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10 breakfasts to try right now

Amanda Whitley

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Everyone loves breakfast out right? And in Canberra, it’s a bit of a weekend ritual. Here are 10 dishes you need to track down now. They’re yum.

The sweet spot

Like your breakfast sweet? The Cupping Room’s Ricotta hotcakes ($18) is the ultimate. Soft, fluffy hotcakes contrast with the pop of pomegranate, tartness of rhubarbs and strawberries, silkiness of crème fraiche and the crunch of honeycomb. Pack your spare stomach.

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Ricotta hotcakes, housemade honeycomb, rhubarb, pomegranate, strawberries, crème fraîche and citrus syrup ($18).

 

Read more about The Cupping Room here.

The Cupping Room |1/1-13 University Ave, Canberra City | Open Monday to Friday, 7am-4pm and Saturday to Sunday, 8am-3pm | 6257 6412 | www.thecuppingroom.com.au

So Frenchy, so chic

Sometimes, the simplest things are the best…and that’s certainly the case when it comes to Autolyse’s freshly baked sourdough topped with creamy ricotta, ripe tomato and fresh herbs, and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. It’s not the easiest breakfast to eat, but the effort is worth it. So good, and so fresh. The French know what they’re doing!

Freshly baked sourdough with ricotta, tomato and fresh herbs.

Freshly baked sourdough with ricotta, tomato and fresh herbs.

 

Read more about Autolyse here.

Autolyse | 21 Lonsdale St, Braddon | Open 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm Sunday | 6262 8819 | autolyse.com.au

Benny with a twist

I must admit, I really wanted to include Temporada’s Poached eggs with slow roasted tomatoes and chorizo on this list, but it doesn’t appear on the current breakfast menu. But, honestly, everything is good here, and the Smoked salmon, poached egg, crispy potatoes and hollandaise ($20) is a moreish twist on the classic eggs benny. This is a breakfast staple in the hands of a two-hat chef – you know you’re in for a treat.

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Smoked salmon, poached egg, crispy potatoes and hollandaise ($20).

 

Read more about Temporada here.

Temporada | 15 Moore Street, Canberra City | Monday to Friday, 7.30am till late. Saturday from 5pm. Closed Sundays. | 6249 6683 | www.temporada.com.au

The High Life

Chatterbox’s Layered herbed potato rosti with cottage cheese topped off with poached eggs and bacon ($15.90) has been a favourite since the Belconnen eatery opened in late 2013. And it’s no wonder – perfectly cooked eggs, lashings of crispy bacon and potato rosti, perfectly counterbalanced by fresh cottage cheese make for one mighty fine breakfast.

Layered herbed potato rosti with cottage cheese topped off with poached eggs and bacon ($15.90)

Layered herbed potato rosti with cottage cheese topped off with poached eggs and bacon ($15.90)

 

Read our full review here. Thanks to Glenn Martin for the image.

Chatterbox Espresso Bar | Corner of 40 Cameron Avenue, Belconnen | Open Monday to Friday, 6:30am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 2pm | 6251 7453 | www.chatterbox-catering.com.au

The Green Plate

Local Press does amazing breakfasts – and they’re all something out of the ordinary. The Green Breaky Plate ($18): Za’atar coated boiled eggs with kale, salmon, quinoa, avocado, asparagus and goats cheese, is a filling and satisfying start to the day; packed with good-for-you ingredients. There aren’t a lot of other dishes that give you a healthy serve of greens before lunchtime!

green plate local press

Green Breaky Plate: Za’atar coated boiled eggs with kale, salmon, quinoa, avocado, asparagus and goats cheese ($18).

 

Local Press Cafe | 129 Trevillian Quay, Kingston Foreshore | Open Monday to Friday 7:30am to 3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 4pm | www.localpresscafe.com.au

Winter Warmer

My breakfast routine at Monster had been simple for a very long time – Snowy River Trout Hash Brown, thanks very much. But then, a few weeks ago – shock horror – the menu changed! So to drown my sorrows, I ordered a new dish – Baked eggs, cavolo nero, salted ricotta, pangrattato ($17) – and *just like that* new favourite. Yum. The rich tomato, the slight bitterness of the cavolo nero work perfectly with the saltiness of the ricotta. Perfect for a winter brunch.

Baked egg, cavalo nero, salted ricotta, pangrattato.

Baked eggs, cavolo nero, salted ricotta, pangrattato. Image: Glenn Martin Photographer.

 

Read more about Monster here.

Monster Kitchen and Bar |NewActon Nishi, 25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra | Open 6.30am to 1am every day | 6287 6287 | www.hotel-hotel.com.au/eat-drink

The Field

Pâtissez may be making headlines around the world for its ‘freakshakes’ but it also whips up pretty amazing savoury options. For breakfast, we love The Field ($18): Portobello mushrooms, poached eggs, goats cheese, shaved truffle, toasted pinenuts, and balsamic reduction, on crusty bread. Hearty mushrooms, perfectly poached eggs, a touch of crunch from the pinenuts, the slight sourness of goats cheese and sweet balsamic all work beautifully together.

the field from patissez

The Field: Portobello mushrooms, poached eggs, goats cheese, shaved truffle, toasted pinenuts, and balsamic reduction, on crusty bread.

 

Read our full review here.

Pâtissez | Shop 2/21 “The Lawns”, Bougainville St, Manuka | 7am-4pm, Monday to Sunday | 0423 637 777 | www.facebook.com/patissez.pty.ltd

A little corny

This is a very rich dish, but it’s totally yummy and a nice change to the usual breakfast staples. But that’s kinda how A.Baker rolls – their entire breakfast menu is inventive and delicious. Slow cooked eggs, crispy smoked salmon, creme fraiche, corn and charred bread ($19) is an intriguing combination of tastes and textures, and it’s big enough to keep you full for hours.

Slow cooked eggs, crispy smoked salmon, creme fraiche, corn and charred bread ($19)

Slow cooked eggs, crispy smoked salmon, creme fraiche, corn and charred bread ($19).

 

A.Baker | New Acton Pavilion Unit 2, 15 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra | Open Monday to Friday, 7am to 11:00; Saturday 8am to 12am and Sunday 8am to 4pm | 6287 6150 | abaker.com.au

Fresh start

Doubleshot in Deakin has a great range of breakfasts – from the healthy to the indulgent, sweet to savoury. One of our favourites is the Healthy Start ($18.50) : a plate of vine tomato, basil, avocado, herbed ricotta and king salmon gravalax drizzled with extra virgin olive oil with soy linseed toast . It’s a nice way to start the day feeling sated but not overly full.

Healthy Start: plate of vine tomato, basil, avocado, herbed ricotta and king salmon gravalax drizzled with extra virgin olive oil with soy linseed toast ($18.50)

Healthy Start: plate of vine tomato, basil, avocado, herbed ricotta and king salmon gravalax drizzled with extra virgin olive oil with soy linseed toast ($18.50)

 

Doubleshot | Shop 7 Deakin Court, Deakin | Open 7am to 5pm weekdays, 7am to 4pm weekends | 6162 2027 | doubleshotdeakin.com.au

Sliders reinvented

Southsiders must be beside themselves right now, with Lazy May’s bringing some much-needed colour to the Tuggeranong food scene. Mini Brioche Slider Buns with Salted Caramelised Banana and Strawberry Filling served with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream have now made it to our ‘must eat’ list after we saw Food Porn Journal’s instagram post.

 

Read Food Porn Journal’s review here.

Lazy May’s | 1 Cowlishaw Street, Greenway | Open Monday to Saturday 7am to 4pm | 6174 1594 | www.lazymayscafe.com

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Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her ‘spare time’, she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She’s done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women.

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