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Venue for a fancy dinner

pamplemous 10 June 2008 47

I’m looking for a recommendation for a good venue for an anniversary. Preferably in the Civic/inner north/inner south area. We went to Courgette last year for a degustation, and it’s set the bar pretty high! We loved the food, wine and ambiance of the place. I was thinking Artespresso in Kingston, which has a degustation menu, but don’t know anyone who’s been there. I also know of Aubergine in Griffith, but am not sure it’s got the same ambiance as it’s sister-restaurant.

Any thoughts or recommendations?

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47 Responses to Venue for a fancy dinner
kean van choc kean van choc 6:13 pm 17 Jun 08

Some good recommendations above (Rubicon, Mezalira and Anise in particular are favs) but also worth a try is On Red at the top of Red Hill – sure, the bulding looks like a 1970’s UFO (I know, wtf?) but it has a great view and the food is spot on, fresh, interesting and well priced. A decent wine and beer list list, and they BYO wine for reasonable corkage – not sure about cakage… I beleive the chef is formally of grazing in Gundaroo. I rated it highly (had the duck, wifey had the fish). And no, I’m not affiliated with the place at all.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 3:32 pm 17 Jun 08

I’ve been to Pulp Kitchen a few times, and it is very agreeable. But the setting is not up there as a “venue for a fancy dinner”, more akin to a pleasant evening with friends/family where you just want a good feed (very good, in fact) in a relaxed environment.

dorrie dorrie 2:21 pm 17 Jun 08

dorrie said :

I have heard from a friend that the food at Pulp Kitchen in Ainslie is fantastic.

dorrie dorrie 2:18 pm 17 Jun 08

I have from a friend that the food at Pulp Kitchen in Ainslie is fantastic.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 12:33 pm 17 Jun 08

Thanks Jazz – just drop everything and sort it OK? What could possibly be more important?
Anyway can’t find it that way either so I’ll just rant here:

Q: How do you make a single coffee last an entire hour-long meeting and still be warm at the last sip?
A: Go to Cafe Momo – you’ll only get served just before leaving anyway… (real life experience yesterday)

Jazz Jazz 9:55 am 17 Jun 08

Its not that i dont beleive you Skidbladnir, i just dont have the resources available to fix it at the moment. As much as i’d like to click my fingers and make Riot all things to all people its just not possible. I’m more than happy to hear from volunteers.

Gungahlin Al, if the article was on cafe momo you can browse to find it in the lifestyle category.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 9:44 am 17 Jun 08

The difference is that searching Google for will return all matches in thread comments as well as the original article, but this Search feature doesn’t.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 9:41 am 17 Jun 08

@Gungahlin Al:
The new one only searches for exact words or strings in the article itself, not like the old one that used to do an entire oogle search on

But Jazz didn’t believe me when I said it was a problem. 🙁

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 9:33 am 17 Jun 08

On use or otherwise of the Search function, would be fine if it actually worked…

For instance, I did a search on momo, knowing there was an article on it just recently, and wanting to add my own account of their crappy service. Got only one entry – not the one I was after, and I know that it has been mentioned numerous times. So why isn’t the search working properly?

FredJ FredJ 2:17 pm 16 Jun 08

I’ve got to second Flints. Had the degustation there last Wednesday. The food was great, the wines perfectly matched and the service spot on. Hope your wallet’s large though.

Clown Killer Clown Killer 3:45 pm 15 Jun 08

I enjoyed a really nice dinner at Rubicon in Griffith last night – excellent food, excellent wine list, if anything let them down it was our waiters wine knowledge – particularly comparative knowledge of wines, regions and vintages – could have been better: he always seemed to have to refer questions to other staff, but that is an individual thing and not about the establishment as a whole, so it was nothing that put a dampner on the evening.

I know that the form of some of Camnberra’s eateries waxes and wanes, but right now, Rubicon have really got their sh-t together.

canyoucount canyoucount 1:57 pm 15 Jun 08


bigred bigred 9:51 pm 11 Jun 08

Boat House

sepi sepi 9:08 pm 11 Jun 08

I’ve had a quite ordinary meal and poor service at Axis about a year ago – might try again if others have liked it so much though.

Going out for dinner on Valentine’s, New Year’s Eve and Mother’s Day is always dicey – places are all packed and not really coping.

ant ant 8:37 pm 11 Jun 08

Back of the Rubicon is a shed!!!!! They’ve enclosed the back courtyard in old corrugated fibro, far as I can tell. People keep raving about it. We had our xmas party there and I was very underwhelmed. Suspect you’ll never get a good feed at a bulk meal like that, but still. they could devise a meal that works when feeding a bunch of people.

fabforty fabforty 7:49 pm 11 Jun 08

I also second the Ginger Room or Rubicon.

The Rubicon is especially cosy and romantic during the cold months if you land a table towards the back under the “fairy light canopy”. The food is great and the service friendly and non-intrusive.

el el 7:19 pm 11 Jun 08

Yes, Charcoal on London Cct is teh rox0rs. Oh, and Mecca Bah in Manooka.

And hey, this thread is still better than the ‘List of Gay Beats in Canberra’ thread from a couple of years back. Don’t like it? Don’t read it FFS.

pamplemous pamplemous 6:41 pm 11 Jun 08

Thanks for all the helpful replies. This has… well to be honest, it’s made it a lot more difficult to pick just one, but I’ll have some ideas for next year too.

Apologies if the thread didn’t offer some of you a soapbox, but sometimes there are simple questions in life. What better way to pick Canberran brains than to… ask?

Pesty Pesty 5:08 pm 11 Jun 08

ant said :

Not sure if the WatersEdge menu is fancy enough, but the place itself, the view, and the service, is brilliant.[/quote

We went there one Valentines day, service was a joke, we walked out in discuss.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 2:01 pm 11 Jun 08

Anise on West Row is a favourite. If you haven’t been there before I would highly recommend it.

And another vote for Aubergine as well.

Not so fancy, but always good, I still miss Caffe Della Piazza. 🙁

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