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Best Restaurants In Canberra

By papadoc - 14 April 2008 110

After reading the thread about the worst places to get a bite to eat in this town, I’d like to know where some of the better ones are.

On Friday night I celebrated my birthday @ La Bella Vista on the lake in Belconnen. In all honesty, it was one of the best meals out I’ve had in a long time. Staff were awesome, food was delicious, price was great ($400 for 7 people) and it wasn’t terribly wanky like a lot of the so called reputable establishments I’ve been to.

I’d also like to cast a vote for The Regal chinese joint in Belco. Fast, cheap, meat in their spring rolls. Definitly worth checking out for some takeaway.

I don’t want this thread to get bogged down with upper class places, because frankly, I’m just not that interested. I wanna hear about a good burger at a takeaway or somewhere where the staff are awesome, that kinda stuff.

[Ed. Long time readers may recall the last time we had a story on Canberra’s best restaurants. It should come as no surprise that the vast majority, if not all of those mentioned in the previous article are all still in business, many of which i would expect are still firm favorites. Just goes to show that if you get the little things right you’ll be rewarded with strong patronage.]

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Best Restaurants In Canberra
needlenose 8:30 pm 14 Apr 08

I’m a big fan of Sabayon on West Row. Everything’s high-end except the prices, and service is excellent. One of the few places where they bring you an amuse-bouche before you order, and a sorbet if you decide on dessert. Best cheese plate I’ve ever had, anywhere, ever (including Gary Danko’s). The food is consistently excellent. It’s part of the Aubergine & Courgette group, but better and cheaper that either.

swamiOFswank 8:08 pm 14 Apr 08

Debacle are fine for most things, but $5 for sparkling mineral water? Really?

skaboy12 7:22 pm 14 Apr 08

Slow Noodle Fast and Central Cafe in Queanbeyan. Martys food van for a quick feed at Phillip. Turkish Pide House at Woden for a night out at a bargain price.

el 7:21 pm 14 Apr 08

Delissio is the spelling imarty. They have a similar restaurant in Braddon, very nice.

I’ve had numerous good feeds at Debacle (Lonsdale St Braddon) too.

Duke 7:21 pm 14 Apr 08

I was unaware Artespresso was taken over but certainly we had a fantastic meal there about 8 months ago.
Delissio in Curtin is excellent – I live nearby, packed out every night, book ahead!

We recently ate at Mezzalira (sic?)in Civic – the food is fantastic but the portions are tiny and expensive. I actually went to ali baba around the corner afterwards.

LlamaFrog 7:15 pm 14 Apr 08

Chinese would be Dumpling Inn belconnen. Very good

But everyday eating that will kill me soon is Dobinsons Bakery Canberra Centre. not a restaurant so shoot me.

imarty 7:12 pm 14 Apr 08

Artespresso has gone downhill since the Sammuts left. Not bad service but it seems like they might be scrimping a bit on cost of ingredients. The bloke I dined with (president of the Food Media Club) agreed. Haven’t tried the Austrian since the new people took over, apparently the same people who went broke at Red Hill amongst others, so I’m told.
As stated here before by others, Delizioso (sp?) in Curtin is quite good as is the cafe in the art gallery near the Mint.

buyhercandy 7:04 pm 14 Apr 08

Timmy’s Kitchen and Thai Cornar in Manuka, especially for Timmy’s Shantung Chicken and Thai Cornar’s laksa. Pho Phu Quoc in Dickson is also pretty excellent. The Blue Elephant in Braddon does a brilliant Indian ‘buffet’ selection for about $10, too, if I recall.

And it’s not a restaurant, but the Jewel of India (no link to the actual restaurant of the same name) in the new upstairs foodcourt in the new part of Canberra Centre (near Borders) is fantastic.

Duke 6:31 pm 14 Apr 08

Oh and for a late supper check out a quaint little cafe in the Woden car park – RJs – standing room only!

Duke 6:29 pm 14 Apr 08

Bellucis, Mekong Delta, Artespresso, Austrian Club

pptvb 6:23 pm 14 Apr 08

We went the Lanyon Homestead for dinner last week. Excellent service.
The menu had enough unique dishes(roo, possum, rabbit, yabbie, emu) to set it apart from the usual steak/pasta fare.Yummy desserts and good coffee.
3 courses for 6 people = $300 !
Well worth the trip.

Meconium 6:15 pm 14 Apr 08

Lee’s Inn for the winn. Ridiculously cheap yet good quality Chinese takeaway type food, conveniently located in Manuka, open till midnight and I think even 1am on weekends. When you’re working till after all the other restaurants and cafes are closed, Lee’s is the ONLY option if you’re not after McDonalds, Oporto or Ali Baba.

Tuong (everyone calls him Lee), the owner for 25 years, is a really good bloke – hardworking, dedicated and always friendly, even when customers are being difficult.

Lee’s isn’t the place you’d go to impress on a first date, but the place you’d go once you’re comfortable with each other and want to have a cheap night out without the ceremony of going somewhere overpriced with small portions on large plates.

For the cheap and cheerful takeaway it is, I’d give it five stars.

ant 6:13 pm 14 Apr 08

Still love the Pide House at Jammo. It’s a great place to go in winter, with old carpet, dusty plants, busy-as, friendly fast service, and lashings of food. Tasty food!

Value for money, not upper class (at all), and great for a family feed.

papadoc 6:06 pm 14 Apr 08

La Scala to me was overpriced but it was 4 years ago. Quite small portions from what I remember.

lemaChet 6:00 pm 14 Apr 08

I know you said not upper class stuff, but we went to The Boathouse a few months back and were rather impressed.

Service was excellent, food was great, and we weren’t rushed.

I’ve also liked La Scala the few times i’ve been there.

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