Lots of new restaurants and cafes opened up in November. I haven’t tried all of them yet, but I’ll get there eventually. Here are some of my foodie adventures for the month.
I tried the eggs benedict at the newly opened European in Kingston which were satisfying, particularly on a thick slice of bread from Autolyse. How good is their bread? Looking forward to checking it out for dinner one night. Another welcome addition to the Kingston scene is Penny University. A café with great coffee, food, atmosphere and décor, with a cute little courtyard at the back.
I headed to Lookout Red Hill Café & Bar for some spicy Spanish baked eggs with beans and chorizo. Happy with this and the freshly squeezed orange juice. It also provides a great view of Canberra.
I had a Filipino breakfast at Kusina – not the best breakfast I’ve had but I was happy to find my lemon and ginger tea had real pieces of lemon and ginger in it. A nice touch and I do love their lunch/dinner menu.
I tried out 39 Steps who have incorporated the sustainable coffee concept where you can pre-purchase a coffee for those that cannot afford it. What a great concept!
I was impressed with the 18 hour slow-cooked pulled pork burger at Rodney’s Garden Café. It tasted great and looked good too. It was lovely sitting outside in their courtyard on a sunny day.
I enjoyed dipping freshly made roti into my curry at Mamak Corner. It was greasy but I didn’t care – so bad but oh-so-good.
I discovered that Iron Knob Bakery and Delicatessan make beef pho so I gave that a go. Not the best I’ve had and there were no fresh bean sprouts, but it wasn’t bad.
I tried out yumcha at Spicy Ginger where for $22 per person you can try everything the restaurant has on offer.
Along with most of Canberra, I tried out Jamie’s Italian for dinner. The computer system broke down and our orders were lost so there was a long wait time for our food. Happy with the quality of food and I’m keen on trying out a few more dishes.
I enjoyed $1 oysters at C Dine Bar on a Friday arvo. Oysters are brought in from Merimbula and freshly shucked. Four types of options are available – natural, Kilpatrick, tempura and mornay. Incredible value for money and the oysters taste fantastic and fresh. So worth it!
I’d been wanting to try Benchmark Wine Bar for a while, so I headed there with some friends and tried out the eight course degustation.
I tried the half-price Japanese banquet at Iori Plus. I thought it was a great introduction to the restaurant (sister restaurant to Iori and Coo), and great value for money with the most expensive banquet priced at only $30. The half-price offer is only valid Monday nights for a minimum of 6 people.
I headed to Peppercress restaurant in Tuggeranong which is a relatively unknown restaurant but I was impressed with the great quality of food. The Head Chef worked at Marco Pierre White’s (aka the Godfather of modern cooking) restaurant in London where he earned his first Michelin star. He now has two stars up his sleeve. Worth checking out.
Dolce and Salato Pasticceria, an Italian patisserie, bakery and café, recently opened its doors in Civic (replacing Gelato Joe’s). Love the green hedges surrounding the outdoor dining area. A huge wood-fired oven sits inside to make yummy wood-fired breakfasts
If you like coconut, you will LOVE the ‘sweet egg in hay’ dessert at Morks. Two scoops of coconut ice cream, toasted coconut shavings, crunchy pastry and fairy floss on top – absolutely divine. My new favourite dessert and the feature photo above.
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