For those who have not heard, the new cafe has finally opened (6-8 weeks ago) at the Red Hill lookout. Named – appropriately – The LookOut Bar & Cafe.
Open Wednesday to Sunday at the moment – Planning 7 Days once the weather warms up. Throwing caution to the wind, SWMBOB and I walked up for lunch on Friday. Parking is not a problem given the size of the area! Having taken over the ground floor, with views predominantly to the north – over south Canberra and the lake, the situation is great on a clear day. Tables are available outside and in. I can see it as a great place for evening drinks in summer – maybe for the fireworks too!
At present, there are 2 menus: one available until around 5 pm and another predominantly after 5 (although they will serve from it earlier on request). Closing time around 8pm. There is also a drinks menu.
We started with a Kia Royal – $7.50 each. There was also a selection of spirits – $5.50, as well as wine by the glass (reasonable selection), beers, cider and soft drinks. Over all, the alcohol was cheaper than I have come to expect. Food- a selection of pies (on the specials board) salads, toasted croissants, open face sandwiches, breakfast staples etc. The “evening” menu consists of finger food – meat balls, spring rolls, chicken wings and dipping sauces and so on.There are no pretensions to restaurant status, more a Tapas approach to go with the drinks. Upstairs is being refurbished, and will presumably be let as a restaurant (again….)
You order at the counter, but food is brought to the table. Presentation is simple but good, and the food fresh. Salads clean and crisp, smoked salmon delicious and the bread tasty. Coffee was excellent.
I was surprised to see many tables taken at lunch, which I think bodes well for the future and perhaps some consistency.
Overall, we were quite impressed. A good spot for lunch or an evening drink and nibbles. Worth a look.