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Best restaurant in Canberra

By ozmackem 18 March 2010 66

Taking the wife out for some birthday nosh and was after some reccommendations for the top eateries in Canberra.
I know this type of post has been done before, but was after some current info.
Not fussy about the style of food, but just want somewhere that can guarantee quality.

Places we’ve been to recently and enjoyed are Italian and Sons, Inori and Sage.

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Cazazo 6:22 pm 10 May 12

I know this thread is dormant for quite some time, but I did go with my wife to the Pistachio in Torrens and boy that was nice!!! The service was impeccable and what a great food!

Clown Killer 7:04 pm 05 Jan 11

Holden, I’ve heard of others who have had similar experiences at the Italian & Sons. I’ve eaten there about half a dozen times and have always been lucky enough to experience exceptional food and service. The food has always been wonderfully executed … the beef rib cooked in the wood-fired oven is not to be missed and I particularly enjoy exploring their selection of Italian wines. That said, it is just a bistro so comparing it objectively with the likes of Aubergine, Waters Edge and the like is problematic.

You’re right about the early sitting thing though. Whilst I’ve never experienced that at Italian & Sons (my bookings have always been for after 8.00pm), it’s a business modle common in Europe that’s increasingly popular here. I have no problem at all if I’m told when I book, as you know what the deal is from the get-go. To be honest I actually prefer the US approach – that you own the space so long as you keep spending at a sufficient rate.

Holden Caulfield 5:05 pm 05 Jan 11

Have been to Aubergine, Lanterne Rooms, Waters Edge, Italian & Sons since this thread started.

A big tick to Aubergine.

A big tick to The Lanterne Rooms.

A big tick to Waters Edge.

A moderate tick to Italian & Sons – the food is generally very good, but the service is very hit and miss. Especially if you’re unaware you are in the early session and forced out for the next sitting. Fair enough if you know that going in, but finding out by being told you only have 10 mins for dessert is piss poor. Even more piss poor when it takes 10 mins before someone is ready to take your money. We should’ve walked out, FFS!

Mess 2:02 pm 05 Jan 11

Francisco’s in Manuka does great Mexican food, massive servings as well.

el 1:46 pm 05 Jan 11

*Am I allowed to say that “all the waitresses had bums like two tennis balls in a sock”?

If you’re actually 108 years old, I reckon you can probably get away with it.

LSWCHP 12:44 pm 05 Jan 11

“*Am I allowed to say that “all the waitresses had bums like two tennis balls in a sock”?”

Hmmmm…I suspect not. But it’s nice to know.

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