This morning Bron and I decided to enjoy breakfast at the Conservatory Restaurant at the National Arboretum.
We arrived at 8.30 and were shown a table near the large windows overlooking the grounds.
We started with coffee. Bron’s latte was nice but my flat white was weak and very milky. I didn’t ask for another.
The menu is pretty stock standard for Ginger Catering who have the contract for the cafe and restaurant.
I asked for a couple of poached eggs on sourdough toast with some mushrooms, aged cheddar and hollandaise sauce.
The eggs were okay. One was creamy runny while the other was firm and a little disappointing. The mushrooms were very nice and had a taste of tarragon. The herb butter they were sauteed in made a big difference. I wasn’t expecting so much aged cheddar, although for $4 I’m glad I got more than some grated cheese. The hollandaise was pretty good, it was a nice texture and had a good tang. The bread was nicely toasted the knife was sufficiently sharp for it not to be a problem cutting the toast. Check out Canberra blogger Tara’s comments on breakfast knives in these posts.
The meal was pretty expensive. $57 for two of us. The view was pretty nice and it was fun watching people, cars and cyclists making their way up the hill. I reckon it’s worthwhile doing. Perhaps next time I’d want a later start and walk from the bottom and then have a coffee in the cafe with a lamb pie rather than breakfast. If you live in Canberra or you’re visiting, it’s a nice way to spend a morning. I’d recommend you do it.
After breakfast we went to the look out at the top of the hill and looked around. Take a look at the slide show. These images were captured with my iPhone and my Panasonic DMC-TZ10.
I didn’t need to empty my bladder so I don’t have a dunny review.
The napkins were thick paper napkins so it’s still a fail.
In terms of waiter etiquette, the service was friendly and helpful. Plates were not taken away too soon. So it’s a pass.
More about the restaurant
National Arboretum http://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/
Google maps http://goo.gl/maps/8p04o