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Quick review: Chatterbox Espresso Bar, Belconnen, Canberra

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Immediately, I was drawn in by the bright and funky interior of Chatterbox Espresso Bar. The splashes of yellow everywhere (yellow chairs, yellow zig zag patterns on the ceiling, yellow coffee machine) tied the trendy elements together into a coherent colour scheme. The living wall (a wall of plants), an interesting chandelier (which I nicknamed the “spider chandelier”) and the tiled walls created points of interest within the cafe.

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A quick skim of the menu and I noticed that caramel lattes weren’t mentioned (nor other syrups) but I decided to order one anyway. As soon as it came, the aroma of caramel wafted up at me. I couldn’t wait to take a sip. I wasn’t disappointed. Happily, the coffee didn’t burn my mouth either (this is a common enough occurrence at other establishments to warrant this comment).

I was tempted by almost every item on the menu and took a fair amount of time umming and ahhing over what to order for breakfast. Normally, I would go for french toast if it’s on the menu. While the brioche french toast ($12.50) at Chatterbox did appeal, I normally prefer mine with bacon. After much debate, a recommendation from friends who had been here before convinced me to order the Potato Stack ($14.50). You could have it with ham, bacon or salmon and I decided on the salmon.

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This is a breakfast that ticks all the boxes. The textures and flavours of the whole meal complemented each other. I particularly loved the combination of the crunch from the two potato patties (thinly grated potato strips made into a patty and deep fried), and the gooey yolk from the poached egg. The smoked salmon added decadence to the dish, as did the creaminess from the cottage cheese. It had everything I could possibly want in a breakfast!

I think I will be looking for every opportunity to come back and try everything else on the menu!

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