The thing I missed most when travelling was a decent breakfast. Sure, Paris had melt-in-your-mouth croissants & London does a mean fry up – but it was my corn fritters with a perfectly poached egg & toast with smashed (not mushed) avocado that I longed for.
Everyone knows that no one does breakfast (or coffee) quite like Australia – so over the next, well forever I suppose, I’m going to bring you my favourite breakfast spots around our little capital. Hip trendy venues or old favourites, I’m here to do all the errr…. research.
Elk & Pea located on Lonsdale Street has been around for a while but I hadn’t quite got the chance to visit.
I recently got around to popping around to enjoy breakfast in the sun. The space is long and narrow, walls adorned with elk heads. No not the taxidermy type, the modern chic type you’d find in your uber stylish friend’s home.
We came on a busy Sunday morning so the venue was abuzz with activity and chatter. I might add the space is rather noisy so ask for a table outside if you don’t want to slightly raise your voice while you catch up over coffee & eggs. It was a really hot day but the air-conditioning did seem to take the edge off the heat.
The menu is fresh and playful with a list of morning pick me ups including a Bloody Mary ($17), a Tequila Espresso Martini ($16) or a Berocca ($3.50 with soda) for those with dusty heads. The food options are plenty with something to suit everyone. Simple bacon & eggs ($14) for some or pear & raspberry bread ($8) for others. The more inventive options featured the delicious sounding pork & corn ($19), twice cooked pork belly, jalepeno & cheddar corn bread with a poached egg.
I took a peek at the lunch menu which features everything from tacos to mussels to burgers & salads. Dinner was much the same, with the addition of sharing plates featuring jerk chicken, chipotle braised goat & pork spare ribs! Although not a great deal of vegan/vegetarian options available – you would have some of the street food and a taco to choose from. Sweets are available at both lunch & dinner – the crispy caramel-filled doughnut with cinnamon, raspberry coulis & vanilla ice cream sounded delightful.
Our table ordered half the breakfast menu with scrambled eggs for mumsy. They were well cooked, not the least bit dry & very creamy. The bacon was slightly crispy & flavoursome. Sorry my photos are not very good, we were in a flurry of catch ups this particular morning.
The paprika spiced eggs ($17) for me. A pot of poached eggs with melted paprika butter, chorizo, whipped yoghurt & flaked almonds with a side of sourdough. I really liked the dish, but the paprika butter was a bit too much, I kind of felt I was just eating straight oil. It was good to dip the bread in after I’d finished though.
The mister had the quinoa, feta & corn hash browns served with rocket & a poached egg on top ($17). They were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The egg was perfectly poached with a soft & runny centre.
Charlotte had the smashed avocado & shrooms ($19) which is basically toast loaded with thyme butter mushrooms & avocado – topped with marinated feta & torn basil. It’s normally topped with an egg but Lotty is the only carnivore I know who doesn’t like them.
The big boy at the table ordered the”Veggie Grande” ($22) which is the boss of the brekkies. Black beans, avocado & feta, quinoa & zucchini hash, mushrooms, spinach & sourdough. It usually comes with eggs but Liam went for bacon instead. You could even ask for both?
The service was quick & friendly, the waitress being attentive and flexible to our special requests.
Overall I was pretty impressed with breakfast at Elk & Pea, the food was decent, the service good and I love it when I can eat breakfast & have a coffee for under/around $20.
Address: 21 Lonsdale St, Braddon
Open: Mon – Fri 8am – 11:30am (Breakfast), Mon – Fri 12 0 3pm (Lunch), Tues – Sun 6-10pm (Dinner). Weekends: 8am – 3pm (Brunch). Saturday: 3 – 6pm (Saturday Session)
Phone: 02 6162 0222
Get them on: Facebook
Don’t forget to hashtag #dinewiththemacadames and #canberrawiththemacadames if you go to this restaurant, we love to see you exploring Canberra.
Anisa – The Macadames. xx