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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why not both

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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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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