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Breakfast in Canberra?

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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laura_2716 laura_2716 12:24 pm 02 Jul 11

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/

I live in Macgregor I live in Macgregor 12:29 pm 02 Jul 11

The “recovery breaky” at Debacle is pretty good.

and I trhink the staff are friendly and have a good sense of humour.

buzz819 buzz819 12:31 pm 02 Jul 11

You could always do the Hyatt for their buffett? Then he can choose what he wants and can only blame himself for the bad choices. If not, Cream, Gus’, Poachers Pantry out near Murrumbateman, The London Beer and Burgers do a great breaky burger. Theres a joint in Manuka that is always busy, Urban Pantry maybe?

I don’t want to start a new thread for the sake of a question, but where can you buy fresh eggs in Canberra, besides the Farmers Market on a Saturday morning? Thanks.

justsomeaussie justsomeaussie 12:50 pm 02 Jul 11

No question. It’s “Grazing” at Gundaroo.
The drive isnt very far but it’s the best food this side of Sydney.

P.s I’m not affiliated

Sheridan Sheridan 1:27 pm 02 Jul 11

I quite like Ona on the lawns at Manuka. They have been a little hit and miss at times, but not so bad with the misses that I don’t keep going back.

Silverbug Silverbug 2:01 pm 02 Jul 11

Idelic in Kingston, just down the block from Silo, has always seemed pretty tasty and good value to us. (And you don’t have to queue to get in.) We go every fortnight or so. They have home made baked beans and their coffee and tea is proably as good as it gets in Canberra. Argh, it’s closed on Sundays though. How about Chicken Gourmet around the corner? 🙂

gentoopenguin gentoopenguin 2:25 pm 02 Jul 11

How about offering your friend a big warm cup of shut the f*** up? Even food critics needs to switch off their day jobs at some point.

Alternatively, the EU Cafe in Griffith does a nice breakfast menu and isn’t usually too packed out the back.

Genie Genie 3:00 pm 02 Jul 11

I had a fantastic Eggs Benny last week at Black Pepper in Belconnen.. the best I’ve had in a long time.

I’ve always been a fan of breaky at Cafe Injoy at Gold Creek… but that could be more for the thickshakes than the food..

kezzafezza kezzafezza 3:06 pm 02 Jul 11

Genie said :

I’ve always been a fan of breaky at Cafe Injoy at Gold Creek… but that could be more for the thickshakes than the food..

I had an omelet there that was the size of my car windscreen. But it wasn’t that nice.
+1 for Poachers Pantry. But you need to book a few weeks in advance sometimes they get so busy. Winter might be less busy though.

I-filed I-filed 3:15 pm 02 Jul 11

Hyatt breakfast. If he’s that fussy he can part with $60 for his brekky.

madamcholet madamcholet 3:49 pm 02 Jul 11

The golden arches??? May not taste that great, especially after the event…but dependable all the same…

Cheap Cheap 3:55 pm 02 Jul 11

Cafe food in Canberra is rarely any good, especially not when compared to Sydney or Melb.

gentoopenguin said :

How about offering your friend a big warm cup of shut the f*** up? Even food critics needs to switch off their day jobs at some point.

Alternatively, the EU Cafe in Griffith does a nice breakfast menu and isn’t usually too packed out the back.

EU Cafe doesn’t exist any more, but it was good.

Gus’ is O.K. but nothing to write home about.

Pizzazz in Kingston do a very good eggs benedict (as good as the best I’ve had in Sydney) but everything else they do is average.

My favorite right now is the cafe at the Yarralulmla nursery purely for the nice atmosphere when sitting outside.

johnboy johnboy 4:15 pm 02 Jul 11

I’ve always found Edgars at Ainslie to be excellent for breakfast.

Mysteryman Mysteryman 5:01 pm 02 Jul 11

I quite enjoy Milk and Honey for breakfast.

joeyjojojo joeyjojojo 5:57 pm 02 Jul 11

kezzafezza said :

… +1 for Poachers Pantry. But you need to book a few weeks in advance sometimes they get so busy. Winter might be less busy though.

Agreed. By far my favourite, but doubtful you would get a table without booking in advance.

Catty Catty 6:34 pm 02 Jul 11

And what’s wrong with Silo?

You could try the organic cafe at the Belconnen Markets. They do a wonderful “big breakfast”

Classified Classified 8:45 pm 02 Jul 11

Catty said :

And what’s wrong with Silo?

The service.

EvanJames EvanJames 11:00 pm 02 Jul 11

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

Podfood at Pialligo can be added to the excellent list of suggestions here, in a slightly non-urban-cafe-ish setting. I bet the eggs will be runny.

breda breda 11:23 pm 02 Jul 11

A long lie-in and breakfast in bed should do it. Always worked for me and picky/snobby males from the Emerald City.

In 20 years, I have never found a breakfast in Canberra worth getting out of bed for, compared to what could be rustled up at home.

Eyeball In A Quart Jar Of Snot Eyeball In A Quart Jar Of Snot 9:54 am 03 Jul 11

Mysteryman said :

I quite enjoy Milk and Honey for breakfast.

How can this awful place still exist?

Bad service + Lousy food + High Prices = not recommmended.

Silo’s food is decent, but the snooty service and the crowds you get on a Saturday morning are not worth it.

Gus’ is a bit overhyped.

A Bite To Eat in Chifley used to be pretty good, but I’m not sure what changed there but the last time I went was pretty disappointing.

I would suggest that the best places for breakfast are the ones already suggested that are OUTSIDE of Canberra. Which is a shame.

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