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Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Capitol Bar & Grill, QT Canberra

By Sophia Carlini - 14 March 2015 7

Have you had the QT experience yet? If you haven’t been to the revamped Rydges Lakeside, now known as QT, you really need to put it at the top of your priority list!

I was lucky enough to have the whole QT experience this week when I stayed in the 1920’s style hotel. The rooms are the same as the old Rydges, just with a new lick of paint and 1920’s features. The mini bar provides the usual suspects as well as a game of dominoes and an emergency bow tie! And how cool is this?! Everything you need, including the recipe, to make an Old Fashioned- I was really loving the quirkiness of QT.

I could have easily stayed in the room and ordered room service for dinner but decided to head down to the hotel restaurant, Capitol Bar & Grill. We were greeted by a stunning young maître d’ in a figure hugging black dress; she fit into the theme of the hotel perfectly. We were quickly seated at a table for two where we ordered cocktails and looked over the extensive dinner menu.

Normally when I eat out, there are only one or two items that really interest me, but I have to say, more than half the menu was appealing to me. We both ordered poultry for mains; chicken and quail, followed by dessert of pavlova and a whiskey crème caramel. Dinner was delicious!

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The next morning we headed back down to the restaurant for breakfast; this is the part that I’m really excited to tell you about! Breakfast at QT is a full buffet, and I mean full! In the center of the room is a huge table filled with pastries, cereals, fresh bread and condiments as well as an assortment of salmon and Italian deli meats; and yes, these are working meat slicers.

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This isn’t the only food station by the way; there is a whole table of teas and coffee, as well as a juice station, a yoghurt, muesli and fruit salad station, an entire buffet of hot breakfast items, including, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, 64 degree eggs, two kinds of sausages, bacon, sautéed’ mushrooms, house made baked beans and potato rostis, there is even an omelette station, where a QT chef is waiting to make an omelette just the way you want it!

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The breakfast experience at QT reminds me of being inside an up market deli, but instead of being on the other side of a glass cabinet it’s open for you to roam and grab what you like. The Italian in me is very excited by this concept!

The only thing you need to do is decide where to start! For me, I eat hot savoury first, bacon eggs etc., and then I’ll go for a bircher muesli, a piece of toast with jam and cup of tea. My boyfriend (the weirdo) eats backwards …. I’m pretty sure he’s doing it wrong!

I should point out that this is our attempt at plating, we could probably use a little practice!

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I love that QT uses all fresh produce, a lot of which is free range. What sets QT apart from other hotel restaurants is that their buffet is not only cooked using a wood fired grill, but is also attached to an open kitchen where you can actually watch the chef’s preparing breakfast.

Breakfast is from 6.30am to 10am, Monday to Friday; and 6.30am to 10.30am on weekends. You can find QT at 1 London Circuit.

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7 Responses to
Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Capitol Bar & Grill, QT Canberra
zllauh 6:34 pm 17 Mar 15

now the pictures look amazing.
would love to pay a visit. But hopefully the prices are within control as well and not hiked too much.

marcothepolopony 10:56 am 17 Mar 15

Nice pictures.
But my experience was totally different.
Capitol was hugely overpriced, very, very expensive and the serves were uninspiring, every extra costs – lots.
Our waitress was fantastic, very informative and polite.
Luckys Speakeasy did not value our custom, and made us in our 50’s feel most unwelcome, not allowing us to sit in any of the lounges, so we stood at a tall table, but there was no one to serve us!
We have lived in Canberra all our lives, visited the Lakeside many, many times in 43 years, but this was by far the worst experience ever.

Ezy 12:45 pm 16 Mar 15

rosscoact said :

Ezy said :

Another good little feature of QT is their in-house barber. I have had quite a few shaves from around the world and my best shave was right here in my home town. Craig is super handy with the razor and takes his time to make sure you are leave feeling smooth + dapper.

Love hot towel shaves. How much do they charge for a shave?

I was lucky enough to be given the shave as a gift, but the overall experience costs – $45.00

“THE DON (20mins/$45): A super-quick & super-effective straight-edged razor shave completed with a cold towel, moisturiser & a perfectly proportioned splash of aftershave. Just 20 short minutes in the hands of our experienced barbers & you’ll face the world suave, smooth & Don Draper dapper.”

rosscoact 12:41 pm 16 Mar 15

Ezy said :

Another good little feature of QT is their in-house barber. I have had quite a few shaves from around the world and my best shave was right here in my home town. Craig is super handy with the razor and takes his time to make sure you are leave feeling smooth + dapper.

Love hot towel shaves. How much do they charge for a shave?

Ezy 8:38 am 16 Mar 15

Another good little feature of QT is their in-house barber. I have had quite a few shaves from around the world and my best shave was right here in my home town. Craig is super handy with the razor and takes his time to make sure you are leave feeling smooth + dapper.

rosscoact 8:33 am 16 Mar 15

That looks great. Will happily have a dirty weekend there.

tooltime 4:06 pm 15 Mar 15

Yes,

I’m no hipster, but every time I go out in this area, I end up having a drink here. It’s really good. I’ve had the odd conference/event on level one both as an organiser & participant. Liam & Emily are really great in this area. The whole joint has been tastefully renovated, can’t fault it really.

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