In the last few years, the Belconnen Town Centre has grown and changed in more ways than many of us could have imagined. One of the best parts about that has been the number of new businesses that have opened. 54 Benjamin is one of these: a hole in the wall cocktail bar at the bottom of the Churches Centre which just recently celebrated its first birthday. Its wide-ranging menu, convenient location and late-night jaffle menu makes it a favourite among residents and workers alike – and I’m proud to call it my local!
I have to say it wasn’t until Two Before Ten started showing up with their van and breakfast jaffle menu at the Aranda Shops – as it was developed to make way for the new cafe and the Bolt Bar – that I was reminded of just how good the humble jaffle is. It’s the warm sandwich that doesn’t fall apart, with no end of delicious fillings. The only risk is a burnt tongue depending on your fillings – tomato, I’m looking at you – but it’s a risk I’m willing to take.
54B – as it’s known – has brought jaffles back in a big way, with butter chicken jaffles and alphabetti-cheese jaffles proving a hit: so much so that 54B have decided to shake things up a bit by kickstarting their Thursday night ‘event’ series with a jaffle degustation.
You read that right. For $45 we’re treated to five jaffle courses with drinks from the bar. A jaffle is usually a whole sandwich (with the beauty of the jafflemaker almost splitting it), but 54B asks for couples to book so the jaffle is shared / we don’t all suffer a carb overdose from eating five sandwiches in 90 minutes.
This article is supplied by our guest blogger Tara Cheyne.
Tara is a passionate advocate for all things Belconnen, through her blog In The Taratory and as Chair of the Belconnen Community Council. In 2016, she is standing as an ACT Labor candidate for Ginninderra (covering most of Belconnen).