Dining

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

Dining / Decent Japanese at decent prices

"The dishes at Ogawa came out randomly. We would have preferred to build flavours and start with the carpaccio but it came out last. Certainly not the end of the world," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / Monster’s new menu put to the test

“Monster recently launched a new menu. We were looking forward to the adventure,” writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Shed opens up some of the best oysters

Winter is a peak season for oysters farmed in the pristine, turquoise waters the Eurobodalla coast is so well known for. The unique microclimate and clean waters create the oyster’s signature taste and appeal (salty, sweet, creamy),” writes WENDY JOHNSON.

Dining / Wunderbar taste of authentic Bavarian

“The challenge is to single-handedly eat a six-stack of chicken schnitzel with ham, cheese and four sides in one hour and you get your meal ‘on the haus’. Lucky that Woden hospital is nearby!” writes WENDY JOHNSON

Italian with welcoming ways

“La Rustica knows its place in the market, is unpretentious and always focused on making tummies happy,” writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

‘X’ marks the dining spot

“I’d love to see more local cafés in this new precinct, as opposed to the several large chains that have set up business in the area but it is what it is,” writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Sharing lunch with an old friend

"The Urban Pantry menu has great variety and focuses on local produce and flavours that are anything but wimpy, writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Assembly dining and the ‘ayes’ have it

"This is a place to hang out with family and friends to do pretty much whatever you’d like; watch sports on the big TV screens, settle into cosy leather booths or head to the sunny beer garden," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Where friends might graze

"We were thrilled with the creamy duck pate that wore a wonderful slice of limoncello gel on top. It was bursting with flavour and inspired us to duplicate it at home (wish us luck)," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON as she reports from Civic. 

When the answer is no, the question is how hard?

"We cheerfully asked if we could order a half-and-half pizza. We weren’t concerned about asking because the place was virtually empty. The answer? A flat 'no'," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

How the chefs keep it all straight is beyond me…

"I asked what the fish was and winced when I was told: 'I’m not sure, I think it starts with an M'. A bit of staff training is in order," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON after an otherwise enjoyable visit to a newish restaurant at Kingston Foreshore. 

Chasing bases at the Fenway

"No one asked how our meals were going, which I always find baffling with a new establishment since it’s a free and quick form of market testing," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON after a visit to The Fenway at Woden.

Long live the Republique!

"Republique has wonderful service. It’s a family operated business and there’s lots of love about the place. It’s infectious." And that's before reviewer WENDY JOHNSON gets the the restaurant's food.

Ethical food, coffee… and clothing

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON reports from a new ethical store and café in Civic dedicated to ethical food, coffee and clothing and is home to a small bookstore.

Amid the new buzz on Bradley Street

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON goes Vietnamese for her first meal at Woden's new eating precinct on Bradley Street. It won't be her last there, either.

The food was divine, that’s it really

"Be prepared to share and let your tastebuds dance, dance, dance. Don’t be shy – dishes are beautifully proportioned so you can graze without being overwhelmed," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON after a visit to Lamshed's.

Tony’s in love with his new, true trattoria

Tony Lo Terzo is true Italiano. He loves people. He loves food. He loves hospitality. He loves everything Italian (and everything Canberra). Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON loves what he's doing.

Composer challenges the ‘gods’

Composer Chris Sainsbury is analysing the "disrespectful" way some non-indigenous composers have made use of Aboriginal themes and culture, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Two hats and Chatham House rules, okay?

“The star dish of the night was the Tasmanian ocean trout with crispy skin, salty Yarra Valley caviar (pop, pop, pop in the mouth), sorrel and a delicate horseradish cream," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Delighting dons and students

"China Plate is attractive to young diners with its selection of Asian fusion dishes and prices, but sophisticated enough to attract uni profs and other non-millennials," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

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