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Breakfast in Canberra?

By CamillaG - 2 July 2011 39

A friend of mine, a food blogger by profession, is in Canberra tomorrow.

He would like to check out ‘the local fare’.

I have taken him to Silo before. He thought it was ‘okay’.

He is lovely but I really do not want to kick off my weekend with ‘hmmm, these poached eggs aren’t runny.  Gosh that coffee is over-brewed’ etc etc.

Any thoughts on where I can take him?

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FanBerra 7:09 pm 09 Jul 11

EvanJames said :

what’s wrong with Silo is not so much the service, as the attitude of those performing the alleged service.

Silo have nothin on the jerks at a Bite to Eat in Chifley. Best breakfast is Du Jour restaurant in Acton or for something casual you can’t beat Dobinsons bakers in the city. Their sour dough rolls hot out of the oven with jam is something else!

EvanJames 11:11 am 06 Jul 11

In the annoyingly-edited Food and Wine supplement in the CT recently, there was some kind of local restaurant award thingy, and for best breakfast category they had some place called Ricardo’s as the winner.

astrojax 5:48 am 06 Jul 11

wake up to weeties, they’re the real thing.

really, home cooked mushies on nice toasted bread in your pj’s has to be the best option… otherwise, tilley’s do nice baked beans [though your own are better, if you’ve got a spare three or four hours before hand…] if their coffee is shiite.

CamillaG 11:51 pm 05 Jul 11

screaming banshee said :

laura_2716 said :

Ricardo’s Cafe at Jamison – don’t let the location put you off though. They have been nominated the ACT and Southern NSW Best Breakfast Cafe. Their food is just superb, you will not be disappointed. http://ricardoscafe.com/

The classic choice for breakfast in Canberra though would have to be Gus’ Cafe in the City. I’ve never had a bad meal at that place. http://www.guscafe.com.au/

They are two of the worst recommendations I’ve ever heard, unless you’re being sarcastic.

There are two (different) places that top my list but I’m not giving them away because they’re already busy enough, so umm yeah check out ricardo’s and gus’, and while you’re at it give the continental bakery in mawson or all bar nun in o’conner a go.

Oh, and lastly, tell your friend that ‘food blogger’ is no more a profession than meter maid.

I really should have said ‘professional food blogger’. He is a doctor who happens to blog about food and get paid for it.

I’m having more visitors this weekend. Shall report back with breakfast findings!

77Eliza 10:10 am 05 Jul 11

My three favourites are:
Urban food in Action- although they seem to keep increasing their prices and you need to book.
A bite to Eat in Chifley – I’ve had some amazing brekky’s here but it often comes with attitude and my last visit was disappointing.
Wilbur’s at Hackett shops is one of my new fave’s – the potato rosti’s with smoked salmon are delicious.

pink little birdie 9:44 am 05 Jul 11

as for the fresh eggs either find someone at your work with chooks or your local butcher might get local fresh eggs. At least the local butcher at Kambah does fresh eggs.

screaming banshee 8:22 am 05 Jul 11

laura_2716 said :

Ricardo’s Cafe at Jamison – don’t let the location put you off though. They have been nominated the ACT and Southern NSW Best Breakfast Cafe. Their food is just superb, you will not be disappointed. http://ricardoscafe.com/

The classic choice for breakfast in Canberra though would have to be Gus’ Cafe in the City. I’ve never had a bad meal at that place. http://www.guscafe.com.au/

They are two of the worst recommendations I’ve ever heard, unless you’re being sarcastic.

There are two (different) places that top my list but I’m not giving them away because they’re already busy enough, so umm yeah check out ricardo’s and gus’, and while you’re at it give the continental bakery in mawson or all bar nun in o’conner a go.

Oh, and lastly, tell your friend that ‘food blogger’ is no more a profession than meter maid.

LisaB 3:32 am 05 Jul 11

My favourites are Bees and Co in Yarralumla and Ha Ha Bar in Belconnen. Verve in Manuka and Cream in the city have good brunch menus with lots of variety. The cafe at The National Library can be good, but it totally depends on what they’ve put on the limited menu for that day. On the upside, the coffees are obscenely huge. I have a lot of friends who recommend A Bite To Eat, but the one time I went there for brunch, the food was unimpressive and the service terrible. I love Tilleys, but it can be a nightmare to get to the bar and have to wait for drinks on a busy weekend. I put up with it anyway because I love the cinnamon toast.

Eyeball In A Quart Jar Of Snot 2:00 am 05 Jul 11

Holden Caulfield said :

A few more to throw into the ring, which have been good to me in the past.

Beess & Co, Yarralumla Shops
Podfood, Pialligo
Joey’s Kitchen, Watson Shops (only been there once since the transformation from Carlo’s, but service and food were good)

I’ve never had breakfast at Podfood, but I highly recommend going there for a weekend lunch.

GraceMaybe 9:38 pm 04 Jul 11

If you wan’t to to with the tourist angle, you can go to the pancake parlor but I don’t think that’s what you want.

Urban Pantry in Manuka? or anywhere in manuka really.

for sunday morning maybe you would like to go to the markets? old bus depot or jamison is beautiful on a nice crisp sunday morning 🙂

CamillaG 9:27 pm 04 Jul 11

I went for breakfast before my post was loaded. I really must plan my posts! – without your recommendations, I foolishly went to ‘As Nature Intended’ at the Belconnen Markets. AWFUL! I ordered greek poached eggs on sourdough with a skim latte. I got starchy overdone wet eggs on stale supermarket brown bread with curdled fetta and funky tasting basil and cashew pesto. The latte didn’t arrive for ages. Half way through my meal I felt it was time for the ‘friendly reminder’. The staff was surprised at my question as they couldn’t recall me ordering the latte!!! It took me producing the receipt before they brewed (burnt) my watery bland coffee.
I shall have check out all your recommendations! – and must get my hands on a poffertje maker, for the lazy brunch at home. 🙂

Babytiger 6:18 pm 04 Jul 11

Early Door has really great breakfast. Been there twice now and we love it. Had the truffle scrambled eggs last time and it was lovely.

Also been to Da Nunzio for breakfast once and the spicy baked eggs was delicious.

Kerryhemsley 4:54 pm 04 Jul 11

Yeah I have been to most of these places and they just don’t cut it.

Canberra has some good places to eat lunch and dinner but for breakfast you are better off staying home or risk being disappointed.

Go out to breakfast when you are in Melbourne or Sydney.

Holden Caulfield 4:48 pm 04 Jul 11

A few more to throw into the ring, which have been good to me in the past.

Beess & Co, Yarralumla Shops
Podfood, Pialligo
Joey’s Kitchen, Watson Shops (only been there once since the transformation from Carlo’s, but service and food were good)

Jivrashia 4:34 pm 04 Jul 11

madamcholet said :

The golden arches???

/me throws the big breakfast and scalding hot apple pie at madamcholet’ face and mutters something under his breathe

buzz819 said :

where can you buy fresh eggs in Canberra, besides the Farmers Market on a Saturday morning? Thanks.

Tried the Farmers Outlet in North Lyneham?

Silveras 3:32 pm 04 Jul 11

I would recommend the Waldorf On London. The staff are friendly and the food I had was great. It’s on London Circuit in a nice setting and the environment is open and looks great.

la_psyche 10:35 pm 03 Jul 11

I quite like Urban Food in New Acton, I’ve never had a bad breakfast there (although I do tend to order the same thing almost every time I go there for brekky because I just really like that dish! (scrambled salmon)). But I’ve seen my friends order other things and enjoy them. They used to have a giant breakfast dish for sharing which my friends and I split once – was delicious and a very generous serve.

Hovelites 4:18 pm 03 Jul 11

I feel really bad. Someone has posted our local, Edgar’s Inn at Ainslie, and it is also an option – so obvious I forgot to mention it! Great ambience and a view of the hill (Mount Ainslie that is). Fabulous friendly but not in your face staff as well.

Hovelites 4:16 pm 03 Jul 11

Cannot go past Lonsdale Roasters in Braddon, unless it is after 2pm on Saturday. The coffee – diiiiiiiivinnnnnne. And have the slow roasted pork panini thingy with sides at any time of the day. The cakes are a bit ordinary but there are stacks of other food choices. They were preparing a special muesli fruit and yogurt thing for a woman sitting next to me and it looked healthy enough to get her past lunchtime. And did I mention that coffee MMMMM

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