Maple & Clove @MapleandClove


Maple and Clove in the Hotel Realm precinct is a lovely spot with a clean eating menu that’s delicious.

The decor is attractive with both indoor and outdoor seating.


The menu includes….
BERRY SMOOTHIE Coconut water, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, banana + dates $9

Wholemeal spelt, zucchini and sweet corn waffles served with smoked salmon, smashed avocado, and slow cooked eggs $20

Poached, scrambled or fried on your choice of seeded rye or white sourdough $13.50 plus a side of avocado….

…and TWO SLICES OF TOAST $7.50 With butter and preserves
Available in white sourdough, seeded rye or fruit and nut bread

There’s also ready to go sandwiches for $10.90.

It’s busy, but you can book.
Open weekdays & weekends for coffee, breakfast and lunch, it has an all day breakfast menu. For smaller appetites, it’s easy to share a dish.

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Little Bird, Barton – a second look! @littlebirdbarton


Having enjoyed Little Bird so much the first visit, it was time to go back and try a few more of the dishes on my wishlist.


The Reuben Toasted Sandwich $11.90 was absolutely delicious and very generously sized….


…with Corned beef, sauerkraut, pickles and swiss cheese

This was great to share with the Slow-roasted pumpkin salad with caramelised beetroot, avocado, lentils, fetta, almonds and sumac yoghurt $17.50.


Next time I’ve got my eye on the Grilled chicken breast salad and the roast pumpkin toasted sandwich with field mushrooms, basil pesto and feta.

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Barbers Inc. Department of PM&C – a gem in Barton


Barton is blessed with some great eateries serving the departmental workers close by, like Double Drummer (AGS)Ne Brindabella Cafe (DFAT).

But I think my favourite so far might be Barbers Inc. on the ground floor of Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

It’s well priced, and the menu varies offering ever changing curry, pasta and soup lunch options.

They day I visited there was a very beautiful and flavoursome Lamb Vindaloo with Eggplant and Lentils and rice $16

The lighter option was a very tasty chicken and rice noodle soup with spinach and toast $5.90 for a very generous serve.

There are also nude burgers with extra salad on offer made ready made and made to order sandwiches.

The atmosphere is good for a workplace cafe especially up the stairs.

It’s a great find that I know I will return to often!

Open weekdays 7am-5pm.

Chifley Bar & Grill, Barton – an update! 


It was only last week that I posted about The Chifley Bar & Grill but already it needs an update.

The menu has changed and sadly the Pear and Pecorino Salad and Tasting Plate have dropped off….(but the plate is still on the dinner menu that starts at 6pm).

The prices have also ( understandably) increased…

And it took a little longer…

The pulled pork burger was a good choice though….

…..And the Club sandwich was generous

Still a beautiful and a lovely relaxed flexible spot to meet a friend for lunch, coffee or a drink.

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The Chifley Bar & Grill, Barton – my new favourite for lunch @chifleysbarandgrill


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The Chifley Bar & Grill at Hotel Kurrajong, my new favourite for a weekday lunch in Barton.

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I love a great setting for enjoying a meal and Hotel Kurrajong does heritage so very well.

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With all its great style and service you might expect a high price tag, but surprisingly the menu is similar to what you would pay in most eateries.

Being a hotel restaurant, it is open every day from breakfast to around 10pm and staff are very flexible to cater for a large range of appetites and preferences.

Sandwiches are around $15 and arrive with Chips and aioli….


The roast lamb with grilled vegetables, Harissa and Mayo is good, but I think any of the sandwich choices would be excellent.

For a light lunch there are also salads or dessert to choose from for $15 -$17.

Stone baked bread with Pepe Saya butter is $4, and sides like the amazing pear and pecorino salad with baby spinach and candied walnuts are $8.


For two modest appetites it’s perfect to share a sandwich and a pear and pecorino salad.

Wine starts at $8 a glass.

I will definitely be back for another pecorino salad and I’d love to try the stone baked bread!

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Little Bird – a top lunch spot in Barton @littlebirdbarton


I was so impressed by my first visit to Little Bird in Barton.

And clearly everyone is…it’s full and busy.
Staff are just lovely…even sending me off with a complimentary brownie…just because its my first visit!

I’ve heard great things about the salads, fish and chips and breakfast. On a cold Canberra day, the soup of the day (pumpkin), pie of the day (chicken and leek), toasted sandwiches, hamburgers and gnocchi all look great going past. I don’t think you can go wrong with the  new winter menu.

The Wagyu Hamburger is good and staff don’t blink an eyelid when we ask to can share one. (I love that!)

I’ll be back…often!

Open 7 days: Mon – Fri 07.00-15.00 | Sat – Sun 08.00-14.00

Cnr macquarie st and broughton st, barton act 2600

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Vincent is has chosen its location in Barton well to capture the after work drinks/dinner trade and Friday lunchers.


Its great strength is its decor and ambience. It has fabulous style!


Wine by the glass is well priced and the temparillo at $8 is excellent.


The menu  is small, but interesting and food is well presented though possibly lacking wow.


The mini lobster sliders $6 each, have a great brioche bun, but only a small amount of dressing so a little dry. It’s worth asking for extra mayonnaise to get a better mouth feel and flavour.


The medley of beetroot salad $19, is beautiful but again, fairly simple.

Serve sizes are small so be prepared to budget for a least one dish each unless you order the gnocchi or chips on the side.

For extra photos of dishes, search instagram.