Hot in the City: Morning Dew bring the brew and a fabulous all day brunch menu to Molonglo Valley

Michelle Taylor 28 December 2020 19
Green Island Waffles

Morning Dew’s delicious savoury Green Island Waffles. Photo: Supplied.

Next time you are heading out to the Cotter and Molonglo Valley, make Morning Dew cafe at Denman Village your coffee pit stop. It is close enough that your brew will still be piping hot by the time you arrive at your final destination and the coffee is good!

A gateway to the Stromlo and the Cotter’s outdoor attractions, Denman Village Shops is becoming a community hub. Morning Dew opened its doors a year ago, offering top-notch coffee and cafe meals to residents from the surrounding new homes and apartments.

“We want to provide quality food and coffee to the ‘burbs,” says head chef James Calagos.

“Locals shouldn’t have to drive to Manuka or the city for a good cafe experience – we want them to have it at their fingertips.

“We now have customers visiting from all over Canberra to experience this hidden gem.”

James Calagos

Morning Dew’s vibrant head chef, James Calagos. Photo: Supplied.

James’s curiosity about different cuisines and cooking styles has seen him become a ‘James of all trades’. He has gleaned experience at several local Canberran fixtures before heading up the kitchen at Morning Dew. Honing his burger skill set at Grease Monkey, then perfecting the breakfast classics at Tilley’s, James finessed earthy delicious vegetable dishes at Two Before Ten and explored fine-dining concepts in the kitchen at Me and Mrs Jones.

He marries all these diverse experiences into Morning Dew.

“It’s a cafe that caters for all tastes,” he says.

“We have quick breakfast options like our bacon and egg roll for all the tradies that come through. And besides the regular cafe breakfasts, we have some original and exciting menu options for the more adventurous. We are all about specialty coffee. We use world-class ONA coffee which is roasted locally. People come for the excellent coffee and the beautiful atmosphere.”

The Benny Dew Eggs Benedict

The Benny Dew, Eggs Benedict served on a Japanese croquet. Photo: Supplied.

Everything on the menu looks so good.

If you are a waffle lover, make sure to ask about the sweet waffle of the day! For my breakfast, I opt for James’s twist on an Eggs Benny. Instead of the traditional sourdough, the eggs rest on a Japanese croquet. A patty of soft mashed potato, the croquet is dipped in panko crumbs and deep fried until crunchy. The croquet’s crumb is snappy and crisp with a tender filling. It works well with the whole dish: perfectly poached eggs, lashing of crispy bacon, spears of fresh asparagus and baby spinach are covered in luscious hollandaise sauce. It is delicious … and the coffee is perfect.

Next time, I want to try the Green Island Waffles. Savoury waffles are one of my favourite breakfast treats, and this version features spinach and avocado with dukkah-dusted Persian feta. I don’t know how James manages to make these dishes with his half-sized ‘satellite’ kitchen.

Follow Morning Dew on Facebook and Instagram and keep an eye out for their next big thing coming soon, the launch Molonglo Valley’s first licensed venue – Honeysuckle – right next door.

“It will be family-oriented and very much about supporting local suppliers and businesses. With some of the finest selection of beers on tap and wines from the Canberra region, it will be open for dinner seven days a week. Finally, a place for the residents of the valley to unwind in the evenings!” James says.

Morning Dew

Pop in for a hot coffee, but you might just end up staying for some delicious, pretty plates of yum. Photo: Supplied.

Morning Dew is located at Shop 5, 3 Felstead Vista at the Denman Village Shops.

It is open Monday to Saturday from 6:30 am to 3:30 pm, and Sunday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.

All-day brunch is served until 2:30 pm. Morning Dew will be closed on New Year’s Day.

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19 Responses to Hot in the City: Morning Dew bring the brew and a fabulous all day brunch menu to Molonglo Valley
Elizabeth Simpson Elizabeth Simpson 11:35 pm 31 Dec 20

Irene Ching, have you tried this?

Michelle Preston Michelle Preston 2:54 pm 31 Dec 20

Hubby and I love popping in for a coffee/brunch in what will be our local in June 2021.

Liz Rose Liz Rose 2:07 pm 31 Dec 20

Natasha Alexandra new brunch spot near you

Chelsea Joyce Chelsea Joyce 8:21 pm 30 Dec 20

John maybe try here sometime soon?

    John Hamilton John Hamilton 8:22 pm 30 Dec 20

    Very close to stromlo. You can drive me and my bike down ;)

Grace Xiaoyue Grace Xiaoyue 6:11 pm 30 Dec 20

Um yum 😍 Lauren Griffiths

Kooky Calagos Kooky Calagos 10:35 am 30 Dec 20

Congrats My Husband, Chef James Calagos- Proud Wife Here 😁

Stephen Lawton Stephen Lawton 6:09 am 30 Dec 20

Richard Stone: shall we try sometime?

Marites Ladringan Marites Ladringan 5:41 am 30 Dec 20

What a lovely cafe. Have many coffees here, great service and atmosphere - Definitely a great place to go!!

Em Carters Em Carters 11:29 pm 29 Dec 20

Megan somewhere for you guys to try!

Karen Logue Karen Logue 3:36 pm 29 Dec 20

Caroline Smith Jayne Holmes Julie Shaw Shan Badowski Kelly Mortimer maybe we should try here?

    Caroline Smith Caroline Smith 3:42 pm 29 Dec 20

    Karen Logue Sounds ideal. I’m in!

    Karen Logue Karen Logue 4:17 pm 29 Dec 20

    We're not going anywhere over the holidays so can catch up at anytime 🙂

    Jayne Holmes Jayne Holmes 10:51 pm 29 Dec 20

    Karen Logue I’m keen!

Scott Kennedy Scott Kennedy 2:09 pm 29 Dec 20

Janet Kennedy might be a place to try.

Elizabeth Martin Elizabeth Martin 1:49 pm 29 Dec 20

Tried Morning Dew SouthPoint and the soufflé pancakes were amazing!!

Lizzie Jane Lizzie Jane 1:23 pm 29 Dec 20

Shauna Morgan we should try here

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