The opening of Hotel Hotel’s new bar restaurant, Monster Kitchen and Bar has been generating some buzz around town. I must admit that I had assumed that Monster would likely be a bit high on the $$ for cheap eats, as with many of Canberra’s newest hot spots, but I was pleasantly surprised.
For lunch I tried the Banh [...]
We usually have our reviews written within 24 hours of our dining experience. It’s now day 4 since our Dumpling Inn experience and none of us are fighting to get to the laptop.
On Saturday we checked out Yum Cha at the Dumpling Inn, Jamison. We thought we would wade into the debate on where to [...]
Canberra’s newest casual eatery, Dessert Castle, opens its doors to the public today.
The owners have spent the better part of a year creating a themed venue that lives up to its regal namesake, with stone walls, chandeliers, creeping ivy and an archway leading into the seating area.
The menu is extensive; with co-founder Chuan Wong explaining [...]
It has been the talk ‘of the town’ for a few weeks, so what better way to the start of a long weekend by checking out the Bent Spoke Brewery. Master brewer, Richard Watkins and partner Tracy Margrain (both formerly of Wig and Pen) have hit the ground running with their brewpub in Braddon.
On Friday [...]
Over the hill, just a few minutes away from Canberra City, set on the north eastern slopes of Mt. Majura, sits a vineyard and winery of quality with a very local and distinct character… Mount Majura Vineyard.
All the wines are crafted from grapes grown on the property. Every vintage is unique reflecting the season and [...]
I’m lucky enough to work in an area that is renowned for its cafe scene. Searching for a car park might feel a bit like Survivor: Automobiles, but the food culture of the Manuka and Kingston precincts is worth it. The inner south boasts a plethora of cafes and restaurants dotted around half a dozen [...]
When Malcolm Turnbull and Clive Palmer were caught in the sparkly flash of a camera after a meeting that may or may not have been about senate power or potential leadership undercurrents in the Liberal Party, I was intrigued. Not so much about the topics of conversation (I wouldn’t have denied an opportunity to be [...]
In Canberra it is commonplace for the newest establishments to be flooded by locals making it difficult to sample the delights of the Nations Capital’s newest eateries and bars for months. However, visiting the Kingston Foreshore for a meal provides to be an eerily quiet experience. Possibly being compared to its ‘flashy’ Sydney cousin, Darling [...]
For today’s cheap eats I thought I’d go and check out the newly opened PappaRich in the Canberra Centre.
Now if you haven’t been to a PappaRich before (there are a few in Melbourne and other states) then you wouldn’t know about their bizarre ordering system. You are firstly seated at a table (one I felt [...]
In a desperate attempt to capitalise on my final day of holidays and get some university work out of the way I’ve come down to Tilley’s for breakfast. Armed with a small stack of textbooks and my laptop, I’ve got an entire booth to myself.
It’s Sunday morning – the place is packed, inside and out. [...]
Friday nights can sometimes leave one wondering what to cook for dinner. It’s the end of the week, you’re tired, don’t want to make a big fuss in the kitchen, but need to feed a hungry family who might not be happy with my choice of an lowly omelette. That was just the case in [...]
For our second cheap eats, I tried Treehouse on Northbourne Avenue. Already a rising star in the nigh club space, Treehouse is trying its hand at lunches.
I had expectations of pub type meals – tapas put together by a kid chef. However, owner Mike Kadinski has hired two chefs with solid restaurant backgrounds and the [...]
Welcome to the first in the new series of cheap eats. In our previous series, which you can find in the archives, “cheap” was defined as “under $10″. Moving forward our definition will be less rigorous, including options a few dollars over that budget where we see fantastic value.
Our 1st review in this series is on [...]
I booked a table at Tusmo in Forde for Mother’s Day; I’d been looking forward to going there since learning they serve all free range meat and local produce.
Most tables were full, but it wasn’t incredibly busy. Nevertheless, we waited 20 mins before asking the owner to take our drinks order, then waited another long [...]
Manuka now has a real choice if you’re into sushi. Five sushi stores are now open and trading in the Inner south suburb. We have the iconic Mee’s which to me will always be my favourite. I highly rate the chicken schnitzel and prawn cutlet rolls!
A close second is the newly and locally created Sushi [...]
Over the weekend my partner and I decided to take ourselves out for breakfast.
Of course, it was Sunday and we all know Sunday was.. Mothers Day! We decided it would be best to try somewhere out of the way because everyone and their mother would be out eating breakfast to celebrate.
We live in the Weston [...]
Say what you like about the Italians, the French, or the Turkish. They each have their own style of coffee and do it well but nobody quite matches Australians for variety of coffee styles and dedication to perfection across each and every coffee making process.
At home I have an aeropress, a plunger, a briki and [...]
A loud roar could be heard right across Canberra when the Ikea announcement was finally made.
I don’t really get Ikea, but a lot of Canberrans do. Indeed, David Lord from Ikea told me that over 5% of Sydney sales of Ikea are from little old Canberra.
As a city, we’re excited by their impending arrival as [...]
[ 4 May 2014 at 10:00 am; ] The annual Collector Village Pumpkin Festival is here again to celebrate the arrival of another harvest season.
On Sunday 4th May thousands of people will flock to the tiny village of Collector for this community-run celebration of food, family, fun and of course – pumpkins!
Bask in the glory of the best pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake, pumpkin [...]
I had a dream, not a high in community morals, lofty politically idealistic dream, but one of my husband and I – and our little people, enjoying a music festival. There were grassy fields, mugs of cider for us, wonderful music and our little people dancing merrily in front of us – cue loads of [...]
New Acton has again played host to the Hustle and Scout Markets over the weekend. Event founder Tegan McAuley has outdone herself for the Autumn installment of this quarterly event, with plenty of interesting attractions to keep the crowds entertained throughout the day.
The event featured 32 Australian designers, makers and collectors offering designer and vintage [...]
[ 12 April 2014 at 3:00 pm; ]
A new kind of heaven is on its way for Canberra’s foodies. ‘The Forage’ will pop up at tomorrow (12 April) nights Hustle & Scout Twilight Market in New Acton. ‘The Forage’ will be a feast of Canberra’s finest food, showcasing local food vendors, wineries, cafes and other foodie outlets.
Tegan McAuley, Founder of Hustle & [...]
The Capital Region Farmers Market that has been going for 10 years now, is again not running this weekend.Why? Because the Agricultural Show is on.
Come again? The best of what rural producers have is on show but we don’t have any actual produce to buy? Something that we have every week otherwise?
The EPIC showgrounds, facility [...]