When A and I first arrived in Canberra, we were housed in an apartment within the New Acton precinct for three weeks. In this short time, we began acquainted (and obsessed) with Sweet Bones’s amazing banana bread (available at Mocan and Green Grout in New Acton). Since then, A and I have frequented Sweet Bones’s Braddon venue on numerous occasions and we’ve yet to be disappointed.
Sweet Bones Bakery Cafe is an organic, vegan cafe that is situated within the Lonsdale Street Traders complex. The menu’s split into light meals, meals and goodies, with gluten-free and raw items available. The cafe has mix-match furniture and a cute courtyard out back. There’s an American feel to the cafe, with tex-mex cuisine featured and cactuses and skulls throughout the interior.
I have to admit that before moving to Canberra, I hadn’t been introduced to many vegan dishes however Sweet Bones has provided a welcoming introduction. The food is delicious, healthy and I love that Sweet Bones aims to serve veganised versions of favourites – including pretzels, hot cross buns at Easter, eggless egg salad sandwiches, burritos, cupcakes, cakes and even a bacon and cheese burger.
The highlight for A and I is still the banana bread ($4). I’ve been trying to replicate it at home for a year now and still I can’t get it right. The banana bread is sweet, filling, slightly caramelised when toasted and served with fluffy coconut butter with a fresh raspberry. It is fantastic and oh so moreish.
A introduced me to her second favourite item on the menu, the Boneyard Burrito ($14) featuring sweet potato, kale, white beans, sour cream, chipotle, pecan pesto, queso, brown rice and fajita mix. This burrito is filling and delicious – I love the slightly sweetness of the sweet potato, the texture of the pecan pesto and the fajita flavouring.
Sweet Bones have a number of sweet items available which are also super delicious. Their baked goods are made with organic and vegan products, including biodynamic flour and organic raw sugar.
In regards to coffee, Sweet Bones uses Lonsdale Street Roasters coffee beans and cow milk (the only non-vegan item available). The coffee is consistently made well however there are some ace baristas working at Sweet Bones that definitely exceed others.
Sweet Bones is in my top 3 of Canberra restaurants and cafes due to consistency, fantastic food and the casual aspect of their food. If you’re looking for something wholesome but delicious, make your way to Sweet Bones.