A few months ago I noticed a new cafe had opened in Gungahlin. I didn’t realise at the time that Cherry Beans was a franchise that had cafes all around Australia. When I did find this out I was a bit put off on going. I imagined it to be like The Coffee Club which I’d found to have slow service, mediocre food and high prices.
Last weekend, after wondering where else I should try, I decided we should give it a shot. We walked in around Saturday lunch time and it was packed. There were only 2 tables available in the whole place. We took a seat next to a family of 4 who had mounds of delicious looking food covering their table and we hoped it would taste as good as it looked.
Although Caffe Cherry Beans doesn’t offer thick shakes (our standard go to at a new place) they do have milkshakes and frappes. I decided on the milk chocolate frappe (they come in white, milk and dark) and Jarrod went with the chocolate milkshake. When they came out there was a distinct difference in the colour to the point where the milkshake looked like it was coffee. Jarrod was slightly disappointed but then he took his first sip and it was actually thicker than expected and quite chocolatey tasting. It definitely tasted better than it looked (if you expect a chocolate milkshake to be quite brown in colour).
Out of the two, the frappe was definitely the winner though. It was blended perfectly (no icey chunks like you find in some places), it was creamy and the taste was chocolatey without being too sweet. We went back again this weekend and both knew we’d be having the frappe again. It’s probably the best frappe I’ve ever had anywhere.
I decided on having the French Toast – I believe this is the 3rd review I’ve done where I ate french toast and yet, I had never even eaten it 12 months ago – when it came out it smelt like donuts but didn’t actually taste overly sugary or full of cinnamon. It was actually quite plain tasting, slightly sweet but not overpowering. Firstly I tried it with the berry compote which was quite tart. I nearly decided I didn’t like it but after combining it with the maple syrup it was actually quite good. The sweetness of the maple syrup countered the sourness of the berries and made a very nice combination.
Jarrod decided on the Aussie Burger which came with amazing chips. The burger was a massive tower of ingredients. This is basically their version of a burger with the lot. Jarrod had a hard time working out how to start this and it was one of those burgers you can’t put down once you pick them up. The best part would be that it had pineapple AND beetroot. This is pretty unusual where burgers are concerned.
We decided to go back yesterday for a quick/light lunch at 3PM because were expecting a massive home cooked meal at Jarrod’s parents at around 6:30PM (it was indeed quite huge) so Jarrod chose the Hawaiian Melt with Chips. It doesn’t look like much but Jarrod walked out quite full. He also really likes that you don’t have to ask for sauce with your chips, the meals are just provided with it.
When we went the first time a woman at the table next to us ordered the fish and chips and it looked quite good so I decided on that. Not knowing that it would include 2 large pieces of fish as well as a massive serve of chips. It also comes with aioli, tartare sauce and tomato sauce, as well as a slice of lemon. The first time we went the woman left behind half her meal and we couldn’t believe she’d leave so much behind but when this came out I understood why that probably was.
The fish was crunchy and hot and didn’t feel or taste greasy. The chips were as delicious as the first time around and there was quite a lot of them. Of the sauces the one I most enjoyed was the tartare which is strange because I generally don’t like tartare at all. It was refreshing and slightly sweet and tasted great with both the chips and fish. I ate as much as I could and passed on the salad (except the cherry tomatoes) because there was just so much. For $14.90 this was an incredible serve.
Overall, we really enjoyed our meals at Cherry Beans and would go back (even if that is just for the frappe and the chips.. but I probably need to try the Cookies and Cream Cheesecake they have in the dessert cabinet one day too) to try something new. Breakfast and lunch are available until 3 at which point the kitchen closes until 5 (when they are open for dinner which is Wednesday – Saturday). We were lucky enough to just make it in for lunch and ordered at 2:55 but they didn’t have any issues with that and the food was as fresh and delicious as the first trip.