Let me introduce Canberra to you…
As Australia’s capital city, it boasts a rich history of both the old beginnings of Australia, alongside Parliament House. It is famously known, as the city planned by Walter Burley Griffin. Along with newer areas of the city, which are currently being developed to meet the needs of a growing population.
Not forgetting amongst these facts, it’s now burgeoning culture. A inherant connection to the nature that encompasses it & surrounds it.
Along with an incredible food loving community here.
Getting out & about to sample some food and hospitality here, has been a well deserved treat
break from my kitchen and this is where I went:
Set amongst the rich history of Old Parliament House, is a new venue for dining, Hoi Polloi Restaurant.
The interiors & decor take upcycling to a whole new level.
All the pieces are archived furniture & props from the members lounges, where once famous politicians & public figures sat and shaped Australia’s future.
At the media launch we were treated to Cocktails & Canapés. I participated in a Competition, to create a burger based on a former prime minister (which was selected for us, on the night.)
Banana prawns with citrus fennel slaw.
The winning burger of the night, belongs to Anna from Shennanagans
You can try her creation, The Royal Touch, inspired by former prime minister Paul Keating, over the next month at the restaurant #pollieburger.
There are two other runner ups with burgers to try and the burger with the highest sales will be join the permanent menu at Hoi Polloi.
The Oh My Gough! is based on Australia’s legendary Gough Whitlam. I chose a milk bun with beef & OPH special sauce. Iceberg lettuce, mozzarella, bacon, pickles & beetroot.
The Make Your Own Pavlova bar, which went Instagram crazy! Smashed berry Pav’s with a plethora of toppings, cream & chocolate.
To the next event.
Dream Cuisine Patisserie & owner Owen Sadler, invited 20 of Canberra’s hungriest food bloggers along to an event to learn about their pastries & craftmanship.
Ellias of Cbr Foodie organised the meet up and I was very fortunate & thankful! to be included.
On arrival I was met by lots of lovely and familiar faces. The cafe has a beautiful sunny atmosphere, with a true French vibe from the azure blue walls and fresh clean white interior.
There are various locations where you can find their pastries here in Canberra, including the cafe at Fyshwick. Little Dreams patisserie in The Hamlet/ Braddon. Along with the regional Farmers Markets on Saturdays & Old Bus Depot Markets on Sundays.
My absolute favourites are their croissants. I buy both these & their Rhubarb Cudtard Danishes, each week at my local farmers markets.
Owen, the creative patissier & mastermind spoke of the science, luck and hours of dedication to the perfection of these layers.
The butter is sourced from a producer in Milford Victoria. A Churchill fellowship recipient who studied the techniques of mastering au beurre, with fellow artisans. Some of whom went to craft butters for world renowned restaurant Noma.
Only organic flours are used, though he mentioned some patissier’s abhor the changeable nature of natural flours.
Yet he’s managed to find a way to tame the proteins in the flour and produce the best product with the best of ingredients.
There’s a craftsman at play here, as even the chocolate bars for the Pain de chocolate are made in house, before they’re baked.
The meticulous care and passion make a lot of sense when he reflects on his previous passions as an (lapsed) almost engineer.
As you can see, it’s been a truly delicious round up of like minded folk.
A huge thank you for the hospitality shown to us at:
Hoi Polloi Restaurant Old Parliament House
Dream Cuisine Patisserie 9/18 Whyalla St, Fyshwick
Look forward to getting back in my kitchen with you soon for something delicious!