Friday, January 18, 2008

Essen-tial start to the day

Cafe Essen

Garema Arcade, Garema Place

Civic, Canberra, ACT

Open daily, 7 am - 10 pm

Janet Jackson and Luther Vandross once famously sang that the best things in life are free. Ex-Victorian premier Steve Bracks, whilst wearing his fiscally restrained Premier's hat, once infamously declared that there was no such thing as a free lunch. Well there's no such thing as a free breakfast either (with a few exceptions), but that shouldn't mean that you can't count the ritual of going out for breakfast as one of those treasured (though not necessarily free) best things in life, right? A long held off agreement to meet for breakfast before work finally came to fruition this week when we got off our backsides and headed over to Civic for brekkie, namely to Essen. Below is a visual summary of what we had. It was tasty and it was filling. Most pertinently, the coffee was gooooood (go the double shot, I say).

Full table ensured no one left the table feeling short changed
(Note the already drained mugs of coffee.
Translation? Coffee comes out promptly. Food a little less so).

French toast with bacon and maple syrup

Fruit toast with ricotta & fruit, drizzled with maple syrup

Corn fritters, with a serve of bacon and a slice of texas toast

All up, good eating was done at Essen, save for the slightly unpleasant feeling of having overdone it and realising that (medical?) assistance in returning being rolled back to place of employment might be the order of the morning.


  1. i guess if you overindulge, you don't have to eat for the rest of the day!!

    ah, cafe essen - back in those innocent times in canberra, we used to frequent this joint for a caffeine hit.
    good to see it's still hitting the spot!

    and what does bacon and maple syrup taste like, i've never had the pleasure?!

  2. Yum! That fruit toast looks great- what a colourful way to entice those tastebuds!

    Mmm also texas toast with melted butter that's almost too thick to bite into is equally good and you know afterwards your palate will be sore from munching on it- a small price to pay in the pursuit for gastronomic satiety.

    And bacon with maple syrup? Yes, please!!! The salty bacon is mellowed by the caramel of the syrup-meant to be!

  3. I've got the same question as jfox! The sweet with salty is an interesting combo. Texas Toast! You learn something new everyday. It certainly is a thick piece of toast...Good for soup I'd suspect

  4. Essen: still the best in Garema Place.


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