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Canberra’s top eateries?

By TheGingerNinja - 16 April 2012 99

There seems to be an excessive amount of restaurants and cafe’s in the capital, the standard from personal experience is quite low in many forms of the dining experience, especially in the quality of food or poorly made coffees, with the exception of a top restaurant starting with “S” that I found to be excellent in all forms.

What are your thoughts?

What are your favourite places to eat and why?

What makes these places stand out?

What’s Your opinion?


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Canberra’s top eateries?
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kepayne 3:52 pm
16 Apr 12
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Au Lac in Dickson is absolutely fantastic and great value for money as well. I go there about once a week and have never been disappointed.

While they only serve vegan food, many of my meat-eating friends love it just as much as I do!

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Holden Caulfield 3:58 pm
16 Apr 12
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S for Search?

Here’s a few I’ve enjoyed and found reliable over the years and would happily recommend. In alpha order…

Aubergine
Courgette
Dieci e Mezzo
Italian & Sons*
Sage
The Ginger Room
Water’s Edge

…and, once again, Vale Anise (and Caffe Della Piazza to a lesser extent).

*Although not always good service.

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johnboy 4:00 pm
16 Apr 12
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One can only assume S is for Sage

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SnapperJack 4:06 pm
16 Apr 12
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Can’t beat the bistro at the Hellenic Club.

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Watson 4:08 pm
16 Apr 12
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It depends what you are after?

One restaurant where I always love going is Sammy’s in Civic. It’s not at all haute cuisine, but their food is consistently excellent and the service is mind-bogglingly fast. And if you sit outside there on a summer night, it almost feels like you’re in a big city.

Of the more upmarket restaurants – I have found the few I tried rather dissapointing personally. I did like D’Browes when I went there a couple of years ago. I felt the urge to lick my plate clean and the staff were very friendly. I might have been a little bit biased because they were so great with my 4yo daughter, but that just shows good business sense.

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Holden Caulfield 4:08 pm
16 Apr 12
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johnboy said :

One can only assume S is for Sage

Yep, agreed.

Actually, I had a meal in the restaurant section of Public the other night and was very pleasantly surprised at how good it was.

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rosscoact 4:13 pm
16 Apr 12
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Ellacure must have something going for them, I’ve given up trying to boo.

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rosscoact 4:14 pm
16 Apr 12
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that would be ‘book’

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p1 4:19 pm
16 Apr 12
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The dry chilli beef Peking style at Kevin’s Place in Kippax is exceptional.

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astrojax 4:22 pm
16 Apr 12
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tasuke, for authentic as possible in canberra japanese

lanterne room, for delicious and inventive food in intimate surrounds

sage – ’nuff said, it seems

your kitchen, with some time, good ingredients and some good recipes/inspiration…

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Ben_Dover 4:29 pm
16 Apr 12
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For fine dining you cannot beat Hawker Chippy.

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Mysteryman 4:31 pm
16 Apr 12
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Watson said :

It depends what you are after?

One restaurant where I always love going is Sammy’s in Civic. It’s not at all haute cuisine, but their food is consistently excellent and the service is mind-bogglingly fast. And if you sit outside there on a summer night, it almost feels like you’re in a big city.

Of the more upmarket restaurants – I have found the few I tried rather dissapointing personally. I did like D’Browes when I went there a couple of years ago. I felt the urge to lick my plate clean and the staff were very friendly. I might have been a little bit biased because they were so great with my 4yo daughter, but that just shows good business sense.

Just my opinion – I have tried a lot of Chinese restaurants and found Sammy’s to be essentially the same as all the others with regards to taste/quality of food, but in a far noisier atmosphere.

If you want something that’s actually tasty, and similar to real Chinese food (the stuff you would actually get in China) go to Spicy Ginger near UniLodge. Way better!

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Aaroncbr 4:36 pm
16 Apr 12
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kepayne said :

Au Lac in Dickson is absolutely fantastic and great value for money as well. I go there about once a week and have never been disappointed.

While they only serve vegan food, many of my meat-eating friends love it just as much as I do!

Oath! My personal fave in Canberra.

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chewy14 4:39 pm
16 Apr 12
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Holden Caulfield said :

johnboy said :

One can only assume S is for Sage

Yep, agreed.

Actually, I had a meal in the restaurant section of Public the other night and was very pleasantly surprised at how good it was.

The food there is alright but its expensive for what it is. Just like their alcohol i suppose.

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Postalgeek 4:45 pm
16 Apr 12
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I often visit TCH during meal time, and you can usually find untouched or unfinished meals. Their cold mash potato is to die for.

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