There’s a party going on in Braddon. No, not a house-warming party on Ijong St, a cafe-warming party on Lonsdale. Since Sweet Bones Bakery and Cafe opened in November 2012, the invite reads Vegans (and All) Welcome.
Now then, what can we tell you about our [metaphorical] hosts? We know a bunch of things…
Are you one of those Canberran’s who’s kitchen hasn’t been dirteid in years? Do you spend most evenings eating out – or on the run – now bemoaning the lack of a new opportunity for a refreshing serve of culinary surprise? If so, there’s a little treat in tore for you overin canberra’s legal district….
Since launching, Lonsdale Street Roasters has been something of a sensation in the Canberra coffee circuit. Patient addicts would form an orderly queue at the Braddon outlet, keen to get a daily dose of the delights on offer.
When demand outstripped capacity, it was time for a second venue to open – and where else but Lonsdale Street? However, with the commencement of the New Year it appears the operators are keen to spread their wings. This time it may be on a different side of the lake altogether.
The hoardings have been up for months as the corner of Giles and Kennedy Streets in Kingston was gutted and almost entirely rebuilt. A week ago they were removed, leaving a burgundy facade with large black-framed windows blacked out with plastic to deter curious passers-by.
So what exactly is Me & Mrs Jones?
If Canberra has a cafe strip, it’s in Civic between Garema Arcade and Bunda St. On all days of the week, you can get poached eggs and a flat white al fresco at the family-and-friends-friendly venue of your choice. The much google-reviewed Cream Cafe Bar is ostensibly the jewel in the crown, if only because it’s the easiest to find. With an expansive corner frontage, serious decor and serious pricing, Cream screams ‘welcome to Canberra, we should catch up for coffee’.
Nothing sets the tone for a sparkling weekend than a satisfying breakfast. Now that the sun has reappeared a lazy morning with papers and friends is becoming more and more attractive. So, if you’re one for the organic and healthy, or perhaps nursing the after-effects of an indulgent ‘night before’, would you ever think to go and have breakfast at a pub? Well, we certainly hadn’t.
J. Alfred Prufrock measured out his life in coffee spoons. This month, the Canberran measured out its life in coffee miles – travelling serious distances in the pursuit of the black + white beverage. We took Cotter Rd to Weston, and Yamba Drive to Phillip, to try out the apparently-so-hot-right-now Lava Espresso. And try it we did — once, twice, and a third time (for pictures).
Barton workers, cancel your in-house coffee orders, and get your walking shoes on! On May 31, we said:
The royal family of Canberra coffee is expecting another child. Confirmed by Harvest staff on 30 May, when 2-4 National Circuit Barton is finalised this year, the corporati will be queuing for contractor coffs a la Harvest/Tonic/Group 7/Kingston Grind. The building is earmarked for the Attorney-General’s Department, but we’re guessing the beans will bring ‘em in from outside the portfolio. Stay tuned: Barrister Barista will premiere with the first review in a couple of weeks’ time.
Things have changed…
North side or South side? Daily, Canberrans wrestle with some difficult choices. The lake-shaped mental block shapes where one lives, eats, shops and drinks coffee. Luckily, The Canberran is not partisan, and Barrister Barista accepts all briefs. This week, we followed the bean train back South, disembarking in the first home of Canberra’s ONA Coffee, on the Lawns in Manuka.