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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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3Jane 10:02 am 24 Oct 10

This Chinese/Malaysian place is popular for take-away, but the food is much better sit-down.

It’s the Iron Chef in Mawson Place, Mawson, where the laksa is excellent (although the tofu is not juicy the way I like it). I’ve had other very good dishes there too, much better since the old management under which it was called the [Something] Wok.

I like to eat in there because it opens at 5pm for dinner, it’s roomy, inexpensive, and we always get the same waitress (a family member I assume) who is friendly to our child.

PS. If you are going to get take-away from the Iron Chef or the pizza place next door, please DO NOT park in the “disabled” parking space unless you are displaying a current Mobility Parking Permit which has been issued for you. There are people who need that carpark, and can’t use it even if you are parked there for ‘just a minute’, or you are parked there and sitting in your car. If you can walk across the road, there is a carpark there which has lots of spaces in the evenings.

Pommy bastard 10:15 am 25 Sep 10

I had my first visit to “Grazing” at Gundaroo last night. Pretty impressed, a few small niggles, but otherwise a positive impression.

The good.

The food was innovative, delicious, well presented, and interesting. I would have settled for a smaller entre and a bigger main, or at least a main with more side dishes as standard not extras. Service was not overly fast, but not slow to the point of being a drag, and it goes as read that a good meal should allow for conversation and digestion between courses. We all had the wines recommended for each dish, and were suitably impressed. Cost was what I would expect to pay for a meal of that quality, neither cheap nor expensive. Décor was pleasant, though the art works on view were not to my taste, being modern, but at least they were unobtrusive. (Forgive me if I do not rhapsodise about the age of the building, my house in the UK is older.)

The niggles.

We were sat in, as were three other tables, what can only be described as a corridor. As we were eating early this meant that we were constantly interrupted by passing arrivals and wait staff. (If we had booked earlier I’m sure we would have had a better table and this then would not have been a problem) When I have the recommended wine for a meal, I like the wine to arrive before, or with, the course, not half way through it. The wine recommended for my main should have been a bit more full bodied.

Still, all told, a good and very enjoyable dining experience, one I would not hesitate to recommend and will definitely go to again.

7/10 (addressing my niggles would put it up to a solid 8.5/10)

kean van choc 11:54 am 02 Jan 09

The Tampico Hut also did the best nachos in town – at least they tasted like the best at 3am…

ant 10:55 am 02 Jan 09

Being chased through Watson with a cleaver would be fun though! And then we could type about it, and then the proprieter (using some weird name and “newbie” in brackets) could come on with his staff and give his side, and we’d all have fun.

farnarkler 10:38 am 02 Jan 09

Carlos sounds like a place you’d go only if you lost a bet.

ant 10:31 am 02 Jan 09

We could go to Carlo’s first. And book as “Riotact”. I’m sure we’d get a big welcome…

farnarkler 10:24 am 02 Jan 09

Ant that’s the one!! I ended up working with the woman who worked in the van at the law courts back in 88. She remembered my addiction to her tacos.

When I was at DFAT we used to visit a different Kingston or Manuka restaurant every payday. Some places were good, some were bad but it was nice to try somewhere different.

ant 9:57 am 02 Jan 09

farnarkler said :

Ruffnready there used to be a green Ford F100 food van in Civic back in the 80’s that used to make the best tacos. From memory it used to park over the road from Greater Union in front of the petrol station.

I think that was called the Tampico Hutte. I could be wrong, my mind was usually somewhat fuddled when visiting it.

Restaurant group is a great idea, I’m sure you’d get a quorum. We had a very pleasant breakfast a few months back (barring my LIQUID eggs).

farnarkler 6:32 am 02 Jan 09

Why not start an RA restaurant club. Visit a different restaurant once a fortnight.

farnarkler 6:14 am 02 Jan 09

Ruffnready there used to be a green Ford F100 food van in Civic back in the 80’s that used to make the best tacos. From memory it used to park over the road from Greater Union in front of the petrol station.

As for restaurants, I reckon Boffins at ANU is worth a mention. Asian Cafe rocks and I have to agree with Mish Mash that Happys is up there.

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