Upon first look, Mocan & Green Grout looks like a greenhouse nestled into a trendy New Acton side street. A wall climbing with potted green fronds, aged timber and rusting metal give it a lived in, casual cafe vibe.
Opening in 2011, i’ve rarely seen it without a line. Whether it be weary cyclists caffeine loading for their next leg, hungry weekend brunchers or flighty midweek professionals, there’s something at Mocan for everyone. Starting with a basic cafe set up, they have developed over time into a cafe by day and trendy restaurant by night.
The day time menu consists of traditional breakfast/lunch fare and dinner is a collection of share plates based on whatever produce they source at the time. Sharing is caring after all!
The outside seating are almost always completely sundrenched, making it THE best place to while out a sunny Canberra winter day.
Inside, the decor features reclaimed timber, commissioned art works and knick knacks that look like they’ve been collected over a lifetime of travel.
The kitchen is located right in the middle of the dining room, giving it a very homely feel. Just like you popped on over to a friends for brunch.
Always bustling with people and wait staff, it’s cosy and oh so inviting. Tables are only ever free for a short time.
We only had to wait for 10 minutes and were tucked into a snug corner to await our brunch.
The coffee is excellent, fair trade (obvs) and served almost immediately which is always a tick in my book.
The menu is classic with a streak of creativity. It has just enough options to suit all hungry tastebuds.
For breakfast we ordered poached eggs on toast ($9) with a side of bacon ($4) and salmon ($4).
And something a bit more unique, this is the Fried Eggs, Chorizo, Guindillas and Corn Puree ($16).
Although it wasn’t the best breakfast I’ve ever had, it was fresh, tasty and filling. My only gripe is that the toast was cold and wasn’t buttered. In my opinion, toast should always be drenched in butter.
Despite the mahem that is a Sunday morning brunch, the service was very efficient and friendly.
Overall I enjoyed Mocan and will definitely be back to try more of the menu.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Perfect for: sunny and cold winter days where all you want to do is lie in the sun and be fed.
Address: 1/19 Marcus Clarke Street, New Acton
Open: Breakfast & Lunch: Monday – Saturday from 7am, Sunday & Public Holidays from 8am, Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday 6-9pm
Phone: 02 6162 2909
Don’t forget to hashtag #dinewiththemacadames and #canberrawiththemacadames if you go to this restaurant, we love to see you exploring Canberra.
Looking for more Canberra brunch options? You might also like Penny University in Kingston.
Anisa – The Macadames. xx