A Bite to Eat, Chifley

2 Feb

On a very warm February Saturday, a large group of us descends on A Bite to Eat in Chifley. While we encompass all ages and backgrounds, we’re united by two things: we’re from Canberra, and we’re on Twitter (also known as the monthly Canberra Tweetup).

A Bite to Eat has a large indoor seating area, but because we’re a big group, we’ve got a looong table out the back, in their courtyard. A Bite to Eat is known for being a bit eclectic (after writing this, I look at the website and this is exactly how they describe themselves!), and that description also rather matches the group of us. For starters, every chair around the large table is different (!).

Breakfast is served all day

Breakfast is served all day



The items listed on the menu are fun to say, but for some it’s a bit difficult to work out exactly what they are. I’m keen on the Eeasy Cheesy Squeezy, but then realise that it sounds awfully like a toasted sandwich, which I’m not interested in. I never do see what it is.

I’ve ordered a Virgin Mary to start my day (essentially a Bloody Mary without the vodka). The basics are done right – it’s very tasty, cold, the tomato juice is fresh, and there’s plenty of ice with all that spice. It’s lucky the basics are right, because this is a statement drink.

Virgin Mary

Virgin Mary

Like the chairs, this mug looks like it’s been pulled from a box of knick knacks left to grow old in the back of a shed… And then there’s the huge stalk of celery. It’s almost tree-sized.

A Bite to Eat does well with the huge amount of people and orders, but one staff member lets his frustration show when he’s left trying to work out which coffee order belongs to who over the top of our din. For our own, we do remarkably well at sorting a bill for 20+ people that the restaurant won’t split (but there’s fair warning of this on the menu).

Skipping the Eeasy Cheesy Squeezy, I opt instead for the ‘Frenchie’ (french toast with berry coulis and parfait). Weirdly, it’s one of the more expensive items on the menu ($18.20) – the items with eggs are generally cheaper, when it’s usually the reverse in other establishments.

'Frenchie' with tomato juice (and rather wilting celery)

‘Frenchie’ with tomato juice (and rather wilting celery)

It’s very good – thick pieces of bread, evenly battered, and match to if of parfait and coulis is a winner for anyone who loves sweet/savoury combos.

Alison (@chifley_alison) also gives me the thumbs up with The Turk – baked eggs, sausage, artichoke, fetta, cherry tomatoes and garlic bread.

The Turk

The Turk

Despite the weather, it’s a lovely Tweetup and chance to match even more Twitter handles to faces – and the good quality food and drink made it even sweeter.

Date: Saturday, 1 February 2014

Where: A Bite to Eat, Chifley Shops, Chifley

Cost: A bit under $25 for a breakfast dish and a tomato juice

Food creativity: 4 out of 10 – some classic dishes are served with flair

Waitstaff pretentiousness: Low-medium

Worthwhile factor: Worthwhile

Want more? If you want to attend the next Canberra Tweetup, follow the #cbrtweetup link on Twitter. For more info on A Bite to Eat, check out their website.

2 Responses to “A Bite to Eat, Chifley”

  1. whisperinggums February 2, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    We are a big fan of A bite to eat. We often go there for an afternoon coffee. They do a couple of great gluten free cakes. I’ve been there for lunch frequently, for dinner a couple of times, nor brunch once, and to their jazz Sundays a couple of times. Your Tweetup sounds like a lot of fun, but I bet it was warm out there, even if it was brunch time.

  2. megan February 3, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    I have only been there once, for pizza night! It was great, need to head out that way again.

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