Breakfast In The Berra: A Baker | New Acton

By February 25, 2014 breakfast in the berra, cbr foodie


Photo by Scottie Cameron.

It’s great that  many talented Canberran restraunteurs have decided to stay in the capital rather than head to big smoke, a.k.a Sydney or Melbourne.

This is a win for Canberrans because it means more options and less complaining (those who live in Canberra will know what I mean).

A close friend of mine, Jarrod Deaton, in conjunction with Adam Bantock, Bernd Brademann, Chris Dennis, Ruslan Salbiev, Michael Gray and the team from Molonglo Group have joined forces to bring Canberra A. Baker – a venue which is part bakery – part restaurant – part bar in New Acton (a.k.a centre of the current Canberra-verse).

The decor has an industrial feel with exposed ceilings and remnants of the charred walls left behind by the fire that displaced the previous owners, Flint Restaurant and the beloved Parlour Wine Room next door

The ground floor is the restaurant section – which is large, open and features a grand exposed kitchen. The menu, which largely consists of sharing plates (except for breakfast), changes often and always aims to include local produce.

Downstairs you’ll find a speakeasy-style bar where you’ll be sure to find a drink you’ll love. The wine/spirit menu includes loads of local wines and even features a few Australian spirits.

The head baker arguably makes the best almond croissant for 250kms. I’ve even seen their baked goods popping up in restaurants across town, so people are obviously catching on.

During my fleeting trip home, I managed to book in a breakfast for my father-in-law-to-be’s birthday.

So when Sunday morning rolled round, we perched ourselves on a large table in the sun.

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I’m wearing a vintage dress + jacket (similar) + Wittner clogs.

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I always like to start the day with a decent caffeine hit.


And given Jarrod’s experience with house-roasted beans at his Two Before Ten cafe, it was no surprise that my latte was near perfect.

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Of course the food wasn’t far behind.


Some of the dishes we tried included – The poached eggs on olive toast with a side of avocado mash…

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The baked eggs, ras el hanout, merguez on toast with a side of thick cut bacon…

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The 63 degree egg, brandade, smoked Murray Cod, parsley salad & charred bread…A Baker Canberra | The Macadame - 12

And the smorrebrod, pumpernickel, house-cured salmon, radishes & pickles…

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Although I only got to sample a small portion of the menu, I found the food fresh, unique and beautifully presented. I can’t wait to go back to try the rest.

Somebody (my adorable nephew James) needs a nap after all this food and excitement…

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Read more about this restaurant on A. Baker on Urbanspoon. Please right click & open the link in a new window.

Anisa – The Macadames. xx

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  • Reply Margaret McBride February 26, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Wow! That is definitely a Capital place to visit. Thanks Macadame.

    • Reply The Macadame February 26, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      I will take you when I get home mummy. Xx

      Sent from my iPhone


  • Reply Margaret McBride March 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    We went to A. Baker last Saturday night for a quick bite before the movies. We shared a mains (delicious veal) and a side of amazing cauliflower. Service was great, friendly and efficient. Nice atmosphere.

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