Plumb on Tennant, Fyshwick

21 Oct

I’ve spruiked continuously that Canberra is full of these ‘hidden gems’ – often we only hear about these places because they’re where we live, or through word of mouth (often because other people live there!). I’m not sure I would ever have heard of Plumb on Tennant if it wasn’t for CBR Foodie‘s lunchtime post a few weeks ago. You see, this hidden gem is in Fyshwick!

Like other places in Fyshwick (ahem, Flute), you’ve got to really know about it to know where it is. It seems the way to know about these places is through word of mouth. Tennant Street is close to Bunnings, but you’ve got to drive a little way on before you spot this cafe in the corner of white building.

We pop in post a purchase on which I’d otherwise been equivocating for about two years, so there was a small high involved. I’m having an ongoing problem in choosing what to order around brunch time, so asked – and received – both the breakfast and lunch menus to aid my decision make my decision harder.

I’m in a pickle. Brioche french toast with maple syrup and (mmmmmmm) bacon? Buttermilk pancakes? The potato rosti sounds damn good at $15.90 – and I love a dish with a poached egg. Then there’s the zucchini and fetta dumplings ($14.90) which, I see delivered to another table after I order, are HUGE. The squid’s also grabbed my attention but– okay, I have to order. I change my mind 20 times in 2 seconds and opt for the brioche french toast ($13.90), hoping it’ll satiate my desire for savoury, sweet and acidic.

Plumb on Tennant

After my rather frenzied decision making, it’s a small job to sit back and take in the clean whites of Plumb on Tennant. It occupies a decent space in the building, and everything’s clean. While the large windows don’t open onto much more than a road and a car park, the way the space absorbs the noise is a welcome comfort.

Brioche french toast

And? Our drinks and meals arrive quickly. My french toast is thick-brioche style, both eggy and sticky without beign soggy, with plenty of sweet, acidy berries with which to mop the bread around the plate. And there’s bacon! Boyfriend’s crispy lemon pepper squid salad ($15.90) is not without its admirers. Even though I’m told off for pinching delicious bites, I resort to other methods, including begging and distraction. If this lemon pepper squid came as a side I’d be ordering it every time.

Um? Yum.

This is a cute, unpretentious cafe with a solid, strong menu and fast service. While I’m not often out in Fyshwick during the week (except for Pie Day Friday), I’m often running errands or dropping onto businesses on a Saturday morning. It’s reassuring to know there’s brunch choice in Fyshwick on weekends!

Date: Saturday, 11 October 2014

Where: 5 Tennant Street (head down the side road of  Bunnings, closer to the airport, and keep driving – you’ll come across it on the left!)

Cost: Boyfriend paid; our meals were $13.90 and $15.90 + a coffee and a diet coke, so ~$40

Value for money: Strong

Worthwhile factor: High – would definitely come back here for weekend breakfast when in the area

Want more? Check out the website.

Plumb on Tennant on Urbanspoon



3 Responses to “Plumb on Tennant, Fyshwick”

  1. cbrfoodie October 21, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    Reblogged this on CBRfoodie and commented:
    Tara’s review of Plumb on Tennant is on-the-money and cool. Great photos too as usual 🙂

  2. cbrfoodie October 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    Nice review Tara! 🙂 glad I finally repaid the favour of suggesting a good place to you (because I’ve lost count long ago regarding all your great advice about Canberra 🙂


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    […] Today’s entertaining interview is with a rare man who (I’m told) as well as being an amazing husband and musician, also publicly and proudly embraces a very long-standing passion for food and wine. Sorry ladies he’s already taken! I first met Paul through his lovely better half but unlike her his professional passions lie away from public communications. Paul Drake is the part-owner and Manager of the hidden Gem Plumb on Tennant (which I checked out for lunch last year in this earlier post). I’m not the only one who thinks this place is a hidden gem – check out Tara’s review here. […]

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