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

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.

Darling Clementine doesn’t disappoint

"Clementine is Yass Valley’s first hatted restaurant, offering local wines and modern dining with predominantly French and Italian influences," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

More to Rizla than just the (impressive) menu

"Rizla’s food is amazing, or 'ridiculously amazing' as one of our party pronounced. And everything on the compact but impressive menu looked interesting." WENDY JOHNSON is one very happy dining reviewer this week. 

Gungahlin’s little piece of Europe 

"At Le Bon Mélange, a beautiful French Patisserie in Gunghalin, you absolutely want to eat everything. And I mean absolutely everything," says dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Dust settles, ‘amazing’ Ostani emerges

"Ostani's amazing fit-out, by award-winning design studio, Capezio Copeland, is inspired by the Australian alpine landscape," writes food reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Putting some science into hot chocolate

"Frugii has created butter chicken, seafood laksa, bacon and beer ice creams. One of creator John Marshall’s faves was salted duck egg yolk ice cream." Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON reports from a dessert laboratory in Braddon.

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.





Steep rebound for Canberra house prices

CANBERRA'S house prices rebounded in the final quarter of 2019 to record the steepest annual growth since 2017. 

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin


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