As the unpredictable rain delays our farm work, the only thing to do on our days off is to eat. Luckily, Ballarat spoils us with cafe’s and restaurants to choose from. As of a couple of weeks ago, we moved into a room above an Irish pub on the main high street. Dangerously close to all this choice. So if you were to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, within the centre of Ballarat, here is what I would suggest. Enjoy.
The most important meal of the day goes to… The Unicorn! One of the first places that caught my eye, due to the obviously pretty name and gorgeous building, it was immediately on my list of places to visit.
Serving breakfast all day long, I decided to try the Eggs Benjamin ($17). Thick cut bacon, house mean greens, poached eggs and hollandaise on toast. They support local produce and I’m informed on the menu that the thick cut bacon is from ‘Country Style Smallgoods’ in Ballarat. Jack ordered a ‘Smores’ milkshake and it was deeeee-licious! They have loads of milkshakes and other food on the specials boards to look out for.
The Unicorn had me at hello, and anywhere that has Uno on the tables definitely gets extra brownie points.
Heading literally over the road, to Griffin Burger. I discovered this place as it came up on my suggested posts on Facebook – don’t know why. But I am forever thankful, cheers Zuckerburg.
I decided on the Outback Burger ($12) – Southern Fried Chicken, American Cheddar, Tomato, Spinach, Pickles, BBQ Sauce, GB House Sauce. There is an option to get some of the burgers as sliders at a lower price, I would recommend doing this if you’re going to get other things as well. Griffin have a different special everyday, designated to Sundays is – Unique New York Fries ($9) Seasoned Fries, Shredded Chicken Breast, Onion Rings, Ranch & Shredded Mexican Cheese. Absolutely unreal. No picture is present because we got carried away and forgot – due to the incredible taste.
Walking around Ballarat there are Thai/Vietnamese take away restaurants everywhere! However on and around the main street (Sturt St), prices are quite steep. We found ourselves wandering from one to another not convinced to pay $20+ for a Pad Thai. Then we stumbled upon Free Time! Still in the centre of Ballarat but on the less obvious Mair St. The majority of dishes are around the $10-$15 mark and, on that note, we rushed in from the cold.
I warmed myself up with a Seafood and Chicken Laksa Noodle Soup ($10.90), I couldn’t finish it all despite my efforts so portion size does not subside due to the price. Jack got himself the best Pad Thai we have had in Australia, (we have tried a lot), for a tasty $11.90. Again, no picture available because he gets too excited.
Oh and bottles of Crown Lager are only $5 each.
Looking for reasons not to eat there this evening…