On Tuesday night hundreds of bar experts from around Australia gathered in Sydney for the annual Australian Bar Awards, presented by Australian Bartender Magazine. Whilst our locals bar and pubs were not nationally awarded, the state awards recognised the excellence of three Canberra establishments.
Taking out Pub of the Year for ACT was Bentspoke in Braddon, [...]
I met a former colleague for lunch yesterday at his regular Friday lunch spot, Station Bar and Cafe in Fyshwick.
The cafe is on Dairy Flat Road, closer to the scenic Jerrabomberra Wetlands than Fyshwick’s industrial buildings. And even though it’s off the beaten track, it does a more than decent weekday trade.
(As an aside, I think the wetlands [...]
We’ve previously brought you Canberra’s best vanilla slice, hot cross buns, cupcakes, meat pies, donuts, pastries and cakes. Now it’s time to combine these categories into one: Canberra’s best bakery.
We’re looking for a bakery that not only has top notch baked goods (we’ll judge a few different products at each bakery), but also has great customer service and [...]
It’s no secret I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth (I love sugar) so I was pretty excited to be left in charge of this week’s Best Of Canberra for locally handmade sweets.
There were a few different nominations this week: cinnamon scrolls from Sweet Bones, baklava from Turkish Pide House in Yarralumla, doughnuts from Chasing [...]
With Elemental on Lonsdale Street and now Paleo Cafe open on Mort Street, Braddon has two cafes dedicated to the paleo way, literally on parallel streets.
The Paleo Cafe is a cafe and health food franchise, and it’s only been open for a little while now. It opens at 7am, so I took the opportunity to have an [...]
Most people love a pub lunch. But in my experience, a lot of the time traditional pub lunches aren’t very good. And sometimes they’re not very cheap either.
The Durham in Kingston advertises a $10 lunch menu, most of which is comprised of burgers, and being a burger enthusiast I was keen to try it.
The Durham [...]
Most cafes and restaurants in Canberra are pretty good for vegetarians, serving up at least one or two options for those in our community who choose to not eat meat.
Sometimes, however, being a vegetarian can just get awkward. I’m sure other vegetarians can attest to the experience of ordering a “chicken burger without the [...]
Often hailed as the best bakery in town, Silo Bakery and Cafe is a bit of a Canberra institution when it comes to pastries, artisan breads and a more than decent breakfast or lunch.
Located on Giles Street in Kingston, the small shopfront is instantly recognisable with its orange chequered tiles and few tables scattered out the front. [...]
The latest Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide was announced this week. And while it proves Canberra has no shortage of fine restaurants, I’d argue that we do cheap and cheerful pretty well too.
From bakeries to street food vendors, most Canberra shopping centres have heaps of inexpensive lunch options. I combined the two this week when I visited [...]
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Canberra’s pop-up food craze shows no signs of slowing down, with pop-up street food area The Slab opening at the Old Bus Depot Markets this weekend.
From the Old Bus Depot Markets media team:
Canberra’s favourite Sunday markets, the Old Bus Depot markets, will this weekend launch their brand new pop up street food area, The Slab.
“We’re expanding [...]
Morning, noon or night, I always love a good burrito. Yes, even in the morning – breakfast burritos are definitely a thing. We actually had a vote come in specifically for the breaky burrito from Sweet Bones in Braddon. If you’re not yet acquainted with this phenomenon, I recommend you get on the bandwagon.
Speaking of [...]
Hey team! Bec here, filling in for Sophia while she’s off on holidays. Hanging out in cute cafes is probably my number one pastime, so feel free to grab a cuppa, kick back and join me for this weekend’s cafe hot spot.
Sweet Bones has been kicking around the trendy Braddon precinct for a little while now. Originally [...]
I’d heard of Global Cafe before but had never been there or even noticed it in the street until recently. It’s tucked in between the late night pharmacy and the Jolimont Centre on Northbourne Avenue, and despite having been to both those places about a billion times I still hadn’t spotted Global Cafe.
When I arrived [...]
Burritos are seriously the best. Whether it’s for lunch, dinner or even a cheeky snack, a good burrito will always hit the spot.
My favourite thing about burritos is their versatility. You can be healthy and skip the cheese or you can go the whole hog with double meat, cheese and sour cream. If you like [...]
It seems RiotACT readers love Chinese food just as much as I do. There were more than 35 different Chinese restaurants that got a mention after this week’s call out for Canberra’s best Chinese food. The list included Dickson Dumpling House, Tak Kee Roast Inn and Jimmy’s Place in Dickson; Bambusa in Manuka; Wild Duck [...]
I’ve spent a bit of time at the University of Canberra over the past few weeks. I was a student at UC a few years ago, and it’s interesting to see what’s changed since I left.
There is student accommodation where there used to be car parks. There are boom gates where it used to be free parking, and [...]
Chinese food is an old favourite of mine – I grew up going to Chinese restaurants and slurping down chicken and corn soup by the bucket. Needless to say, I’m a little more adventurous these days.
It’s been a little while since we’ve looked at international cuisines and this week I’m on the hunt for Canberra’s [...]
So many people have told me how wonderful the Italian Continental Bakery is in Mawson, especially for cronuts, Italian donuts and connoli. When I heard that they also serve breakfast and lunch, I thought I would check it out for this week’s hot spot.
You can definitely tell that this bakery is owned by old school [...]
The ACT’s top 10 restaurants have been unveiled at The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards held last night in Sydney. The ACT results are:
Italian & Sons
Farmhouse Restaurant at Pialligo Estate
Capitol Bar & Grill
Monster (79) and Aubergine (91) also featured in the top 100 restaurants nationally.
“The overall standard in this country, whether it’s in cafés, bars, casual eateries [...]
Growing up with Italian heritage, I have a certain appreciation for a good delicatessen. How hot is that salami? Do you slice it fresh? What are those olives marinated in? How fresh is that ricotta cheese? These are all questions I have learned to ask whenever I walk into my local deli.
What makes a good [...]
I love seeing original, creative ideas – particularly when they’re local.
I was alerted to an instagram account recently, @canberracafehaiku. The name pretty much sums it up – it’s an account dedicated to humorous haikus about Canberra cafes.
A photo posted by Canberra Cafe Haiku (@canberracafehaiku) on Jul 5, 2015 at 6:09am PDT
The cafes featured are mostly [...]
Last week we put the call out for Canberra’s best hole-in-the-wall cafe and votes came in for a few places around town.
An honourable mention should go out to Kindle Cafe, which got the most votes but, in my opinion, doesn’t qualify as a hole-in-the-wall. As such it wasn’t included in this week’s taste off, but [...]
Tupelo opened its doors near the Civic interchange earlier this year. Ever since then, everyone’s been talking about the little coffee shop in the city with furniture made from pallets and milk crates.
People kept saying how amazing and creative it was that this café was created using up-cycled materials. That’s awesome! But I wondered, was [...]
Whether it’s sherbet bombs, big boss cigars, now-politically-correct fads or American candy corn, everyone has a favourite childhood lolly that’s almost impossible to find in supermarkets.
But forget trawling old-fashioned lolly shops in country towns in search of a single packet of mint patties. There’s a new way to satisfy your retro sugar cravings.
The Candy Shop, [...]