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First taste: Lazy May’s

Erin Biglia

It was a miserable and rainy Wednesday when we walked out of our Tuggeranong office; luckily (and conveniently) for us, a new restaurant has just opened around the corner: Lazy May’s.

Tuggeranong has its fair share of eateries – the newish strip along Anketell street hosts a number of places that pack out on weekdays, and there are a few more spotted around the Hyperdome and out the back. Lazy May’s sits separate from the rest, located on the ground floor of the Emphora apartments at 41/1 Cowlishaw St.

Walking in, you are greeted by a painted motif wall down the left side (“Good days start with coffee and you!”), and a serving window though to the kitchen straight ahead. The tall wooden clad counter is to your right, with a display case of pastries sitting proudly next to a planter wall of fresh herbs and flowers.

A vertical garden of herbs and plants adorns the wall.

A vertical garden of herbs and flowers adorns the wall.

 

The polished cement floor and industrial style chairs are set off nicely by the wooden utensil boxes, mini mason salt jars and teeny raw sugar milk jars on each table. There is also a cosy couch corner for a more relaxed option, tv screens dotting two corners of the room, and a soundtrack of pleasant and recent easy-listening music.

Lazy May's Mocha

Lazy May’s Mocha

 

We took a seat under the planter box and ordered a few drinks to start. The mocha was creamy and not overpowered by chocolate, I was advised that the flat white was similarly pleasant, and we both found the temperature to be perfect for drinking straight away. One of our ladies ordered a mineral water, and was surprised by the larger than expected bottle that arrived on the table – her only regret was not asking for the lid so she could take it back to her desk easily afterwards.

Roasted Beet, Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad.

Roasted Beet, Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad.

 

First up for our table was the Roasted Beet, Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad. When I was vegan, I rarely ordered salads (“salad isn’t a meal! It’s a side!”) – but this salad is amazing. The mix of beet and walnut through kale and baby spinach provides lots of texture, and there is just the right amount of blue cheese that you get the full flavour without feeling like you just chowed down on a whole wedge of it. I was a big fan of the caramelised onion and it’s dressed such that you still get the flavour without being overpowered or left with a drippy plate. The end result is a salad that still feels light, but leaves you knowing you’ve eaten a full meal. This is one I will definitely keep coming back for.

Pulled Pork Neck Damper Roll.

Pulled Pork Neck Damper Roll.

 

One of my friends ordered the Pulled Pork Neck Damper Roll. Even though we knew that the chips coming with the burgers are larger than normal, we do wish there were a few more (although it does mean you enjoy the burger without filling up on chips first). The slaw and pickle went well with smokey barbecue sauce, and she proclaimed the pulled pork in the burger to be the best she has had in Canberra, (though she wouldn’t recommend it as a ‘first date’ meal). Every last bite of it was finished.

Slow Cooked Pressed Pork Belly.

Slow Cooked Pressed Pork Belly.

 

The friend seated across from me ordered the Slow Cooked Pressed Pork Belly, providing me an excellent opportunity to watch him eat and be super jealous of the amazing popping pork skin crackling. The pork, while a bit dark on the bottom, was moist, and was complemented well by the fig jam – but the real highlight was the roasted pumpkin and pear underneath. Typically I’m not a fan of pumpkin or of fruit in things, but he insisted I try it and now I plan to reconsider a bunch of meals I would not normally have tried in the past.

Buttermilk Southern Fried Chicken.

Buttermilk Southern Fried Chicken.

 

The Buttermilk Southern Fried Chicken was the second to last meal ordered on our table, and rated well. The chicken was not dry in the slightest, although my friend’s preference would have been for some more spice to be included in the batter. Served with beer battered chips and a salad, the dish is filling and one I would like to try in the near future, although I would also a request a second little jar of the buttermilk ranch sauce.

Antipasto Charcuterie Board.

Antipasto Charcuterie Board.

 

As something completely different to everyone else, I ordered the Antipasto Charcuterie Board. This may not have been the best item for me to select, as I am still fairly new to antipasto and don’t have a lot to compare it to. What I can say is that I would gladly eat handfuls of the grissini that were served up, and almost everyone at the table stole a piece of the bread that was served on the edge of the board. The olives weren’t overly briney, the meats were a great way to break up the cheese and the artichoke, and the semi dried tomato and roasted capsicum didn’t have too much tang.

Lemon Meringue Muffin and (Gluten free) Banana Butterscotch Muffin.

Lemon Meringue Muffin and (Gluten free) Banana Butterscotch Muffin.

 

A few of us stayed back to surrender to the pastry case, and we split a Lemon Meringue Muffin and a (Gluten free) Banana Butterscotch Muffin. All pastries are baked fresh each morning, and they didn’t disappoint. Having just learnt the importance of giving ‘things with fruit inside’ a chance, I was very pleasantly surprised by the lemon meringue muffin – the inside wasn’t overpoweringly lemony, and I was a big fan of the crispy meringue top. The banana butterscotch was the real surprise though – sweeter and moister than the other, the gooey sauce and fresh banana on top made it a real treat.

Lazy May’s are in the process of securing a liquor licence, and will be opening for dinner and late into the evening shortly. Owned by the same team as Muddle Bar, it is really exciting to have such high quality food so close to home and the office, and I look forward to being able to enjoy the charcuterie board with a glass of wine over a longer lunch or after work.

While some of my dining companions weren’t as relaxed about the wait between ordering and receiving their food, on a previous occasion we did experience only a short delay when we booked ahead and advised we were an office group looking for quick turnaround.

With a great selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options, as well as offering breakfasts and an adorable kids menu, there is something here for every diner. I honestly believe Lazy May’s are providing the best meals in the Tuggeranong precinct at the moment, particularly when you’re after something a little different to the standard offering. I’m definitely looking forward to many more meals there, especially when its warmer outside.

the essentials

What: Lazy May’s
Where: 1 Cowlishaw Street, Greenway
When:  Open Monday to Saturday 7am to 4pm
Phone: 6174 1594
Web: www.lazymayscafe.com

Erin Biglia

Erin has lived in Canberra for over 30 years now / all her life. A public servant by day and mother of two around the clock, she likes a laugh, listening to lyrics, collecting awesome people and has recently decided to start drinking coffee like a grown up. More about the Author

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