Although it’s almost hidden from view on Giles Street, the Silo Bakery + Café is a Canberra institution.
Not only can you pick up freshly-made pastries, rye sour-dough, baguette and a decent coffee on-the-hop, Silo’s seasonal menu is inspired by the culinary traditions of Europe and features carefully selected wines and cheeses.
The lunch menu changes regularly. In summer, expect dishes such as bresaola and celeriac pate with pickled raspberries and green pepper or a scamorza and fresh tomato pizza and tarte flamiche and, in Canberra’s chilly winter, warming soups with sourdough bread or a hearty cassoulet. The breakfast menu has staples like piperade with chorizo, poached eggs with chilli jam and tomatoes, and brioche and homemade jam.
Our tip: Silo is very popular and doesn’t accept bookings for breakfast so get in early – it opens at 7am. Bookings for lunch from 12 to 2:30pm are fine.
36 Giles Street, Kingston
Q & A: SILO BAKERY + CAFE OWNERS
Graham Hudson & Leanne Gray
Silo Bakery owner Graham Hudson
- What’s best to serve with cheese?
A. Walnut bread
- Your favourite cheese and why?
A. Our favourite cheese is Roquefort, an unpasteurised blue cheese made in south-west France from ewes’ milk and aged in caves, because of its salty intensity, provenance and ability to complement sweet wines.
- Red or white wine?
A. We prefer red wine over white, and the local Clonakilla shiraz viognier is up there with the best. Make sure to visit the winery at Murrumbateman.
- Your favourite place in Canberra?
A favourite place in Canberra is the foreshore of the lake and Telopea Park, best seen from a bicycle in autumn.
- Don’t leave Canberra without…
A. …visiting the James Turrell Skyspace at the front of the National Gallery of Australia, precisely at dawn or dusk, to witness the colour display on the walls of the inner room.
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