The last time I dined at A Bite to Eat at the Chifley shops was during my pre-blogging days. I remember ordering a home made jam doughnut that was served warm and straight out of the fryer. I must admit it has been a long time since I’ve been back and the cafe is much bigger now. An eclectic mix of retro furniture, prints, cushions gives this place a cool vibe while remaining cosy and comfortable.
Inside there are two dining areas – a lounge area filled with couches and cushioned seats the wrap around the window, and a slightly elevated area in front of the main counter. There’s more seating in the courtyard out the back as well.
As a sign inside indicates, I waited by the front to be shown to a seat. The waitress provided me with the menu and told me since there was only one reserved table, I could sit anywhere I wanted. I chose the corner with all the soft scattered cushions along it. Orders are taken and paid for at the counter. I started off with the China Jasmine tea ($4.50) which was brought out quickly with a strainer above my mug.
Still thinking about that jam doughnut, I was naughty and ordered the Bobo ($15) consisting of cinnamon doughnuts, citrus curd, passion fruit and fresh banana salad with mint. I received two cinnamon doughnuts with this dish (no jam inside but I wasn’t expecting it). The citrus curd and passion fruit balanced out the sweetness of the doughnuts. The fresh bananas helped to provide an element of healthiness which made me feel a little better. This is more of a dessert than breakfast but who can say no to freshly made doughnuts?
During another trip to the Woden Valley area, I made a beeline to A Bite to Eat to try another breakfast item that had caught my eye. The Chav Merguez ($17.50) – clay baked eggs with lamb merguez sausage topped with fetta and corn salsa and served with toast. When this was placed in front of me, I could smell curry spices and the yummy lamb sausage still cooking away in the hot clay dish. The two eggs were overcooked but not too dry. There was no corn salsa in sight, but there were a few green peas sprinkled on top. I’m happy to report that this tasted just as good as it smelled. I think the curry spice really helped in adding more oomph and elevated the whole dish. Now that I’ve had it, I can’t imagine baked eggs without it! The toasted sourdough with a dollop of butter on top was super tasty too.
A Bite to Eat is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Wednesday night is pizza night, and it’s also open Thursday and Friday nights for dinner. All menus are available on their website.
Value for rmoney 7/10
FPJ score 22.5/30
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