Dining

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

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.

Top spots at the Bay and beyond

Heading to the south coast for Easter? If you’re wandering through the Bateman’s Bay area and slightly beyond to Mosquito Bay, there are two spots on the water worth a visit, says dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

New eatery with a gift in store

"Calli is more than a café. It’s a café, a wine bar and an upmarket homewares and gift store. It's right on the water, close to the action, but far enough away to have its own sense of calm," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Bright new pub offers hits and misses

"The menu at Badger & Co offers more than just pub grub and the prices are super reasonable, especially for the portion sizes," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

Breakfast in the Public domain

"Hats off to Public for tantalising tastebuds at breakfast. One expects the usual suspects to be on the menu, but it’s great to order something refreshingly different," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON.

New menu doesn’t disappoint, pity about the service

"It took more than 30 minutes for starters to start arriving. We went inside to enquire but were just told it wouldn’t be long (it already was)." Dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON endures a slow start to what turned out to be a good meal.

Waiting brings a dent to Ego

"Alter Ego’s menu has great variety and we had no trouble choosing refreshingly different dishes. I think the kitchen team is on to something," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / When the clock’s ticking on dinner

"Hats off to the chef and his team for sourcing premium cuts and top-grade seafood, and for focusing on regional and other quality Australian produce," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / Everything’s poppin’ with pizza

"The Pop Inn – a mobile bar – has joined forces with The Pizza Trailer – a mobile pizza operator – and the combo will continue to pop up periodically," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / Dining til dawn in Narrabundah

"I road tested the nasi goreng, which Kita labels the "Breakfast for Champions". While I only finished half, I can see how starving shift workers would savour that size of a breakfast dish," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

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