Oh my, Coffee Lab has stolen my heart, and it has nothing to do with coffee!
Let me explain. There is nothing wrong with the name ‘Coffee Lab’, nor their little conical flask logo, nor their coffee for that matter. But I feel on some level the name is somewhat of a misnomer because their food is next level.
So what’s the recipe? Firstly the menu is succinct and to the point. There is just enough items on there to allow you to try something new each visit, but just few enough that they can nail each dish. Secondly the food is familiar enough to be satisfying but with just enough daring to make it unique. Thirdly the staff take your order, prepare the deliciousness, and get it back to you like a well oiled machine.
Let me give you my recommendations for breakfast & lunch to try and win your culinary trust!
On more than one breakfast occasion I have gone for the ‘NO RAGRETS – Potato, Lentil & Kale Bhajis, JB Sauce, Poached Eggs, Bacon & Snake Beans’. Decoded; that means little balls of fried delicious, perfectly poached eggs, bacon, and some epic magic sauce.
I have also recently found the ‘CHICKY BAE – Herb Crusted Confit Chicken, Kimchi, Spicy Aioli and Nectarine on Potato bun’. Now let me fill you in. The chicken and sauce are delicious but the kimchi and nectarine go together like Bonnie and Clyde.
Outside of the food; the atmosphere is nice and the drink offerings aren’t bad either. But do yourself a favour and get stuck into the Chicky Bae.
- The food. Holy Moses. Give them a medal or something…
- The staff. Whomever is doing the hiring in this place seems to be doing their job! Don’t expect them to be clad in shirt and tie, but these bunch of Doc Martens wearing crew are nothing short of professional.
- Alright it’s called ‘Coffee Lab’ – the coffee ticks a few boxes too.
Not So Much…
- The location is fine but nothing to write home about. It’s easy enough to find and out of the hustle and bustle of Bunda Street and the Canberra Centre. But you are essentially sipping away on your beverage staring at an outdoor car park.
- It can become a sea of suits and public service lanyards due to it being essentially underneath the ATO. Maybe steer away from public service lunch hour if you can avoid it.