I stumbled across this new cafe in Manuka which replaced kebab shop Kismet. On Flinders is a new venture borne by the same owner in partnership with a fellow restaurateur. This hip looking cafe has a foosball / soccer table (fun!), outdoor seating (wooden spools and benches) and a tempting menu bringing across Kismet’s popular kebabs, skewers, lamb cutlets and freshly baked Turkish bread. The wooden sign outside was lovingly crafted by the owners themselves.On Flinders Manuka outsideThe foosball / soccer table outside has proven to be popular for both kids and adults.

On Flinders Manuka foosball tableI like the new use for an old wooden spool. There are blinds and a couple of heaters outside ready for the colder months.

On Flinders Manuka outdoor tablesThe owners didn’t know where to get a good pizza in Manuka, so decided they would make it themselves. Pizzas are going to be the backbone of the cafe offering classics like the margarita and pepperoni pizzas. Gluten free pizzas are not yet available but the owners are hoping to develop this for customers in the near future. Other lunch options include a beef burger, cider battered fish, pastas and salads.

On Flinders Manuka CanberraThe inside is cosy and only fits two small high tables and a bench facing the street. Although it’s small, it meets all the hip cafe requirements – exposed brick wall, timber accents, funky lights, blackboard, vertical garden, and a mish mash of wooden stools and chairs.

On Flinders gardenOn Flinders has opted to serve Lonsdale Street Roasters coffee with the Johnny Cash beans for sale on the shelf.

On Flinders Manuka coffeeI ordered a regular mocha ($4.50) which was creamy and just what I needed. I love the personal touch with the cafe’s name etched onto the tables. Kind of reminds me of Remedy by Lonsdale Street Roasters.

On Flinders Manuka LSR coffeeFor breakfast, I ordered the pancake pops (after the owner showed me a photo) that came with berries, ice cream and maple syrup ($10). These are basically pancakes cut into small circles and placed through skewers. It looks small but it was filling with a generous serving of vanilla ice cream and raspberry coulis. At only $10, this is an affordable breakfast. Other items on the breakfast menu includes breakfast salad, chia breakfast parfait and fruity french toast sticks. You can also build your own breakfast with eggs, bacon and toast as the base.

On Flinders Manuka pancake popsI think this is a great cafe with good service and plenty of options for breakfast and lunch. I need to come back for those pizzas and kebabs. I’m told that the cider battered prawns are amazing too. The owners are happy to take on customer feedback to add to the menu in future. Worth a visit!

On Flinders is located on Flinders Way in Manuka, next door to Public. Looks like they will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Foodgasm 7/10
Value for money 9/10
Service 9/10

FPJ score 25/30

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