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Published June 16th 2016
A hidden gem on Lake Ginninderra
The "Cafe Open" a-frame sign lured us from the walking path around Lake Ginninderra into Cafe Birrigai. That was a few years ago when we first moved to Canberra, and we've been hooked ever since.
View of Birrigai Cafe from Lake Ginninderra
The cafe specialises in doing simple well. The menu boasts a streamlined choice of traditional favourites, such as lasagne and Sunday roasts, as well as contemporary classics such as Thai curry and Moroccan spiced skewers.
At first we thought this place was just popular with the oldies (who have a knack of sniffing out a well-priced meal and a good cup of coffee), but we soon realised that this cafe was attached to the IRT Kangara Waters retirement facility. This has many benefits: the prices are reasonable and the staff members are patient and friendly - they always make time for a chat. Service is also quick and well organised.
Birrigai Cafe's outdoor area
The thing we love the most about Birrigai Café is always being able to get a table. Whilst lots of walking, cycling and running groups frequent this café, it never feels "too busy" and there is always plenty of space for family and dogs.
The outside deck was recently converted into a conservatory space, which has created more sun-drenched seating overlooking the lake – a welcome spot on a crisp winter's day.
View from Birrigai Cafe overlooking bushland towards Lake Ginninderra
The breakfast menu includes traditional favourites such as eggs Benedict, egg and bacon wrap, pancakes, and a Big Breakfast.
Lunch dishes include options such as: 1. Thai curry $14
2. Moroccan spiced chicken skewers with rice and salad $14 3. Sunday roast pork with mashed potato, vegetables and gravy $14 4. Beef lasagne with chips and salad $15
5. Leek and potato soup with Italian bread $9.5
Birrigai also has a great selection of cakes and sweet treats available with tea and coffee.
A real highlight for our family is the adorable Babyccinos. We've never had them presented like this before and the kids LOVE them!
Birrigai Cafe's famous Babyccinos
Getting there: Getting to Birrigai Café is easy – you can park near the Lake and walk around (5-10mins walk to "earn" your cake) or there are several parking spots available adjacent to the café in the Retirement Resort – follow the signs from Aikman Drive.