5 Awesome Pies

When we started our quest to find great pies in Canberra, I thought that we would find a few amazing pies, but not the abundance of list-worthy pies that I came across. I was  pleasantly surprised. Narrowing it down to just 5 was hard, but someone has to do it! So without further ado (and in no particular order) …

Crust Bakery, 12 Dalby St, Fyshwick ACT 2609.

Pepper Steak goodness!

From Thursday to Sunday, you can venture down to Crust Bakery to grab a pie, which is just another reason to get to the Fyshwick Markets. This is obviously one delicious pie. I had the Pepper Steak Pie, which is often my go-to pie flavour. The pastry was just how I like it when I am not doing the cleaning up afterwards- soft and firm in all the right places, but nice and flaky on top. The pepper was strong, but not overpowering, and the steak was great. Great Pie!

Griffith Butchery, 10 Barker St, Griffith ACT 2603.

So many good ones to try!

I tried the Pepper Steak and Stout Pie, and I loved this pie! It was chunky and meaty, and peppery and delicious, and the pastry was soft … and as I write this review, I think I am getting caught up in the moment again! There is clearly a very good reason this shop has won so many national awards for their pies. I suspect it is also the same reason that they seem to sell so many. I will be back to try more of their amazing pies.

Wattle Snack Bar, 32 Dundas Court, Phillip ACT 2606.

Pie could get used to this!

Another big winner on the national awards circuit is the Wattle Snack Bar in Phillip. Now, this is where you go for bold flavours! I cannot emphasize this too strongly. Again, I had the Pepper Steak and as soon as I started, this pie got up and punched me in the face with flavour! It didn’t slow me down for long, I smashed that pie in just a couple of minutes. The proud owner and pie maker, Keith, told me he has an even better pie, which I am very much looking forward to trying!

Elaine’s Gourmet Pie Café, 71 Dundas Court, Phillip ACT 2606.

Super chunky and super delicious!

Also in Phillip, this time it was word-of-mouth that took me to this fine pie shop, and I was very grateful for the hot tip! The Chunky Steak is truly well … chunky! This is the perfect pie. Beautiful pastry with big pieces of steak, covered in just the right amount of gravy to keep it moist, without the messy dripping. So as well as delicious, it is the perfect “eat on-the-go, one-hander” pie.

Three Mills Bakery, 5 Lancaster Place, Majura Park ACT 2609.

The secret is in the roux …

I never thought a vegetarian pie would make the list, but the reality is that this Top 5 would not be complete without this pie. If we were doing a “fine dining pies” list, this would be that pie! I had the Spring Vegetable and Oaxaca Pie. The thin roux balances perfectly with the Oaxaca semi-hard cheese, fresh spring vegetables on a delicious garlic, onion and herb base to make the best pie I have ever had. As you can see, this pie gets all my love!

I hope you get to try some of these and let us know what you think!
Happy eating, Happy Canberra! – Miguel

5 Kid-approved places to eat in Canberra

Kid-friendly places to eat in Canberra- there’s certainly a number of spots around this city, but are they kid-approved? We took it to our resident experts to find out. We’re looking for places that have good food, a nice environment and an outdoor playground. We wanted places where the kids are enjoying themselves, without resorting to technology to be entertained.

So here’s our Top 5 for kid-friendly, kid-approved places to eat:

5. Fox and Bow, 4 Farrer Place, Farrer ACT 2607.

An awesome cafe in Farrer.

What a treat! The breakfasts at Fox and Bow are definitely among the best in Canberra. Just quietly, I absolutely love the ‘Mr Fox’. You simply cannot go wrong with eggs and chorizo. With a basketball hoop and ball, plenty of building blocks and milk crates in the lane along the side of the cafe, the kids will be kept entertained for long enough to enjoy a nice meal, before sharing some family basketball time.

4. Ricardo’s Cafe, Jamison Plaza, 1/1 Bowman Place, Macquarie ACT 2614.

Swing by Ricardo’s!

This is an old favourite, for obvious reasons. The desserts are stunning and a park is ideally located next door. The novelty of picking out a delicious cake from the display window is half the fun! Although I must say, I have found trying the traditional staples- eg apple pie- can also pay off. Their lunch menu is delicious- we recently reviewed their Korean Fried Chicken burger here, and their salads are tasty and filling. The kids were kept entertained with the playground for hours and didn’t want to leave.
Our tip is to reserve a table right next to the playground, it’s the perfect spot to watch the kids play.

3. Rodney’s Garden Cafe, 24a Beltana Road, Piallago ACT 2609.

Slide into Rodney’s!

Rodney’s is another family favourite. The nursery is lush and green- perfect when the weather warms up! Tables can also be reserved near the recently upgraded play equipment and the kids always have a good time. The only downside is if you have a “runner”. Some little people find it very tempting to run through the nursery! The food is delicious- we’re big fans of the Korean Fried Chicken (we’ve reviewed it here) and they have a menu that the kids love.

2. Capital Brewing Co. 3/1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick ACT 2609.

Beers, burgers and kids entertainment!

A bit different to the other spots in this post. Here we have a great combination of burgers and beer! Not just any burgers or beers, but some of Canberra’s best beers and burgers, (see the reviews here and here). Parents can relax with a freshly brewed beer or a wine and a super tasty burger. Meanwhile, the kids can get their faces painted before running around outside or discovering the cubby house in the courtyard. When in the pursuit of hoppiness, this is my pick for a sunny Sunday afternoon session. They’ll love it, so you’ll love it!

1. Ivy and the Fox, Old Canberra House, 73 Lennox Crossing, Acton ACT 2601.

A great cafe for all seasons.

One of my favourite places in Canberra! Everything about this place is fantastic- the food is spectacular, the milkshakes are delicious and the scenery is amazing. The Ivy and the Fox is a venue for all seasons, with a fireplace in winter and sprawling lawns to run on in summer. You can even go for a walk around the lake if your breakfast is a little indulgent, which I highly recommend here.

We think it’s a pretty good list of places to chill with the kids- places where they’ll have fun, so you can relax. Let us know if you have any suggestions!

-Michelle and Miguel

TheCanberra5 Fried Chicken

There is a reason that Fried Chicken is so popular all around the world. Chickens are just about everywhere and super tasty, especially when fried and transformed into tasty, tasty goodness. So here are 5 fantastic Canberra versions that won’t leave you peckish!

5. Soul Cartel, 6 Farr Place, Isaacs ACT 2607.

Popping!

I ordered the Popcorn Chicken for the kids, without really thinking I would be writing about it. But then I saw it, and as you can see, they look great! They were golden and crunchy, covered in ranch sauce, cheese and chives- which combined into a mouth-watering snack for any occasion! With so many good options at the Farrside Cafe, we will be back to try more.

4. Fricken, Pop-up Food Truck, Canberra ACT 2600.

Something to waffle about …

Straight out of the gate, I am going to say that the name is great and so is the chicken. Kind of obvious really, it wouldn’t be on this list if it wasn’t! Who would have thought that waffle cones and fried chicken were such an amazing combination? Not me, but what do I know! Great name, great chicken- great combo!

3. The Café at Rodneys, 24 Beltana Road, Piallago ACT 2609.

The secret spicy sauce is amaze-balls!

I love coming to The Café, the relaxed atmosphere and playground make it a regular haunt for us. I also have to admit that I order the same thing every time. If you want to try a Korean Fried Chicken that is golden and crunchy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, this is the place to come. The tangy secret chilli sauce is delicious, but be warned- it has a little kick.

2. Lazy-Su, 1/9 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT 2612.

A delicious fusion of flavours.

I came in for a midday lunch and found great value and satisfaction. It doesn’t get more fused than a Buttermilk Fried Chicken Bao-gur, with peanut sauce and American Cheese. Once ordered, there were no regrets. This is going on my Braddon food memory list. There is also a substantial cocktail list that needs exploring at some stage, too!

1. Ricardos Cafe, 1/1 Bowman St, Macquarie ACT 2614.

Bacon and fried chicken- the perfect combo.

Boy oh boy, what a cracker! I absolutely loved this fusion burger! I am so totally sold on this fusion that I feel a top 5 fusion dishes coming on. I am a firm believer that everything is better with bacon, and this Korean Fried Chicken Burger is definitely no exception. It is, in fact, so good that I want to move to Belconnen to be closer to it.

Go check them out- these 5 Fried Chicken dishes are sure to ruffle some Canberran feathers!

Happy Eating, Happy Canberra!
-Miguel

5 Milkshakes You Just Wanna Spoon! (Kid-friendly edition)

There is something incredibly comforting about a milkshake. Sometimes you just need a pick-me-up, sometimes you just want a filling, delicious drink … or sometimes you’re 4 years old and your entire world revolves around bubbly, chocolate milk and colourful straws! Either way, here are some great places to get your frothy fix:

5. Kettle & Tin, 71 Mawson Place, Mawson ACT 2605.

Check out those bubbles!

This hidden gem brings us yet another Top 5 entry (they featured in our Top 5 Eggs Benedict blog). This time, their delicious chocolate malt milkshake made the cut. They have a variety of flavours, including banana, which is also featured in this vlog.

4. Space Kitchen, 3G/12 Furzer St, Phillip ACT 2606.

Oreos … mmmm!

With so many options for shakes, it was hard to narrow it down. We ended up ordering two- the Oreo Peppermint and the Nutella Shake. Everyone knows that mint and chocolate are a brilliant combo, but putting them in milk with chunky cookie is genio (genius). I loved it! I got my resident Nutella Experts to drink the Nutella shake and they gave me a bigger-than-usual thumbs up. In fact, I couldn’t get any words out of the kids, because they were too busy drinking- clearly a good sign!

3. Ivy and The Fox, 73 Lennox Crossing, Acton ACT 2601.

All that chocolate syrup!

The whole family loves coming here with its big outdoor space. The kids love coming here for the milkshakes even more. I loved seeing all the rich chocolate covering the inside of the mason jars. With 3 scoops of ice cream, this milkshake was creamy, frothy and amazing. As I write this blog, I am still hanging for another Ivy and the Fox milkshake- even after consuming a very filling breakfast (which you can read about in a future blog!).

2. Patissez, 21 Bougainville St, Griffith ACT 2603.

So gooey, so good!

There are so many reasons to go to Patissez (and I am sure you will hear more from us about Patissez in the future). But for now, I will stick with the Freak Shake! This over-the-top, decadent piece of art milkshake is surprisingly delicate- even with its choc fudge, chocolate, a layer of liquid white gold chocolate, brownie and toasted marshmallow. It’s amazing they can get all that goodness into a shake. Guess that’s why it’s called the Freak Shake!

1. Stand By Me, 1 Lyons Place, Lyons ACT 2606.

Check out the malt!

This milkshake doesn’t require too many words. The secret to the success of this fantastic milkshake is its simplicity. I am not sure exactly what they do in that kitchen, but this is the creamiest, maltiest, milkiest and chocolatiest milkshake ever. It is simply tasty AF!

We haven’t even started on the Adults milkshakes with spirits and creams yet … I am a little scared of those. Please stay tuned and let us know if you know of a great milkshake, kid-friendly or of the adult variety.

Happy eating!
-Miguel

5 Must-Try Eggs Benedict!


When talking about Eggs Benedict, my mind fills with images of fluffy runny eggs, crispy bacon and creamy hollandaise sauce. Today, I am not even going to touch on the spinach, salmon or other variations. I’ll save that for another Top 5!

The history of Eggs Benny is somewhat controversial, but whether it was invented by Lemuel Benedict looking for a hangover cure, or Dominica’s in Manhattan, it is safe to say that it is the best invention ever. Or maybe that was pizza … or the wheel … or penicillin? Whatever, everyone loves Eggs Benedict!

With the New York history lesson over, here is our customary countdown.

A delicious combination of croissant and Eggs Benedict

Kettle and Tin, 71 Mawson Place, Mawson ACT 2605.
I stumbled across this cafe in Mawson completely by accident, a happy accident as it turns out. Their Eggs Benedict is certainly different. Normally, a classic Eggs Benedict is served on hot buttered English muffins. Here, they dispense with the buttered muffins and use half a croissant. It was rich and creamy- totally worth giving a crack. My tip would be to resist the other half of the croissant that comes on the side, it got a bit rich for me.

A delicious traditional Eggs Benedict.

Injoy, 39 O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls ACT 2913.
If you wake up hungry, this is the place to go, their servings are generally big- really big. Which I am sure is part of the reason it was super busy, with a queue almost out the door. At the time, I did wonder if the quality might suffer, but I didn’t need to worry. The Eggs Benedict tasted great- they weren’t huge, but my waistline doesn’t need huge! The only issue I had was the yolks weren’t as runny as I would like.

Delicious!

Ivy & the Fox, Old Canberra House, 73 Lennox Crossing, Acton ACT 2601.
Wow, this place just keeps giving. Another interesting take on Eggs Benedict. This feels like an Eggs Benedict that you might find in Mississippi or Texas. Make no mistake, it was great! The pork belly melted in my mouth and the spicy chipotle hollandaise was a refreshing variation. The cornbread did an excellent job of soaking up the chipotle hollandaise.

Eggs Benedict? Not strictly speaking, but jeez it was good.

Bucketloads of flavour!

EQ Café, 70 Kent St, Deakin ACT 2600.
I have always said that the best Eggs Benedict in Canberra are served in this cafe, located in the industrial precinct in Deakin. I have never been disappointed, and this time was no exception. What can I say- the eggs were perfect, the sauce was light and delicious, and it all came together with a bucketload of flavour!

It doesn’t get any better!

Doubleshot Café, 7 Deakin Court, Deakin ACT 2600.
I was well surprised when I started eating my breakfast. I had expected good- I have been eating there for some time now- but my expectations were totally exceeded. They looked and tasted absolutely amazing. The perfectly cooked eggs sitting on that super delicious crispy Pialligo bacon, covered in a creamy hollandaise on toasted English muffins were the perfect way to start my day! I feel life is going to be much harder now that I’ve eaten these eggs, finding someone else who meets their standards will be tough!

I don’t know if my quest for Canberra’s best Eggs Benedict may have some miles to travel, or if I have already found them. Only time (and TheCanberra5) will tell …

Happy Eating!

Miguel

P.S. If you have any hot tips on something amazing in Canberra, let us know. info@thecanberra5.com