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Best of Canberra – Take Away (suburban)

By Sophia Carlini - 11 November 2014 35

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Friday nights and take away go together like peanut butter and jelly. Growing up, Friday night was always fish and chip night. As a family of four we would go together to pick up a big parcel of deep fried goodness, wrapped in old newspaper. Potato scallops, crumbed fish and chips with extra salt and lemon was our usual order. As an adult, I still find it so exciting that I can go and buy take away any time I like, I have to exercise great self-control having this kind of responsibility. Especially now that you can pretty much get any food you desire as a take away option, from burgers and fish and chips to Pad Thai and curries.

So where should I go this Friday night? What is, and where is Canberra’s best take away (suburban)?

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Best of Canberra – Take Away (suburban)
arescarti42 9:18 am 12 Nov 14

Holden Caulfield said :

Oh a question for the hive mind: where in this town, after 9pm on a Friday night, can one get a greasy spoon style hamburger with the lot?

I had a craving a couple of weeks back and had to go unfulfilled.

Dolly’s RIP, haha!

Bluey’s Cafe at the Dickson Tradies is open until 4am, and they do ‘the lot’ burgers.

“The G Spot” at the Gungahlin Lakes Club is also open until 3am on a Friday night, if you’re hankering for that ‘burger cooked and served from a caravan in a carpark’ experience.

Dork 8:43 am 12 Nov 14

Karabar Takeaway is by far the best. I know it’s Queanbeyan, but still I’ve been to most takeaways in Canberra and would happily drive 40 minutes for one of the gourmet burgers there.

rosscoact 8:27 am 12 Nov 14

Sultans Pide Gungahlin for the best kebabs in existence and damn fine Pides

Elenis in Ngunnawal for outstanding hamburgers and chips

charmer88 8:52 pm 11 Nov 14

Steve’s at Melba for pizzas, burgers, fish, everything,

Maddie 8:23 pm 11 Nov 14

Papps’ Eatery in Belconnen- Really good and reasonably priced Fish and Chips, really friendly service too!

Maddie 8:19 pm 11 Nov 14

Papps’ Eatery in Belconnen- Best fish and Chips, freshly battered! Really friendly Service.

Evilomlap 4:21 pm 11 Nov 14

Wilbur’s at Hackett shops, excellent pizza (and great beers on tap while you wait for it)

Mess 4:20 pm 11 Nov 14

Madam Cholet said :

Mess said :

Calwell takeaway does an excellent burger and decent pizzas.

Not in my experience.

Everytime I’ve been there it’s been great.

Holden Caulfield 4:01 pm 11 Nov 14

Oh a question for the hive mind: where in this town, after 9pm on a Friday night, can one get a greasy spoon style hamburger with the lot?

I had a craving a couple of weeks back and had to go unfulfilled.

Dolly’s RIP, haha!

Holden Caulfield 3:59 pm 11 Nov 14

Potato scallops > Potato cakes.

Thank you!

If it’s greasy spoon takeaway you’re after, then, yes, Watson is by far the best I’ve had in Canberra.

If you’re sticking to Northside I would also recommend Mee Sing Chinese from Lyenham shops. As an added bonus you can order from the “Australian meals” and still get a serve of fish’n’chips too (IIRC).

Mee Sing may not be the most authentic Asian meal you’ll ever have, but as a reliable takeaway it’s very hard to beat and I dearly miss it now that I’m on the wrong side of the lake.

The staff are friendly (once you get to know them), the servings are generous and they use good quality meat.

I recommend the boneless deep fried lemon chicken and the Penang curry. Try it out, even if not for this test, you’ll be supporting a long-time Canberra institution!

Milo11 1:32 pm 11 Nov 14

Steves at Melba are good right across the board.

Madam Cholet 1:28 pm 11 Nov 14

Mess said :

Calwell takeaway does an excellent burger and decent pizzas.

Not in my experience.

Antagonist 1:16 pm 11 Nov 14

Isabella Plains Shops. Best burgers and steak sangers south of the ‘dome.

Mess said :

Calwell takeaway does an excellent burger and decent pizzas.

I never seem to be able to get any service there.

XO_VSOP 12:21 pm 11 Nov 14

Watson or sure

Mess 11:24 am 11 Nov 14

Calwell takeaway does an excellent burger and decent pizzas.

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