Dining

Canberra restaurants reviewed by Wendy Johnson. What and where to eat in Canberra.

Pub grub’s cooking at the coast

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON braved the crowds and headed to the Cobargo Hotel for pub fare and to support the small community.

Not packed, but dining is a thrill

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON galloped into Lamshed’s in Yarralumla as soon as restrictions allowed diners to return.

Hearty, farm-quality feasting at home

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON devoured a ‘heat-and-eat’ meal of farm produce from Pialligo Market Grocer.

Iso menu that hits the mark

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON’s delicious lunch from Rizla in Braddon withstood the test of delivery across town.

Celebrate French classics in iso-comfort

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON finds that Deakin’s new French restaurant Ondine isn’t to be beaten by COVID-19, and has quickly revised its menu to suit transportable takeaway.

Crazy times, but cooking with Clem is ‘pas de problème’

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON finishes cooking a three-course meal at home from fine-dining restaurant Les Bistronomes, with the help of the chef online.

Sensational flavours, delivered or not

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON ordered direct from Wild Duck to bring its meticulously prepared, upscale Asian fine dining home.

Delivering delights for fine dining in isolation 

Keen to support our struggling restaurants while maintaining social distancing, dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON hopped on to feedfeed.com.au and ordered from White Chaco in Braddon.

Wendy turns to takeaway in tough times

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON turns to takeaway and wonders how social Canberra will cope now that COVID-19 has robbed us of our beloved hospitality industry.

Thumbs up for pretty, peaceful dining at the river

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON enjoys casual dining at the pretty, peaceful Riverbank of Queanbeyan café.

‘Whacky’ cafe idea hits the spot for night owls 

"Even the folks behind Kita wondered what they were thinking when they opened a nocturnal hotspot, but it's paid off, writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON. 

Darling dumplings and diners can’t get enough

The team at the CBD Dumpling House creates thousands of dumplings a day, with incredible speed and precision. It’s mesmerising to watch, writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Pilot catapults ingredients to a new level

“It didn’t take long for Pilot at Ainslie shops to develop a dedicated fan base and begin picking up serious accolades,” writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Give a little love to the south coast

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON writes about her trip down to the south coast, to spread a little love on the Valentine’s Day weekend.

Saluting farmers and celebrating quality produce 

"Market Grill celebrates quality produce in all that it does. It's lucky to be able to pick from Pialligo Estate’s two-hectare market garden that thrives on the banks of the Molonglo River," says dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Combo cafe with a lot in store

"Braddon Merchant is a combo café, deli and grocer. The decor has a European feel and the menu celebrates fresh, tasty Mediterranean dishes made with artisan products and fresh deli offerings," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Dining / Poppin’ up to prove a point

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON writes about her latest visit to Kiosk, a food lover’s dream pop-up. "We’ve been multiple times and can’t fault any dish," she says.

Totally relaxed vibe but serious about food

“Sean McConnell has created a menu that is inspiring with dishes not seen elsewhere in Canberra. Think modern Australian with touches of Europe,” writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Dining reviewer’s top five eateries of the year

One of Canberra’s most experienced food critics, WENDY JOHNSON reveals her top five eateries for 2019

Smoking city hangout celebrates what’s fresh

"The menu changes to keep taste buds on high alert and to celebrate what’s fresh at the markets, so what we ate you might not be able to eat. That’s half the fun,” writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

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