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

‘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

Turkish delights down at the foreshore

"Turkish food is so colourful and exotic. Zeytin’s impressive line-up of dishes includes traditional, all-time faves and intriguing specialty creations," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON. 

Noisy, but your tastebuds will thank you

“Sharing is the go at Bar Rochford. The menu is compact but there wasn’t an item we wouldn’t have ordered. We toured our way through several exciting dishes,” writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Bao buns that pack a punch on taste

"The service was attentive and super friendly. This is a delightful establishment in every sense," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON of a new Dickson restaurant.

Asian fusion with lots to celebrate

"There’s no pretension here and White Chaco has been smart to keep its prices super reasonable, wanting customers to flock back time and time again. And they do," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Dancers move through a feast of innovative

“Matrix” is not only a feast of innovative and memorable dance theatre but also a remarkable example of the value of cultural exchange, writes reviewer BILL STEPHENS.

Indulge in food nonnas are loved for

"Coffee is locally roasted, gelato locally churned, charcuterie locally cured and Briscola stocks wines and beers from more than 10 Canberra wineries and breweries....

When it’s hard to leave happy…

"It’s never a good start when there are complications with ordering. The pasta ordered wasn’t available. The fish of the day wasn’t available. Hmmm…," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Small place big on flavours

"This is a take-away food operation, plain and simple, but it’s a great way to feast with family or friends (goodbye junk food)," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Pizzas made to capture hearts

"Italian is the name of the game and it’s fun that the pizzas are named in honour of the streets in the area," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Some like it hot… or medium or mild

Some like it hot... medium or mild. Food reviewer WENDY JOHNSON files from Bateman's Bay.





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