Last weekend when my sister and best friend were visiting, the perfect opportunity presented itself to make the trip out to Farrer to finally try brunch at Fox and Bow. It was an absolutely freezing morning, one of those Canberra days where the fog doesn’t lift until lunchtime. We very foolishly thought that other people may have decided to stay in bed but lots of people had the same idea as us and we turned up to an absolutely packed cafe.
Despite a bustling cafe we were greeted by a very friendly waitress who gave us the option to sit outside or wait for a table inside, where it was toasty and warm. We were more than happy to wait and less than five minutes later we were taken to three bench seats. We ordered our drinks straight away as we were all in desperate need of caffeine and defrosting.
The five senses coffee beans had a strong body which is exactly what we needed on a cold morning before a day of bridesmaid dress shopping. My sister opted for a chai instead which happened to be Canberra based Real Chai tea, the brew is really strong and spicy, much better then some chai tea I have tried which is weak and lacking punch.
The all day brunch menu is packed with interesting and yummy sounding meals characterised by quirky names such as the ‘Plain Jane’ (eggs on toast) and ‘Toasty nuts’ (muesli), you can also choose to create your own breakky. I decided to give the ‘Hot, toasty nuts’ a go, despite the fact I have never been the biggest fan of porridge. Turns out that I had just never had good porridge. The porridge at Fox and Bow is warm and creamy, topped with grilled pineapple and fresh strawberries and pomegranate with chunky almonds and shredded coconut. Soooo yummy, I am a little bit of porridge addict now. My breakfast companions both chose to create their own breakfast. The bacon was thick and crispy and the eggs all had beautiful, runny yolks.
While the service at Fox and Bow is really friendly and efficient what struck me most was that the cafe has personality, it is up beat and cheeky, exactly how I like my mornings. Overall the combination of great service, lively atmosphere and good food, won me over and I will be happy to drive out to Farrer to visit again.
Fox and Bow
Farrer Shops, Farrer place
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