Mint Road Cafe and Dolce e Salato and Autolyse

by The Editor

Mint Rd logoYears after Silo had the Canberra bakery set pretty much sewn up, it appears a number of new players are moving into the cafe/bakery scene.  Be it with a focus on Italian cuisine, the sourcing of products from across the region, or classic French style, it appears there are plenty of options across the tree-lined avenues of Canberra for those seeking their daily bread.

Mint Rd Exterior

The latest player due to enter the market within no more than a few days is Mint Rd.  We’re hearing a few mixed messages about this cosy little spot down at the Narrabundah shops, but their Facebook Page suggests while a lot of the product will not be developed on-site, Mint Rd has a strong focus on sourcing local pastries and produce to create their offerings.  Most interestingly, the operators claim a desire to “re-imagine the charm of the late 1940’s that mark the establishment of Narrabundah” so it will be interesting to see what they do with the fit-out. Make sure you swing past this weekend to see if they’ve got the doors open. It’s been a long time since Narrabundah residents have had a casual cafe to grab a coffee and a treat, so hopefully this will be warmly embraced by the locals.

Somewhat further down the line is Dolce e Salato (translating as Sweet and Sour) which will take the place of the now-closed Gelato Joe’s which in turn took up temporary residence at the site of Candamber on Bunda Street. One always got the feeling Gelato Joe’s looked like a somewhat temporary measure, and now we’ve got confirmation a fully fitted-out food destination that may come to truly represent the best of italian pastries.

Mint Rd Interior setup

Dolce e Salato comes from the same stable as Copa Restaurant in Braddon (which seems to have come back strongly following a dose of dodgy eggs a few months ago) and Bodegas de Pintxos in Kingston. These restaurants have followed the path of different cuisines (Brazilian and Spanish), however it appears this third venture harks back towards owner Joseph Pelle’s previous ventures in Italian cuisine – the fast food-styled Zeffirelli’s outlets and fine-dining L’unico. Certainly it is one to watch

Last, but by no means least, there is Autolyse who we had a quick look at briefly after its opening. After a couple of months it seems the little French bakery on Lonsdale Street has really hit its straps. A steady flow of customers makes their way through the doors at all hours of the day – proving particularly popular at lunchtime. And our favourite part of the experience? Heading over in the late afternoon and buying a loaf of bread that still feels warm to touch.

Mmmm… Canberra’s getting itself a whole lot of delicious.

Mint Rd
Narrabundah Shops

6260 6713

Mon to Fri: 7:00am – 3:00pm
Sat and Sun: 8:00am – 2:00pm

Dolce e Salato (coming soon)
Bunda Street
Canberra City

Opening hours TBC
Contact details TBC

Lonsdale Street


Breakfast and Lunch
7 Days a week