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Graduation Dinner Suggestions in Canberra?

By boffins - 22 January 2013 23

My graduation dinner is coming up in a month or so, and family tradition is we go somewhere a little more expensive and fancy to celebrate when someone graduates university.

I am looking for suggestions of restaurants that have a good menu selection to keep everyone happy, and isn’t ‘little meals on big plates’ kind of fancy. I want everyone to walk away nice and full by the end of it.

So Riotact, what do you suggest?

What’s Your opinion?


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Graduation Dinner Suggestions in Canberra?
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Grail 1:51 pm
22 Jan 13
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The Alto (aka Black Mountain Tower restaurant). You’ll be walking away well fed, but at $100/head.

Set prices for dinner are $65/head, but you’ll pay $8 for Pelligreno mineral water and double digits for cocktails, and their wine prices are in keeping with the meal prices.

Book well ahead if you want to dine on a Saturday night. All tables were booked three weeks in advance when I last visited.

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arescarti42 2:01 pm
22 Jan 13
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My favorite upmarket restaurant in Canberra is Rubicon at the Griffith Shops. You can check out their menu online at rubiconrestaurant.com.au. It’s expensive, but the food is superb, and I always come out thinking it was good value. It may not pass the not “little meals on big plates” criteria though.

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devils_advocate 2:14 pm
22 Jan 13
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On a weeknight, The Water’s Edge has a decent set menu for $75 – but may not be enough food for people who are big eaters.

Value for money, I reckon you can’t beat De Brouwe’s in Narrabundah. Huge portions of great food, wide selection, upmarket but relaxed atmosphere, but be warned it’s BYO only so don’t get caught short (I once found myself getting to the IGA next door to grab a bottle with 1 minute to spare).

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DrKoresh 2:22 pm
22 Jan 13
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Imma pimp Firestone ’cause I like that place lots. It’s got a good variety of (italian) food, like pasta and pizza and risotto, with reasonable portion sizes and such. I don’t think it does burgers or such though, so it may not have the menu variety you’re after. My lady is always talking about Tongue In Groove or some such place, in Civic but I’ve not been myself. The menu sounded pretty good though, and I’ll probably go check it out. It seems a bit trendy for my liking but if the food is delicious and not outrageously priced then I’ll suffer some wankery.

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Charlie57 2:46 pm
22 Jan 13
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We finally made it to Rubicon recently and had a pretty average experience – given the price I’d say it was unacceptably poor. At half the price it still would have been a disappointing evening.

The food was nice, though we were ushered in and out in record time, even though we were booked 6 weeks in advance. Our second dessert course (of the 7 course degustation), the cheese platter, and our coffees all arrived at literally the same time. Each course’s matched wines were being poured while we were still finishing the prior course. No time was given between courses to appreciate the flavours or the company.

My favourite at the moment is Sage in Gorman House.

I’ve also enjoyed myself at Alto a few times – it’s a unique dining expereince if nothing else, and they have plenty else in the food anyway.

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poetix 2:51 pm
22 Jan 13
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Italian and Sons. But remember, it’s not the size that counts, boffins.

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astrojax 2:54 pm
22 Jan 13
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lanterne rooms, campbell shops

excellent food, varied menu but uniformly delicious and you won’t leave hungry. among this city’s finer dining in my opinion.

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Jim Jones 3:17 pm
22 Jan 13
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Grail said :

The Alto (aka Black Mountain Tower restaurant). You’ll be walking away well fed, but at $100/head.

Set prices for dinner are $65/head, but you’ll pay $8 for Pelligreno mineral water and double digits for cocktails, and their wine prices are in keeping with the meal prices.

Book well ahead if you want to dine on a Saturday night. All tables were booked three weeks in advance when I last visited.

You know, food tastes better when it’s revolving.

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Canuckaberran 4:08 pm
22 Jan 13
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+1 For Italian and Sons. Food is delicious and amazing service.
Be careful if you have a large party … reserve far in advance!

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poetix 4:15 pm
22 Jan 13
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Jim Jones said :

Grail said :

The Alto (aka Black Mountain Tower restaurant). You’ll be walking away well fed, but at $100/head.

Set prices for dinner are $65/head, but you’ll pay $8 for Pelligreno mineral water and double digits for cocktails, and their wine prices are in keeping with the meal prices.

Book well ahead if you want to dine on a Saturday night. All tables were booked three weeks in advance when I last visited.

You know, food tastes better when it’s revolving.

I read that as revolting and thought you’d finally lost it. Or were recommending the special cordial of your namesake.

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zorro29 4:17 pm
22 Jan 13
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yeah waters edge is nice but not a big meal

the fine dining fare in canberra is heavy on the price and light on the quality in my opinion

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Jim Jones 4:22 pm
22 Jan 13
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poetix said :

Jim Jones said :

Grail said :

The Alto (aka Black Mountain Tower restaurant). You’ll be walking away well fed, but at $100/head.

Set prices for dinner are $65/head, but you’ll pay $8 for Pelligreno mineral water and double digits for cocktails, and their wine prices are in keeping with the meal prices.

Book well ahead if you want to dine on a Saturday night. All tables were booked three weeks in advance when I last visited.

You know, food tastes better when it’s revolving.

I read that as revolting and thought you’d finally lost it. Or were recommending the special cordial of your namesake.

Heh … no. Just another tedious Simpsons reference I’m afraid.

However, I do remember reading over the weekend that the Black Mountain Tower Restaurant has been refusing to pay rent over allegations that rundown services and electrical faults pose a threat to staff and public safety

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/legal-row-over-faulty-tower-20130119-2d0kx.html

Apparently the revolving floor controls are also no good, along with air conditioning, the lift, etc.

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Kerryhemsley 4:30 pm
22 Jan 13
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poetix said :

Italian and Sons. But remember, it’s not the size that counts, boffins.

Yeah I agree on Italian and Sons. Best restaurant in Canberra at the moment. Service can be a liitle bit iffy if you get one particular waiter but the food is top notch italian.

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Holden Caulfield 4:30 pm
22 Jan 13
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Canuckaberran said :

+1 For Italian and Sons. Food is delicious and amazing service.
Be careful if you have a large party … reserve far in advance!

+1 for the food recommendation.

But the service has been poor to woeful on the few occasions I’ve been. I always leave thinking I’m never going here again!

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Mothy 5:16 pm
22 Jan 13
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Ellacure, Bruce.

http://www.ellacure.com.au/

Work near there, have seen many a workmate off there, damn nice sticky date pudding with caramel goop.

Yes, I said goop.

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