I'm a freelance writer living in Canberra who loves to travel and immerse myself in different cultures. I am passionate about art, music, food and wine.
Published June 22nd 2016
Brunch in the Bush
Whilst Canberra is commonly known as The Bush Capital, it is safe to say that in recent years it has undergone a transformation to become a hip, stylish and sophisticated destination with its own identity...an identity very different to Sydney or Melbourne, but no less exciting. What perhaps differentiates Canberra from these other places is its small town quirkiness. There is something wonderful about the serious likelihood of running into someone you know, our sense of community and the fact that we remain surrounded by the bush and its wildlife.
When I was invited to write an article for The Juice Kitchen Cafe I was pleasantly surprised to find myself driving up a dirt driveway on the outskirts of Holt to absolute peace, tranquillity and what has got to be one of Canberra's best kept secrets. The cafe is a part of Strathnairn Arts, a not-for-profit association which provides working spaces and facilities for artists, crafts people and community groups. The property was originally part of a land grant awarded to 19th century explorer Charles Sturt and today it is a strong community of artists working in diverse mediums amongst this unique rural setting with regular exhibitions held in the gallery throughout the year.
The cafe is located in the homestead ambiance of the gallery. Upon entering the cafe our group of four was greeted by Ankur and his wife, a lovely and extremely accommodating couple who bought the property over a year and a half ago. We were promptly seated, our coffee orders taken and given time to peruse the impressive menu whilst we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and kept warm in front of the open wood fire place – a valuable commodity in Canberra at this time of year.
Once the ordering was done we had an opportunity to appreciate our setting and the beautiful artworks adorning the walls while we waited for our meals. Between the four of us we ordered the one pan brekky, the one pan veggie brekky, the omelette on Turkish roll, and the apple pie muesli. All the food was delicious and we were really impressed with not only the presentation but the home-style cooking. As the morning progressed the family-friendly cafe slowly filled and we realised that the good people of Holt were very aware of what was on offer here at The Juice Kitchen Cafe and were keeping it close to the chest.
On the whole, it was really enjoyable way to start a crisp Sunday morning in Canberra and I will most definitely be back to try the rest of what is on offer here at The Juice Kitchen Cafe. The cafe is open from 8.30am to 4pm on weekends and 10am to 4pm on weekdays for breakfast and lunch. Ankur can also cater your next event. For more information visit the website at www.strathnairn.com.au/cafe or to make a booking call Ankur on 0410 270 663