Maple & Clove, Barton – lunch update 


Maple & Clove in the Realm Precinct is still lovely for lunch.

In the spring weather it’s good to sit outside…


and enjoy the most delicious lunch dishes which were the ….

GRILLED BARRAMUNDI SALAD $24.5 – Roasted pumpkin, fetta, spinach, rocket, broccoli, asparagus, celery, tomatoes + pepitas…

The broccoli and pepitas added crunch and flavour to the leaves and supported the pumpkin, feta and barramundi as the feature ingredients.

Also looking lovely was the Seared Ocean Trout Salad at the next table with chat potatoes, free range eggs, green beans, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, asparagus, olives + salad leaves $24.50

The was also the breadless PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM BURGER – With tomato, avocado, roasted beetroot and creamy cucumber yoghurt with a side of sweet potato wedges $16.

A good choice, especially for brunch, but also availalbe for lunch,  is the SAVOURY SPELT WAFFLE – Wholemeal spelt, zucchini + sweet corn waffles served with smoked salmon, smashed avocado, and slow cooked eggs $20

For something a bit simpler there’s EGGS ON TOAST
Poached, scrambled or fried on your choice of seeded rye or white sourdough $13.50

Or design your own meal, with gluten free bread.

Maple & Clove Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Temporada, Canberra City – a first look!


Inspired by Adventures in Winterland ‘s brunch posts I headed to try out Temporada myself.

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Sadly only open from breakfast until 11:30am weekdays, it is a lovely spot with great service and ambiance.

For a light breakfast the Sour Cherry Toast with Cultured Butter and Jams $8 is a good choice.


But I do need to go back for the Banana, Coconut and Pecan Waffle $12.

Temporada Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Two Before Ten in the City – my new favourite for brunch @TwoBeforeTen


The very popular Two Before Ten in Aranda is one of my favourites.So it’s great news to me that they’ve opened up in Hobart Place in Cafe Arirang’s old spot, offering all day breakfast and lunch dishes, seven days a week.

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I’ve had my eye on the Bear for a while and it didn’t disappoint.

At $9 it’s a bargain and just hits the spot for something light.


BEAR: Boiled Egg with Smashed Avocado on a Rye Muffin

The specials vary, but the Haloumi with freekah, roast beetroot, blood orange and mint salad for $14 was a good pick.


Even though the food, prices, decor and setting are excellent, what really stands out to me is the friendly, warm and welcoming service. Bookings, special requests and just  a friendly chat are no trouble.

Two before Ten in the City is my firm favourite for brunch. Open weekdays 7am-4pm, weekends 8am-2pm

Two Before Ten - Cafe & Coffee Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Little Brother Red Hill – back again already!


I’m not sure why, but I just love the raisin toast at Little Brother Red Hill. On another cold and rainy day, it was just perfect for my brunch.


My fellow diners chose the Sweet potato and beetroot fritter with poached eggs, wilted spinach and horseradish cream $19 which was a lovely dish.


But a big part of why I enjoy heading to Little Brother (besides the great view) is the lovely, warm service!


Highly approachable and accommodating, Little Brother also takes bookings and gives Canberra Entertainment Book holders a 25% discount.

Little Brother Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Casey Jones Gastro Pub, Casey’s new local


Casey Jones Gastro Pub is the hot new item in Canberra’s North.


They are just so organised in their communications! Their online menu is fully of tantalising photos.

On a Sunday Casey Jones offers an all day breakfast-lunch menu….but how can you go past hotcakes that look like this!!!


Citrus Hotcake $16 Pickled rhubarb, compressed honeydew, organic maple syrup, macadamias, pistachio $16

Although the Tortellini pasta with mushrooms, spinach pesto, young zucchini and Meredith’s cheese goat was also very delicious $22.


For something traditionally pub like there is also the

Bacon and Eggs on a milk bun, award winning Pialligo bacon, fried eggs, ranchero relish, Iberico cheese $14

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Other great looking menu options are the Sourdough with Eggs, ancient grain sourdough, local poached eggs, avocado, fennel, garden kale, dukkah, grana padano and the Fruit toast with lemon whipped goats curd, banana, strawberry gel $13

Excellent opening hours!

Monday – Thursday Friday – Saturday Sunday
8:00am – 10:00pm 8:00am – Midnight 8:00am – 10:00pm
Breakfast Pizza & snacks Dinner
8:00am – 3:00pm 12:00pm – 9:00pm 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Casey Jones Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Pedlar, Campbell – a first look at brunch


It’s great to see the Pedlar Cafe so popular! On Saturday morning it was buzzing with couples and families!

The Crunchy Granola $12, Big Breakfast $19 and Roasted Swiss Brown Mushrooms $16 going past all looked excellent but it was hard to resist the Coconut Crusted French Toast $17. It sounded so good with white chocolate mascarpone, berry compote, maple syrup and matcha dust and looked so pretty!


We also ordered the Shashuka Baked Eggs $18, rich and tasty with the sourdough.


But the Pedlar’s greatest asset has to be it’s friendliness and warm welcome.



The Pedlar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Local Press Cafe, Kingston Foreshore – trying the famous Green Pea Pancake


Local Press Cafe is famous for it’s Green Pea Pancake so it’s been on my wishlist.

Luckily, the Brunch Menu is available all day so this week I tried it out for lunch…


Green Pea Pancake with poached eggs, avocado, corn salsa, feta, chilli jam and mint $21

It’s good to try, but I think next time I’d go for the Wild Mushrooms sauteed in garlic, thyme and sage oil with pine nuts, almonds, meredith chevre, greens and poached egg on souorcough bread $19…


…or customise a meal with things like smoked trout $4.50, kale and almonds $3.50 and tomato and basil $3.50 that all comes with sourdough toast.


A lovely spot along the lake on a sunny day, it’s open six days for breakfast and lunch, but closed Mondays.


The current menu also varies from that on line.

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Local Press Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



Little Brother, Red Hill Lookout – perfect for a weekend coffee @littlebrotherredhill


Little Brother has the most gorgeous position, overlooking Canberra’s hills and valleys.


It really is worth booking a table by the window to make the most of the great views.


But if you miss out, it’s still cute and cosy anywhere.


The brunch and lunch menus are great and if you have the Canberra Entertainment Book you can also have a 25% discount.

But if it’s too early for a glass of wine and lunch, or you just looking for a light brekkie or a coffee then it’s hard to beat the morish, thick slices of raisin toast, just $5 for two huge slices.


Available all day, it’s the perfect comfort food in cold or cloudy weather.


Little Brother Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wheat & Oats, Phillip – trying the brekkie menu!



Wheat & Oats is a long time favourite of mine for lunch but I’ve never been before for the all day brekkie.


Easy parking, great prices and friendly, relaxed service has long been a great draw card. So has the 25% discount with the Canberra Entertainment Book.

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There’s some great options like the Herbivorous $15 with haloumi, rosemary mushrooms, eggs, avocado and sourdough


Breakfast salad $15 with kale, avocado, eggs, quinoa, beans, beetroot, pepoitas and citrus dressing


Kale Omelette $15


 With indoor and outdoor seating it’s good in all weathers, open six days for breakfast and lunch (closed Sundays).
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Wheat & Oats Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Elk & Pea, Braddon – trying the Sunday brunch! @elkandpea


Elk and Pea has long been on my wishlist to try.

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While Sundays only offer an all day breakfast menu, it includes some good options for lunch like the  Smoked Salmon Salad $19 with a delicious combination or fresh herbs with the crunch of seeds and nuts..


…or the plentiful Smashed Avocado and Mushrooms $19


 But the Grande is also a good choice $25…
 ..available in both vegetarian and non-veg.
Definitely somewhere I’d go back for brunch and enjoy the same dishes again.

The Elk & Pea Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato