Food Junky - May/June 2017

Column: Food Junky   |   Date Published: Saturday, 13 May 17   |   Author: Sharona Lin   |   1 month, 2 weeks ago

Let’s talk brunch. I love breakfast foods, but don’t so much love getting up early. So brunch is kind of the perfect meal. Canberra is full of great brunch places – enough to eat eggs benedict and pancakes at a new place every weekend.

To start off with something wholesome, Tallow and Thyme – formerly known as the Paleo Café – does “clean” food. Their pancakes are excellent, and their breakfasts are both filling, and allergen-friendly (everything is gluten-free). However, I’m not quite sold on their drinks – the salted caramel hot chocolate was interesting, but not particularly caramely, or chocolatey. If you want your chocolate fix, head to Patissez.

I’ve talked about Patissez before, but no brunch list is complete without a mention of it, and its freakshakes, donuts and surprisingly tasty brunch menu in Manuka and Civic. Dobinsons is also a great place to get your sugar fix, with an extensive baked goods section and excellent thickshakes.

While you’re around the city area, it’s worth looking into Eighty/Twenty (the first place I ever ate brunch at in Canberra!) and Two Before Ten. Two Before Ten do great coffee, and also brunches that you can’t make – or even imagine thinking of – at home. For those who are a little more northside, they also have a location in Aranda, which is always packed full of healthy, glowing people in activewear, many pushing strollers.

Also in the city area, and a place I’d be remiss to not include, is The Cupping Room. If you’ve expressed an interest in either brunch or coffee, no doubt someone has suggested The Cupping Room to you by now. It’s a concept café designed by the folks at Ona Coffee – they’ve competed in barista championships of all shapes and sizes, and you can try it right in Civic. Some find it a little pretentious, but there’s no denying they make damn good coffee.

Speaking of, since starting full-time work, my coffee per week consumption has gone up exponentially. There have been some good ones (hello, Cupping Rom) and some terrible ones (I won’t name names), but I’ve never tried filter coffee. Veneziano Coffee Roasters is presenting an Introduction to Filter Coffee, with single origin coffee from Tanzania and Colombia. There will be coffee tasting, demonstrations and finger food provided by Kith and Nosh – it’s free, Wednesday May 10 at Kith and Nosh.

Now, I know that alcohol isn’t exactly classic brunch fodder (apart from bloody marys, of course), but there are a few great alcoholic events coming up. Firstly, the Great Australian Beer Spectacular (GABS) is coming to Canberra. Beers made specially for the event will be on tap at The Durham on Saturday June 3 – $15 for a paddle of three special release beers.

ELK & PEA + MONIN Australia are hosting a free cocktail afternoon with MONIN brand ambassador Karel ‘Papi’ Reyes on Monday May 22. Limited places, so RSVP quick to

And finally, for something fun: make your own moonshine with Canberra’s award-winning Baldwin Distillery founder and master distiller Anthony Baldwin at Polit Bar. The Makin’ Moonshine Masterclass includes a Moonshine cocktail, nibbles, and a Moonshine masterclass. Tuesday May 23, tickets start at $20 + bf.




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