Ahhhhh what a few weeks. I’ve been madly decorating but was in desperate need of a break come Saturday. I’ve been trying to cover brunch venues in Canberra but every day there seems to be a new place opening.
I thought I might venture out of Braddon for once, not too far though, just across the city to The Cupping Room on University Avenue. If you’re lost – look for this mural.
Much anticipated and clearly much loved, The Cupping Room will become your new favourite brunch spot in the city.
We arrived at 11:30 to a line of at least 20 people. Seems like i’m not the only one who loves finding new places to dine. We popped into the line and chatted to distract from our rumbling tummies. Thankfully the line moved quickly, only waiting 5 minutes to get a table.
We scored one of the outside high tables, perfect to enjoy the sublime Canberra weather. A mild 25 degrees with a slight breeze.
The inside seats around 40-50 people with a handful of private tables and communal benches where you dine along fellow guests or for larger groups. The decor is trendy, fresh and clean. Timber beams line the roof, white pendent lines hang down and colourful graffiti-like murals adorn the walls. The place is abuzz with vibe.
Within a moment of arriving, we were offered menus and put our drink orders in. Our waitress was attentive, friendly and efficient. I was delighted to find they have a full menu for coffee, which means I will definitely have to come back as I couldn’t possibly get through it in one sitting.
A large coffee for my brother.
An iced coffee for me.
Hipster alert guys, their iced coffee is served in a vintage bottle, with a glass filled with ice on the side + a syringe full of sweet maple.
You pour the divine mixture over the ice.
Then syringe in your desired sweetness.
Hipster yes. But also hands down the best iced coffee i’ve ever had. Strong and creamy.
We perused the menu for a few minutes. A selection of traditional brunch options feature, including French toast: Brioche French toast, maple caramel, lemon curd, meringue, strawberries & housemade sherbert ($16) or Heirloom Tomatoes: Heirloom tomatoes, quinoa, corn, craisins, feta, pepitas & pomegranate balsamic reduction ($16). There were some interesting ones including the Huevos Bollo: Two fried open-range eggs, two rashers of Newland’s bacon, guacamole & housemade Costa Rican BBQ sauce in a brioche roll ($13) or the Cured Salmon: Cascara cured salmon, horseradish cream, cress, rye & curroway crutons, pickled fennel, beetroot jelly & a poached egg ($19).
They also have lunch options, ones that stood out to me were the Ribs (i’m a sucker for ribs): Asian honey glazed pork ribs, purple slaw & lime $25 and the Lamb salad: Lamb rump tossed through grapefruit, lychee, beanshoots, mint & cress with a sweet dressing $20.
Back to the breakfast: I went for the Ham Hock Fritters: Ham hock, corn & potato fritters with two poached eggs, ‘cuppers hot sauce’ & a cress & alfalfa salad ($17).
It was perfect. Literally perfect, I couldn’t fault it. The fritters were crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. The saltiness of the ham married perfectly with the sweet corn and fluffy potato. The eggs were poached to perfection and the sauce drenched the whole lot. I especially loved the cress and alfalfa salad on top.
My brother opted for something a bit more simple, Avo & His Mates: Half an ‘A grade’ avocado, whipped goats curd, snow pea sprouts, herb infused Maldon salt & sourdough toast ($17) with a poached egg on top ($4). It wasn’t far behind mine, with creamy avocado, fluffy goats curd and fresh sourdough.
All in all the dishes and service was second to none. Do yourself a favour and pay them a visit this weekend.
I will definitely be back to try everything on their menu. Starting with one of these donuts.
Don’t forget to hashtag #canberrawiththemacadames and #breakfastintheberra if you go to The Cupping Room, we love to see you exploring Canberra.
Perfect for: Casual weekend brunch or when you’re in need of a seriously good coffee.
Address: London Circuit/University Avenue in Civic
Open: Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun: 8am-3pm
Phone: (02) 6257 6412
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