I rarely venture out of Braddon these days, and even then it’s only so far as Kingston or Manuka. It’s quite sad really, I’m a creature of comfort. But I can hardly call myself a #cbrfoodie if I don’t explore once in whole, riiiiiight?
Feeling a touch adventurous this weekend, we decided to check out suburban gem, A Bite to Eat. I’ve seen a few photos pop up in my feed and thought it about time I visited it myself. Located in Chifley, the venue is a cute little eclectic cafe bursting with 70s furniture and arty finishings. It has a retro feel, sans the hipsters.
Since 2004 A Bite To Eat has built a solid community of locals, doubled in size and is a three time Delicious Magazine winner.
The decor is quirky and fun. It kind of feels like you’re in an artist’s loungeroom – worn mismatched furniture sit comfortably alongside industrial pendents. Vintage glasses and serving wear are used creating a relaxed atmosphere.
There is a large courtyard which laps up the morning sun and worn couches begging for you to crawl into.
They serve breakfast (daily), lunch (daily) and dinner (Wed – Fri). All ingredients are free range or organic where possible and their cakes are all house made from scratch, daily.
For breakfast, expect all of your “favourites” plus there are some more unique options too. Excuse me but the Bobo looked amazing. Cinnamon doughnuts with citrus curd, passionfruit and fresh banana salad with fresh mint. MUST return after the wedding for these!
Between us we ordered the Standard. Two free range eggs (scrambled, poached or fried) with bacon on sourdough toast.
The Gustav. A gravalax of ocean trout with a Swedish potato pancake, rocket, poached eggs, served with avocado and herbed sour cream. This was probably my favourite of the day. The salty ocean trout married superbly with the savoury potato pancake & herbed sour cream.
The Two Beat. Sesame and chickpea kofta with garlic sesame spinach, cherry tomato, eggplant relish and poached eggs. The eggplant relish was so flavoursome and again, the eggs were cooked perfectly.
And the Banana Bread.
They serve coffee from Piazza D’Oro and isn’t half bad. Nothing on the coffee I had at Ona on the Lawns the other week, but still good.
I loved their freshly squeezed orange juice with a shot of ginger. Superb!
They are also fully licenced so you’ll definitely want to come back on a balmy evening and enjoy a quiet tipple or two. Their lunch menu looks awesome, especially the Pig Pocket – Bean Bag (tortilla pocket filled with scrambled eggs, mozzarella and a choice of bacon or house made baked beans) and the Pacifica (house cured ocean trout with cherry tomatoes, spanish onion, pea and potato salad served with herbed sour cream).
The service was friendly and relaxed, although a touch slow. But who’s in a rush on the weekend anyway?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Perfect for: Those looking for great food and good coffee away from the hipster crowds.
Address: Shop 8 Eggleston Crescent Chifley ACT 2606
Open: Wed – Fri 8am – 10pm, Saturday 8am – 5pm, Sunday 9am – 5pm, Monday 8am – 5pm, Tuesday 9am – 4pm
Phone: (02) 6260 3703
Bookings: Not required
Don’t forget to hashtag #dinewiththemacadames and #canberrawiththemacadames if you go to this restaurant, we love to see you exploring Canberra.
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Anisa – The Macadames. xx