A nice walk, then Morks and finally squawks | Brunch with @morksrestaurant

It’s been a lovely weekend. This morning the lovely Bron proposed a long walk around the eastern loop of Lake Burley Griffin followed by brunch at Morks Restaurant on the Kingston Foreshore. After that we planned a look through the Old Bus Depot Markets.

The eastern loop is an established path. I’d never walked it and had no knowledge of it. When Bron said it was around the east part of the lake I expected to see water. The first part was basically walking along a path with flies and the smell of bovine faeces. Our path was also shared with an array of arthropods, flowers, walkers, runners and cyclists. After the first half of it we started seeing the water of Lake Burley Griffin and the gusts of wind helped keep the flies away. While the flies were annoying it wasn’t like being in Central Australia. The best part of the walk was chatting with Bron along the way. The walk was also quite scenic.

We walked about 9.5 km. It was comfortable and pleasant between 8.30 and 10.10 am. If you’d like to see the route we took please check out http://runkeeper.com/user/garydlum/activity/265436006 We didn’t take too many photographs, we were happy chatting and walking.

Our walk around the eastern loop of Lake Burley Griffin

Our walk around the eastern loop of Lake Burley Griffin

We did see lots of bird life including swans, ducks, geese, storks and pelicans.

A black swan. Apparently rare outside of Australia but relatively common here.

A black swan. Apparently rare outside of Australia but relatively common here.

After our walk and a short stop at the Old Bus Depot Markets to relieve my bladder we sat down at Morks for brunch. Benn greeted us and encouraged us to choose a table of our liking. For new readers, we’re regulars with Been and Mork at Morks Contemporary Thai restaurant. Morks recently moved from Florey to Kingston. Please check out previous posts.

The lunch menu is not typical of a brunch cuisine you find around Canberra, that said, while it’s more like lunch it’s definitely enhanced by the Morks contemporary Thai influences. Morks new lunch menu

Bron chose the Chicken mince wok tossed with basil leaves and chilli, steamed rice and poached egg which looked wonderful. I couldn’t go past the Mussamun Burger slowly cooked beef chuck with spicy salad and shoestring fries.

Prior to our main meals we were treated with some Zucchini fritters with sweet cucumber and red onion salad. We really enjoyed these fritters. They came out piping hot and so fresh. The visible pieces of zucchini and cucumber add to the visual appeal.

Zucchini fritters with sweet cucumber and red onion salad. Not like the zucchini fritters you'll find in a Turkish restaurant.

Zucchini fritters with sweet cucumber and red onion salad. Not like the zucchini fritters you’ll find in a Turkish restaurant.

This is my Massamun beef burger. I want all my burgers like this now. This was really good. The meat was cooked perfectly and the flavours sublime. As a burger it made perfect sense. Combined with chips it was a perfect fusion of east meets west.

Mussamun Burger slowly cooked beef chuck with spicy salad and shoestring fries

Mussamun Burger slowly cooked beef chuck with spicy salad and shoestring fries

Mussamun Burger slowly cooked beef chuck with spicy salad | Look at how juicy and tender that meat is. I LOVED this.

Mussamun Burger slowly cooked beef chuck with spicy salad | Look at how juicy and tender that meat is. I LOVED this.

Benn also shared with us one of Morks lunch time specials. Fried spatchcock with Morks hot sauce. This was a delightful addition. It comes out similar to a tapas style dish, i.e., Gub glaam.

Fried spatchcock with Morks hot sauce | The thigh was especially tender and the skin was lovely and crispy

Fried spatchcock with Morks hot sauce | The thigh was especially tender and the skin was lovely and crispy

While we were eating we noted quite a number of people walking past and looking over the menu. I was tempted to call out, hold up my burger and exclaim how good it is. It is a really nice setting in Kingston, so if you’re reading this and you live in Canberra, I’d happily recommend lunch at Morks. The new restaurant is large and inviting. The restaurant now opens up into the outside dining area which means a great vibe for lunch time eating. I expect as the evenings get warmer it will be a great atmosphere eating by the lake.

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While at Morks I became the Foursquare Mayor which just made the lunch even better.

From my Facebook page after I shared the event.

From my Facebook page after I shared the event.

After our most enjoyable lunch we went for a wander through the Old Bus Depot Markets. This is where the squawk in the title comes in. There was a musician singing and his amplifier was way too loud. After a walk through looking at the food and craft Bron bought a salted caramel cupcake and I bought an almond croissant.

An almond croissant | It was quite dense and stodgy. It had a nice flavour but I couldn't finish it. There I said it. Canberra's eating machine didn't finish something :-)

An almond croissant | It was quite dense and stodgy. It had a nice flavour but I couldn’t finish it. There I said it. Canberra’s eating machine didn’t finish something 🙂

While I’m in the blogging mood, I thought I’d share some images from yesterday. For lunch Bron and I went to Saigon Fresh and enjoyed a Bánh Mì (pork with chilli). For dinner Bron made Pad Thai plus for dessert she made an exquisite baked pear and panna cotta dish. This was amazing.

So this afternoon I need to do some work and do my week’s ironing 😉

I hope you have a good week ahead and eat yummy.

Morks http://morks.com.au/

Old bus depot markets http://obdm.com.au/

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