Since I’ve been in Canberra, I’ve seen Braddon continuously expanding. It feels as though each week, something new in the area opens up – whether that be a new eatery, new apartment building or even a new idea (such as the converted garage called The Hamlet, where Broddogs and other food vans will be making a home for themselves). My one gripe with the area is the parking issue – or should I say lack thereof.
Luckily for me, I head to Braddon for lunch every week. I either hop on my bike for the quick 5 minute ride over, or walk with some of my colleagues. A few weeks ago, a colleague announced to the office that he wanted to make a journey over to Hopscotch for lunch. I was happy to nominate myself and persuade a few others to join us.
Hopscotch is the newest gastropub to arrive in Braddon, with a funky beer garden out front and an extensive bar inside, which features an array of whiskies, scotches and bourbons. My favourite aspect of Hopscotch, however, is the imported wood-fired Argentinian grill found in the kitchen. It is a beast.
My colleagues and I sat inside, at a table that overlooked the kitchen and Argentinian grill. We mentioned that it would be extremely hot in the kitchen, with the open flames close to where the chefs are working.
Deb and I ordered the lamb souva, featuring lamb cooked on the Argentinian grill, hummus, greek salad, feta, tzatziki and house made flat bread ($18), served with shoestring fries and garlic mayo. The serving size of the souva was huge and we loved the soft, warm flat bread and the tender, flavoursome lamb. We were definitely impressed.
Astrid ordered the Fish and Chips ($22) – stone wood pale ale battered fish, tartare sauce and her choice of chips and salad (with potato mash and grilled vegetables also available) for her sides. Astrid proclaimed that the fish and chips were the best she’s found in Canberra, and I was lucky enough to be offered some of the fish and it was fantastic – the batter was light, the fish was moist and everything was perfectly seasoned. I’ll be ordering this next time I’m at Hopscotch!
All in all, we loved Hopscotch. So much so that we’re returning again as a team for our Christmas lunch. On a side note, Hopscotch is normally very busy on weekends so expect wait for a table at peak times.