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Published April 12th 2016
Enjoy a latte with the locals in Tuggeranong
Brew Bar is a café located in Anketell Street, the main street in Tuggeranong, 20 minutes south of the CBD. This café is easy to spot from the road, with white umbrellas and dozens of happy diners often seen enjoying their coffee in the sun. Many locals claim the Brew Bar has the best coffee in Tuggeranong - which is a big call with so many other good coffee makers in town. Perhaps it's the buzz of the café, the pretty coffee art or the friendly hospitality of the staff that makes this coffee taste so good. Whatever the reason, it is a particularly enjoyable cup of coffee to sip at, whilst basking in the sun watching the world go by at Tuggeranong Town Centre.
Brew Bar isn't new, modern or quirky like some of the newer cafes seen in the city; however it has some attractive features that make it so popular. The seats are plastic, the tables are basic - however it isn't the décor that keeps people coming back to time and time again. It is the friendly hello of the barista as you walk in, the happy chatter of other diners, the delicious coffee and tasty food which makes this a popular local café for all ages to enjoy.
This casual café is particularly popular with bike riders and exercise enthusiasts, who stop in for a coffee or breakfast whilst utilising the Lake Tuggeranong Circuit nearby. For families it is a comfortable place to take the kids with plenty of booster seats available, passing traffic to watch and background noise to mask the occasional loud sounds that our young ones can make. For friends it is an easy place to meet up due to its central location, situated just outside the door from the Tuggeranong Hyperdome Shopping Centre, on the South Life stretch of eateries.
South Life has several food outlets positioned along the main road, so diners can choose between a variety of multicultural food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With Limelight Cinema's located upstairs in the shopping centre, it is a popular venue for a bite to eat before or after a movie. The Brew Bar is often one of the busiest eateries throughout the day for breakfast and lunch, with a choice of healthy options to choose from and a comfortable place to relax on weekends – with seating both inside and out.
The All-Day Breakfast Menu at Brew Bar is particularly popular on weekends, with diners dropping in after late nights or a morning of shopping to enjoy the tasty brekkie options. There are the usual favourites including Bircher Muesli, Pancakes, Eggs Benedict, Salmon Rosti, Houlumi Stacks, Omelettes, Big Breakfasts and Vegetarian Big Breakfasts – all reasonably priced and good sized servings. For kids they have Baby Chino's with two types of banana bread, fruit salads, yoghurts, croissants or hash browns - if a full sized meal is purchased.
Poached Eggs and Avo Salsa - Two poached eggs over two buttered sourdough toast with a salsa mash of fresh avocado, red capsicum, parsley and red onion, $15.90. Two Hashbrowns, $4
This popular Brew Bar in Anketell Street isn't the only one in town, with another around the corner in Reed Street. This location is often busy with local government workers and tradies during the week, with plenty of parking out the front. The casual atmosphere at both Brew Bars' encourages diners to sit back, slow down and take a break in their busy day. With a sense of community and good food combined with great coffee, Brew Bar will continue to be popular with Tuggeranong residents and visitors for many years to come.