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Best Canberra Food and Drink Matches

By Mess - 8 February 2008 30

Tonight I had dinner out at Kingsleys Steak and Crab house on Bunda Street in the city. While Kingsleys have a good reputation, I was particulary taken with the food and wine/beer combos on offer. We started with the Alaskan King Crab, matched with a very nice Reisling recommended by the manager, then we had our steaks (I had the Wagu F1 Striploin) matched also with a great Shiraz, and the best was saved for last where I had the Death by Chocolate dessert (chocolate mousse on a biscuit base topped with Chcolate syrup and chocolate cie cream) paired up with James Squire Porter, which is possibly the best food and beer match I have ever had. I am interested to know if any other Riot-acters have come across such good food and drink pairings that they might like to share with our Canberra community, particulary food and beer matches which are increasely common in the wider world but stsill seem to be lacking in the Canberra market.

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Best Canberra Food and Drink Matches
Thumper 12:05 pm 08 Feb 08

It takes a few goes to get it right, but saves you the head splitting kingfisher hangover…

Ari 12:02 pm 08 Feb 08

Hey Thumps, that’s the best tip I’ve heard in ages. I’ll be filing that one away for my next trip to India.

neanderthalsis 12:01 pm 08 Feb 08

Maccas and VB is a surefire combo in charnwood.

VicePope 11:55 am 08 Feb 08

Curry and old beer or Newcastle Brown Ale. Kingfisher has sharpish charms, but there’s nothing like a beer with a minimal bloat factor.

Cheese and heavy red. Fair attempt at Tilley’s (though service was …. uninterested) and reasonable chance to assemble cheese at Hyatt smorgasboard. Easier to manage at home. If a club would do this at club prices, I would fall in love.

More fragrant whites with most Asian, but know that fragrance does not equal sweet.

The ploughmans lunch or the fish or one of the burgers and whatever the Wig and Pen has on its cold taps. (I do not own or work for the W&P, but simply find it a tremendous place for the times when coffee will not do).

Thumper 11:52 am 08 Feb 08


the way to get rid of glycerine was shown to me by a old 3RAR Sgt many years ago in my previous incarnation as a soldier.

You get a schooner glass of soda water and fill it 3/4 way up. you then open the Kingfisher, and dump it, bottle and all, straight in the soda water.

You will see the glycerine coming out of the bottle while the beer stays in the bottle.

Quickly take the bottle out and flip it up the right way. You may lose a bit as it tends to foam up.

However, no glycerine 😉

Ari 11:30 am 08 Feb 08

The trouble with a lot of Indian beer is that it is fortified with glycerine due to the heat and lack of refrigeration.

Glycerine is a sure way to go straight from your first sip to a hangover, with no intermediate inebriation required.

Danman 11:28 am 08 Feb 08

Kingfisher is great with curry.
When I was in India I could get longnecks of kingfisher for A$0.75 and smokes at around A$1.25 – needless to say I quit quitting.

Holden Caulfield 11:24 am 08 Feb 08

As a rule Caffe Della Piazza have very nice meal/wine by the glass combinations.

Thumper 10:47 am 08 Feb 08

Ah.. kingfisher…

Mælinar 10:44 am 08 Feb 08

Indian beer and Indian food are quite well matched.

howdy 10:24 am 08 Feb 08

Beer and Indian food…

hingo 10:13 am 08 Feb 08

Beer in a glass is good, I agree. I have some of those nice frosted Extra Dry glasses that I nabbed from the pub.

S4anta 10:10 am 08 Feb 08

When matching beer and food, Swear by this. Its a bit of a wa*k, but the fundamentals are spot on.

Ingeegoodbee 10:03 am 08 Feb 08

I’m with hingo on the beer and pizza combo. I’ve tried wine and the like and the next closest match in my mind for pizza would be bone dry chilled Spanish rose – but not in public because people will think you’re a poof.

I’ve also found that Hoegaarden, with it’s delicate coriander and citrus flavors is excellent with spicy Asian foods.

Something that I’ve discovered though is how much a beer improves when you actually use a glass – I’ve even been using some large syrah glasses for beers like Little Creatures, Tim Knappstien and the like and they’re seriously better.

hingo 9:51 am 08 Feb 08

Take away pizza and a stubby of Extras Dry does it for me 😉

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