Breakfast at the National Arboretum

This morning Bron and I decided to enjoy breakfast at the Conservatory Restaurant at the National Arboretum.

We arrived at 8.30 and were shown a table near the large windows overlooking the grounds.

We started with coffee. Bron’s latte was nice but my flat white was weak and very milky. I didn’t ask for another.

The menu is pretty stock standard for Ginger Catering who have the contract for the cafe and restaurant.

I asked for a couple of poached eggs on sourdough toast with some mushrooms, aged cheddar and hollandaise sauce.

Poached eggs on sourdough

Poached eggs on sourdough

The eggs were okay. One was creamy runny while the other was firm and a little disappointing. The mushrooms were very nice and had a taste of tarragon. The herb butter they were sauteed in made a big difference. I wasn’t expecting so much aged cheddar, although for $4 I’m glad I got more than some grated cheese. The hollandaise was pretty good, it was a nice texture and had a good tang. The bread was nicely toasted the knife was sufficiently sharp for it not to be a problem cutting the toast. Check out Canberra blogger Tara’s comments on breakfast knives in these posts.

The meal was pretty expensive. $57 for two of us. The view was pretty nice and it was fun watching people, cars and cyclists making their way up the hill. I reckon it’s worthwhile doing. Perhaps next time I’d want a later start and walk from the bottom and then have a coffee in the cafe with a lamb pie rather than breakfast. If you live in Canberra or you’re visiting, it’s a nice way to spend a morning. I’d recommend you do it.

After breakfast we went to the look out at the top of the hill and looked around. Take a look at the slide show. These images were captured with my iPhone and my Panasonic DMC-TZ10.

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Restaurant non-food ratings

I didn’t need to empty my bladder so I don’t have a dunny review.

The napkins were thick paper napkins so it’s still a fail.

In terms of waiter etiquette, the service was friendly and helpful. Plates were not taken away too soon. So it’s a pass.

More about the restaurant

National Arboretum http://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/

Conservatory Restaurant on Urbanspoon

http://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/cafe-and-restaurant

Google maps http://goo.gl/maps/8p04o

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