Dessert at Eightysix

I went to Eightsix agessss ago but I didn’t get around to posting about it before I left to go to Japan. I didn’t realise how poor the photos were until I looked at them again, we sat outside and it was very dim there so I couldn’t help it. Maybe next time I’ll bring my own lighting?

The only time slot we could get was 9:15pm on a Saturday night, so I decided to go for dessert. When we arrived at 9:20pm, there were still people queuing for dinner which is crazy, so we opted to sit outside to get a seat right away rather than waiting, it wasn’t too cold and I knew we weren’t staying long.

It is definitely a trendy little place and every time I went to take a photo of the door for opening hours, the surrounding tables etc the waiters would jump into the shot and pose. The friendly waitress was talking about hipsters, being trendy and instagram, it was unlike any other place I’ve been to.


Their don’t have a written menu, everything is written on the blackboard, interchangeable and changed daily.

All desserts were $14.00 and there were only four options but they ran out of creme brulee so we chose one of each of the remaining.


Chocolate sour cherries – I’m not particularly fond of cherries but this was a great combination with the chocolate. The random dry waffle bits thrown in let the plate down though.


Salted popcorn sundae with waffle, popcorn and ice cream – I really liked the though of popcorn in my dessert, the saltiness really brought out the sweetness of the dessert and added great texture.


White chocolate semifreddo – I couldn’t taste the white chocolate and for me it was my least favourite of the desserts


With the hustle and bustle inside I didn’t get to stop and look at the menu but the plates of food I walked past looked fabulous. I would love to come back and try something before I have dessert again.

Venue: Eightysix

Address: Elouera St Mode 3 Building, Braddon, ACT 2612

Phone: (02) 6161 8686

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Quick lunch at Autolyse

When my heart was set on a hot delicious chicken and vegetable pie from Cornucopia, I was sadden to see that it was closed on Mondays (I thought it was too good to be true that we got a park right out the front). My brain quickly flickered to plan B – Autolyse was a bakery that I hadn’t tried but had heard wonderful things about their bread and was around the corner near Elk and Pea.


I was a little disappointed to see that there was no hot food to go (and the roast beef sandwiches were sold out) but I opted for a Salmon caper sandwich on thick crusty bread and of course I grabbed a chocolate croissant and a escargot to go also. image 

For a person who doesn’t usually buy sandwiches, this one was ok, I wasn’t a fan on the salty capers that they used and I wasn’t overly impressed with the chocolate croissant either but what blew me away was the escargot! The pastry was crisp and tasty, the sultanas were plump and sweet, if I knew it was that good I would have just bought three of those for lunch. image

I wouldn’t mind sitting down and browsing their menu a little longer next time (but car parking is so hard in Braddon!) after all everyone that was dining in seemed happy, even if it’s to get some more escargot. image

Venue: Autolyse

Address: 21 Lonsdale St, Braddon, ACT 2612

Phone02 6262 8819

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Pizza Gusto

When I rang Pizza Gusto, I asked very sceptically if they took reservations, from what I’ve heard they were just a little establishment boasting delicious pizzas but their business mainly comes from takeaways. They very nicely said yes and asked if I would like to sit inside or outside, without a sarcastic reply after glancing at the frost covered grass, I requested a table for four inside.

You have more of a chance of finding a park in Braddon at night so that wasn’t a problem. When we walked in, we saw just how small the restaurant was. Only fitting 5 square cafe tables in max and with a very basic set up which included plastic cups for water that you fill from the outside animal shaped tap, eating out of the pizza box and a flyer for a menu, I knew it had to have amazing pizza to have thrived in Braddon for so long.

Pizza (33cm – 8 slices).

We were trying to choose classic pizzas with simple ingredients to use it as a measuring stick against every other pizza we’ve had. They came out rather promptly and not oily at all, perfect crust and base, fresh ingredients which amplified the simple flavours. Pizza gusto definitely makes it in my top 3 pizza places of Canberra. 

Margheritatomato, mozzarella, bocconcini cheese and fresh basil ($16.00).

Supremotomato, mozzarella, Calabrese salami, shaved leg ham, veggies  mushrooms, pineapple and olives ($20.00).

I looked a little disappointed when everyone said that two pizzas should be plenty between the four of us, but since the first two were so awesome we were able to order one more pizza that was a little outside of the ‘box’.

 Patate garlic oil base, finely sliced potatoes, mozzarella, rosemary, and sea salt  ($17.00). On the little salty side but the potatoes were perfectly done. Despite the salt, I found the pizza overall to be very bland and it was my least favourite pizza of the night.

Not a fine dining restaurant by any means but if you want a good pizza to dine in (best to reserve a table) or to take away, Pizza Gusto is the place to go.

VenuePizza Gusto

Address: 23 Lonsdale St, Braddon, ACT 2612

Opening hours: 5:30pm – 9pm 7 days

Phone: 6257 7508

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Lic Gelato

Although we were heading to our dessert destination, I couldn’t help but stop by an ice-cream place that I was told about earlier that day. Lic Gelato has been opened since the beginning of the year (how have I not heard about them sooner?!) and share their location with Braddon Crust pizzas. They make all their gelatos on the premises and my eyes lit up when I saw just how many flavours they had. I managed to convince myself, ‘just a small something for the walk to our next restaurant reservation’ and with that we went on a taste testing rampage.

The woman was very friendly and generous and we had up to 7 taste testers before we decided on an actual flavour: salted caramel; French vanilla  burnt caramel; rockmelon; watermelon; Lindor chocolate and cookies and cream. Salted caramel won our hearts although it was getting harder to decide with every new flavour we tried. 1 scoop in a small cup was $4.00 and Timmy had to tell the lady to stop filling the already overflowing cup, which has never happened before!

It is a brilliant little establishment with friendly generous staff opened from 7am – 10pm 7days. Go check them out!


**8th March 2014 – we drove past and I think it has closed down or moved because it definitely isn’t where it used to be!

I spy with my little eye…


Something new in Braddon! I’ve been in and out of Braddon recently to check out the Lonsdale St. traders and today I pop by and see there is a new eatery in town. The Elk and Pea Eating House caught my eye with their cute decor, outdoor seating and busy diners. Maybe next time when I’m not so full, I can stop by and check out their menu.

Situated down the end near Lonsdale street roasters, Pizza Gusto and the Hive (I love that store), Braddon is shaping up to be the ‘new place to hang’.



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Italian and Sons – vino e cucina


One of my long awaited restaurants that I have wanted to go to for a while now (I probably should have tried booking a lot earlier), although they only had a restricted time slot we took the reservation and tried to eat as fast as we could.




They had an authentic Italian menu offering pizza biancas to house made pastas and hearty secondi options.



‘suppli’ pear and gorgonzola risotto balls ($16.00). I knew Italian and Sons was pricey but I still expected more than three risotto balls for $16.00. The sauce was a very strong sharp gorgonzola but when paired with the risotto it was perfect.

roast portobello mushroom ‘gratinati’ ($15.00). This was hot but salty and after serving we essentially got one mushroom each.


gnocchi di patateseared potato gnocchi with wild mushroom ragu and house smoked ricotta ($28.00). I’ve never had a seared gnocchi before but despite the sear the gnocchi was very light. This didn’t have any sauce but because of the moisture and texture of the mixtures of mushrooms it didn’t matter.



Roast pork belly ($31.00) – A nice piece of pork with crispy skin on top of a bed of lentils.



Flourless amedi chocolate torte, baked rhubarb and brandy gelato ($13.00). This felt like a thick mousse layer sandwiched between two thin layers of cake. It had a very rich dark chocolate taste but it was somewhat balanced out by the gelato (the gelato didn’t taste like brandy though).


Tira mi su ($12.00). I couldn’t directly compare theirs to Mezzalira because it had been so long but both in my memory are magical and amazing. My friend who doesn’t even usually eat tiramisu shared my thoughts and my dessert. imageimage


A very busy little restaurant but the service was impeccable and attentive. Somewhat noisy and dim lighted inside, not the best lighting for food.

Venue: Italian and Sons – Vino e Cucina

Address: 7 Lonsdale St, Braddon, ACT 2612


Phone: (02) 6162 4888

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Braddon stalking- BOX


I stand corrected, when I posted that Gelato Joe’s was the newest shop in Canberra, BOX actually opened that day! I had a lot of fun browsing through their unique collection of quirky accessories and lovely skin care. 

I couldn’t help myself and since I finished my Aesop hand cream I was on the look out for a new one. The scents aren’t that strong but it leaves a nice soft touch after rubbing in the cream.

Sweet orange and jasmine Therapy Range hand cream ($18.00)

Venue: BOX

Address: 27  Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT 2612

Braddon stalking- Rare Hair


I’ve never had a monogamous relationship with a hair dresser and I’m forever finding a new one. I noticed Steve’s (from Callahan bicycles) trendy haircut and he said that he got it cut from Rare Hair that morning, with great anticipation I’m hoping to get my hair cut from here as early as next week. Let’s hope I don’t look like a smiling clothed cherub boy afterwards! « It’s my greatest fear.


Turns out Rare hair’s officially opening will be on the 15th November, looking forward to a new Summer look.

Venue: Rare Hair

Address: Shop 12, 27 Lonsdale Street, Braddon, ACT 2612

Phone: 04 99977273

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

Braddon stalking- Elseware


Elseware is a cute little store full of unique vintage goodies, I didn’t get a chance to go in but I’m definitely going to poke my head in next time!

Venue: Elseware

Address: 6/27 Lonsdale Street Braddon, ACT 2612

Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

                               Sun: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm



Phone: 0404 062 336