Sunday, March 18, 2012
urban pantry, canberra, australia
i was stuck. day 2 in canberra.. a sunday.. and lonsdale street roasters was closed. oh, where to go? luckily, a friend who frequently visits canberra told me to go to urban pantry in manuka. manuka is home to many diplomats and their families. in fact, im told that its not unusual to go to the manuka coles only to see a mum yelling at a kid in french or italian.
back to urban pantry though, what a great little place. it shows that canberra really is getting its act together. urban pantry was buzzing with life, hot staff, good coffee and some really interesting breakfast dishes.
now most people wouldn't associate bacon and pancakes, but its a match made in heaven and i've had it numerous times around the traps. but this was the first time i've seen it on the menu at a good cafe. i had to try their ricotta pancakes with bacon and maple syrup ($22 on sunday):
the pancakes were fluffy, the bacon crispy on the edges as i like it and all up, a great flavour match.
also on the menu (sorry for the bad pic) was a sweet corn & zucchini fritter ($22 on sunday), which came with rocket, avocado tomato salsa, sour cream and optional smoked salmon. like many fritters around the traps, it was a bit doughy and could have done withi more corn/zucchini. i dont think i've found a corn fritter that i've liked anywhere.. maybe its me.
this isn't one of those hipster places. urban pantry is more about families and well dressed couples. the staff are attentive, polite and friendly. i'd love to come back and try their lunch or dinner menu.. maybe next time, but perhaps not on a sunday due to their "sunday surcharge". for example, the same two dishes there would cost $16 (pancakes) and $20 (fritter) on a saturday. there are also further price variations for public holidays. a flat $2 surcharge also exists for all credit card payments.
in any event, it's defintely another one to put in the address book for canberra visits.
you can find more about urban pantry here:
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