Canberra, Family, FOOD, Food reviews, Food reviews - Australia, HOLIDAYS, Living in... Australia CANBERRA: CREAM CAFE & BAR 9 January 2013

We randomly stumbled upon CREAM Cafe & Bar whilst in Canberra Centre shopping mall. We were after a place where all of us could have a nice relaxed brunch.. preferably outdoors. But because it was the weekend, the place was packed so we could only get an indoor spot. No issue though, as with their high ceilings and huge glass-paned windows, it was so airy and bright it was almost like sitting outdoors anyway.

Their menu made me salivate at the mere sight of it. Oh how I love brunch-y type places! This was exactly my type of cafe. It’s not cheap, but nice brunch cafes are roughly around that price, and I’ve heard stuff tends to be pretty expensive in Canberra anyway.

Inside CREAM. Love how bright the cafe is!

 

None of us are looking at the camera, but I still like this pic ­čÖé

 

I thought the food was really good. Lovely presentation, and good quality ingredients. The portion sizes were decent – something that is good about Australia in general. I just had my main, and didn’t need to have dessert afterwards!

I ordered Hunter the┬áOrganic sourdough toast and it turned out to be a real waste of money because he spotted and ate ONE fry at the start, and proceeded to have a total meltdown at the table for most of the brunch. Sigh. So obviously once that happens, him eating an iota of food is totally out of the question. And being Hunter’s personal rubbish bin, I ate it instead. I personally thought this dish was insanely expensive. $8 for 2 slices of toast and a bit of jam? GEEZ! At least it was good….

Organic sourdough toast with house jams ($8)

 

My STEAK SANDWICH tender sirloin, lettuce, tomato, free range egg, aioli, caramalised onions w/ shoestring fries was a winner in my book. The steak really was tender as promised and it really hit the spot. Would get this again any time!

STEAK SANDWICH tender sirloin, lettuce, tomato, free range egg, aioli, caramalised onions w/ shoestring fries ($18)

 

Doesn’t the BIG BREAKFAST┬áfree-range eggs poached, scrambled or fried on toast w/ bacon, baby kransky, mushroom, tomato & chat potato look so enticingly good???! It arrived on a big plate piled with food and I thought this was pretty good value for money.

BIG BREAKFAST free-range eggs poached, scrambled or fried on toast w/ bacon, baby kransky, mushroom, tomato & chat potato ($19)

 

The┬áCORN FRITTERS crisp fritters w/ fresh spinach, roast peppers, diced avocado & poached egg┬á were very nicely done too. Really similar to the ones we’ve had at bills in Sydney. I liked the addition of a poached egg too, which gave the dish a lovely creamy texture.

CORN FRITTERS crisp fritters w/ fresh spinach, roast peppers, diced avocado & poached egg ($17)

 

The┬áStrawberry milkshake was actually pretty sour. I guess that’s a good thing, since they use fresh strawberries ­čśë I adored their┬áLatte though.┬áThe only thing I found odd was that I ordered a large/mug version, and it came in a small cup. Makes me wonder what the small/regular version is like….. must come in a thimble or something!

Strawberry milkshale ($6), Latte ($4.50)

 

I really enjoyed the cafe and reckon it makes a great brunch place with family or friends on a weekend. Would go back if we are ever in Canberra again!

 

“Wiggles red car!”

 

13 Comments

  • Catpuccino posted on January 9, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Oh cream is super expensive, for dinner especially. But those are the prices you pay around the cbd in canberra. They do have pretty amazing hot chocs though (or used to at least as I haven’t been in ages).

    And Canberra has really high prices for food, it’s right up there with surry hills!!! It’s ok when the food is good, but some places charge a lot and a pretty ordinary…

    If you go back to Canberra, let me know on lj or Facebook and I’ll send you some recommendations!

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    • Beverly! posted on January 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Yeah, I’ve heard Canberra is pretty notoriously-priced. It’s hard to find really good cheap food! But at least Cream was good..

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  • Angie Foong on Facebook posted on January 9, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Bev, have you tried Silo for breakfast (in Kingston)? There’s also a new place called Mr and Mrs Jones near to it which is a bit more stroller friendly. I’m in the midst of packing up to move but if you need something while in CBR just message me!

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    • Beverly! posted on January 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      NOoo I didn’t even know both those places existed, bummer!! I should’ve done more research before going… doh….

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  • Jacinta posted on January 10, 2013 at 7:57 am

    I love that pic where no one was looking at the camera too! The most random and natural pics can turn out to be one of the best memories.. ­čÖé

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    • Beverly! posted on January 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Very true. Chris took that one, he’s a big fan of candid shots..

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  • Jasmine posted on January 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Oh so true with regards to Canberra’s food prices! I get a shock everytime I am in Melbourne or Sydney, and wonder why everything seems cheaper there. Even the same stores charge their food cheaper in Melbourne/Sydney than in Canberra. We need more competition here :p

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    • Beverly! posted on January 10, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      I always hear people complain about it, but I can see why now. I find it so weird as it’s not like it’s a pumping city like Syd/Melb?!

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      • Catpuccino posted on January 16, 2013 at 9:18 am

        It’s because of the public service! Decent amounts of disposable income and lack of competition means people can charge more.

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  • tomi posted on January 10, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    The big brekkie sure looks great, and can’t believe the toast cost that much.

    Hope your inlaws aren’t too affected by the heat wave at the moment, it was scary watching the coverage and warnings in the bushfires.

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    • Beverly! posted on January 11, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Yeah.. the toast should’ve been half the price or something!

      WOW, Canberra was actually really cold during xmas for us!! The weather did get warmer afterwards but still cool at night.

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  • Li Luo on Facebook posted on January 16, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I’ve been boycotting Cream since 2007. I went with my best friend and we waited 3 hours for our dinner, which turned out to be cold. Then when we went to pay, the waiter snapped at us for not telling him the exact location of our table.

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    • Beverly! posted on January 16, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      THREE HOURS??? Oh my goodness. I’d have stormed out by then or created a massive scene. Can’t believe they didn’t make it a complimentary meal!

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