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

Come into the garden, do

THEY say the French started offering canapés to their guests in the 18th century and the tradition continues today, including some wonderful creations by chef Clement Chauvin at Canberra’s new Mint Garden Bar.

Dining / Perked-up Pulp still producing the goods

"The beetroot tortellini was true art on a plate – a feast for the eyes… the flavours were sensational and I worshipped every bite," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining: New shot at Double Shot

“I WAKE up wanting to kiss you.” This positive, inviting phrase, representing a great start to a great day, appears in white neon lights...

Queanbeyan restaurants now have scores on doors

QUEANBEYAN City Council has launched its Scores on Doors program. It is the 47th council across NSW to come on board with the program...

Dining / Yummy Chinese street food with affection

"As a Chinese eating house and bar, Momoda embraces unconventional approaches to absolutely everything it does," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

New designs on food

HOW does a fashion designer end up behind the counter of a newly opened “gourmet take away/dine-in” on busy Lonsdale Street? Sara Poguet, who launched...

As they come, they go, but they keep on coming

“A friend and I recently listed, in less than 10 minutes and just off the top of our heads, the places that have closed in the inner south alone in the past year or so. The total was 20," writes columnist WENDY JOHNSON

Vietnamese eating, My’s way

HERE’S a tip for a visit to My’s Restaurant – check out the specials written in fluorescent liquid chalk on the mirror hanging on...

Dining / Club builds in plenty of choice

"Woden Central claims it’s a 'new dining destination in the heart of Woden'. We can see why," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining: Foraging for a new idea

Dining writer WENDY JOHNSON previews a fresh, new idea – where food meets fashion, but “Belinda’s pop-up plan has met with what she describes as an ‘amazing amount of government red tape'."

Dining / You say frittata, I say fantastic

"The service was a wee bit slow, but the staff made up for it, engaging as we placed our order and all smiles when they brought our brekkie out," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / By the lake and on a roll

“The restaurant has settled in now, after a few months of trading and, if my first visit was anything to go by, it’s on a roll," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / The critic’s top five Canberra eateries of the year

One of Canberra’s most-experienced food critics and this paper’s longest-serving columnist, WENDY JOHNSON indulges herself with her top eating experiences for 2018

A promise of magic

IT’S not every day you walk into an establishment and see wallpaper inspired by an alchemist’s book from the 16th century. But that’s what...

Dining / Tasty surprise behind the yellow fence

"The restaurant wouldn’t be a 'destination' for me, but it would draw me back next time I’m in the area and a bit peckish," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / Happiness is an open restaurant…

“I called 40 establishments in more central locations to see and report that more places are ensuring you won’t starve over the holiday period," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Review: Running hot and cold

WITH the weather so cold, there are no ends one might go to dine at the hearth of a blazing fire, the very prospect...

Dining / Lovin’ the buzz and loaded dogs

“The Hamlet is the place if you’re in the mood for a quick, inexpensive bite to eat,” says WENDY JOHNSON

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.

Charlie’s ‘big’ burger test

There's something you need to know about Charlie Black... The prices are kept reasonable in part because of the brasserie-style “system”, meaning you order and...




Will eating chicken reduce your risk of breast cancer?

While this research has merit, it doesn’t exactly tell us eating chicken reduces risk of breast cancer, writes ROSEMARY STANTON.


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