Happy Canberra Day!
Although the second Monday of every March means the Labour Day public holiday in Melbourne, on this day of 2013 I am celebrating the naming of Canberra (AKA: Canberra Day!).
While Canberrans enjoy the celebrations around Lake Burley Griffin from midday today, I will start off the day with a festive brunch at one of my new discoveries; Gus’ café.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love my brunch, I love my eggs and most of all; I love my tea. Gus’ café has all of the above PLUS atmosphere!
Back in the early 1960s, Australia had very few European-style cafes with outdoor dining. When Augustin ‘Gus’ Petersilka moved from Austria to Australia, he had a vision of bringing the alfresco outdoor eating environment of Europe to the heart of Australia’s capital. While at the time it seemed crazy to introduce outdoor eating to Australia, Gus showed Aussies what was in and succeeded in opening Canberra’s first outdoor late night café in 1968.
Gus paved the way for outdoor café dining in Canberra (and around Australia) and if you walk around Canberra Civic late on a Sunday morning you will see that many other café’s followed suit! Whether their food is as tasty and their environment as warmly as Gus’ – well you’ll have to ask an unbiased person as my heart was set on Gus’ from the first day I stepped in to Canberra city.
While I have only been familiarised with their amazing all-day breakfast menu, Jamie (manager of Gus’ café) says their pan-seared chicken breast with Gus’ special creamy mushroom sauce served with rice and salad is an all-time favourite dinner item which has been on the menu for years!
Their menu has constant new items keeping things fresh and exciting but their long-standing favourites on the menu means that the regulars are sticking around.
Gus’ café is open 7 days a week from 7:30am “until the last customer is ready to leave at the end of the night” says Jamie – which could be as late as 10pm on a weeknight and 11pm on a weekend.
According to Jamie, Gus’ is about the café regulars and about bringing them to a homely place. So while Canberra is my home away from home, I’ll be spending my time at Gus’.
Happy Canberra Day everyone!