5 to try: Braddon restaurants that aren’t on Lonsdale Street

Christopher Schimizzi 19 April 2016 5

When it comes to dining precincts, it’s well known that Lonsdale Street is one of Canberra’s top food hubs. But won’t someone please think of the rest of Braddon!

Let’s spare a thought for Mort Street and Elouera Street, which also house a number of quality restaurants. Here are my five favourites, to prove that there is plenty of delicious cuisine in Braddon beyond Lonsdale Street.

black fire braddon

5. Black Fire

Black Fire is one of Canberra’s most highly rated restaurants, and so it certainly deserves a mention here. Its Spanish/Mediterranean-inspired menu sources ingredients from the Canberra region and surrounding areas, resulting in top quality fresh meat, seafood and vegetables. Its slow roasted meats are as tender as you’d expect to find in any fine Madrid eatery. The chef’s tasting menu is highly recommended, including tapas plates and slow roasted pig and lamb at $55 per person.

  • 45/38 Mort Street Braddon
  • Open 8am to 3pm, and from 5.30pm to late, Monday to Sunday


4. Bollywood Dimensions

Bollywood Dimensions is my go-to Indian restaurant, dishing up solid curries that are genuinely spicy if you’re up for it. It’s an affordable option, with all the classic favourites and a relaxed family-style atmosphere, which definitely adds to the experience. The ‘awesome butter chicken’ is my personal pick, and please don’t go past the Naan bread.

  • 33 Mort Street, Braddon
  • Open 5.30pm to 9.30pm, Monday to Sunday


3. Bentspoke Brewing Co

This microbrewery has fast become well-known for its awesome selection of artisan beverages, but its food is pub-grub at its finest. Bentspoke makes a point of incorporating its home-brewed beers and ciders into its menu, and the results are some of the best beer battered chips you’ll eat (cleverly titled ‘hop potatoes’). Other notable mentions are its cider-pickled grapes, and scrumptious pork belly burger.

  • 48/38 Mort Street Braddon
  • Open 11am to midnight, Monday to Sunday

les bistronomes snails

2. Les Bistronomes

Les Bistronomes is surely the best French restaurant in Canberra. Its food can best be described in two words: tasty and hearty. The authenticity of the place is the first thing that strikes you, with knowledgeable wait staff possessing the finest of thick French accents. The menu is typically French, with the Beef Wellington a must-try, and a crème brûlée to die for. A perfect winter feast awaits you.

  • 26 Elouera Street Braddon
  • Open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday to Sunday

marble and grain

1. Marble and Grain

This is an eatery for when you want to impress. I love the 1960’s Scandinavian-style interior design, while the hanging meats both add to the atmosphere and let you know you’re in for some seriously delicious food. Marble and Grain serves up some of the best steak I’ve had in Canberra, and a great cocktail list to boot. I had the Italian Job, which is certainly one for those who live a bit bitter, with Campari, lemoncello, lime, passionfruit and a grapefruit juice finish. Atmosphere, style, class and quality, I cannot recommend Marble and Grain enough.

  • 25 Mort Street Braddon
  • Open 6.30am to 12am Monday to Friday, and 7am to 12am Saturday and Sunday

What are your favourite restaurants in Braddon not on Lonsdale Street?

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5 Responses to 5 to try: Braddon restaurants that aren’t on Lonsdale Street
canberralyf canberralyf 2:54 am 07 Aug 15

I’d love to be a regular at bent spoke but at $11-13 a pint unfortunately I can’t justify going there all that often 🙁

rubaiyat rubaiyat 8:56 pm 06 Aug 15

My apologies to Clement at Les Bistronomes.

I was having a bit of fun at the expense of the vague, relativistic first question.

Clement does not have $60 plates, which is why I said they were “not above”, and his menu is freely available on the same Interthingy you are reading this, providing more informative answers than “I reckon it is cheap/expensive/tiny/big portions.

Why don’t people ask whether it was good value/quality rather than “how much”?

The real issue is does Clement charge a price commensurate with the work and skill he puts into his service. Not whether he costs more than Macdonalds.

vintage123 vintage123 7:34 pm 06 Aug 15

Phew, prices are up. Hope staff are being paid their award penalty rates!!!!!

rubaiyat rubaiyat 6:25 pm 06 Aug 15

astrojax said :

good selection – think i’ll have to try the french one; have heard only good reports. is it very expensive?

No. No dish is above $60 and the dishes whilst small are quite satisfying once you’ve had a few.

astrojax astrojax 4:31 pm 06 Aug 15

good selection – think i’ll have to try the french one; have heard only good reports. is it very expensive?

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