Often hailed as the best bakery in town, Silo Bakery and Cafe is a bit of a Canberra institution when it comes to pastries, artisan breads and a more than decent breakfast or lunch.
Located on Giles Street in Kingston, the small shopfront is instantly recognisable with its orange chequered tiles and few tables scattered out the front. Being small and popular means that it can be hard to snag a table any day of the week, let alone Saturday mornings. They also don’t take bookings for breakfast, so when my partner, Matt and I rocked up for a sneaky breakfast, we were lucky to be seated straight away.
We ordered coffee and juices to start and then spent a bit of time gawking at all their beautiful pastries laid out on their marble counter. The good news is they taste as good as they look and can all be made to order. The only bad news is that once you try one, you’ll be going back for more.
Silo keeps things interesting with a killer breakfast menu, filled with dishes that show off their baked goods and words you haven’t heard of before. Maybe it’s just me, but ingredients like “rumtopf”, “piperade” and “kishik” just aren’t in my everyday food vocabulary.
Not one to shy away from something new and exciting, I ordered the grilled brioche with fried milk, rumtopf and creme fraiche ($15). For those not in the know, rumtopf is a delicious German and Danish dessert involving rum-soaked fruits, and fried milk, well that’s just my new favourite thing. I did my research (thanks wikipedia) and from what I can gather, it’s a Spanish milk pudding with a crunchy fried shell of flour and egg. What I know for sure is that it’s rich, creamy and oh so delicious.
Matt enjoyed his meal too, ordering the somewhat-more-conventional eggs florentine ($17). With a commitment to using only the best ingredients, it doesn’t really matter what you order at Silo, you just can’t go wrong.
On my way out the door, I had a quick peep at their lunch menu and am already planning my next visit. Luckily, they take bookings for lunch. Just don’t try to go on a Sunday or Monday – they are only open from Tuesday to Saturday, 7am to 4pm.
– Bec x