19 April 2016

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: eighty/twenty, Braddon

| Sophia Carlini
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When eighty/twenty opened its doors not too long ago, I thought it was going to be confusing having a restaurant called eighty/twenty directly across from Eightysix, but the two have definitely set themselves apart.

eighty/twenty has been all over my Facebook feed since opening, with people raving about the healthy, well balanced menu.

The eighty/twenty concept is about 80 per cent eating well and 20 per cent indulgence. It’s about serving up food that makes you feel good, is wholesome and nutritious, and tastes delicious, whilst getting the balance right.

When a friend suggested we meet at eighty/twenty for breakfast I jumped at the opportunity; I was probably the last Canberran to dine there! The weather was perfect, so we decided to sit outside in the sunshine. We read over the menus and headed inside to order (there is no table service).

I had been told that the braised beef in aromatic spices and tomato sugo, served with buckwheat, roast vegetables and charred eggplant salad (approximately $18.00) was divine but I was really feeling like eggs, so I decided to order poached eggs, toast and avocado.

Whilst we were in line to order, I noticed the sweet cabinet. Instead of being filled with the usual suspects such as cupcakes, the eighty/twenty cabinet is filled with gluten free muffins and different types of “raw” slices that are gluten free, dairy free and vegan for $4.50 each. It was a tough choice but I went with the raw coconut rough slice.

Coconut rough

We sat back down at our table and I dug into the slice. It was quite oily from the coconut oil but it was still nice and a good alternative for cake or caramel slice.

The meals came out quickly and I immediately had food envy. Why didn’t I order the braised beef?! It looked and smelt divine. My friend tells me it was exceptional! My eggs on toast were okay, but they were just eggs on toast.


I really like the concept of eighty/twenty and I know a lot of people who love it and eat there regularly. It is probably a little too different for me but I can still appreciate the concept and the quality of the produce.

Don’t let my review decide for you though, I’ve been told I’m a picky person. eighty/twenty is located at 1/18 Lonsdale St, Braddon is are open Monday – Saturday 6am to 4pm and Sunday, 7am to 4pm.

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Dame Canberra9:46 am 29 Apr 15

I went to eighty twenty for breakfast for the first time this morning and ordered the green nourish bowl (asparagus, cauliflower, kale, zucchini, tomato and capsicum pesto served with a poached egg). The place was packed, even at 7.15am on a Wednesday morning.

Great food and good service – we waited around five minutes for coffee and ten for our meals.

If you’re not a very adventurous eater or just like pancakes or bacon and eggs for breakfast, perhaps this isn’t the place for you, but if you don’t mind walking on the wild side before lunchtime then I’d highly recommend it.

Didn’t try the slices in the display counter, but they looked so good I think I’ll have to come back for another visit very soon.

Alexandra Craig10:34 am 13 Apr 15

I went here once. It was a Saturday and we waited probably 50 minutes to get our meals. I had something with eggs (can’t remember exactly what) but it was bland and not worth the 50 minute wait. So disappointing because I, like you, see people raving about it all the time!

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