TimmyC and I were looking to get some late breakfast and try somewhere new, we decided to go to On the Grind Canberra which had opened a few months before hand at the Drakeford drive shops in Kambah. I was excited to see a modern day essential added to this set of businesses.We were disappointed to see that they didn’t really have much food on offer with only cakes and a few basic sandwiches and croissants with fillings but we made the best of the situation and ordered a few light things which could be heated. A really basic set up with only a coffee machine, small oven for pies and sausage rolls and a cake display cabinet.I like how they tell you what the roast of the week is.Chai latte (small $3.90). It tasted like really well heated milk with a hint of chai spice. I was a bit disappointed but Tim liked it. There was also no pattern or dusting of nutmeg on top, I almost thought it was the flat white and TimmyC’s big mug was the chai.
Flat white (large $4.80). Nothing too special with the coffee but we saw plenty of people walk in and out with takeaways. It is clearly a happy addition to the Drakeford drive shops.Size difference between the small and large. I love their funky wall clock.I thought the couch area had shallow seats and unusually high in comparison to the table. I think it would be more comfortable to sit on the plastic seats or the couches.A nice wide open space with plenty of seats.They have funky light fittings.Banana bread ($3.50?). I asked for this toasted and it came out really nicely. The butter melted really well and it was a decent sized thick slice.Scones with jam and cream ($3.20). We eventually ran out of the whipped cream and they kindly gave us another serve. The scones were served warm but between canned whipped cream and Kraft jam it wasn’t too appetizing.It was nice to see that soy milks and other such ‘special’ milks are available and also at no extra charge, you rarely see that these days.It is nice to see the local shops all supporting each other after seeing several people in uniform come in and grab some coffee. The staff were very friendly and despite its simple set up, it has the basics – coffee, good location, friendly staff and something for if you get hungry.
Venue: On the Grind Canberra
Address: 5/9 Jenke cct, Kambah ACT 2902
Phone: (02) 6162 1005