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Where should RiotACT have lunch?

By 12 March 2013 50

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So this is where John, myself, and George the RiotACT dog have lunch most days. It’s not ideal, we think we can do better.

Occasionally we find enough shrapnel in the RiotACT couch and go splurge on lunch somewhere, we attempt to justify this expense by reviewing the places we visit. These tend to be some of our more popular articles on the site.

Will think twice before reading another Barcham article. The byline is poisoned now. – Grail

So, we like food, you like reading about it, and this table is becoming less and less hygienic. We will kill all these birds and more with one stone@ A regular lunch review section!

For this we are going to need your help Rioters! Between the two of us we know a lot of places, but not all of them. So tell us your favourite places to eat! Once a week, or possibly more or less often, we will look at the suggestions, pick what sounds the cheapest nicest, and go do a review.

For fun and profit! Probably not any profit.

So leave a suggestion in the comments!

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50 Responses to Where should RiotACT have lunch?
#1
Huitzilihuitl1:14 pm, 12 Mar 13

Supabarn!

#2
Madam Cholet1:17 pm, 12 Mar 13

Current fave would be Soju Girl. But it’s not cheap.

I hear that there is a new cafe in Odgers Lane – yes, a lane way cafe that will make you feel you are in Melbourne, before you depart back to your unhygienic table in Canberra. Opening next week or so they say.

#3
Solidarity1:26 pm, 12 Mar 13

Brodburger.

Every day.

Forever.

#4
Solidarity1:27 pm, 12 Mar 13

Seriously though, Snag Stand.

#5
EvanJames1:30 pm, 12 Mar 13

Huitzilihuitl said :

Supabarn!

Or better yet, Costco! They have an eating area out the front where people, er, eat. It’s not a pretty sight but it is cheap. And you don’t have to be a member. You can admire the tyres while you chew.

#6
Growling Ferret1:40 pm, 12 Mar 13

There is a new asian cafe/restaurant where Sharlimar was on Marcus Clarke St opposite IGA. Last weeks red curry was delicious.

Takeaway is $8.50. Do it.

#7
poetix1:43 pm, 12 Mar 13

Suddenly my keyboard looks a lot cleaner…

At the risk of stating the blindingly obvious, how about Lonsdale Street Roasters? And could you try and have a vego meal, just occasionally? (She asked the question plaintively, like a pathetic wilting lettuce.)

Do you still want people to send in reviews as well?

#8
Keijidosha1:49 pm, 12 Mar 13

Ka Japanese in the new EY building on Marcus Clarke.

#9
Ben_Dover2:27 pm, 12 Mar 13

Hawker chippy.

#10
damien haas2:56 pm, 12 Mar 13

The Pho place in Hibberson St Gungahlin is pretty good. You could catch a Blue Rapid ACTION Bus out there, have lunch and catch a Blue Rapid back in about an hour.

#11
Kdowgg3:03 pm, 12 Mar 13

$20 all you can eat Yum Cha in the Yum Cha place on Childers street.

Also, the dry chilli beef from the Roti House, for under $13 is enough for 2 people and is probably the best chilli beef in Canberra – or at least Civic (which also, kinda gets itself into the lunch for Under $10 category).

#12
Mess3:16 pm, 12 Mar 13

Ferrari’s on Mort do a pretty decent burger with the lot for $8. I second Snag Stand, that place is awesome.

#13
dpm3:44 pm, 12 Mar 13

poetix said :

Suddenly my keyboard looks a lot cleaner…..

Is that simply because iPads are easier to wipe clean? :-)

damien haas said :

The Pho place in Hibberson St Gungahlin is pretty good. You could catch a Blue Rapid ACTION Bus out there, have lunch and catch a Blue Rapid back in about an hour.

Hmmm, sounds like you’ve just invalidated the need for light rail to Gunners! Sweet! Now, what can we spend all those saved millions on…? ;-)

#14
fernandof4:08 pm, 12 Mar 13

I really like the sandwiches from Food with Flair on the crn of Marcus and Uni Ave.

#15
poetix4:18 pm, 12 Mar 13

Also Bookplate at the National Library has quite nice sandwiches, though not cheap.

#16
gladbag4:25 pm, 12 Mar 13

RUC in Barton.

#17
LSWCHP5:01 pm, 12 Mar 13

Recommendations? Hmmm…

The cook-yer-own steaks at the Kingo pub are bloody good, although like most things not as cheap as they once were. With one of the bigger steaks, you get enough red meat in you in one go to be able to hibernate through winter.You also won’t be able to complain that the meat is not cooked to your taste if you go there. They have Squires and other good beers on tap.

Zierholz in Fyshwick has some of the best beer in the country, though that is not the point of all this. They also do some pretty good tho’ pricey Germanic lunches that go well with the beer…pork knuckles, pig belly, sauerkraut etc.

The Bakery in Wollongong St Fyshwick opposite the Toyota dealership does great burgers, steak sandwiches and salad sandwiches. The gyros place next door does outstanding gyros, and Elaine’s Gourmet pies next to that lives up to its name.

Plumb (great name) opposite Bunnings is a great if more upmarket dining experience. Great Service and nice food.

I suggest you try a brief foray to Kingston, and once you’ve got over the shock of traveling so far from home base, have a look around the Fyshwick eating opportunities.

#18
bleebleeblee5:05 pm, 12 Mar 13

damien haas said :

The Pho place in Hibberson St Gungahlin is pretty good. You could catch a Blue Rapid ACTION Bus out there, have lunch and catch a Blue Rapid back in about an hour.

oh yes, do this. that place is great.

#19
damien haas5:42 pm, 12 Mar 13

dpm said :

poetix said :

Suddenly my keyboard looks a lot cleaner…..

Is that simply because iPads are easier to wipe clean? :-)

damien haas said :

The Pho place in Hibberson St Gungahlin is pretty good. You could catch a Blue Rapid ACTION Bus out there, have lunch and catch a Blue Rapid back in about an hour.

Hmmm, sounds like you’ve just invalidated the need for light rail to Gunners! Sweet! Now, what can we spend all those saved millions on…? ;-)

The request was for something that can be undertaken fairly soon. The light rail hasn’t been constructed yet (although I’m told the engineers are surveying the route right now). The volume of traffic and passengers at midday is vastly different to that of the peak periods.

#20
Masquara6:29 pm, 12 Mar 13

The unassuming little Ethiopian place on Northbourne near the bus station.

#21
screaming banshee7:22 pm, 12 Mar 13

If you’re not making a tax deduction of the meals and any associated travel expenses then you’re doing it wrong.

#22
LSWCHP7:23 pm, 12 Mar 13

poetix said :

Suddenly my keyboard looks a lot cleaner…

I must say that this doesn’t have quite the international-media-organisation vibe about it that I had mentally prepared as my view of the RA lunch room. Perhaps I should start hanging around the CT website, or the Australian.

Hmmmm…nah.

#23
Thumper7:30 pm, 12 Mar 13

The Scottish restaurant….

#24
DrKoresh7:43 pm, 12 Mar 13

poetix said :

Suddenly my keyboard looks a lot cleaner…

At the risk of stating the blindingly obvious, how about Lonsdale Street Roasters? And could you try and have a vego meal, just occasionally? (She asked the question plaintively, like a pathetic wilting lettuce.)

Do you still want people to send in reviews as well?

I’m not sure how much merit this is in reviewing vegetarian food, being aimed at a demographic that obviously take no joy in eating food and all :P

#25
G.R.R7:48 pm, 12 Mar 13

Maybe lick that keyboard! Looks healthy and nutritious!

#26
bigfeet8:13 pm, 12 Mar 13

How far are you willing to travel?

How about an unbiased review of Tidbinbilla instead of Mully Cup Winner, FreddyVegan’s rant?

#27
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd9:50 pm, 12 Mar 13

Snag stand…NO NO NO NO!
Have tried it 3 times and every time the sausage is awful. There is nothing gourmet about any of it. No matter what they advertise, it is either mass produced crap or badly cooked.

I have not been to kingo for years but my experience with cook your own was horrid. Great cuts of meat but way too much heat. Got a decent sweet spot a few centimetres into the steak but outside was burnt and inside was raw.

I will poo poo on anybody who says either of those type of foods is good. Come to my house and pay me half the price and I will make you want to marry me.

#28
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd9:50 pm, 12 Mar 13

(Ps I’m already happily married)

#29
M0les9:52 pm, 12 Mar 13

I hear Luis XV in Monaco is a good feed.

#30
benett10:31 pm, 12 Mar 13

Wow. There is somebody doing ‘things’ other than ‘Johnboy’ on the RiotACT…Woah!
Well. You should do a Kingsley’s Chicken V Chicken Gourmet review. And not just the food. What we will see is the vast difference in terms of sloppy under cooked dodgy fried chicken. Thursday, Friday and Saturday night teen workers v the Chicken Gourmet chips n gravy at 3:00am. Does Chicken Gourmet exist between 8am and 5pm? God, who knows. Who really cares anyway….

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