The Pedlar has a fabulous weekend vibe, full of life an energy on a rainy day. Sticking to my ‘order the most unusual thing on the menu’ philosophy, I was very excited to see that they offer Pan-seared Sardines on their weekend brunch menu. Sadly, they were out, so I made do with the Fried Duck Egg ($18) with sweet corn fritters, whipped goat’s curd and roasted tomatoes, plus a fresh orange juice ($6.50). The juice came out quickly and was a good size, although it did have a lot of ice in it. Brunch was beautifully presented, with the huge fried egg in the centre and three clusters of fritters, tomatoes and greens around it. My first thought was that I would have liked some bread of some sort to mop up the perfectly runny yolk with – it had a surprisingly salty tang, which boosted the flavour overall. The fritters were also well-seasoned, and had just the right balance to avoid being dry or soggy, and went perfectly with the very tasty goat’s curd. The tomatoes were a nice touch too, and I left feeling well-fed. The staff were really friendly and welcoming – I’m looking forward to trying the sardines next time!
The Pedlar, 65 Constitution Avenue, Campbell ACT, http://thepedlar.com.au/