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“Perfect Sunday night chill out”
Review of A Bite to Eat

A Bite to Eat
Ranked #473 of 1,392 Restaurants in Canberra
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 3 September 2011

A Bite to Eat is at its best on a Sunday night - their program of chilled out live music from 5-7pm compliments their tasty tapas menu (try the miso grilled eggplant, or their homemade fries with the best aioli ever). Very family friendly and impressive service - was offered free coffees at brunch when our booking was misplaced once. A quirky little gem with a real vintage feel.

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Thank SharonInez
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Reviewed 8 August 2011

I had real all the reviews so did not expect excellent service, and they did not surprise in that regard. What annoyed me is that with slow service etc we were given the bill about 10 minutes after last food item was served and told the next people for the table were waiting. We had booked for a Sunday brunch and was at no time told we would need to be out in an hour (as I would not have booked).

As per other people’s comments service was slow, but my other comments on the place include: cramped (we could only get into the table one way as the other ways other chairs and tables were in the way and then stuck as other people sat down and we could not get past there chairs), some things that were meant to be eclectic were just junk (eg old chair had the vinyl peeling in a number of places), parking hard for the little shops, limited menu (although cool names for the dishes), and on the expensive side ($4 for a cup (not a mug) of coffee, $7.92 (the 2 is not a typo) for a bacon, egg and cheese bagel (and just one piece of bacon) and mug of hot chocolate came in a small soup bowl, which was nice, although it had to be almost cold before you could pick it up as no handle.

And then there was the service (or lack thereof). Fifteen minutes to get menus (we ordered drink then), then when our drink arrived 20 minutes later we had to ask to order (as the waitress has already walked off) and as mentioned before shortly after getting our food we were given the bill and told the next party for our table was ready.
Suggest people who want something in the general Woden area turn Mawson (Bruno's)
or Delissio’s in Curtin (who are open for Sunday breakfast).

This was a great place years ago but has changed hands and now is just expensive and try hard with poor service. Avoid.

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2  Thank Osca_Dog
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Reviewed 8 August 2011

I had real all the reviews so did not expect excellent service, and they did not surprise in that regard. What annoyed me is that with slow service etc we were given the bill about 10 minutes after last food item was served and told the next people for the table were waiting. We had booked for a Sunday brunch and was at no time told we would need to be out in an hour (as I would not have booked).

As per other people’s comments service was slow, but my other comments on the place include: cramped (we could only get into the table one way as the other ways other chairs and tables were in the way and then stuck as other people sat down and we could not get past there chairs), some things that were meant to be eclectic were just junk (eg old chair had the vinyl peeling in a number of places), parking hard for the little shops, limited menu (although cool names for the dishes), and on the expensive side ($4 for a cup (not a mug) of coffee, $7.92 (the 2 is not a typo) for a bacon, egg and cheese bagel (and just one piece of bacon) and mug of hot chocolate came in a small soup bowl, which was nice, although it had to be almost cold before you could pick it up as no handle.

And then there was the service (or lack thereof). Fifteen minutes to get menus (we ordered drink then), then when our drink arrived 20 minutes later we had to ask to order (as the waitress has already walked off) and as mentioned before shortly after getting our food we were given the bill and told the next party for our table was ready.
Suggest people who want something in the general Woden area turn Mawson (Bruno's) or Delissio’s in Curtin (who are open for Sunday breakfast).

This was a great place years ago but has changed hands and now is just expensive and try hard with poor service. Avoid.

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1  Thank Osca_Dog
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

Having had a great time on our many past visits, we recently went to ABTE on a cold wet Canberra Sunday morning, looking forward to good coffee and good food. The food (we had the Low Flying Ducks) was fabulous, and the coffee strong. Love the eclectic surrounds. So far so good, until our second round of coffees arrived, along with the less than diplomatic message from our waitress that our time was "up" and they needed the table. But, she added helpfully, "you could sit outside". Cue three heads swivelling to look outside at bleak, wet and cold Canberra day. Surely we've misheard. Didn't our coffees just arrive? "Couldn't we have been told about this before we ordered our coffees?" we asked. "No, not our problem" was the answer. Further discussions proved fruitless when we were told "it's your fault". Hmmm. Subsequent investigations has revealed that there is indeed a 1.5 hour booking limit - a good idea to keep things organised, and one we heartily endorse in the interests of hungry brunch-goers...but advance notification of this policy (indeed at the time of booking, or at least before the order for that second flat white is placed) might avoid such a rude shock. A bitter way to end what was a great brunch relationship.

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4  Thank QuietOwl
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Reviewed 14 April 2011

$16.50 for a salad??>>>!! It tasted ok, but I could have done the same with a bag of mixed lettuce from woolies, a few pieces of roast pumpkin add some dressing and a dollop of sour cream......??? & that took over half an hour to arrive. Ok groovy atmosphere, but not worth the prices for the average food.

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Thank Brother70
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