Dining

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

Delish burgers, but watch that spicy sauce

Canberra is exploding with places devoted to the almighty burger, writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

When only a (gourmet) toastie will do

Sometimes, all dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON wants is an amazing coffee and a yummy toastie. But not just any toastie…

Soul satisfying and striking in its simplicity

Traditional dishes are on the menu, as are sushi and sashimi, hot pots and modern creations, says dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Afghan food is all about flavour

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON discovered intriguing flavour combinations at Braddon's Bamiyan.

Perfect possie on the lake

Light floods in at Waters Edge and guests can take in the sweeping views across Lake Burley Griffin, writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Queenies makes a grand entrance

A new queen is reigning over Kingston and locals are loving it, says dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Where dough is king and the pizza glorious

The team at the Department of Pizza has mastered the art of making dough, writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Dining / Cafe savours vibe of Kingston’s ‘urban village’

"It’s early days for this community hub at Kingsborough Village, but its reputation is growing quickly," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Where every dish is a feast for the eyes

The Boat House in Barton is iconic, has been providing fine dining for decades and is architecturally beautiful, writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

The dumpling hotspot worth visiting

Big windows at the front of Dumpling Social attract passers by, who stop and watch dumpling makers working their magic, writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Feels like a holiday at pretty Pollen

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON made a day of it with a spa visit, a walk in the Botanic Gardens and lunch at Hamptons-style Pollen café.

Happy in the sun, shame about the service

The food's a feast but patience was the name of the game at Bitter Sweet, writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Dining / Wine bar with a smokehouse flavour

"As a regional wine bar and tap house, Bolt Bar is part of the revitalisation of the Aranda shops… It was our first visit and won’t be our last," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON. 

Dining / Got to love a good dumpling!

"We chose the combination hand-made dumplings, which come boiled, fried or steamed. They look so pretty in the steamer – golden dumplings, green and orange," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

A sweet slice of charming coastal Brittany

Breizh Café specialises in crepes and patisserie from Brittany and around France, writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Magoo’s lives up to its warm, inviting promise

“The staff are attentive and want you to be comfortable. There’s nothing they wouldn’t do to make your visit a happy one,” says dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON after a visit to Magoo's at Kingston Foreshore. 

The ‘humble peasant’ of Italian fine foods

“At Italian Brothers John-Paul has ‘replicated’ a small store in a tiny, old-fashioned village he fell in love with during a year in sun-baked Calabria,” writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Dining / The Turkish that always delights

"Ottoman is housed in a gorgeous, glass, art-deco pavilion in Barton, surrounded by water features and gardens. It’s worth visiting for the surroundings alone," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Glorious flavours that are just so darn good

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON was impressed with the food, service, fitout and laid-back vibe of Morning Glory.

Caribou’s home-style Canadian comfort

Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON headed to ‘super relaxed’ Caribou for home-style Canadian comfort food.

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