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By Heather• 14 Oct 2016 • 3 Comments
Tired of a rushed paper bag lunch? Want to sit down and be served good food? Off real plates? Without breaking the bank?
Well, here are some of the Lambton quarter places where you can do just that:
This place is a lovely olde-worlde respite from the hustle and bustle outside, with professional service and an air of calm.
A range of dishes caught my eye at Cafe 1815:
In the end I pushed the boat out to $18 for the herbed linguine with new season asparagus, and lemon and pine nut veloute; because it seemed right for spring. It was fresh, flavourful and satisfying.
My friend chose the charred cos salad (effectively a deconstructed caesar), with not a little trepidation (charred cos???), but reported that other than a touch too much sauce for her, the salad was crisp, flavourful and interesting.
We were done within the hour, had no dishes to deal with (paper or otherwise), and left much more relaxed than we arrived. Too easy.
This is another that can slip under the radar, but turns out some very pleasant food at good prices.
I again had trouble deciding between delights such as:
Given it wasn’t such a cheery spring day this time, the warm soothing ratatouille won. I’ve found some ratatouille in the past to be a bit sharp or acidic, but this was pleasantly balanced against the polenta, and enriched by the dab of sour cream and crème fraîche (the city girls' equivalent to mash'n'mince!).
I noticed that 9 of Concrete’s 16 dishes were gluten free as standard, with a note that others could be adapted. Nice one guys.
The menu on the wall at Café Breton is a thing to behold - luckily they give you paper copies and a table! Breton does a wide range of French fare, including:
I had to do paper, scissors, rock as there was simply no other way (bet that entertained the other diners), and ended up with the La Savoyarde bacon, potatoe, onion, raclette cheese and salad savoury crepe.
The chip fiend didn’t choose something with French fries (whaaaat?), but instead enjoyed a Croque Madame. Apparently they're called Madame versus Monsieur as the egg on top makes it look like a ladies hat. Yeah, nah – I'm not convinced a new hat trend is looming anytime soon.
Anyhow, both were fresh and flavourful, and hit the mark nicely. And there’s a tempting range of sweet treats to follow if you fancy.
There’s a bunch of other places in the Lambton Quarter that make my list too:
Most of them can be booked, and most are pretty prompt given you’re on a time limit.
So where are your favourites?
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