Dining / You say frittata, I say fantastic

Share Canberra's trusted news:
The frittata salami… an Italian omelette packed with salami, onions, tomato and cheese. Photo by Wendy Johnson

IT was a busy Saturday and we were bopping about Fyshwick, “getting stuff done”. Then the hunger pangs hit. Luckily, these days Fyshwick is no longer barren when it comes to places to dine, but beware that some are closed weekends. What to do?

Wendy Johnson
Wendy Johnson.

We popped by Celestino on Pirie Street. It’s a café, bar and torrefazione (Italian for coffee roasters). The folks who run it are mad cyclists, which is why Celestino is joined at the hip with the bike shop next door and why bikes hang as decorative elements from the ceiling inside.

It was our first visit and we found a perfect possie outside in the sun, watching a stream of customers move in and out, including with takeaway. It was Saturday and the coffee machine was humming.

At Celestino you can grab a quick toasted sandwich ($6.50 to $8.50), toast (raisin, vegemite, ham, gluten free) for $5 (two slices) or croissants (plain, with jam or with fillings, $5 to $7.50).

We were in for something heartier. It was the frittata salami for me and the poached eggs for my friend.

I have to say that my frittata was one of the best I’ve had in yonks, so much so that it was obvious my friend (after a quick tasting) had a bad case of food envy. Who doesn’t love an Italian omelette packed with salami, onions, tomato and cheese ($16)? It was piping hot, packed with flavour and it hit the spot.

Poached eggs… cooked to perfection; the ripe and creamy avocado was a generous serve and the candy bacon delish. Photo by Wendy Johnson

The poached eggs were cooked to perfection… nice and runny. The avocado was a generous serve, ripe and creamy. The candy bacon was delish. Correction – those crispy honey bacon bits are addictive ($15).

Also on this section of the menu was the yummy sounding Calabrese … slow-cooked eggs in a rich tomato ragu with olives and olive oil ($15.90). I wouldn’t have minded giving the frittata potato a go ($16) or another Italian omelette, this one created with potato, cheese and fresh basil and heaps of passione ($16).

The coffee was great and the staff super friendly and welcoming. The service was a wee bit slow, but the staff made up for it, engaging as we placed our order and all smiles when they brought our brekkie out. They even popped by during our meal to ask if we were enjoying ourselves (trust me, so many places simply don’t bother).

If bigger breakfasts aren’t your thing, don’t fret. The menu includes a bircher muesli ($9.90) and a good old bacon and egg roll ($8).

The décor includes massive wall art (on two different walls) and the place is nice and spacious. As noted, if you’re a cycle enthusiast you can just pop next door when you’re finished and have a browse.

Celestino, 28 Pirie Street, Fyshwick. Open Monday to Saturday for  breakfast and lunch.


Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep citynews.com.au free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleArts / Around the galleries
Next articleDigital edition 22 November
Wendy Johnson
Wendy Johnson: Food reviewer for Canberra CityNews magazine since 2004, covering stories for true foodies to digest.

Leave a Reply