19 April 2016

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Fox and Bow, Farrer

| Sophia Carlini
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So I’m really excited to tell you all about my new favourite little café! I’ve been following Fox and Bow on Facebook for a little while now, and have been waiting for a weekend to visit. What was once a burger joint at Farrer shops has now been turned into a seriously funky café. I would even go as far to say that it is unlike anything else in Canberra.

I made the trip out to Farrer on Anzac day, and boy was it busy! We managed to find seats along the window, which personally I think are the best seats in the house. This is what we were staring out at over breakfast!


Fox and Bow doesn’t offer table service but the line moves relatively fast and when you make it to the register, the staff are so friendly that you forget you were even standing in line. The wait in line gave me time to really take in the café. It also gave me time to notice the black board of milkshakes and the display cabinet full of ridiculously good looking pastries and tarts. You know how they say that you should never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach?! Well I was hungry … and this is what I ordered:

  • A latte
  • A flat white
  • The Bruno Mars milkshake (milk chocolate ice cream, choc-caramel fudge and salted caramel gelato for $6.90 and worth every penny,
  • Balls and all (pork and veal meatballs, herby tomato sauce topped with manchego croquette and roasted padron peppers, $15)
  • Bean there babe (bean and ham hock ragout, corn and herb flapjack, two fried free rang eggs, avocado and lemon mint Philly, $15)
  • And.. a chocolate brownie and two pieces of biscotti!

We ate the brownie and drank the milkshake first whilst waiting for our meals – I’m an adult, I’ll do what I want!

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Our meals came out and we dug in. They were both delicious! My only criticism is that the meatballs were a little cold for my liking, but a friend of mine had the same dish two days later, also commenting that it was cold, so maybe the dish is supposed to be that way. Either way, the whole experience was wonderful.

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Why is this my new fave? Well, I just love the whole concept – everything from the graffiti on the walls and telephone box to the fact that they have a game of hopscotch and naughts and crosses on the pavement. The service was on point, which I think is important and I really loved the menu with clever play on words for each dish.

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Fox and Bow is located at Farrer Shops, 4 Farrer Place and is open Monday to Friday 7am – 4pm and Saturday, Sunday 8am – 3:30pm.

If you live northside or beyond, it is definitely worth the drive!

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We have enjoyed our two visits thus far – almost a shame it is so popular at key times as it is hard to get a car park!

Hey Siphia, thanks so much for the write up. Happy to hear you guys enjoyed the visit. Hope you come back some time soon. PS-Sorry your Balls your cold 🙁 Alex

Milly Withers9:25 am 04 May 15

I’ve been to Fox and Bow a few times and honestly can’t fault it. The Mr Fox (the cafe’s version of a big breakfast) is my favourite… but the cakes and pastries in the front display counter are good too.

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