Brodburger, Kingston Foreshore, Canberra – Baby Brodburgers – Perfectly sized

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Brodburger in the Glassworks Building Kingston is famous for it’s gourmet burgers.

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 Brodchicken
Succulent butterflied Chicken breast, flame grilled. Topped with bacon, avocado, fresh lettuce, tomatoes & Spanish onions. Includes homemade aioli & tomato relish. $ 14.50

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Broddeluxe
2 x ½ pound beef patties flame grilled, two eggs, lots of crispy bacon. Topped with fresh lettuce, tomatoes & Spanish onions. Includes homemade aioli & tomato relish, $19.50

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Brodveg

Assorted flame grilled vegetables (mushroom,  eggplant, zucchini, capsicum). Topped with fried halloumi cheese, homemade chillo aioli & tomato relish. Vegan friendly option (eggless aioli and no haloumi) $13.50

But they are HUGE! That’s OK if you’re happy to share one, but a less messy alternative is to order the perfectly sized Baby Brodburger.These are just the right size for around $8.

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Baby Brodchicken $9 with a side of chips $2.50

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My favourite is the Baby Brodsalmon $9 with blue cheese added. It is divine.

BYO wine. Corkage is $7.50 per bottle.

However Brodburger doesn’t take bookings and has long tables that are shared with other groups. Good to get there early.

You can also phone and pre-order and any burger can be made into a brod mama burger which are made with a well done beef pattie, egg free aioli, and your choice of Swiss or cheddar cheese.”

It’s best in the good weather when you can sit outside and enjoy a lovely Canberra summer evening. You can even take your burger and some wine and head to the lake. In winter it can be a bit chilly, even inside.

OPENING HOURS:

Lunch: 11.30am – 3pm (Tue-Sat)

Dinner: 5.30pm – Late (Tue-Sat)

Sun Lunch: 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Coffee / Cakes from 10am

Closed Mondays

LOCATION

Canberra Glassworks

11 Wentworth Avenue

Kingston ACT 2603

PH: 0261620793

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Great sharing plates around Canberra

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Sharing plates and platters

Sharing plates and platters can really be your friend. They offer couples and groups the chance to try a larger range of taste experiences in smaller amounts rather than just being limited to one or two dishes, that may or may not be so good.

They are often also full of interesting and beautifully presented foods. A treat for all the senses. These can be ordered per person/two people and extra breads or crackers are usually available if you need them.

Some around Canberra include……

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Dionysus Winery Murrumbatemen

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Tilba Valley Wines Ploughman’s Lunch

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$3 extra bread for Hometead Cafe’s Entree Tasting platter

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Homestead cafe (Wallaroo Rd) Entree tasting platter $22 (extra bread $3), pesto, hummus, olives, Poacher’s Pantry Proscuitto, caramelised onion (all fantastic) BYO $3.50 pp

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Santa Lucia Antipasti platter

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Pistachio Dining Room Torrens, Dessert tasting plate $20 (a favourite) (Entertainment Book -25% discount)

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Pistachio Dining Rooms Torrens Trip of Entrees $19 (Entertainment Book Discount -25%)

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Punjabi Hut Manuka Entree Platter for two $19 (Entertainment Book -25% discount)

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Adore Tea, Gold Creek, meat platter

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Trev’s Dickson, 3 entrees platter (25% discount with Entertainment Book)

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Jamie’s Italian, Canberra Centre, meat platter (veg platter and seafood platter also available) served with breads tin

And still on my wish list….

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Sutton Forrest Estate Winery and Cafe (McDonald’s turn off) Hume Hwy half way to Sydney, great spot, extra bread offered and wine available (photo shows platter for two, but it looks like it could serve four)

The Green Herring Special (Serves 2 (but is really enough for 4) $32

Dessert plate at Green Herring

Dessert plate at Green Herring

(Gold Creek, Nicholls)

Includes morsels of the maple and banana pudding, spring rolls, brulee and apple pie

Maple and Banana Pudding – Butterscotch sauce, vanilla bean panna cotta, cinnamon ice cream

Spring Rolls – Chocolate and Bailey’s filled spring rolls, peppermint ice cream, cocoa crumb,

and a coffee dipping sauce

Individual Apple Pie – Vanilla anglaise, apple sorbet, rosemary and apple gel

Lavender Brûlée – Raspberry macaroon, honey crème friache, almond crumble

And….

At Thirst Wine Bar:

Starter plate for 2 people $27.90

A selection of house specialities ;

Your choice of relish, chiang mai sausage, corn fritters & fish cakes

Relish options:

A hot & spicy chilli relish of shrimp paste and tamarind (hot) /nam prik gapi makaam Chef’s favourite

Mushroom and peanut relish / lon het tua li song

Northern chilli relish of tomato and eggplant / nam prik nuum

all served with rice cakes, seasonal vegetables & fresh herbs

dinner menu

Coffees are more like mini meals than you think!

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It’s so easy to think of milk based coffees like lattes, cappuccino and flat whites as just drinks that don’t really count towards your kilojoules.

But when you realise that even the smallest sizes have around the same kilojoules as a slice of bread, medium potato, small yogurt or a piece of fresh fruit, it becomes clear that they are really more like a mid-meal.

A small milk-based coffee even a skim one, has similar kilojoules to a small yogurt

A small milk-based coffee even a skim one, has similar kilojoules to a small yogurt

And then if you order a medium sized coffee, it’s one and a half times more and a large is double.

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A large milky coffee has the kilojoules of two pieces of fruit or two small yogurts….

So it might make you re-think about whether to add a coffee to your morning or afternoon tea snack, or to just have it instead?

Piccolo lattes can be a good alternative. They still give you the coffee, but not so much milk and far fewer kilojoules.

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Cheers for helpful Canberra restaurants & cafes (for sharing)

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When a restaurant or cafe has tried really hard to make it easy to share, they deserve a special mention:

Noy at Thai Chiang Rai, Kingston was more than happy to prepare 1 1/2 serves of his wonderful Five Spice Prawns and serve them in two dishes.

3/4 serve Five spice prawns (about 10 prawns per one serve)

3/4 serve Five spice prawns (about 10 prawns per one serve)

The staff at Chong Co, Kingston, likewise, did not hesitate to offer 1 1/2 serves of their soft shelled crab and duck salad dishes.

Pho Quoc in Dickson and Meccabah in Manuka, both happily offered extra serving bowls and spoons to split their soups.

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Rare beef Pho at Pho Quoc – delicious

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Meccabah’s Harira Soup

A delightful new wait person at The Palette Cafe (Beaver Galleries, Deakin) surprised us by arriving with our soup already split into two bowls.

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Half serve of soup at The Palette

Soju Girl have been really great at making sure small plates come with enough pieces to share.

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‘Tasting plate’ a good option at Flute Bakery, Fyshwick Canberra

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Flute Bakery in Fyshwick has the most beautiful cakes. So beautiful it’s hard to choose. But a great option is the $8 Assiette option which gives has four different small serves. It is also ideal for a ‘savour some now, enjoy more later’ option, or for sharing with a friend.

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The pros and cons of sharing plates, tapas, buffets and banquets

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When dining out it can be much more rewarding to try a larger range of taste experiences in smaller amounts than to be just limited to one or two dishes, that may or may not be so good.

Restaurants offer a number of options that can be useful, but some are more useful than others.

Sharing plates and platters

……can really be your friend.

These are often full of interesting and beautifully presented foods. A treat for all the senses. These can be ordered per person/two people and extra breads or crackers are available if you need them.

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Santa Lucia Antipasti Plate $24

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Pistachio’s Torrens Dessert tasting plate $20

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Pistachios Torrens, trio of entrees $19

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Punjabi Hut Manuka, Shared entree plate $19

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Tilba Valley Wines Ploughman’s lunch

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Jamie’s Italian Meat Platter

The Green Herring Special (menu says it Serves 2 but really it could serve 4) $32 Includes morsels of the maple and banana pudding, spring rolls, brulee and apple pie

The Green Herring Special (menu says it Serves 2 but really it could serve 4) $32
Includes morsels of the maple and banana pudding, spring rolls, brulee and apple pie

Tapas

Tapas have lots in common with sharing plates and platters, but like entrees, tend to be an expensive way to order as each piece in the tapas dish, is small, but often costs $4-8 per item.

It can also be easy to order too much food, so think about how many serves would be a comfortable and enjoyable amount. This might be 1 1/2 to 2 tapas dishes per person. It is usually easy to order more if you need to.

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Buffets

Buffets can also offer a wide range of foods and dishes to try. In theory they also allow you to take just the right amount you will enjoy.

However, the range of foods on offer may include plenty of less exciting choices to fill diners up, and because it is ‘all you can eat’, it’s a real challenge not to get overfull.

Because they are priced for larger eaters, you can feel like you are paying for what you won’t really enjoy.

You can’t take any with you, so that tends to make you eat more of your favourites than you would, if you could take some home to enjoy again later.

The key to getting the best out of buffets, is being prepared to leave anything that’s not ‘calorie worthy’ and move on to something else. This is made easier by only seeing yourself a small amount in the first place and going back for more if you will really enjoy more (which is actually rarely the case as…the first mouthful is always the best).

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The ‘banquet’ or ‘degustation’ option

It might seem to make sense then, to get the ‘banquet’ option, to make ordering and sharing easy. But it’s usually not the best choice.

For a start, you don’t have control over the dishes you get and they can often be fairly routine foods that everyone knows well.

But perhaps more importantly, like banquets, it’s always way too much food and you end up eating more than you really enjoy, and paying for more than you otherwise would need to.

Also like buffets, often you can’t take any with you.

Whichever way you choose to go, eat mindfully, savour each mouthful to gain maximum pleasure, and stay aware to keep comfortable without getting overfull.

Breakfast like a King?? Maybe share it!

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Breakfast or brunch with friends can be a great way to catch up in a busy lifestyle. It is often more relaxed and casual than other meals out.
It can also can be easier to include children at this time of day, especially if venues open to the outdoors.
But, if you are trying to lose weight, or maintain a healthy weight, too many cafe breakfasts can start to really weigh you down.
If you really think about it though…..these days, not many of us usually eat hearty, cooked or large breakfasts.
Our breakfast tend to be quite small and light…so why not share a cafe breakfast with someone else? That would make it just about the same size that we would normally eat.
It’s still the same interesting dish and if savoured and eaten mindfully, just as rewarding and satisfying.
And no-one leaves feeling full and stodgy, but instead ready to take up any other interesting culinary opportunities that the day might bring.

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