5 of our Favourite CBR Street Food Vendors

 

Street food- the best kind of food!   Ready-to-go meals from a variety of cultures have a cult following.  Canberra is always on the ball when it comes to the foodie scene and we have an abundance of street food in this great city!  We’ve hunted down 5 of our favourites- in no particular order.

Gyoza Guy.

So delicious!

The Gyoza Guy gyoza are pretty damn tasty!  Served steamed or fried, this the perfect snack to eat whilst browsing the markets.  There are a variety of flavours, but we went with the fried pork gyoza.  The service is quick and friendly, and the gyoza are delicious!  Accompanied with a choice of sauces, we recommend the chilli sauce- it has the perfect amount of bite.  This is street food at its finest- authentic, ready-to-eat and delicious! You can find the Gyoza Guy at the Capital Region Farmers Markets, EPIC on Saturdays and the Southside Farmers Markets, Canberra College on Sundays.

MOMOs Taste of Tibet. 

Get in my belly!

Momos- the name just rolls off the tongue.  And these momos can roll straight ONTO my tongue!  The bite-sized dumplings taste authentic and are a perfect snack.  A few chilli flakes sprinkled on top and they sum up street food at its finest.  You can find MOMOS Taste of Tibet at the ANU Pop-Up Reunion Village, ANU Campus, Canberra ACT 2600.  They can also be found at various local markets and events.

Phat Panda Urban Asian Food. 

Holding off eating this to take photos was so hard!

Tucked away in Greenway, Phat Panda is the ultimate in street food fusion. With so many choices and experiments going on, every visit is a new experience!  From bao, to rolls and stir fry bowls, there is something to please everyone.  Their puff waffles with gelato (otherwise known as an egg waffle) is a definite standout!  Once the puff waffle is cooked and filled with creamy gelato, then come the toppings.  Crushed cookies, chocolate chips, chocolate-dipped pretzels- you name it, they have it!  My two taste-testers were big fans of the taro and bubble gum gelato.  The instagram-worthy end result requires patience if you want to snap a few pictures first.  Otherwise, dig in.  Filling and delicious!  You can find Phat Panda at Shop 175a/210 Anketell St, Greenway ACT 2900 and local events.

La Empanada. 

¡Esta empanada es muy rica!

The ANU Pop-Up Village has a great bustling, relaxed feel. It’s the perfect spot for a quick, informal lunch or dinner. The empanadas at La Empanada are handmade on the spot and the proof is in the empanada, as we like to say!  A crispy pastry shell gives way to delicious fillings.  We tried three flavours- Beef, Spinach and Cheese, and Chorizo.  They certainly hit the pspot- tasty and filling.   La Empanada is at The ANU Pop-Up Reunion Village.  You can also try them at the Capital Region Farmers Markets on Saturdays and the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston on Sundays.

Tikka Stand.

This Tikka Chicken is sizzling!

It is almost rude to call this street food, it feels more like a restaurant dish served in a disposable container.  The secret tikka sauce is amazeballs! Seriously, once you try the tender tikka marinated chicken from Tikka Stand, you will start to have dreams of needing more tikka goodness in your life!  Go get some, you won’t regret it.  You will find them at the ANU Pop-up Village.  You can also find them at various local markets and events.

The Canberra Moon Festival, 2018. A great event, with plenty of local street food vendors.

As each culture embraces cheap delicious food-to-go, so too does the range of street food on offer in Canberra. Get amongst it, people- it’s super tasty!

5 Awesome Reasons to check out Handmade Canberra Markets

 

Last week, we brought you 5 kid-friendly cafes in Canberra. This week we bring you … 5 Awesome Reasons to Head to the Handmade Canberra Markets! We went down to EPIC on the last Market weekend to check out the goods, and this is what we found …

5. Gifts Galore!This is THE spot to do your Christmas or birthday present shopping! Make sure you turn up cashed up, I can guarantee your wallet will be empty by the end of your visit.

Cheeky and quirky tea towels from Ink and Weave Tea Towels.
The perfect way to keep yourself organised is with organisers from ATP Creative Design.

4. Fabulous Fashion and Jewellery!Fashion is another strong point at Handmade Canberra. We found some exquisite pieces for women, which are flattering and have a variety of sizes.

Harper and Edie Collections- hailing from Melbourne.  Beautiful women’s clothing!
Wombat and Poss has exquisite children’s clothing.
Nancy Joanna Concrete Jewellery- gorgeous!

3. Cool kid’s stuff!We all know that kids loves a present, and if you want unique and quality presents that impress, this is the place to buy! I saw so many items that would make the perfect birthday or Christmas gifts.

Adorable rattle ice-cream cones from Two Alike.
The sweetest little wooden toys from Miss Molly’s Dolls and Toys.
Dinoplanters are perfect for the little palaeontologists in your life.

2. Delicious Dining and Drink!We all need to eat, so why not do it properly! We advise you to come with an empty stomach and stretchy pants. Whether you want to eat at the markets or grab some quality ingredients, this is the place.

We tried black garlic for the first time, thanks to Breadbo Black Garlic. Delicious and surprisingly mild!
HerCanberra Earl Grey Gin from The Canberra Distillery that changes colour.

1. So much Canberra!TheCanberra5 love anything Canberra-orientated, and there are so many great CBR products and services under one roof (actually, they’re up to about three roofs at EPIC now!)

I’ll be heading back to get my fix from Mr Papa, some of the best Peruvian food I’ve ever had.
I’ll be stocking up on my Sicilian Biscuit Company pasticcini.
It’s the perfect opportunity to partake in some delicious treats from the Cannoli Brothers.

Handmade Canberra- one of the best Canberra markets around! Head down in a few weeks to check it out for the 10th Birthday celebrations. 20th-21st October, 2018. EPIC, Flemington Road and Northbourne Ave, Mitchell ACT 2602.

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 Great Canberra Burgers, in no particular order.

(With a countdown for dramatic effect)


I am going to have to start by saying that this is not the ultimate Top 5 Canberra Burgers list, but more of a good start. With so many good burgers around town, this is clearly a work in progress!

Number 5. The Mookie Deluxe Burger at Mookie. $15

Mookie – Genge St, Canberra City.

The Mookie Deluxe Burger comes with additional options, and needless to say, I added maple smoked bacon and pickles to this already delicious fusion burger. It appears simple, but it is anything but. The fusion is all in that secret Mookie sauce, which was extraordinary. The 100% Angus hormone-free beef is ground daily and hand massaged to deliver the perfect fat percentage every time.

Let there be no doubt- I will be going back for this simple, but super tasty burger.

Menu listing:
100% pure grass-fed black Angus beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese & Mookie sauce.
Mookie Deluxe: Add maple smoked bacon & pickles for $3.

Number 4. Cheeseburger at Ona Manuka. $21

Ona Manuka – The Lawns, Manuka.

This is one super delicious cheeseburger and has a well-deserved place on my list as one of the best burgers on the menu in Canberra at the moment. Every element was fantastic- a whopping great big juicy patty with plenty of cheese, amazing pickled onions, covered in bacon jam, and house-made BBQ sauce.

Overall, I was left speechless, full and very impressed! Thanks, guys.  Side note: the fries were super crunchy and delicious.

Menu Listing:
CHEESEBURGER GF-O 21 beef patty, cheddar, zuni pickled onions, bacon Jam, house-made barbecue sauce, cress, fries.

Number 3. Greasy at Grease Monkey. $15                                 

Grease Monkey – Lonsdale St, Braddon.

I love going to this place. Their Greasy (or Double Deluxe) is one of my go-to burgers when I am in the city. The extra tasty Greasy’s sauce and GM relish transform a simple juicy cheeseburger into a smashing feast for one.

Wash it down with a Greasy lager and you are onto a truly winning combo!

Menu Listing:
Greasy- Beef patty, lettuce, cheese, onion, pickles, GM relish, Greasy’s sauce (GF*).

Number 2. Brod Burger at Brodburger. $14.50

BrodBurger – Capital Brewing Co. Dairy Rd, Fyshwick.

From the original red caravan down by the lake, now based out at Capital Breweries, I was trying to keep with a cheeseburger theme, so I grabbed a Brod burger with the cheddar option. The bread was soft, the cheese was cheesy and the aioli-topped flame-grilled burger was juicy and tender. Everything was as it was meant to be, and I was a happy chappy.

Next time, I will be going back to my old favourite- the brie- just to make it even richer!

Number 1. Cheesy Americano at Boss Burger. $13

Boss Burger – Blackall St, Barton.

This new kid on the block won’t stay that way for long! The food truck is parked in the carpark on Blackall St in Barton, which is pretty good for all those public servants who know “what is what” with their burgers. The chef behind this truck hails from a wealth of Sydney fine dining experience and is all about packing flavour into his menu. The Cheesy Americano was spectacular, with its American pickles flown in from Detroit, super smokey bacon and that homemade mustard mayo. Definitely one of the best burgers I have ever eaten.

Side note: I hear they have a new Lamb tzatziki burger coming out, and I will absolutely be getting down there to taste that baby!

Now if your favourite burger isn’t here on our list- do not panic, do not despair. I know there has to be another list of amazing burgers. I’ve heard too much about some other burgers that I need to give a good hot go! And also- who am I kidding? I will always want to try new burgers!

Happy eating.
-Miguel