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The Toast of Lonsdale Street 

Calum Stenning

By now, you’ve probably heard that Lonsdale Street in Braddon is going to be home to Canberra’s first toast bar.

With dine-in and takeaway, Toasted will doubtless become a fast favourite of those who live and work in and around the city when they open in August.

“We actually saw something like it in America,” explains Brittany Lindores, co-owner of Toasted with partner Josh Taylor. “It was a very simple version, and we just thought ‘what a great idea.’ We came up with some different ideas, and some better ideas [from] what we’d seen, and just thought ‘who doesn’t love toast?”

And really, who doesn’t love toast? Whether you’re a fan of smashed avo, eggs, cheese, or even just the classic butter, toast is the floor beneath our feet, the wind beneath our breakfast wings. And in good news for breakfast lovers in general, the Toasted menu won’t be limited only to toast.

Image: facebook.com/toastedcanberra

Image: facebook.com/toastedcanberra. Credit: Artworks by Bambi @bybambi

“We’re going to have a few specials each week, just to see what people like, and throw out a few ideas and a few new flavours each week to see what really works,” Brittany explains. “We’re also going to have waffles, and acai bowls, porridge, baked goods, a salad-of-the-day, to give customers a few more options.”

“We’re going to keep the menu really simple, but you’ll be able to add to what to order, so you’ll essentially be able to build your own toast.”

Now by this point, there will be a few readers thinking “this is all well and good, but I live the gluten-free life – maybe I live the dairy free life too – what about me? It isn’t fair.” Well at Toasted, it is fair, because Brittany feels your pain.

“We’ll have a few gluten-free bread options, and there will be dairy free options – we’re willing to cater for those people,” she says. “Through my own experiences I know how difficult it can be sometimes when cafes aren’t willing to change anything – we want people to be able to make their own [toast], according to their intolerances.”

And for the full-blown coeliacs among us, it’s worth noting that the gluten-free options will all be toasted by their own gluten-free toaster. But that’s not all. As if to prove that dietary requirements are not an after-thought at Toasted, all waffles will be gluten-free, and most of the baked goods will be gluten-free too.

Image: facebook.com/toastedcanberra

Image: facebook.com/toastedcanberra. Credit: Artworks by Bambi @bybambi

In keeping with current trends away from globalism and into localism, Toasted will be sourcing their produce as locally as they can and from small businesses too.

“We want to keep it as local as possible,” Brittany explains. “We’re really keen on supporting local brands and local produce – we’ve spoken with local farmers, and our sourdoughs come from Gundaroo.”

Inside the shop, the fit-out will be simple with white hexagonal tiles, oak and raw steel bench tops – but the space will also feature some impressive glasswork in the form of a light blown by artist Netty Blair. It’s a small space, so fast service and takeaway is the goal for Brittany, with the app offering convenience for customers.

So what is a toast aficionado like Brittany most looking forward to serving up? “It’ll actually be a special initially,” she says excitedly.

“It’s a s’mores toast – so it will have a Nutella base (we’ll also have a raw Nutella for those who are dairy-free or vegan), with toasted marshmallows and crumbled cracker on top!”

The all-inclusive Toasted is due to open at the start of August. Those who are toast fans should be excited, and those who aren’t should consider this the perfect opportunity to explore the time-tested, undeniable classic, toast.

the essentials

What: Toasted
Where: 22 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
When: Opening soon, check their Facebook for updates
Facebook: facebook.com/toastedcanberra
Instagram: instagram.com/wearetoasted

Feature image: facebook.com/pg/toastedcanberra

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Calum Stenning

Calum Stenning is Her Canberra’s newest and most male (read: only) intern. Three years spent living overseas has given him a renewed appreciation for Canberra life. Every day starts with coffee and the Sydney Morning Herald crossword at a favourite coffee haunt, as he is wary of the perils of dementia, and thinks crosswords are a viable safeguard. If he lives to a dementia-appropriate age (evidence says he won’t), he’ll let us know. More about the Author

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