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Waters Edge: open again & looking good

By ant - 25 July 2007 8

Waters Edge, the restaurant under the grass on the lake’s edge, was one of Canberra’s top restaurants until it closed a while back.
It has reopened, and judging by our experience, is headed back into its old position: the top!

We had some very VIPs to entertain, and our normal favourite upmarket eatery was not being co-operative, so we decided to give Waters Edge a go. They were wonderful to deal with, with a professional and can-do attitude. I spoke to 4 different people during the various arrangment contacts, and they were all helpful, positive, polite and offering extras right from the start.

The actual meal was wonderfully handled: the decore is soft and elegant, menu is good, and get this, the prices have come down! Well-cooked, well-served, the VIPs were happy and so were we.

The chefs are French, the staff are mature and expert, and I can unreservedly recommend the place for true classy dining (and at a really reasonable price). You’ll find menus on the “out in Canberra” website. I am delighted to be able to give them a 5 out of 5 rating. Pure quality.

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8 Responses to
Waters Edge: open again & looking good
Ally-J 1:47 pm 22 Oct 07

Went there on the weekend in hope of a nice outdoor feel and good food. Although the food was ok, it was quite overpriced. Happy to pay those prices if the quality is there but it lacked. With both myself and a girlfriend pregnant there was very little on the menu we could actually eat – ok so i should have checked the menu online first but the underlying issue is ‘lack of choice’ almost everything on the lunch menu had shellfish or goats cheese/fetta
and there was NO air-con!!. with no breeze coming in from the lake it made for an uncomfortable stay. (not just a pregnancy issue, most of the room were fanning themselves with their menu’s)
Probably wouldnt go back, it might be worth another try at dusk when the heat of the day had subsided but for the money would much rather eat at courgette, where I know I will go home a happy camper.

neanderthalsis 9:55 am 03 Aug 07

I had breakfast / brunch with a friend down from Brisbane at the Waters Edge last saturday; food was good, not too pricy, the service was great and the view was spectacular. Just as we were leaving to go to the gallery, the Carrilon started making it’s occasional noise. Rounded off a glorious morning.

thegirl 7:22 pm 02 Aug 07

Does that mean that if you want to dine with a group, you always have do dine down-market?

Good luck to them if that’s the outcome they want but I don’t really understand why they would discourage paying customers. I’ve had group bookings at the ottoman, chairman and yip, aubergine, rubicon and anise who’ve all been really accommodating and not imposed terms like that.

Ingeegoodbee 6:54 pm 02 Aug 07

Toriness, it might be reasonable to suggest that is the outcome that the establishment was seeking – when it comes to up-market dinning, I’d suggest that nothing turns of an places bread n’ butter repeat customers more than a big group cluttering up their favourite little place. My opinion of Silo in Kingston went up dramatically when I heard that they simply reject large group bookings out of hand – don’t go there much but I think there should be more places that show that sort of spine.

toriness 2:33 pm 02 Aug 07

yesterday a friend of mine went to book a group dinner at water’s edge and was sent the most outrageous set of terms and conditions i have EVER seen or heard about for a restaurant ever – including 50% paid at time of booking and the remaining 50% paid 2 weeks prior to the night of the meal. wtf?! sorry but that is just unreasonable. needless to say my friend has booked elsewhere.

ant 8:48 pm 31 Jul 07

Glad to hear other positive comments. I was just so stoked with their attitude. The usual place (has enjoyed a top spot for a while) got grumpy when we booked for 1.30, informing us that the kitchen closed at 2pm. I had visions of them setting up tables for the evening sitting while our very VIPs noted it all, and cringed. Waters Edge “got it” as soon as I rang them, and were strongly positive about the whole deal. The lunch went til 4pm, and they were graceful and professional and exactly what was needed for the duration. I really can’t sing their praises enough.

Ingeegoodbee 3:37 pm 31 Jul 07

Enjoyed a very pleasant lunch there with a couple of colleagues today – thanks for the heads up – great location, pleasant atmosphere, great food and a concise, very reasonably priced wine list

Ntp 7:21 am 25 Jul 07

I had lunch (well breakfast at midday) there on the weekend. The food was great, staff friendly, view fantastic. The prices were a little on the expensive side for the items on offer but not prohibitively so. There is a $10 minimum per person so it’s not the best bet if you only want a coffee but that is easily fixed with their scrumptious deserts – again not the cheapest.

A nice cafe would work really well in that area

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