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

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

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

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 / Taking the high road with coffee

"We made the mistake of ordering a cappuccino and were told (politely but firmly) that one cannot 'taste the coffee' in a cappuccino," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Local sweet success

FOLLOWERS of award-winning restaurants tremble with excitement when opening Australia’s only annual restaurant guide, to see how Canberra has performed on the national food...

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

Amazing, just so amazing!

GASTRONOMY; is it the art or science of good eating? That’s the experience four of us had etched in our memories after slowly working...

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

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...

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

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...

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: 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 / 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

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

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 / 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

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.

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




Much-loved Manuka tree stays

The proposal to remove a mature London Plane tree located at 15 Franklin Street, Griffith, has been rejected.


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