Tastes worth the tremble

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FOODIES tremble with excitement when a new café opens that ticks all the boxes.

And I’m still trembling from my recent visit to Farmer’s Daughter at the Yarralumla shops.

Nicole Damiani, who is in charge, understands Canberra’s almost desperate need for eateries that are unique, and unique Farmer’s Daughter is.

No wonder the place is packing it out, even though it opened only seven short weeks ago with many not still knowing it’s there.

Breakfast was on the menu during my visit and, trust me, the dishes will tantalise your tastebuds. No ordinary fare here, and options for those who love sweet to start the day and those who crave savoury.

I fussed and fussed over what to order (don’t think it’s ever taken me quite so long, and I was starving).

Would it be, at the lower-priced mushroom hot pot (with garlic and white wine sauce) or casalingo salami baked beans (both $8.50)?

Or the higher-priced fried egg bruschetta with romesco, marinated feta and crispy onion rings ($16.50)? Hmmm. What about the ricotta bruschetta with cinnamon sugar and honey monte with accent beurre ($12.50)?

In the end, I selected the refreshingly different “No Ordinary Soldiers”, three pieces of artisan bread, all lined up perfectly on a crisp, white rectangular plate and each featuring their own healthy topping ($14.50).

The first soldier came with a light crème fraiche and to-die-for smoked salmon, the second a punchier parmesan decorated with loads of fresh rocket and the third a pack-a-punch romesco sauce, which the Mediterranean is so famous for, with thinly sliced, salty proscuitto.

All washed down with a well-prepared cappuccino. And, on the drink side, Farmer’s Daughter also offers T-2 tea for tea lovers, water by addwater and juices by Emma and Tom, including green power, radical and cloudy apple.

The décor is as yummy as the food.  A lovely, minimalist chandelier hanging gracefully above the cash register, and two large, dark wooden communal tables with delightful buttercup yellow bench seats, are feature elements.

I sat at a smaller wooden table, on a classic-style Bentwood chair, also in buttercup yellow, enjoying the small vases of fresh flowers carefully placed about the place and admiring the stunning, big vase of fresh, tall-stemmed, salmon-coloured roses that adorned one of the larger tables.

The outdoor seating gets sun for part of the day and I’ll be back soon, to sit under one of the umbrellas offering shade, to enjoy lunch and to have some fun people watching.

Farmer’s Daughter, Yarralumla, open for breakfast and lunch only. Monday-Friday, 7am to 3pm and Saturday, 8am to 2pm (will be opening soon on Sundays, same time). Call 6281 2233. There’s a $2 surcharge for using a credit card.

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Wendy Johnson
Wendy Johnson: Food reviewer for Canberra CityNews magazine since 2004, covering stories for true foodies to digest.

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