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Manuka Restaurant scene melting……

By Tack - 13 June 2007 27

Not happy 🙁

We “found” a GREAT restaurant in Manuka 8 weeks ago – The Julep Lounge. It’s upstairs above Ables music.

We went there twice for a GREAT degustation menus [with wine :-}~~ ]. Both times the food was outstanding – truly. The second time we went with a couple of friends – they had the Vegetarian degustation and said it was excellent too. Not cheap admittedly – but…

Anyway – passing by today – Restaurant closed. Renovating and reopening as a Tapas bar/cocktail lounge and Jazz spot.

Also noticed that Christoph’s has also closed [in the lane facing the Old (closed) Atlantic spot] . Deep Dish – Closed.

Meh – guess it’s back to Rubicon in Griffith (Great wine list and service); Courgette and – what-ever – Just Julep lounge was so good – and walk-able <SIGH>.

What’s Your opinion?


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27 Responses to
Manuka Restaurant scene melting……
Pandy 9:52 pm 13 Jun 07

Hi fives with you frog on that one.

LlamaFrog 9:45 pm 13 Jun 07

verve sucks, bad service, poor food selection and where the hell have the couches gone?

Pandy 9:44 pm 13 Jun 07

Too far for ant to walk in her high heels.

Woody Mann-Caruso 8:40 pm 13 Jun 07

Parking in Manuka is a piece of piss. There’s a multistory carpark under Coles. It’s 80c an hour. The bottom couple of floors are usually empty. There are escalators to the top and you end up directly across from Verve.

ant 8:04 pm 13 Jun 07

This is good, getting the word up on the good restaurants! Manuka is a pain in the rrse… parking is frustrating, it’s cluttered and frenetic. when I was at school we’d get a hamburger craving and pile into my ute and make it to the hamburgery opposite the church (next to the book shop, they’re all gone now) and back to school during recess. Couldn’t do that now. It’s gone to the dogs.

Gentleman Farmer 6:13 pm 13 Jun 07

The Julep Lounge is very, very good with the cocktails. I’m sad the restaurant part is closing, it was very good. The owners told us the tapas menu will be expanding and the serves will be bigger. The few times I’ve ordered from it it was just as good as the restaurant meals, so I hope that continues.

I guess alcohol is where you can make really make a profit, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’d had to go all-cocktails in order to meet Manuka rents. Or who knows, maybe they just really like making cocktails!

Tack 5:10 pm 13 Jun 07

Faustus – I have had the degustation at Aubergine a couple of times – it is ok. BUT the service is only average – most of the waiters SEEM like they are part time working their second job etc etc. Interesting that Courgette is run by the same team BUT their service is soooo smooth :-).

Tack 5:07 pm 13 Jun 07

O.K. Randomgit – I’ll bite 🙂
Is it scene/seen? or have I made a real boo boo?
I am a member of the APS* you know? (I know that “menus” should be menu – can’t figure out how to edit now it is posted though.)

*Apostrophe protection society

dr. faustus 4:51 pm 13 Jun 07

I’ve never actually eaten at the Julip Lounge, but I’ve drank there on a number of occasions, and it was a great and classy spot for a drop of top-shelf booze. Only problem was it closed too early. If it retains its current ambiance, but fits in a few more comfy couches, I’m not going to complain. But I can’t say “Tapas bar/cocktail lounge and Jazz spot” sounds particularly promising.

For good degustation menus in Canberra, try Dijon in Civic, Aubergine in Griffith (only had a la carte, but I’d be surprised if they didn’t also offer a degustation) and Sage at Gorman House.

RandomGit 4:46 pm 13 Jun 07

REALLY Tack! Cold blooded murder of the English tongue.

justbands 4:07 pm 13 Jun 07

On the plus side…The Rubicon is FANTASTIC.

West_Kambah_4eva 4:03 pm 13 Jun 07

You could say Christoph’s “surrendered” to the pressure… I AM A COMEDY GOD

P? 3:58 pm 13 Jun 07

Christoph’s has been replaced with El Torogoz, which is a great restaurant with a good menu. Well worth a look.

LlamaFrog 3:57 pm 13 Jun 07

I am constantly surprised that the native food restaurant next to artoven continues to be open, never seen customers.

Ingeegoodbee 3:46 pm 13 Jun 07

I noticed that as well. I suspect that Manuka is having some problems, possibly with greedy landlords. For a place that’s supposed to be the upmarket shopping and dining area in Canberra, there seems to be a lot of empty shops.

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