard by which all burgers – nay, by which all food – could be measured. The vast majority of which would fall far short.

So if someone else comes wandering around offering a sandwich for $11.50 within a 100 kilometre radius, it’s hard to see how it would be up to scratch.

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poetix 4:04 pm
14 Dec 12
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DrKoresh said :

on most days my non-vegetarian intake is one white coffee and a sprinkle of cheese on tomato pasta.
You do realise that there is nothing anti-vegetarian in eating cheese or milk right? Did you mean to say vegan?

Indeed! Se #8 for my correction. Sorry for the careless brain and/or fingers.

At least people are reading the review!

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bigfeet 8:53 am
15 Dec 12
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So is the place only vegan or do they serve food as well?

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