5 Fabulous French Toasts of Canberra

Recently, we collaborated with local Canberra Instagram bloggers The Canberra Brunch Diaries to create this highly delicious video of their favourite French Toast in the Nation’s Capital.  Any excuse to eat delicious French Toast for 5 weekends in a row?  We’re in! 

But let’s not keep you waiting,  here is The Canberra Brunch Diaries with “5 French Toasts of Canberra”, in no particular order.

Patissez, 21 Bougainville, Griffith, ACT 2603.

Oh Canada! Check out that pour!

Patissez may be known for their freak shakes, but they have so much more on offer, including a dedicated french toast menu!  The menu features eight different toppings options for their house-made brioche french toast.  We enjoyed the Banoffee (banana, caramel, honeycomb), the Oh Canada! (bacon, maple syrup, milk crumb) and the Passionfruit Pav (passionfruit, smashed pav, freeze dried rasperries) all served with vanilla gelato.  With friendly service, generous portion sizes and catering for all tastes, this is a must on any foodie bucket list.

Little Oink, 22 Cook Place, Cook ACT 2614.

Pigging out at Little Oink.

For French Toast without the hassle of parking in one of the busier shopping precincts, check out the french toast on offer at Cook shops. Their french toast changes with the seasons and we visited when the caramel apple french toast was on offer.  Brioche French Toast with roasted apples, caramel sauce, custard, cinnamon crumble and berries.  Pretty as a picture!

Penny University, 15 Kennedy St, Kingston, ACT, 2604.

We’ve got our money on the Penny University Banoffee French Toast!

The original and the best – Banoffee Croissant French Toast from Penny University.  This dish has been on the menu for years at Penny’s but they continually make it more and more special.  A french toasted croissant filled with banana and topped with crushed peanuts, vanilla mascarpone, popcorn and salted caramel sauce.  Go with an empty stomach and get your sweet tooth and Instagram ready for this one!

Highroad, 1 Woolley St, Dickson, ACT 2601.

The Canberra Brunch Diaries Highroad French Toast.

Highroad continues to pump out a quality french toast option with each seasonal menu.  They’ve always got a french toast with a twist – think carrot cake, sticky date and banana bread!!  The winter 2019 option is Tiramisu French Toast with chocolate mousse, ona coffee cream cheese, sour cherry, shortbread and mascarpone.  Aside from the french toast, Highroad is always a favourite for all the seating space, interior decor, service and of course, coffee!

Teddy Picker’s, 67 Constitution Ave, Campbell, ACT 2612.

Teddy Picker’s and their delicious custardy French Toast.

Teddy Picker’s have perfected the french toast formula and making it our favourite french toast in Canberra.  While their toppings change with the seasons, they always feature a custard pressed french toast with milk crumb and ice cream.  Currently Teddy’s have spoilt us with not only vanilla ice cream, but a scoop of the one-and-only Gelato Messina passionfruit gelato, as well as generous lashings of lemon curd and meringue.  We also love that their menu holds on to a few favourite dishes and rotates others seasonally.  There’s always friendly service and pets are welcome too.

– Em and Tha
The Canberra Brunch Diaries

5 Must-have Bacon and Egg Rolls on the Southside

Canberra has too many great Bacon and Eggs Rolls, said no one ever!  It is absolutely true though, if you are trying to narrow it down to just five.

The first big hurdle was deciding what we considered a bacon and egg roll to be.  Was it limited to a bun with bacon, egg and condiments only?  Or could the introduction of extra elements be included, and if so, how many?  One of the most ridiculously delicious burgers came with chorizo, rosti and relish on top of the bacon and egg.  A line had to be drawn and we decided that to be in the running for our list, a maximum of one extra ingredient could be added.  Any more and the burger gets moved onto the 5 Ridiculously Good Breakfast Burgers list, stay tuned!

5.  Wild Honey, John Gorton Building, Kings Edward Terrace, Parkes, ACT 2601.

We’re wild about this one!

The first B&E on the list almost went by unnoticed- it wasn’t until we glimpsed a pic on Instagram that made us realise this tasty B&E roll even existed.  Wild Honey gave us an excellent combination of crunchy bacon and soft egg.  The soft milk bun does a great job of soaking up all the aioli and bbq sauce.
Extra ingredient: Cheese.

4. Little Bird, Corner of Macquarie and Broughton Sts, Barton ACT 2601.

There ain’t nothin’ little about this!

We just love Little Bird, it seems everything they do is super tasty and this B&E is no different.  Double egg and a layer of cheddar cheese seems to be the way to my heart at the moment.  One egg was runny and the other was a bit firmer- catering to all tastes.  This B&E roll also comes with a delicious smokey bbq sauce that works so well with the egg and bacon.
Extra ingredient: Chedder cheese.

3. Lava, 1/38 Townshend St, Phillip, ACT 2606.

A volcanic explosion of flavours!

You will find this gem of a cafe in Phillip on Townshend St.  The ambience is lovely and food is terrific.  Their B&E roll was tasty- runny egg on a bed of cheese, bacon and bbq sauce.   This one smashed it out of the park.  Simple and delicious!
Extra ingredient: Cheese.

2. The Meating Room, 45 Liardet St, Weston ACT 2611.

A very meaty B&E roll!

The Meating Room has 2 B&E rolls, the ‘Classic’, which we are looking at here and the ‘Meating Room B&E’ (spoiler alert) which we are going to call a breakfast burger in a future top 5 list.  They are all about quality meat, as their name suggests, and the Pialligo bacon featured in their B&E is fantastic!

1. Double Drummer, 2/4 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2601.

Double the fun!

What could make a  bacon and egg roll twice as good?  Double egg and double bacon, that’s what!  Double Drummer has double egg and double bacon, which makes this B&E roll a winner.  You better go on an empty stomach, because those runny eggs loaded with bacon on a soft bun make it very tasty and very filling.

Go try some 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

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