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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>.

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dnl 3:45 am 20 Jun 07

on a serious note – is there a complaint that julep lounge is changing to a tapas and cocktail lounge? who here would really pefer to go to minque or b bar and put up with the nightclub thump?

p1 11:32 pm 14 Jun 07

I’m with you Danman, Rock Salt is the best place i have ever enjoyed fine wine and food.

MadamMoxie 10:15 pm 14 Jun 07

I’d agree with Danman that degustation at Hawker is great. The service is frustrating, but the value and quality of the food is hard to beat.

Julep Lounge is wise to change over to tapas and high teas. While it did serve wonderful food in its restaurant, Canberra lacks a good quality tapas bar but has plenty of restaurants. Together with their cocktail bar (and bar staff who have won national awards), it will make a winning combination, It will also offer an alternative to The Hyatt for high teas (which I’ve found to be more expensive but less indulgent recently).

Was anyone at The Julep’s birthday night when they had an ice sculpture of a revolver and poured vodka down the ‘barrel’, so the vodka was chilled by the time it reached a shot glass at the end? Classy!

ant 9:20 pm 14 Jun 07

Chez Daniel was at one of the Northbourne hotels for a bit, wasn’t it? Had a really masterly stew there, the stock was just incredible.

There used to be a very nice family-run turkish restaurant at Manuka, upstairs in the Style Arcade, we went there a lot.

Tack 5:47 pm 14 Jun 07

Astrojax – I feel your pain 🙂 . As for Rubicon – will try their “degustation” next time – interesting how you (I) seem to notice things like service more and more as you get older. I DO appreciate a waiter who knows and understands the menu. (Is “waiter” gender specific? hmmm? )
Cape Cod – another little gem. I do LOVE the way you can find a GREAT restaurant hidden in a local shopping centre in Canberra – Anyone remember Juniper berry before it moved from the Red Hill Shops?
Rocksalt? Heard so much about it – gotta get there….

astrojax 5:23 pm 14 Jun 07

i had christoph’s last cassoulet! yum! a sad passing, but he went to spend more time with family and may open something nearer home later on…

as for a great degustation, you can get it at rubicon, either by asking the chef, or by simply ordering five or six entrees for sharing with a glass – or three – of appropriate wines.

i’ve never much been seduced by manuka dining – i still greatly miss chez daniel, says how long ago i abandoned it!

and i second rubicon recommendations. i, also, like mezzalira. yum, and generally efficient amenable staff…

ant 1:51 pm 14 Jun 07

Mezzelira is a very reliable restaurant, we’ve been going there for years and it’s always good. although it’s not in Manuka.

I used to run the careers library in the same tenancy, and it’s funny when you head out to the dunnies, some of my old signs are still there (that was our storerooms and stuff).

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