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Canberra’s Best Breakfasts – wherever you live

HerCanberra Team

It’s nearly the weekend, and that’s got us thinking about breakfast. So, we’ve put our collective heads together (including those of some knowledgeable local foodies) and found some of the best offerings around the city – whether you live north, south, east or west! Here’s our pick.

BELCONNEN

Tara from In The Taratory nominates Ellacure in Bruce as her breakfast go-to, she says the bean and chorizo cassoulet (below) “is filling, tasty and has enough spice to kickstart the morning!” Michelle Brotohusodo is also a fan,loving the grilled asparagus, poached eggs, crispy pancetta & shaved parmesan.

Tara says she also loves the blueberry and ricotta hotcakes at Ha Ha Bar in Belco with their delicious All Muddled Up breakfast mocktail. Chatterbox, also in Belco, is becoming a popular spot (and is very well priced!) We love the smashed avocado with poached eggs and Persian fetta and the potato rosti, cottage cheese and your choice of bacon, ham or smoked salmon.

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GUNGAHLIN

Since it opened mid-2014, Frankies at Forde has been getting uniformly positive reviews – for quality of food and a great experience. The menu has a great range of options, from light and healthy fruit selection and bircher muesli to fluffy blueberry and ricotta pancakes, and more savoury options like a brekky wrap with guacamole and smoked salmon stack.

Fab blogger, Grant Heino, recommends Sweet Copper for “amazing staff and delicious food. Their Plowman’s Plates are pretty epic!”, and you can’t go past Cafe Injoy for a generous start to the day in a family friendly atmosphere. Other notables are Early Doors Cafe and Central Cafe.

CITY

Rachi Perera of le-bonvivant.com has eaten a LOT of breakfasts (and somehow manages to stay slim), and she nominates The Cupping Room’s  Barbudos, a traditional Costa Rican dish of string bean fritters served with roasted capsicum, fresh corn salsa, Newland bacon, a fried free range egg and garlic crema, as her favourite.

Why? “It’s a delicious alternative to the tradition corn fritters you get everywhere. It comes with a beautiful spicy roasted capsicum, the bacon is always crispy and the egg is always perfectly fried. The whole thing works beautifully with the richness of the garlic crema. What’s not to love!”

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Angela Mason also has a love affair with this place, adoring their scrambled eggs with fresh cream and chives, with sides of garlic wilted spinach and feta. ” All three are simple flavours but they work so well together. The feta is the real highlight, it is whipped and creamy and delicious! But the best thing about The Cupping Room is of course the coffee-husband and I have normally enjoyed two cups each before the food comes!”

The Museum Cafe at the National Museum of Australia, catered by Broadbean Catering, is a real hidden gem. It has some of the best views in Canberra, and the food to match – Michelle Brotohusodo loves their Baked eggs with Spanish tomato sugo, chorizo and tapendade with sourdough toast and Poached eggs with baked beans, ham hock and sourdough toast (below). Check out our full review here.

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HerCan editor, Amanda Whitley, loves Močan & Green Grout. It’s a tiny little space that that serves fair trade coffee, sources its produce from local farmers and grows its herbs in the planter at the front door. It really does feel like being in someone’s kitchen, as your food is cooked in compact space right in the middle of the restaurant.

Her fave is the grilled chorizo, fried eggs, corn, avocado (pictured below, at top right) but it’s not currently on the menu…but the Tripoli Baked Eggs, Hummus, Spiced Radish and Yoghurt (below, top left); and the Seared Haloumi, Poached Eggs, Cavolo Nero and Lemon (below, bottom left) are also amazing.

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Oh, and we couldn’t not mention the baked eggs , pork & fennel sausage , chick peas with sourdough from Loading Zone in Odgers Lane – one of our fave breakfasts around town.

INNER SOUTH

Amanda also loves the food at Kingston’s Penny University, and her current breakfast obsession is their Baked Miso Cured Snapper, served with avocado salsa, charred corn, sunny egg, toasted multigrain and toagarashi (pictured below). It may not sound like your typical breakfast dish – and it’s not – but the flavours are amazing and it’s a light way to start the day.

And she’s not the only Penny Uni fan; Sally Wagnon’s current favourite breakfast isfrom here: Avo Dish – avocado on toasted rye, charred corn and quinoa tabouleh with chevre, chilli oil and poached egg. “All Penny Uni’s dishes are interesting and well thought out, everything works well together,” she says. “I find it refreshing to go somewhere and not just see the standard: pancakes, big breakfast and Benedict on the menu.”

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We also love Maple + Clove in the Realm Precinct – all their meals are cooked on the premises daily, using fresh, local, seasonal and wholefood ingredients. The team behind The Chairman Group (Chairman & Yip, Malamay, Lanterne Rooms and Lilotang) is now on board and the menu and service have had a bit of an overhaul.

Recently, Amanda had their Tomato and Lemon Ricotta, served on spelt toast – and added a side of avocado and a sausage (because, well, she really likes sausage) and says it was divine. “Really fresh and light and highlighting the pristine produce.”

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INNER NORTH

Ok, for the purposes of this story, we’re calling Braddon ‘inner north’. If you’re after something a little different for breakky, then head no further than Elk & Pea in Braddon. They don’t do your traditional eggs benedict or scrambled eggs on toast; their menu is a feast for the eyes and the senses. Instead of banana bread, you’ll find pear and raspberry bread with coconut cream, mexican shortbread and vanilla syrup. Is your mouth watering yet?

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They also do a fair few vegetarian and gluten free options, like black beans & corn, fried tortilla, avocado, chorizo, salsa, and herb crema, or Smashed Avocado & Shrooms – Thyme Butter Mushrooms, Smashed Avocado, Marinated Feta, Torn Basil, Poached Egg on Sourdough Toast – pictured above – (although, again, I had to have the sausage!) making it a good option for people on just about any diet.

Michelle Brotohusodo LOVES a good eggs Benny, but she also really likes the Kevin Bacon panini at Lonsdale St Roasters: scrambled egg, bacon, tomato and spinach. “It doesn’t sound fancy but it is just delicious – and filling!” Plus, you know, the coffee ain’t bad.

Giulia Porro heads to Autolyse for their Mushroom or Tomato Bruschetta – “it’s just so fresh and tasty with such simple ingredients – true italian style!- and honestly -they win me over the moment I walk in to put in my order – that fresh of baked bread….mmmm!”

WODEN + WESTON CREEK

Sally Wagnon recommends the homemade banana bread at Red Brick Espresso in Curtin for a quick breakfast on the run, saying it’s “delicious and makes a welcome change to the slabs of banana bread (read: CAKE) served by most places.”

More substantial options like Tortilla Pocket filled w free range scrambled eggs, mozzarella & spanish tomato sofrito or Shakshuka Baked Eggs w harissa & persian feta served w toasted sourdough, also hit the spot.

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Other places worth investigating are Kusina, for their Filipino breakfast; and The Meating Room in Weston.

TUGGERANONG

We recently told you about Common Grounds in Gowrie, and it’s continuing to win fans. Jane Quick loves their French, “so yummy!” but savoury options are also aplenty. ‘The Conquistador’ – chorizo, chilli, basil and goats cheese on sourdough – is amazing, and the team is happy to customise orders, like the poached eggs on toast with mushrooms and spinach pictured below.

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Brew Bar (Reed Street North) in Tuggeranong   also gets a mention, with Jane rating the blueberry bagel with banana, strawberry and whipped cream and Sarah Bowman declaring their hollandaise sauce she’s ever tasted. Eggs Benny, anyone?

What have we missed? What’s your favourite breakfast in Canberra?

Ellacure image from In The Taratory; The Cupping Room image from le bon vivant.

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  • Courts

    I have been hitting up Ricardos lately at the Jamison shops. Amazing breakfast!! Their smoked salmon eggs benny is like heaven on a plate.. but different..
    Great coffee too and the most awesome looking cakes! 🙂

  • Megsy

    My favourite place for breakfast in Tuggeranong is the Woolshed Cafe. My breakfast favourite has become the pancakes as they change the flavours every week. The coffee is also fantastic, especially because they manage to never burn the soy milk.

  • Tiffany

    Ricardo’s at Jamison is amazing. If you like somewhere quieter (as Ricardo’s is very popular and noisy) then head to Rocksalt in Hawker.

  • Kylie

    Good Brother in Dickson – great coffee and a short but solid menu – love their avocado and tomato bruschetta (I always add a fried egg on the side). Yum!

  • Thanks muchly from a fellow breakfast foodie! My most craved Canberra brekkie is the smoked trout and scrambled eggs (with a side of hollandaise) at Ellacure …

    http://karinscuisine.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/terrific-trout-ellacure.html … so, so, so good!

    🙂

    • Oh no! Three weeks ago I commented (above) that I loved the smoked trout at Ellacure, and I discovered yesterday that it has been deleted from the menu. Sigh.

  • Suzanne Bowen

    Sweet Bones at Braddon is amazing. Wonderful vegan food for breakfast, lunch and dinner and great coffee too!

  • Venus

    Penny University is my new favourite….the scrambled eggs are to die for + delish coffee. Seriously, for the past 3 years, I brunch out often and would go as far as Poacher’s Pantry to satisfy cravings but PU’s scrambled eggs….*drool*

    Try Trev’s in Dickson…corn fritter is awesome and Trev’s brekkie also makes a great brunch. Very consistent in quality and presentation.
    Ginger Catering at the Aboretum also serves breakfast with breathtaking view.
    Haha’s Cafe in Belconen has a decent menu and good ambiance as well.

    Enjoy!

  • Helen

    Two for Joy in Kingston serve amazing breakfast. The menu has my mouth watering every time. Their coffee (Ona, of course) is amazing.

  • Kristine Lawler

    Thanks for the great tips. Any chance you could start including some info about Canberra’s surrounding suburbs like Queanbeyan and Murrumbateman areas? Although I work in Canberra and regularly cross the border on the weekends too, Qbn & Murrumbatan have a few little hidden gems themselves! Googong is also expanding to include a few bars and restaurants too! Thanks guys!

  • Looking for a great Sunday drive, head to Cafe Woodworks at Bungendore. Great coffee, huge breakfasts and must say the pancakes and the Eggs Benny are my favourite. Well worth the trip.

  • Courts

    I read this article in full and was disappointed when it seemed like you were harping in about the same old eating places..
    THEN I realised this dates back to Feb!
    You should do an updated piece on even newer eateries! 🙂
    I would recommend Little Oink at the Cook shops and U&co. at the Kaleen shops 🙂

  • Irma Briggs

    I just had breakfast at Farmer’s Daughter in Yarralumla & it was brilliant.
    The ambience, the quirky sewing machine tables, excellent coffee & yummy poached eggs on sourdough, made for a really nice birthday breakfast.

  • Virginia Cooke

    Some great options to try here; some I’ve already been to. But under the question of ‘what’s missing’ (I can’t believe that no one has responded since Feb 14!), I’d like to put in votes for Praga Cafe at Dickson. Starting off with the not so good, the interior and TV screens inside are not to my taste. But it’s lovely sitting outside under the trees once the weather warms up. There are generous portions of slightly unusual breakfast dishes, such as Eggs Calabrese with lots of baby tomatoes, bacon and mozzarella cheese, and for hash brown lovers, the Small Praga, which is anything but!

  • Lee Azarmvand

    I think the new caffe Luxxe in tuggernong serves great food and coffee is a treat. Friendly staff always makes you feel welcome.
    A big step up from the old owner/cafe of Borneo!
    My new fav in tuggernong mall😊

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