Cheap eats

Japanese @ Pepper Lunch

I saw fast food chain Pepper Lunch everywhere in Tokyo but found there was always something better to try. When I came back to Canberra, the first Pepper Lunch eatery had opened in Civic. Pepper Lunch is a DIY teppan eatery where the majority of items are cooked by the diner on sizzling hot plates. […] Read more…

10 places to get a matcha (green tea) latte in Canberra

I’m officially hooked on matcha lattes especially after coming back from Japan where it was available at every Starbucks, Seven Eleven, most cafes and some market stalls. What is matcha? It’s a finely ground green tea powder made from tea leaves. It is usually whisked with hot water as a drink but can also be […] Read more…

Burgers @ Ace High Eatery & Bar

J and I happened to be in Tuggeranong on a Saturday afternoon and decided to have lunch at one of the eateries near the Hyperdome. Walking past the main restaurant strip on Anketell Street, we spotted Ace High Eatery & Bar which offered burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes and beer. That sounded good so we went […] Read more…

Cheap lunch @ Empire BBQ Cafe

One Saturday afternoon, J and I walked around Dickson to find somewhere to have lunch. There are still so many places in Dickson I am yet to visit. We passed by Empire BBQ Cafe which I don’t remember seeing before. It replaced the upstairs food court that had been there for years. A glance at […] Read more…

Kebabs @ Turkish Halal Pide House Yarralumla

The best kebab in Canberra? The majority of people I speak to all mention ‘that’ Turkish place in Yarralumla. That Turkish place is the Turkish Halal Pide House at the Yarralumla shops. I had tried it once at least 6 years ago and thought it was about time I made another trip. J and I […] Read more…

Cheap eats @ Hot Pop Cafe

After a quick bite to eat at LSR 7 on Lonsdale Street, I noticed newly opened Hot Pop Cafe right next door. Peeking in, the cafe is small with about 4 tables so I gather it is mainly a take away spot. There is no hipster decor in sight. The cheap prices on the menu […] Read more…

Cook your own steak @ The Kingston Hotel

I’ve been in Canberra for over 8 years now, and only made my first visit to the Kingston Hotel, lovingly known as the Kingo, a couple of months ago. I remember my friends talking about cooking their own cheap steaks years ago but never felt inspired to try it out myself. I’d rather pay for […] Read more…

The Muffle @ Muffle & Co

I discovered the muffle at the Fremantle markets in Western Australia. The small store that sells muffles is Muffle & Co which I found out has a few stores across the world. Using a waffle-like maker with deep semi-circles rather than squares, staff pour the batter over and it only takes about a minute for […] Read more…

Lunch @ Cornerstone

I have walked past Cornerstone Cafe in Weston Creek numerous times and finally organised a group lunch one weekend. The first thing to catch my eye were the hipster looking timber spools reused as tables, and timber high tables outside. The menu stuck to the window for passerby’s showed inexpensive prices which was another reason […] Read more…

Cheap Chinese @ Orient Kitchen – Chinese Cuisine and BBQ

Orient Kitchen has been open at the Weston Creek shops for about a month now. There are so many restaurants in Weston Creek that I haven’t yet had the opportunity to dine at, but when I saw glazed roasted ducks hanging from the window at Orient Kitchen, I couldn’t resist going in and checking out […] Read more…