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Cream Cafe & Bar

Canberra Centre
Bunda Street
Canberra CBD ACT 2601
Tel : +61 2 6162 1448
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Price Range: $$$$
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A cafe, restaurant and bar, Cream Cafe & Bar is set on street level of the Canberra Centre in Civic. The fitout is chic, all marble, timber and funky mosaic tiles and patrons can choose to sit in the dining room or the al fresco area. Cream is a popular spot for locals grabbing an early morning coffee, who often return for tapas and after-work drinks.

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Walk down Bunda Street at any hour and you’ll bear witness to the Cream phenomenon. Set against the unlikely backdrop of a shopping mall, this cafe/bar/restaurant is a chic addition to Canberra’s culinary repertoire. Unlike the more established cafe’s in Civic, Cream offers clean lines and buckets of space rather than relying on shabby charm and loyal custom, and is a serious competitor in the market. As a cafe, I fell in love with the details – the coffee is served with a little chocolate coffee bean on the spoon, and the hot chocolate is made from Belgian chocolate and hot milk. Breakfast is a civilised and mostly traditional affair; a little pricey but with generous servings and good presentation. For a casual brunch, the absolutely mouth-watering mushroom omelette with chorizo is a real winner.

The lunch menu poaches favourites from every culture, offering everything from Pad Thai to duck risotto and the unusual Creole-inspired Jambalaya – a rice dish with seafood and chorizo. Although the lunch mains are available over dinner, the introduction of a tapas-style entree menu keeps the momentum going well into the night. Bright young things are attracted to the cavernous, light interior and extensive bar, while the seating is flexible enough to allow for solo diners, large families and romantic trysts. The service is prompt and polite, although I found the bustle at times a little overwhelming and the unfortunate aspect (on a main road) distracts from the atmosphere somewhat. However, for all its glitz and glamour, Cream really delivers and is setting a new standard of dining in Civic.

Russell Buzby
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Had slow cooked lamb shanks with jus, potato wedges and tazaki. Flavours were absolutely divine, just the right amount of food. However, I cant say that I've ever paid $35 for lamb shanks before, and they were luke warm when I got them and a bit dry on top which suggested to me they had been sitting around for a while. I am certainly happy to pay that amount with how delicious the meal was but I would have thought for that price it would have been hot and nice and  16/06/2012

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We went for breakfast today. We were not that impressed. The portion sizes were tiny and the eggs Benedict needs improvement. We were disappointed that there was not an alternative bread to sourdough, so overall the food was disappointing. Waitress took my drink before I was fully finished with it. Although the iced chocolate and affogato were nice but pricy ($8 for an iced chocolate). I havent been charged a Sunday surcharge before but perhaps we need to get out more. Will stick to other places we usually go that are better value for money and taste  01/04/2012

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I had lunch at cream and I REALLY enjoyed it - a bit disappointing how some meals were bigger than the others however everything had a great and very unique taste... it's quite busy so it's really hard to have a proper conversation. I wouldn't have a romantic dinner there but more of a catch up  10/11/2011

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Restaurant Features
Bar / Wine Bar
Function for 100-300
Outdoor Dining
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10

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