It seems like chocolate cafes are popping up faster than frozen yoghurt stalls (remember them? Where did they all go?) and the latest ones to open their franchising doors in Canberra are Oliver Brown now in three locations: Civic, Dickson and Manuka.
This is more a post so I remember the opening hours and not winging it like I did the other night when we drove here and weren’t sure if they’d still be open. Being a cold night most people opted for hot chocolates (starting from $5.50) which were apparently very tasty but I was swayed by their gelato thick shake ($8.00); I’m always on the look out for something resembling the thickness of the squishee from The Simpsons. I chose salted caramel as my gelato flavour and although it was thick, it didn’t have much of a salt flavour to enhance the caramel. I think they don’t store their gelato well and it is left with a sticky skin on the outside, when you see it you’ll know what I’m talking about. I think I’ll just stick with the hot chocolates.
Baked churros for two freshly baked upon order, sprinkled with cinnamon and icing sugar served with premium Belgium chocolate ($12.50). These take a little longer than the beverages but worth the wait because they are hot and slightly crispy. I wish whoever was serving us that night didn’t have such a heavy hand with the cinnamon though.
There is a lot of seating inside and out, you have to order and pay at the counter but the staff are super friendly and will bring your order to your table.Just remember they are opened 7 days and close at 11pm!
Venue: Oliver Brown (Manuka)
Address: 6a/1-18 Flinders Way, Manuka, ACT 2680
Phone: (02) 6181 8493
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 7am to 11pm
Saturday – Sunday 8am to 11pm
8 thoughts on “Oliver Brown – Manuka”
I’m definitely not keen on their gelato and it would have to be very good churros to outdo San Churro but I’m willing to give it a try!
Definitely different texture because it’s not piped from a star nozzle. It’s more like kit Kat bars hahaa
I think if I carry my own caramel with me it would be better
Have you tried the churros from the hamlet?
Not yet, I always seem to fill up on Mr Papa and don’t have space for anything else.
Oh I can relate to that. Maybe you should have your meal backwards and start off with dessert
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Just got churros from here and they were pathetic. Like some above reviewer said they put so much powder cinnamon , and the tiniest amount of icing sugar. Tasted horrible. Churros are meant to have cinnamon and sugar specs just like Cinnamon donuts have both mixed together . They just had no idea. Was tempted on going back to get a refund ha. Gelato fridge had no lid on it for some reason and the gelato had flies on it and half melted. Will stick to max brenner!
There have been heaps of flies in Canberra in the last two weeks, I would hate to have flies on my gelato. EEEP!
I don’t know if it is just this store and if the Civic or Dickson ones are any better?
I have been enjoy churros from San Churro in Woden, it has to be with Spanish caramel though.