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Restaurant Review – Flint Dining Room and Bar

che 22 May 2008 9

Flint Dining Room and Bar

15 Edinburgh Street Acton
Ph 02 6162 3350
Menus For Download – Dinner, Functions, Beverages

A new dining room opened in the heritage listed former Acton Hotel. The old Acton Hotel was first occupied in May 1927 and was used to house public servants sent to Canberra but has recently been refurbished into a new boutique hotel.

Evening dining is in a large high ceiling room with original polished wooden floor. This gives the dining room good acoustics without the loud noise often found in smaller establishments. The large area does give a feeling of an old time dining room but without the atmosphere as individual tables are positioned along the walls. Long tables with cloths are positioned in the centre of the room behind the reception desk.
These long tables indicate that the restaurant is marketed more for ‘functions’ dining than for individual dining.

The menu is interesting with a number of dishes prepared using the wood fired oven and specially selected cuts of high grade pork and steak. There is also a wide selection of exotic fish dishes. The cheese selection, mainly French, looks very interesting and worth a later visit and also to try the wood fired pizza with their unusual toppings.

The dining room is not BYO, which is rare for Canberra. It appears to be targeting the functions and corporate expense card market.

For functions, yes, for pizza lunch, yes, for individual special occasions, perhaps


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b boy 070 b boy 070 10:30 pm 03 Jun 08

Been there. One of the most over rated restaurants that i have visited. Like most fancy restaurants here in canberra, Flint tries to emulate the respected sydney restaurants . If you want to stand out in canberra (and really it is not that hard), educate the staff about prompt service , regularly hold wine tastings to offer suggestions to patrons what wine should they choose with their meal , etc etc… . Its not about the fitout or decor, its always been about the food. Some of the most successful restaurants operators are not in the best suburbs or locations , have not spent millions in fitouts, but have focused on what matters most … the dining experience that the patron expects when he walks into the restaurant. As for pizza, all it tells me is that the chef is experiencing a culinary meltdown. A real fizzer !!

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 9:25 am 23 May 08

Since when has RiotACT become a free site to advertise for restaurants and services? I agree to let people know if a place is great or sucks, but for a review (complete with menus for download)…send them into the Canberra Times man! Should RiotACT be posting these? I suspect they should be charging the same as they charge Velocity Internet for their ad’s – or was that a favour as well?

I-filed I-filed 7:56 pm 22 May 08

Who’s it been named after?

Stump Stump 7:11 pm 22 May 08

I have been there. Food was good, wine OK, but expensive

Jazz Jazz 1:27 pm 22 May 08

Oops,

I forgot to change who submitted it. The reveiw was done by Che’s mum who sent it in via email. I might get around to doing my own review at some point as well

stereo henry stereo henry 1:08 pm 22 May 08

I’ve eaten there… was over-priced and average. However, it has only recently opened and does deserve a second chance, but I’m not in the habit of waiting 1 hour + for a meal – whatever the excuse

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 12:43 pm 22 May 08

This is a review of the restaurant (location, style, decor, atmosphere, tables, contents of menu, expected clientele), but not the attached kitchen.

Either Jazz is exploring a -really- specific niche for restaurant reviews, or didn’t actually eat there but direly needed some copy.

pug206gti pug206gti 12:32 pm 22 May 08

Was this meant to be a review or a plug?

ant ant 12:07 pm 22 May 08

But, did you eat anything and how was it?!
I’m glad they’re doing something appropriate with that old building. When all the machines turned up a while back, I was worried they were going to level it.

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