Cream, Brighton SA

Abbotts and Kinney pastries

Abbotts and Kinney pastries

Cream in Brighton, Adelaide is a cute spot for robust coffees and delicious Abbots and Kinney pastries.

My butterscotch cruffin was filled with caramel custard and my friend's blueberry Danish was crisp and crunchy!

Restaurant scores
Taste: 4/5
Atmosphere: 3/5
Service: 4.5/5
Value for money: 2.5/5

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Sophisticated dining at suburban prices

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Trevs@Dickson is a Canberra cafe that offers visually spectacular food with personalised service. Owner Trevor McGrath has been a chef for 20 years and has even worked at the Prime Minister's official residence - The Lodge. Five years ago, Trev decided he wanted to branch out and do his own thing - so he opened Trevs@Dickson. Some friends and I were invited by Trev to come for breakfast and I was excited to find out what he had in store for us.

His passion for food and his own business is evident. His enthusiasm and personable nature is shared by his team. The wait staff who took my coffee order was perfectly obliging when I asked if they did "Three quarter flat white coffees". She clarified whether I wanted three-quarter weak coffee and I was more than happy to explain that I meant it was three-quarters of the normal amount of milk. I liked that the attitude here wasn't just "No, we don't do that", the end. They sought out what I actually wanted in a friendly way, and delivered.

Side note: Not many Canberra cafes seem to be familiar with the Three Quarter Flat White (also known as a "Magic"), which is ubiquitous in Melbourne. As well as fresh beans and good roasting technique, I believe a good coffee is enjoyed with the preferred amount of milk. It may be no milk (non milk-based espressos) or it may be quite a lot of milk (e.g. lattes). For me, there doesn't seem to be anything in between a normal flat white and a short or long black. So that's why I prefer to order 3/4  flat white coffees. I feel like Goldilocks when I get the perfect coffee - not too much milk and not too little, just right!

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Coffee how I like it, made to order. I decided on the spot I'd be back again soon and I hadn't even gotten to the food.

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The Trevs Taste Collective plate is great for solo diners or people who don't like to share their food but enjoy variety on their breakfast plate.

The tasting plate means you don't have to choose between a sweet or savoury breakfast dish!

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A mini corn fritter stack with avocado and tomato, topped with bacon satisfies the need to start a meal with savoury flavours. The mini hotcake stack tantalises the tastebuds and delivers a sweet hit.

I ate parts of the fritter and the hotcake at the same time (rather than one at a time) and loved how the different elements balanced out the meal. I liked finishing off with the two fruits salad of strawberry and watermelon with kaffir lime syrup topped with mascarpone and fairy floss! My favourite part of the meal, however, was the mini juice of the day. Today, it was a delicious blend of apple, orange and cranberry. I would come back just for this juice.

At $18.50 for the plate and the mini juice, I consider this great value. You would be hard pressed to find a better value breakfast in Canberra with this much variety on one plate.

Breakfast is available 7 days until 11:30am. Trevs also offers lunch and dinner as well. Look out for special events. I had dinner at Trevs during the Truffle Festival last winter and had a superb steak.

I dined as a guest of Trevs for breakfast on 9 October 2015 but all views are my own.

Trevs@Dickson Address: 20 Challis Street, Dickson, Canberra Phone: 02 6257 2355 Website: Trevs@Dickson

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Westside Acton Park - shipping container village

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After our yum cha experience at AKIBA, Linda and I decided to go in search for dessert. I'd heard that the shipping container village was doing a soft launch on the Canberra Day weekend and we wanted to check out the creperie, news of which kept tantalising me.

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When we got there, it looked as though the recreational area was ready to be used, but not all shops were open, including the creperie. The skateboard swings were pretty cool though!

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A bit of digging on the Westside Acton Park website uncovered the following information I was after about the food and drink on offer:

Miss Vân’s Street Food (Vietnamese, Lao and Thai food)

Miss Vân’s is proud to offer food that has been cooked by three generations of our family, spanning over four different countries. Though focusing primarily on Vietnamese cuisine, we incorporate a heavy influence of Lao & Thai cooking flavours and dishes. Food that is commonly sold by street vendors and at hawker markets in Vietnam, Laos & Thailand; we present tasty, vibrant, fresh and healthy classic dishes.

A central menu consisting of phở (beef noodle soup), bánh mì (Vietnamese sandwich) & bún (Vermicelli noodle bowls), we will offer a weekly rotating “specials” menu, where one featured dish is sold in addition to the regular menu. These dishes will include items such as Vietnamese pork & lemongrass soup (Bún bò Huế), chicken congee (Cháo gà), Vietnamese chicken rice, sticky rice & grilled chicken, pad thai, springrolls & stuffed chicken wings etc.

Beverages will include Vietnamese iced coffee, homemade soya bean milk infused with pandan leaf & ginger, young coconut juice, along with the standard fare of soft drinks.

La Crepe (French Creperie)

La Crepe is the creation of Parisien, Franck Leonhardt, whose connection with Australia commenced after a chance meeting with an Australian woman in the romantic city of Paris. It was love at first sight! They got married, lived in Paris for twelve years and relocated to Canberra in 2012 with their two sons.

Franck will be recreating the delicious sweet and savory crepes from his childhood at the exciting new Westside Acton Park precinct.

O' So Smoothie (smoothie bar)

O‘ So Smoothie will predominantly be a smoothie kiosk which will also offer the O’ So Smoothie specialty muesli. We have developed a menu which caters to the dietary requirements of dairy-free and gluten intolerant people, being a health focused café.

The menu includes a range of rich and creamy to light and refreshing smoothies. There will be everyday smoothies and a specials board which will change weekly. We will have low-carb options for those who wish to watch their sugar intake and high protein and energy shakes for those looking to power through the day. All smoothies will be made from fresh and healthy ingredients sourced and bought locally where possible.

Damn Fine Roasters (Canberra's first drive-thru coffee shop)

Damn Fine Roasters is a coffee roasting business with its roots and family heritage originating from Italy. It’s unique blend is Southern Italian, a family recipe which will leave you with the hypnotising aroma of this fine blend of fresh coffee.

Along with selling fresh coffee, they also offer hot herbal teas, ice cold herbal teas, Italian ice cream, and a new product from Italy called Crema Caffe.

What is unique and sets Damn Fine Roasters apart, is that it will be the first drive thru coffee shop in Canberra, strategically positioned at Westside Acton Park to be able to operate from dusk till dawn.

Aviary (rooftop bar)

This ground-breaking rooftop bar is Canberra’s first sky high saloon, the perfect place to drink in views of the city skyline while you, well, drink in! The entire structure has been designed from the ground up (literally!) with custom furniture made from recycled wooden pallets complementing the ecological feel of the garden bar.

The panoramic windows provide spectacular views of Black Mountain Tower, the National Galley, Parliament House and many of Canberra’s most famous landmarks, all while you sample a bespoke menu of crisp cocktails, craft beers, side by side with both the best of local and imported beverages to suit everyone’s tastes.

Located on Barrine Drive in Acton, Westside Acton Park will officially open on Saturday 14 March 2015.

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Montague Coffee, South Coast

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If you're in need of a good cup of coffee in Narooma, Montague Coffee is the place to go. They are a small boutique coffee roastery that roast specialty coffee from around the world. It's a cosy coffee shop that's popular with the locals. I love that they hang the coffee hessian bags on the wall for a funky interior design effect. My friends and I discovered it last time we were here - for the Narooma Oyster Festival last year! It was a fantastic trip and we were keen to do another trip to Narooma and the surrounding areas in Eurobodalla. Stay tuned for our other South Coast adventures!

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Details for Montague Coffee Worthwhile factor: Very worthwhile Where: 2/40 Princes Highway, Narooma, NSW 2546 Phone: 02 4405 9523Open: Monday to Friday from 6:30am - 4:00pm. Weekends from 7:30am to 12:00pm. Website: http://montaguecoffee.com.au Montague Coffee on Urbanspoon

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Review: Maple and Clove, Barton, Canberra

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I'm fairly new to this clean eating business. I went to the new wholefoods cafe in Braddon Eighty Twenty a while back and made friends with salad. Health food cafes like Eighty Twenty and Local Press Cafe are becoming very popular. I discovered another one in Barton recently. Maple and Clove has an emphasis on nourishing, handmade wholefoods - nature's produce eaten as close as possible to their natural state with little or no refinement or processing. A monochrome interior with matching chairs, tables, cups and plates keeps the decor simple and casual, while the marble walls and long tables give the cafe a luxe feel. Floor to ceiling folding glass doors - allow the place to be filled with natural light and a viney plant wall spells eco-trendy.

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Their menu includes all day breakfast, which I couldn't wait to tuck into. I ordered the zucchini and corn fritters $16.50, which was served on a bed of greens drizzled with natural yoghurt.

The light and fluffy fritters weren't at all oily. In fact, they were very much like a savoury version of my friend's pancakes. The delicate greens were a highlight - lightly cooked, the baby spinach was soft and subtle in flavour.

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My friend had the spelt pancake stack with whipped maple ricotta, served with fresh strawberries, and topped with shredded coconut $17.50. I had a taste and the pancakes were very light and fluffy and perfectly round! The berry jam/sauce was to die for - concentrated fruit flavour and a hint of sweetness. They should bottle that and sell it. It's gold.

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They also do a range of other breakfasts including maple porridge, granola, banana bread and of course, variations of eggs and bacon.

Matcha latte is on the menu and they were out on the day I visited, but I will definitely be back to try this out! I settled for a lovely flat white instead.

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Maple and Clove serve lunch from 12pm - 3pm daily, including light meals, open-faced sandwiches, salads, burgers and even a curry of the day.

The dessert offerings looked highly appealing, especially as they're almost guilt-free! (naturally sweetened with low GI sweeteners)

The Low-Down on Maple and Clove Cuisine: Wholefoods cafe What I loved: Spelt pancakes, Corn and zucchini fritters Best for: Breakfast or lunch with friends, family or date

Phone: 02 6162 0777 Address: Realm Park, 7 Burbury Close, Barton ACT Website: http://mapleandclove.com.au/ Open: Mon-Wed 7.00am-3.00pm, Thurs+Fri 7.00am-5.00pm, Sat+Sun 7.30am-3.30pm

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