Glorious flavours that are just so darn good

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“Morning Glory’s food comforts, satisfies and surprises, and the team knows it. This isn’t the same-old, same-old. It’s a refreshing approach to local and regional produce with intriguing flavours that are just…so…darn…good.”

WHEN Morning Glory says “expect the unexpected”, they mean it. When I first visited in 2018 the restaurant was only open for breakfast. Now lunch and dinner are on the menu with exciting food, exemplary service, a lovely fitout and a laid-back vibe.

Wendy Johnson.

My second visit was as glorious as the first.

Morning Glory’s food comforts, satisfies and surprises, and the team knows it. This isn’t the same-old, same-old. It’s a refreshing approach to local and regional produce with intriguing flavours that are just…so…darn…good. New Acton is fortunate that Morning Glory has called the precinct home.

It was a Sunday and we were thrilled that breakfast is served all day on weekends. My friend was intrigued by the breakfast gnocchi ($21) and she was super glad she ordered it. The gnocchi was light and fluffy, the chorizo packed with flavour, the sugo sauce intense, the manchego cheese a lovely texture and the fried egg perched on top cooked to perfection. Morning Glory takes pride in its presentation – they have the art form down pat. It looked beautiful and was a true taste sensation. 

Breakfast gnocchi… light and fluffy, the chorizo packed with flavour and the fried egg perched on top cooked to perfection. Photo: Wendy Johnson.

I was in for lunch and struggled with what to order. The menu is compact but there wasn’t an item I wouldn’t have been happy to order. In the end I settled on the Terung burger ($20) which was gorgeous. The slice of eggplant was as thick as a mini steak, crumbed (not overly so) and fried. A thickish slice of chewy, squeaky haloumi was carefully placed on top and I adored the spicy sambal. The burger came with thin fries and in just the right proportion for my liking.

The person serving me could see me fussing with what to order and when I asked about the burger she said, with 100 per cent confidence, that I would love it. I did.

My second choice might have been the Wagyu cheeseburger with jalapeno ($21) or would it have been the squid ink linguini ($27), or…

Other delish-sounding items available for breakfast include truffle mushroom ($21), trout rillettes ($22) and an omelette with nduja, bocconcini, cherry tomatoes, coriander and enoki ($20).

When I say the service is exemplary, I mean it. We were warmly welcomed and served up a coffee while we waited for our table (we were early, the restaurant wasn’t late). There were loads of warm smiles and staff checked in to make sure all was well when we were dining (this often doesn’t happen). We were thanked for coming and invited to visit again soon. We certainly will.

Morning Glory, NewActon Pavilion, 2/15 Edinburgh Ave. Open Sun-Tues, 7am to 3pm and Wed-Sat, 7am to 10pm. 6257 MGMG.

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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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