A new suburban brunch spot around the corner from my house? I say yes to that.
The Knox Made In Watson, is the brainchild of Daniel Conroy, a chef by trade. He has lived in Watson his whole life, loves the area and wants to cater to local north-siders and south-siders alike. For mummy’s walking their kids to the local school, be sure to pop in for your morning coffee, there will be a kid’s corner to entertain the littlies.
The decor is trendy but earthy. Exposed brick walls, industrial metals, green foliage throughout and as much made or sourced locally as possible.
Interviewed in detail by Her Canberra, Daniel sourced recycled Australian hardwood from a local supplier and he himself made the venue’s tables. He also made wooden table numbers from pillars that were removed as part of the renovations to the shop, and the blackboard frame in the kids’ corner is from a frame of a mirror that was also there. Talk about upcycling!
The Knox’s plates will also be made in Watson by Chris Harford, resident potter and teacher at the Canberra Potters’ Society, who worked with Daniel to design them. All in all Daniel seems to have been able to upcycle and ensure as much as possible is sourced or made locally. I take my hat off to him for this!
Although at this stage, Knox is serving just breakfast and lunch, they aim to have The Knox open at night-time as well. (Good) suburban late night venues are few and far between in Canberra. We definitely need more casual bar and dining venues that give you the city vibe without venturing to Civic.
The menu has all your brunch favourites from organic eggs on toast ($11) to ricotta hotcakes ($16) plus coffee, juices and smoothies.
Daniel and his staff will be sourcing as much produce as they can get locally. This includes honey from the local beekeepers in Watson, Hackett, and Ainslie, coffee from Two Before Ten and fresh produce from the Capital Region Farmers’ Market.
For me it was an Eggs Benedict ($15) kind of morning. The eggs were poached perfectly, served on top of soft buttery toast, smoked salmon and wilted spinach. The hollandaise was nice but could have used a touch more egg yolk.
The mister had the smoked trout omelette ($17). This was a stand out meal with delicious caramelised fennel and tasty trout (sourced locally from Eucembine).
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to The Knox – It’s great to see city-quality eateries breathing fresh air into tired old suburbs. I can’t wait to return for lunch!
Address: Shop 1, 13 Watson Place, Watson
Open: Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm, Sun – Sun 7:30am – 3:30pm
Phone: 02 6255 4615
Bookings: For 6 or more.
Web: Not yet
Don’t forget to hashtag #dinewiththemacadames and #canberrawiththemacadames if you go to this restaurant, I love to see you exploring Canberra.
You might also like Ha Ha Bar in Belconnen.
Anisa – The Macadames. xx