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

Dining / Drinking in the view, pity about the food

"Sharing a ham and cheese toastie or a vegetable wrap wasn’t going to cut it, especially when sitting in what The Rex says is a sophisticated cocktail bar," 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

Dining / Catch of great fish ‘n’ chips

"Catch busts the myth that you can’t get good fish in Canberra. The menu includes ethically sourced fish as fresh as possible to the capital, and it’s good," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / Baby steps into Civic

"Baby Su is quick off the mark with serving, which is just as well because you can't reserve a table," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / Betti’s doing it for herself

"The atmosphere when the couple were together seemed cool and chilled with fun deck chairs. Now it’s more 'Latina Cantina'," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

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 / All you Knead is lunch, lunch is all you need

"Knead offers more, with its growing line-up of intriguing deli products to buy and take home. When I say intriguing, I mean it," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

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 / A soothing taste of fusion food

"The loud music was clubby and heavy, especially at breakfast. It certainly seemed to be enjoyed by staff but it was doing our heads in so we left without second coffees," writes WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / Third time lucky for Prego

"The atmosphere at Prego is great. It’s relaxed, vibrant and engaging. The outdoor dining area is large and a great spot for absorbing the scenery (and people watching)," writes WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / Fast service where food’s the focus

"Pho Phu Quoc remains a strong draw card for those enamoured with the wonders of authentic (and inexpensive) Vietnamese cuisine," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / Nothing’s a trouble at the mill house

"The mill house is a distinctive, heritage-listed building… built in 1883 as the manager’s residence for the local flour mill and has many preserved aspects of the original structure," writes WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / Long nights bring forth Morning Glory

"Morning Glory has an all-day menu that the team says includes dishes reminiscent of their childhood, such as eggs and soldiers," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / Cafes come and go, but Caphs rolls on

"I didn’t have a hope of finishing the sirloin because it was a whopping 400 grams. It was thick, juicy and cooked just as a I love it," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

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 / David’s daring adventure at the bay

"The dessert looked so gorgeous on the plate, it was almost a crime to tamper with it, " writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Chef Damian cooks himself a top award

"ALWAYS looking for the next challenge", OTIS Dining Hall's executive chef Damian Brabender won ACT Chef of the Year last night (September 11).  Mr Brabender,...

Dining / Pialligo beckons… spring into lunch!

"Rodney's café has its own vegetable and herb gardens in the nursery, so a great deal of produce is as fresh as it can possibly be," writes dining reviewer WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / ‘Euro-chic’ has its challenges

"Vapiano loves to upsell. When ordering, I was asked if I wanted chilli, bread or cheese. I indicated my dish already had chilli but was told the staff 'have to' offer it again," writes WENDY JOHNSON

Dining / Charlie’s taken over the corner

"What I appreciate is the friendly and efficient staff who make every effort to get to know customers and who are dead keen on drawing out what they think," writes WENDY JOHNSON




Fyshwick business owner escapes death

The owner of a business in Fyshwick faced death when a robber allegedly attempted to discharge a firearm at the owner in January. 

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin


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