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New Canberra Fun for Foodies

By snickers - 25 June 2009 25

When I first moved to Canberra from Melbourne I thought all hope was lost – and that I had gone to foodie hell.  What I discovered was a extensive, quality, but difficult to find foodie fun scattered around the Canberra burbs and hidden in little regional enclaves.  I have included some information on my most recent discovery below.

I was reading the recent post about our own local truffle growers and their (extensive!) schedule of local events and thought I might draw readers attention to a new little shop and series of events which has popped up at our beloved Old Parliament House.

I popped down for lunch the other day and low and behold – a little gourmet, farmers markety type food shop has sprung up.  It stocks a continually varying (small) range of fresh produce, local cheeses, wines, herbs, condiments, smoked goods, and freshly baked bread etc.  I consider it to be quite reasonably priced.

Besides those tasty goodies – one of the cool things they are doing is running a series of foodie events.  Much to my boss’s disappointment, their dinner with Maggie Beer is already sold out, but there are heaps of other events coming up that you foodies may be interested in.  They seem to usually consist of a talk with tasting, and then a lunch featuring the ingredient/theme of the talk/tasting (at an optional extra price of course!).

Their website is and some of the upcoming events include:

    — Our local truffle growers (19 July)
    — Smoked food demonstration (18 October)
    — Local berry crops (13 December)

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I-filed 5:27 pm 22 May 11

Old Parliament House is owned by the Government. The Museum of Australian Democracy is there. Why is the company that happens to run the cafe at OPH suddenly allowed to run a grocery out of the place? Where’s the public good?

I’ll check out the cafe and see how much local produce is on the menu. And what the quality is like. From my slender memory of Ginger Catering at a couple of functions, it was very mediocre.

Pommy bastard 12:11 pm 22 May 11

Well I’m impressed. We booked a table for four, and were seated at 7.30 pm.

The service was great, a French lad was our main server and was knowledgeable, humorous, unobtrusive, and very efficient. The food itself was wonderful, the wines for each course well chosen, and the range of choice impressive. The specials were well worth trying. Highlight of the night was the “wild mushroom landscape, king brown, pine, wood ear fungi, chestnut”. The cheese selection, (I’m a major cheese fan) was impressive, with good Swiss and French cheese available.

The setting is great with views up to Parliament. The cost? $350 for four(one of our party is 16 and does not drink wine,) so very reasonable when all is taken into account.

Highly recommended, I will be back there soon.

Pommy bastard 11:53 am 21 May 11

Thanks TS, mush appreciated.

I’ll feed back here tomorrow on my thoughts on the place.

Thoroughly Smashed 11:41 am 21 May 11

Pommy bastard said :

Has anyone eaten at “The Ginger Room” recently? We’ve a table there for the mother in law’s birthday tonight.

Thoughts, reviews?

I’ve been there a few times and so far haven’t had any reason not to go back. The food’s interesting although a little pricey, but with any luck the rapture will come sometime between finishing the meal and settling the bill. They charge a flat rate depending on the number of courses which makes things easy too.

Their current menu including prices is on their website. Portion sizes last time I was there they were good enough but judging by the latest menu they might have moved away from the traditional entree-main-dessert paradigm like at least one other of the “trendy” restaurants in Canberra that I know if, so I don’t know what the portion sizes are any more.

Pommy bastard 8:05 am 21 May 11

Has anyone eaten at “The Ginger Room” recently? We’ve a table there for the mother in law’s birthday tonight.

Thoughts, reviews?

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