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Best Seafood restaurant in Canberra?

By Charchar - 5 July 2008 28


I’d be really grateful for any recommendations on good Canberra seafood restaurants (not takeaway places). A couple that have been recommended are Maestral in Weston and Con’s Seafood in Mawson – has anyone been to them?

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Best Seafood restaurant in Canberra?
OzChick 9:34 am 07 Jul 08

Con’s in Mawson is exactly as HA described. I would never go there again…

I second the Peppered Prawn… Their soft shell crab dish is awesome…

lenny 9:00 am 07 Jul 08

Iori Japanese resturant in civic does good seafood dishes. I would not recomend cons seafood, last time we went there it was very tired and the food was very average. To be fair this was around 2 years ago so it may have improved since then.
I have heard a few mixed reviews for pepperered prawn, apparently its pretty average.

kean van choc 5:22 pm 06 Jul 08

We gave Cape Cod a run for the first time the other night – the best fish and chips I’ve had in Canberra by far. The mixed entree tasting plate was good too: coffin bay oysters that were as fresh as you can get in Canberra, a very tasty crumbed/spiced calamari that one of my dining companions rated as the best calamari they had had in sometime, and a really tasty smoked trout risotto ball. My wife had the mussel linguine and, while the mussels were tasty and fresh, the pasta sauce was lacking any zing – a few levels above OK. We also had a couple of salads (rocket and parmesan and a pear and green apple) that were made with good quality produce – they were perfect.

The service was spot on – heaps of waiters, all very attentive. Atmosphere is casual – you would feel comfortable in a shirt or a t-shirt – and lively. All up it costs us $200 on the nose for four people – pretty reasonable (I think corkage was around $6 or so per bottle).

HA 12:45 pm 06 Jul 08

Cape Cod at Deakin is def worth a meal..lunch or dinner. Not cheap but innovative and prepared with flair. Con’s at Mawson is tired, aged, heavily battered/fried food; give it a miss.

At the end of the day, we’re inland so the fruit of the sea ain’t fresh fish, the seafood has been brought quite a way to us…seafood is not a Canberra highlight.

ant 11:03 am 06 Jul 08

Mælinar said :

There’s nothing to rave about any seafood anywhere along the Eastern Seaboard of Australia thats 2 hours inland from the ocean.

True enough. the only member of our family who likes fish food is from Brisbane! We’re all natives of here, and I can’t believe people eat anything that smells like that.

Mælinar 6:49 pm 05 Jul 08

There’s nothing to rave about any seafood anywhere along the Eastern Seaboard of Australia thats 2 hours inland from the ocean.

needlenose 6:34 pm 05 Jul 08

I don’t think either the food or the service at Peppered Prawn is particularly good.

Cape Cod at Deakin is not bad.

But I haven’t found anything to rave about on the seafood front here in Canberra.

Ernie 6:00 pm 05 Jul 08

Go to Peppered Prawn. It’s very good food and service.

kevn 4:30 pm 05 Jul 08

I had my family 18th at Con’s some years ago. It was pretty good. Suffering a bit of ‘aging restaurant syndrome’ around the decor and what not, but still pretty good.

realityskin 4:17 pm 05 Jul 08

Peppered Prawn at Woden?

Duke 2:03 pm 05 Jul 08

Admittedly I have never eaten the seafood at Maestral but they do wonderful work with all things meat! We have been there several times and never been disappointed.

ant 1:40 pm 05 Jul 08

Although not a “seafood restaurant”, The Charcoal Restaurant in the Melbourne building does exceptional fish-food. They get the best of whatever’s in season delivered daily, like trouts and oysters and what-not. there were always assorted fish vans and trucks out the back, the chef or the owner often came out to have a poke and decide on what to buy that day.
People used to rave and drool about their lobster dishes.

TAD 1:12 pm 05 Jul 08

My esp tells me that a shameless plug for a canberra cafe website will be coming soon.

Gungahlin Al 12:35 pm 05 Jul 08

Opps: Delissio – Braddon – used to be Coggan’s.

Gungahlin Al 12:34 pm 05 Jul 08

Had a scrumptious calamari with chilli mandarin sauce lunch this week at Delissio – just $10.

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