431 Nanima Rd
Hall ACT 2618
(02) 6230 2487
For our second breakfast in Canberra, An chose Poacher's Pantry, a "traditional country smoke house, café, farm shop and cellar door". I'm told that locals don't tend to visit, but rather think of it as a place to bring out-of-towners. (Can any Canberrans confirm or deny that?)
Poacher's Pantry is set amongst pretty gardens, and has both outdoor and indoor seating, as well as a retail area selling pantry items and their house-smoked smallgoods. But we were here for breakfast!
|Cappuccino - $4; Latte - $4|
|Toast with Lynwood jam and butter - $6|
The toast, bizarrely, came pre-spread with butter. Although I suppose "spread" isn't the right word - melted butter was slathered over the middle of the toast, which meant the butter dripped right through onto the plate. This also meant the centre of the toast was soggy whilst the edges were dry - very unappetizing! I really don't know why they did that. It seemed to be an attempt at a garnish, which did absolutely nothing for presentation or flavour.
An fared better with his sweet corn and potato pancakes.
|Sweet corn and potato pancakes with bacon, oven roast tomato and avocado - $18|
I was totally craving pancakes, and was glad to see buttermilk hotcakes on the menu.
|Buttermilk hotcakes with a baked rhubarb strawberry compote and honeycomb butter - $16|
The hotcakes themselves were delicious: light and fluffy, with a wonderful light crust on the outside. However, they were drowned in butter. Seriously, drowned! There wasn't just that splodge of honeycomb butter on the top (which I moved to the side of the plate pretty quickly anyway), but there was also heaps of butter on the plate. You can see the threads of rhubarb suspended in the melted butter, below. Now, I have a pretty high tolerance for butter - some of my friends refer to me as Butter Queen! - but even this was too much for me.
I can't say we were wildly impressed by Poacher's Pantry. The food was hit and miss, and the service, whilst polite, was rather patchy. It took ages to catch someone's attention to replace a dirty cup, for example. We'd initially planned to purchase some of their prosciutto to take home, but after the breakfast we decided to give it a miss. On sunny days, I can imagine it would be pleasant enough to enjoy a coffee at one of the outdoor tables, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it on the quality of its food.