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

Dining / Wholefoods to power the body and soul

"The café enjoys the northern sun and has a décor that makes you feel like you’re in a place that worships food for the soul," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Enjoying the European experience

WHILE the Kingston Foreshore is piping hot with development on the food, wine and coffee front, the main part of this historic part of...

Chef thrives on burgers and chips

BACKED by 30 years’ experience as a chef, Peter Clark with wife Michelle left their successful Swinger Hill steak and seafood restaurant Terrapin, to own and run a fast food take-away van in Hume.

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.

AHA declares victory over food safety “Scores on Doors”

THE Australian Hotels Association (AHA) has welcomed the ACT’s Government’s decision to scrap the ‘Scores on Doors’ policy. AHA ACT General Manager Brad Watts said...

Dining / Where less is definitely more

“I’d rather a café offer fewer options and better food than the reverse, which is what Bicicletta excels at," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / Dropping into Molly’s mysterious world

"“-35° 16’ 46.45” S – 149° 7’ 35.23” E = directions to Molly. You can’t get more precise directions to a bar. Don’t look for a sign, neon lights, or a sandwich board with an arrow pointing you the right way, says dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Plastered, flattered, still waiting

I’VE never been on wallpaper before. I mean, featured on wallpaper. My photo, that is. And a food review I’ve written. But there I...

Chefs to star in oyster festival

CHEFS from three of the south coast’s “hatted” restaurants will be the stars of April’s Narooma Oyster Festival. Huw Jones, of Zanzibar, Merimbula; Josh Tyler,...

Dining / High hopes above the trees

"It’s lovely to see chef Janet Jeffs applaud local food heroes by crediting them on the menu," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining in the Public interest

CREATING an old pub where an old pub has never been – that’s what the creative team behind Public have done at Manuka.

Dining / Pack-a-punch street food finds a home

"The batter-fried spinach leaves were topped with crushed, crispy papdis and the dish came with potatoes and some sweet chutney. It was to die for," coos dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / Inventive, refined and intriguing Thai

"Don’t expect ordinary Thai at Morks. Thai flavours are evident, but the creation of each dish is elevated to another level," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Debacle lives up to its name

DEBACLE describes itself as a place to enjoy “wines, ales and fine eats”. The wine list is impressive. The ale list is impressive. As for...

Dining / Despite the chips, Snapper’s a super spot

“I’ll be back because Snapper is a super place to hang out on the weekend. The view is free, by the way," says dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / Room with a beautiful view

“The lunchtime smokehouse dishes sounded appealing and different from other fare available at Foreshore eateries. The menu promised beans with some smokehouse dishes but, alas, it was ‘beans no more’," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / The best and getting better…

IT’S no surprise that Pialligo Estate Farmhouse is getting rave reviews all round and picked up the “Best Restaurant” gong at the July 2015...

Dining / Welcoming Cornar on a lost Monday

"The interior of Thai Cornar is neat, tidy and basic. The emphasis here is on the food not an over-the-top fitout," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / Popular Parlour in full swing once more

“The décor is eclectic, with many ‘seating zones’. Tip: some zones are more comfortable and conducive to eating than others, so choose carefully," says dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Now for the personal chef

NO LONGER reserved for the rich and famous, personal chefs are fast becoming a staple in busy Canberra households. An era ruled by reality cooking...





An inventive jazz narrative to remember

COMMISSIONED by The Street Theatre, this narrative song cycle about Australian Dr David Warren, inventor of the black box flight recorder, pairs ARIA-nominated composer Sandra France with Helpmann award-winning lyricist and playwright Alana Valentine.

At the Blamey Oration dinner


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