A Lonsdale Street cafe dedicated to toast & toasties
Toasted is a new café in the Mode 3 building on Lonsdale Street in Braddon, just a few minutes walk from Canberra's CBD. At the time of writing it has only been open for less than 2 weeks, however if the crowded tables are anything to go by, it has quickly cemented itself in the Lonsdale Street café scene. It is positioned facing the roundabout in the middle of the café strip - with the popular Eighty Twenty and Sweet Bones cafes located across the road.
Toasted has a simple concept. Everyone likes to put things on toast - Vegemite, avocado, bacon, egg, cheese - so why not have a whole café dedicated to toast? You can choose what to put on your toast, pick a tasty combination from the menu or you can choose one of the "toastie" items, to make it more of a lunch meal. As well as experimenting with a wide range of toast and toastie flavours, they also have an Acai Bowl and Wood-Fired Muesli Bowl on the menu, as other breakfast options. On their second weekend after opening, our family went to see how it all worked....
Look for this eye-catching logo at the front of the café. Source: Original image from Toasted Facebook (cropped)
Toasted, on the corner of Lonsdale Street and Elouera Street, Braddon
When you walk closer to the café, their eye-catching logo of the red element inside a toaster instantly grabs your attention. If you would like to sit outside, there are a few small tables outside the front door to choose from, as well as larger, communal tables down the side of the café. On the cold winter's morning of our visit, they had cranked up the outdoor heaters - which were needed in this chilly, shady position (however it will be the perfect spot in summer!)
Inside, the décor is simple and stylish, with long drop pendant lights coming down over the counter and a whole window of narrow bar seating. The space is very tight as soon as you walk in the door and due to the popularity on the day we visited, this small space was filling up fast. On a quieter day however, this small inside area would be a cosy and relaxed place to dine, where you could read a book by the window and enjoy a toastie in your lunch break.
The menu is fun to read, with some interesting combinations to choose from and the option to create your own favourite toast. Before we visited the cafe, we had seen on their Toasted Facebook that Fairy Bread toast was on the menu, which was a definite drawcard for our young daughter. We also liked the brave choices and flavour combinations which would be a taste sensation - such as peanut butter, jam and a sprinkle of rosemary!
Opening menu, August 2017. Choose your own toppings or pick one of their own combinations - either on one slice, or pay extra for two. Toastie options down the bottom.
Although I was tempted by the Reuben Toastie, I chose the "Nut'in But Love - Almond butter, banana, honey and spiced nut sprinkle on wood-fired fruit loaf". One simple word came to mind - Yum! This delicious and more-ish combo was a real winner, with the soft banana, sweet honey, crunchy nut combination and fruit toast underneath - I could have eaten it all day. It was also very filling, due to the creamy almond butter, so it was a challenge to get through it, but I bravely pushed on. Highly recommended if you like the flavours individually.
The other meals ordered were the "BAE - Bacon, Avo and Egg" and the Fairy Bread, however it was my "Nut'in But Love" which was the stand-out of all the meals. When dining at Toasted, I would recommend trying a flavour combination that you have never tried before, or you wouldn't make for yourself at home. Then you get the "wow" factor from the whole Toasted experience.
Nut 'in But Love - Almond butter, banana, honey and spiced nut sprinkle on wood-fired fruit loaf. I ordered one slice for $8.50, however because the slices were small it came out as two slices. If you want two large slices it costs $16.50
For more tasty options, have a look at their weekly specials on the Toasted Facebook with other creative combinations such as "Truffle Brie & Rosemary on Olive Loaf " and "Big Smoke - Pialligo Estate Bacon, Cheese & Hickory BBQ Sauce".
It is easy to see that this café may be small in size, but big on ideas, as it grows and finds new flavour combinations that the locals will enjoy. It is the simple idea, paired with the unusual combinations, that makes this an intriguing café to go back to time and time again to try something new. Especially in the winter months, when a comforting cheesy toastie and good cup of coffee is all you want on a chilly day, this café is sure to find its regulars.
Why don't you get Toasted this weekend?
You can't get much cheesier than this! Source: Original photos from Toasted Facebook