Canberra: No really, it's a cool place!

8/25/2007 10:48:00 PM

A few weeks ago, I headed up to the nation's capital to visit a friend of mine who has recently gotten a job in the government. Canberra has a reputation for being quiet, small, and expensive. And it sure is! But that doesn't mean you can't have a good time there. All the major sights can be done in a day or two. For me, these were Parliament House, the embassies, Mt. Ainslie, and Fyshwick. (Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre, did not make it onto my "must-do" list). This then leaves you with a lot of time for the important things - food! My great thanks to An for organising a fabulous itinerary including Canberra's coolest restaurants!

I found that, in general, Canberra's restaurants and cafes are of a good quality, very expensive, and tend to lean towards the modern-pan-European-bistro-style, with a touch of the Middle East thrown in for good measure. Here are the highlights of our culinarily orgiastic trip.

Silo Bakery
36 Giles St
ACT 2604

Silo is Canberra's best place for breakfast, with tasty cooked breakfasts, scumdidilyuptious baked goods and a cheese room. It's located in the affluent Kingston area, and gets packed on weekend mornings. So, if you're only going to be in Canberra for one weekend (and let's face it, you probably will be), make sure you get there early to avoid the queue!

Poached eggs on toast with chilli jam and roasted tomatoes. Mmm...

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Jones the Grocer
Shop 13, M Centre
Palmerston Lane
ACT 2603

Silo is closed on Sundays. But luckily for us breakfast-lovers, Jones the Grocer is open! It's a cafe-slash-cheeseroom-slash-gourmet food store. Take the time to peruse the shelves while waiting for your breakfast, and pick up a little treat to give to your family back home.

PodFood @ Pialligo Plant Farm
12 Beltana Rd
Pialligo Plant Farm

PodFood is a lovely small restaurant situated at the back of Pialligo Plant Farm. They serve modern, inventive food. It's also located very close to the airport, making it especially suitable for a fancy pre-flight farewell meal.

Spring Chicken!
A delightful salad.
Saffron pasta with prawns and goat's cheese. It was wonderful.

We shared 2 desserts between the three of us. There was a lemon tart and a chocolate cake. Both were very nice. I'm not convinced of the need for rose-flavoured Persian sugar floss, candied orange rind, strawberries and a passionfruit half to garnish every dessert, but they were good nonetheless.

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  1. You lost me at Canberra...
    But then knowing your taste in quality foods I read on and you didnt disappoint. The breakfasts DO look scrumdidlyuptious!! Mmmmm breakfast....

  2. Amazing breakfasts, and rose flavoured floss, I'd give it a go :)

  3. Looks totally delicious! I think anything benefits from some Persian fairy floss adornment. xxx



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