Lis­more’s tasty new eater­ies

Lis­more’s CBD is buzzing with a de­li­cious line-up of new cafes and bars

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THE flood early last year left dev­as­ta­tion in its wake in Lis­more but in the 18 or so months since, some fan­tas­tic new cafes and bars have emerged.

Adding to the flavour of the Lis­more CBD, these busi­nesses have helped make the town a foodie heaven.

Fresh Asian flavours

In the Star Court Ar­cade you will find the de­li­cious Ghetto

Babe Street Eats. The cafe of­fers fresh Asian-in­spired food such as pork belly pad thai, tom yum soup, nasi goreng and sum­mer sal­ads at very rea­son­able prices, as well as some­thing to sat­isfy the sweet tooth. You can choose pre­pared treats from the cab­i­net or choose from an ex­ten­sive menu.

French de­lights

An­other hid­den gem, The French Bench is tucked away in the Mathers Ar­cade off Wood­lark St. Fans of the cafe de­clare you will find here the “best crois­sants out­side of France” and the “per­fect vanilla slice”, along with authen­tic crepes and gooey eclairs. Along with the pas­tries and cof­fee, you’ll also find some­thing on the menu for lunch — savoury baguettes such as French tuna and egg, house-made quiche and hearty fresh sal­ads.

Best chips ever

Around the cor­ner in Keen St, you’ll find The Shoe Box Cafe, and, ac­cord­ing to one diner, “the best chips on the planet.”

Fresh healthy food is on the menu, cater­ing for ve­g­ans and those pre­fer­ring gluten-free op­tions. Ve­gan lasagne, south­ern fried chicken burg­ers and Venus love cakes are among fan favourites from the menu, along with the “best ba­con and eggs I’ve ever had”. At 1/142 Keen St.

Wine time

Fancy re­clin­ing on a vel­vet chaise longue with the per­fect mar­garita? Try Au­gus­tine’s wine bar in the Sum­mer­land Ar­cade, Wood­lark St. Tucked away be­hind heavy drapes, passers-by will not even know you’re there as you imag­ine you’re sip­ping mar­ti­nis in Toulouse-lautrec’s Paris. Along with cre­ative cock­tails and a thought­ful wine list, you’ll find de­li­cious treats — some­times oys­ters, some­times Amer­i­can-style sticky ribs; mar­i­nated olives, soup and brioche toasties have also made an ap­pear­ance on the menu. At 98 Wood­lark St.

Beers and burg­ers

The Dirty Wil­son boasts the most ex­ten­sive list of ar­ti­san and craft beers you’ll find. This is the place to find some ex­quis­ite, lo­cally made shrubs, spir­its and wine.

To ac­com­pany your brew of choice, try the Boss Burg, Bao Karage, wings and fries, with a “smokin’ fine” sauce, slow-cooked pork sausages with pink sauer­kraut, fresh dill pickle and Amer­i­can mus­tard, or per­haps the Love Boat salad (sweet potato, corn and slaw with char-grilled chicken) and chips is more your thing. 123b Keen St.

Top-notch cof­fee

The floods caused ex­ten­sive dam­age to La Bar­raca in Keen St but that didn’t stop the own­ers from tak­ing on a new ven­ture in Molesworth St. Ristretto has be­come a hub for great take­away cof­fee and a se­lec­tion of healthy food op­tions.

Pick up a muf­fin or stay for a lunch of pan-seared sad­dle tail snap­per on a bed of vegie risoni with a smudge of chimichurri and a smear of cap­sicum puree. Devo­tees say the cof­fee is “per­fect” and the ser­vice “im­pec­ca­ble”.

Cre­ative veg­e­tar­ian

The Gar­den Plate at 86 Mag­el­lan St serves whole­some veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan food with flair. Think smoothie bowls, ve­gan cakes and muffins, and ve­gan lasagne. “Cre­ative, fresh and healthy” is how one fan de­scribes it. There’s a pretty lit­tle court­yard out the back that’s a lovely spot for lunch.



FOOD WITH FLAIR: Ghetto Babe Street Eats in the Star Court Ar­cade.

Dirty Wil­son’s Brisky Busi­ness Burger; (be­low left) The Gar­den Plate’s baked ve­gan cheeze­cake; (be­low right) The French Bench’s eclairs.

Ghetto Babe's prawn larb salad.



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