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Lunch for tourists in Canberra???

By spin462002 12 April 2007 21

I had guests from overseas last week. We did all the usual tourist stuff and everything was great until we wanted lunch last Wednesday 4/4. Admittedly it was a little later than usual, 2.30 to be precise. We were up at Black Mountain Tower. Was there anything hot to eat? no. There were a couple of bread rolls in the display cabinet that did not look at all appetizing. (there were six of us BTW)

I had a “brainwave”. “Let’s go to the Botanic Gardens” I said,”they have great food there”.

Yes, they do, but not at 3pm. All we wanted was a wrap or a sandwich, but no. We could have cakes of any description or share a couple of small quiches. By then we were famished and decided to give the girls the quiches and make it afternoon tea for ourselves after all. So much for good ol’ Aussie hospitality!

Easter Saturday wasn’t any better. We were at Regatta Point and remembered our last experience with lunch. It was 1.15pm. The cafe was busy and seemed understaffed. As we approached a delightful young woman informed us that lunch was no longer available as they were already too busy! Seriously!

Come on Canberra, we need to lift our game, especially in our designated tourist areas. It was pitiful and I was a tad embarrassed. I love Canberra and we can do so much better.

We were gastronomically restored at the wonderful Bellucci’s at Dickson a short while later. It was quiet and the service excellent, like the food. My guests (from Norway and Sweden) were impressed. My faith was restored.

Try Bellucci’s first, it’ll save a lot of disappointment.


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astrojax 9:42 pm 14 Apr 07

tak kee’s fabulous, spin: try the duck and wonton noodle soup. or duck laksa. (and the spring rolls – though they come out at odd times in the meal and rarely before the soup! – are worth it too)


oh, and maelinar, i think unlucky fried kitten was famed for its fried chicken before it found bread… 🙂 [and chicken gourmet in civic – two locations; one near the wig and pen. briulliant! – is to be greatly preferred…]

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