Skip to content Skip to main navigation

Food & Wine

Raise a glass and ruffle some feathers

Cheap eats – Tuck Shop (Civic)

By Alexandra Craig - 10 June 2015 6

IMG_6171

This week for Cheap Eats I thought I’d try somewhere a little different. I was recommended a place that is kind of like a cafe and kind of like a street food vendor, but doesn’t really fit entirely into either category.

Tuck Shop in Civic can really only be described by its name. It’s a hole in the wall that’s pretty much the same as a school tuckshop or canteen. Despite it existing for a few years now I’ve never noticed it before, nestled in between Playground Bar and La Scala (which is now a construction site – I believe the people who own Shorty’s bought La Scala and are turning it into a modern Italian eatery).

IMG_6169

I bounded along Garema Place starving and stopped off at an ATM on the way as I presumed it would be cash only, however when I arrived at Tuck Shop I spotted an Eftpos machine which is always a big winner for me. Despite it being around 12.45pm there was no one in line which made me a little nervous but turns out it was just good timing – about four people lined up after me.

Tuck Shop has a different soup each day. It was a Thai-inspired one on the day I visited, but since I wasn’t in a soup mood I opted for a chicken cheese and avocado jaffle for $5.00. Best decision ever. It was amazing.

IMG_6173

They put the jaffle together after you’ve ordered so you’re guaranteed optimum freshness. While the jaffle wasn’t exploding with fillings, it was still full of flavour. The chicken was smoked and therefore delicious, I could actually taste the cheese, and the avocado had a bit of a kick to it. I think the bread was generic supermarket white bread but who cares – it was still good! I took my lunch back to work with me but there are a couple of tables on the pavement underneath an outdoor heater.

IMG_6168

Tuck Shop also has a glass cabinet with paninis, bagels, sandwiches, croissants, yoghurt and muesli, banana bread, brownies and a variety of drinks. I couldn’t say no to a $4.00 brownie for dessert. While not the best brownie I’ve ever had, it was still pretty good. It was chocolately and fudgey, and was so rich took me most of the afternoon to get through.

IMG_6167

You can also purchase coffee here. I’m not a coffee drinker but $4.00 for a mega sized coffee is really cheap considering some places in Canberra charge $4.00 for a small.

I think Tuck Shop is great. You can easily get a delicious lunch with a drink and dessert for under $15. I will definitely be back and maybe it will even be today.

What: Tuckshop
Where: Garema Place (next door to Playground Bar) Civic

What’s Your opinion?


Post a comment
Please login to post your comments, or connect with
6 Responses to
Cheap eats – Tuck Shop (Civic)
kambahblacksheep 1:22 am 12 Jun 15

Evilomlap said :

Alexandra Craig said :

Ezy said :

Evilomlap said :

Did it used to have the same lightbulb sign but a different name? Like some weird American-style hot dog place? Or did I dream that…?

No, you aren’t alone. I am pretty sure this place is magic… almost Narnia like. I have had the same illusion where after I have downed half a dozen beers, I also see this hot dog place and really think it is a good idea to buy one. It is there, you just need to drink in order to see it, just like that other magical ‘Chicken Gourmet’ around the corner.

I couldn’t confirm for sure but I did read online that someone had mistaken it for a hot dog place recently so I assume that’s what it used to be 🙂

Thank you for the written confirmation that I am not going nuts! 😉

I’m pretty sure t

Alexandra Craig said :

Ezy said :

Evilomlap said :

Did it used to have the same lightbulb sign but a different name? Like some weird American-style hot dog place? Or did I dream that…?

No, you aren’t alone. I am pretty sure this place is magic… almost Narnia like. I have had the same illusion where after I have downed half a dozen beers, I also see this hot dog place and really think it is a good idea to buy one. It is there, you just need to drink in order to see it, just like that other magical ‘Chicken Gourmet’ around the corner.

I couldn’t confirm for sure but I did read online that someone had mistaken it for a hot dog place recently so I assume that’s what it used to be 🙂

I’m pretty sure they sell hotdogs at night

Evilomlap 1:16 pm 11 Jun 15

Alexandra Craig said :

Ezy said :

Evilomlap said :

Did it used to have the same lightbulb sign but a different name? Like some weird American-style hot dog place? Or did I dream that…?

No, you aren’t alone. I am pretty sure this place is magic… almost Narnia like. I have had the same illusion where after I have downed half a dozen beers, I also see this hot dog place and really think it is a good idea to buy one. It is there, you just need to drink in order to see it, just like that other magical ‘Chicken Gourmet’ around the corner.

I couldn’t confirm for sure but I did read online that someone had mistaken it for a hot dog place recently so I assume that’s what it used to be 🙂

Thank you for the written confirmation that I am not going nuts! 😉

Alexandra Craig 11:36 am 11 Jun 15

Ezy said :

Evilomlap said :

Did it used to have the same lightbulb sign but a different name? Like some weird American-style hot dog place? Or did I dream that…?

No, you aren’t alone. I am pretty sure this place is magic… almost Narnia like. I have had the same illusion where after I have downed half a dozen beers, I also see this hot dog place and really think it is a good idea to buy one. It is there, you just need to drink in order to see it, just like that other magical ‘Chicken Gourmet’ around the corner.

I couldn’t confirm for sure but I did read online that someone had mistaken it for a hot dog place recently so I assume that’s what it used to be 🙂

Evilomlap 10:42 am 11 Jun 15

Ezy said :

Evilomlap said :

Did it used to have the same lightbulb sign but a different name? Like some weird American-style hot dog place? Or did I dream that…?

No, you aren’t alone. I am pretty sure this place is magic… almost Narnia like. I have had the same illusion where after I have downed half a dozen beers, I also see this hot dog place and really think it is a good idea to buy one. It is there, you just need to drink in order to see it, just like that other magical ‘Chicken Gourmet’ around the corner.

Haha cheers. That probably also explains the little chickens I see buzzing round my head after I walk into glass doors.

Ezy 8:41 am 11 Jun 15

Evilomlap said :

Did it used to have the same lightbulb sign but a different name? Like some weird American-style hot dog place? Or did I dream that…?

No, you aren’t alone. I am pretty sure this place is magic… almost Narnia like. I have had the same illusion where after I have downed half a dozen beers, I also see this hot dog place and really think it is a good idea to buy one. It is there, you just need to drink in order to see it, just like that other magical ‘Chicken Gourmet’ around the corner.

Evilomlap 5:48 pm 10 Jun 15

Did it used to have the same lightbulb sign but a different name? Like some weird American-style hot dog place? Or did I dream that…?

Also, OT but I was sad to see La Scala go. La Scala had class. Great date restaurant, with their tables for two tucked away and soft lighting. I am betting Shorty’s ‘modern Italian eatery will be nowhere near as memorable.

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2017 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
www.the-riotact.com | www.b2bmagazine.com.au | www.thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site