Vibrant, fresh, diverse, and packed with bold flavour – that’s Asian cuisine.
If you are passionate about Asian food, here in Canberra, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Australia’s capital is home to countless excellent Asian restaurants serving up everything from traditional Chinese to contemporary Thai. Whatever your preference, you’re sure to find world-class eats.
To help you uncover the very best eateries in the region, we asked Canberra’s locals to share their favourite Asian restaurants. From there, we have put together this list of the top three in Canberra and beyond.
So, without further ado, let’s get started right away.
What makes a fantastic Asian restaurant?
Not sure what, exactly, you want when comparing Asian restaurants? Start by keeping a sharp eye out for the following must-have traits:
- Authentic flavours. Many Asian cuisines have a long, rich history. The best eateries showcase this with delightfully authentic flavours.
- Innovative menu. While tried-and-true classics have their place, sometimes you want something a bit more special.
- Friendly staff. Wait staff have a huge impact on your experience at any restaurant. The best Asian restaurants are run by a team of passionate, dedicated staff that make dining a real treat.
The top Asian restaurants in Canberra according to you
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
It’s time to introduce the locals’ favourite Asian restaurants in Canberra and surrounding regions.
The passionate team behind AKIBA is inspired by the informal, lively, exciting dining halls and rooms throughout the East-Asia region. Their incredible and diverse menu showcases the many styles of Asian barbeque, modern-day Dim Sum, raw food, and so much more. Although the AKIBA team stays true to authentic Asian flavours, they make use of fresh local produce where possible. The result is a fast-paced dining experience that’s not to be missed.
A local favourite, The Golden Drum delivers authentic Szechuan cuisine. But don’t worry – their friendly staff happily cater to all levels of spice. Popular dishes include the baked fish and wild rabbit. If you are planning a visit, keep in mind that this place gets busy fast. The service is quick and efficient, so you shouldn’t have to wait too long if The Golden Drum is full.
Situated in the ISKIA building in Campbell, Lanterne Rooms is an established eatery known across the city for its bold Nyonya flavours. Each dish served in this beloved Asian restaurant has what the Lanterne Rooms team calls an ‘A-ma’ or ‘grandma’ soul, a comforting quality that reminds us of hardy home cooking. Contrasted with modern presentation, the cuisine is both classic and innovative, traditional and contemporary.
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