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Canberra’s top eateries?

By TheGingerNinja 16 April 2012 99

There seems to be an excessive amount of restaurants and cafe’s in the capital, the standard from personal experience is quite low in many forms of the dining experience, especially in the quality of food or poorly made coffees, with the exception of a top restaurant starting with “S” that I found to be excellent in all forms.

What are your thoughts?

What are your favourite places to eat and why?

What makes these places stand out?

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EvanJames 11:20 pm 10 May 12

Sounds like the Lake George Hotel, and that is actually Bung’s main street, it’s just not the one that people go down on teh way to the coast! Some good eatin’ to be had in Bung these days.

Glad to hear Ardeche is still good… is it still French Provincial? Severe lack of such places these days.

Deref 8:49 pm 10 May 12

WineandDine said :

The George is on the second Main street in Bungendore… opposite the supermarket… you cant miss it… the whole place has been refurbed and is the best looking building in town. Might see you out there this Sunday. I will be the guy with the beer and the pork belly lol!

Oh – used to be the Lake George? Can’t wait to try it! 🙂

WineandDine 4:36 pm 10 May 12

The George is on the second Main street in Bungendore… opposite the supermarket… you cant miss it… the whole place has been refurbed and is the best looking building in town. Might see you out there this Sunday. I will be the guy with the beer and the pork belly lol!

Deref 2:50 pm 09 May 12

WineandDine said :

My partner and I found a new one that we will be sure to visit regularly. Being regular winers and diners we always go out of our way to find a good venue. If you don’t mind a 25-30 min drive I HIGHLY recommend checking out THE GEORGE at Bungendore. We called in there on the way back from the coast last weekend and OMG! There is a huge open fireplace with the most comfortable deep leather seats I have ever at in and some of the best food I have had in ages. Well worth a visit… we have moved our Mothers Day booking to the George. They have a set menu and when I saw the “Cured and slow roasted Gidleigh Free range Pork Belly” on the menu… the deal was done. When I spoke to them they were quickly filling up for lunch so I would suggest booking. CAN’T WAIT! Has anyone else eaten there???

Drool! That sounds great! Where is it in Bungendore?

WineandDine 1:29 pm 09 May 12

Oh… another one. We ate at the Ottoman 3 weeks ago and it was brilliant. Pricey but worth it. The waiter was AMAZING! He knew every little detail about every meal on the menu and reccomended a wine to match. A bit formal and probably best suited to a formal special occasion….

WineandDine 1:16 pm 09 May 12

My partner and I found a new one that we will be sure to visit regularly. Being regular winers and diners we always go out of our way to find a good venue. If you don’t mind a 25-30 min drive I HIGHLY recommend checking out THE GEORGE at Bungendore. We called in there on the way back from the coast last weekend and OMG! There is a huge open fireplace with the most comfortable deep leather seats I have ever at in and some of the best food I have had in ages. Well worth a visit… we have moved our Mothers Day booking to the George. They have a set menu and when I saw the “Cured and slow roasted Gidleigh Free range Pork Belly” on the menu… the deal was done. When I spoke to them they were quickly filling up for lunch so I would suggest booking. CAN’T WAIT! Has anyone else eaten there???

Deref 7:44 am 09 May 12

Had a feed at Ardeche in Civic last night – excellent! Delicious food, reasonable prices. The young waitress struggled with our orders since she didn’t have a clue about French, and was completely bamboozled by our request that she decant a bottle of wine. But she was cheerful and eager to help, so we didn’t mind. I’ll definitely be back.

b_radical 9:07 pm 08 May 12

I-filed said :

Deref said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Felix the Cat said :

A place I quite like and have had constant good food and service is Zeffirelli at Dickson.

Haha, you should take that on the road. You’ll get a guaranteed laugh wherever you go.

Worst restaurant in Canberra. I use the term “restaurant” very loosely.

Zefirelli is one of those places that transitional for kiddies who want to move on from McDonalds but aren’t quite ready for restaurants.

Years ago Zefirelli overcharged our table some $14 – clearly double-charged an item in a way that was unmistakeable (as there was a charge for one more persons than were at the table, for an extra dish). I didn’t notice at the time, but had the receipt and went in a day or so later to let them know. They didn’t just not offer a refund – as any honest establishment would do – they refused to give one, just a shoulder-shrugging and no response! Robbers and arseholes.

I had a similar experience. Ordered a take away, paid cash, then came back 20 minutes later they stung me again, claiming thier POS indicated payment had not been made. Obviously don’t pay their staff much or they don’t get many tips.

I-filed 8:24 pm 08 May 12

Deref said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Felix the Cat said :

A place I quite like and have had constant good food and service is Zeffirelli at Dickson.

Haha, you should take that on the road. You’ll get a guaranteed laugh wherever you go.

Worst restaurant in Canberra. I use the term “restaurant” very loosely.

Zefirelli is one of those places that transitional for kiddies who want to move on from McDonalds but aren’t quite ready for restaurants.

Years ago Zefirelli overcharged our table some $14 – clearly double-charged an item in a way that was unmistakeable (as there was a charge for one more persons than were at the table, for an extra dish). I didn’t notice at the time, but had the receipt and went in a day or so later to let them know. They didn’t just not offer a refund – as any honest establishment would do – they refused to give one, just a shoulder-shrugging and no response! Robbers and arseholes.

AllaAurora 8:09 pm 08 May 12

I can’t believe no-one has mentioned it before, but L’unico in Kingston is the best Italian I’ve ever had.
I must admit though I haven’t tried Italian and Sons, although I’ll try that one next

They are one of the few Italian places that sell a decent amount of Vegetarian meals too. La Scala only has one.

Deref 5:46 pm 08 May 12

Holden Caulfield said :

Felix the Cat said :

A place I quite like and have had constant good food and service is Zeffirelli at Dickson.

Haha, you should take that on the road. You’ll get a guaranteed laugh wherever you go.

Worst restaurant in Canberra. I use the term “restaurant” very loosely.

Zefirelli is one of those places that transitional for kiddies who want to move on from McDonalds but aren’t quite ready for restaurants.

Holden Caulfield 4:18 pm 08 May 12

Felix the Cat said :

A place I quite like and have had constant good food and service is Zeffirelli at Dickson.

Haha, you should take that on the road. You’ll get a guaranteed laugh wherever you go.

Worst restaurant in Canberra. I use the term “restaurant” very loosely.

ClarenceMD 4:08 pm 08 May 12

I found Sage pretty “meh” when I was there recently. I was disappointed as I’d heard good things.

Pulp Kitchen is always worth a visit.

Best coffee in town is Harvest, though there’s supposed to be a good place in Weston.

KDog 10:31 am 30 Apr 12

The Artisan in Narrabundah is the place to go.
Or D’Browes is also excellent.
Spicy Ginger in Acton is an excellent Chinese restaurant.

I seriously don’t understand the love the supposedly “top” restaurants in Canberra recieve, typically the food is over rated, over priced and the service is on/off.

Mysteryman 8:48 am 30 Apr 12

astrojax said :

haroldluntz said :

astrojax said :

tasuke, for authentic as possible in canberra .

Sorry to break it to you but most of the staff speak Cantonese, including the kitchen staff.

mebbe they speak cantonese, but the chef dude, and owner, is certainly japanese: i guess he needs whatever staff he can get..? (and very few people i know who have been to japan rate the others in the vicinity over tasuke)

I’ve been to Japan – twice – and Coo, Iori, and Tasuke are as authentic as you can get in Canberra. I keep going back to Tasuke because I like their range and their atmosphere. I’ve spoken with the owners of Coo/Iori and Tasuke and they are indeed Japanese.

Deref 8:21 am 30 Apr 12

Mysteryman said :

Watson said :

It depends what you are after?

One restaurant where I always love going is Sammy’s in Civic. It’s not at all haute cuisine, but their food is consistently excellent and the service is mind-bogglingly fast. And if you sit outside there on a summer night, it almost feels like you’re in a big city.

Of the more upmarket restaurants – I have found the few I tried rather dissapointing personally. I did like D’Browes when I went there a couple of years ago. I felt the urge to lick my plate clean and the staff were very friendly. I might have been a little bit biased because they were so great with my 4yo daughter, but that just shows good business sense.

Just my opinion – I have tried a lot of Chinese restaurants and found Sammy’s to be essentially the same as all the others with regards to taste/quality of food, but in a far noisier atmosphere.

If you want something that’s actually tasty, and similar to real Chinese food (the stuff you would actually get in China) go to Spicy Ginger near UniLodge. Way better!

Sounds good. 🙂

I found Sammy’s to be awful – crowded, noisy and food for which “ordinary” would be high praise.

Kenny’s in Dickson is brilliant.

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