The Canberran

A snobby (though tongue-in-cheek) look at the finer sides of the National Capital. Got a tip? Email editor@thecanberran.com

The Spring Food and Booze Round-up!

by The Editor

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Spring has certainly sprung in Canberra, and as we stow away our gloves and scarves in exchange for dresses and shorts, it’s time to celebrate the best season of the year.

Warmer weather means its time to get out and about to explore some of Canberra’s new food and drink offerings. Here’s a quick round-up of what’s caught our eye in the bright

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White Rabbit Cocktail Room
(now open)
Jolimont Centre, Northbourne Avenue
Canberra City

This is bar designed for a ‘what’ and not a ‘who’. That ‘what’ is Instagram. With an Alice in Wonderland theme, everything from the cakes to the cocktails to the fitout is pretty and perfect for phone photography. Nick Tuckwell has done a great job of refurbing the tired-but-well-oved Kremlin Bar into a new space that takes the city’s bars in a brand new direction.

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What they’re saying:

Curiouser and curiouser…

What we’re thinking:

A welcome break from the previously blokey trend in Canberra bar design. Thank God there’s finally a new place to party in a frock and heels since Hippo went all ‘Baxter’s Inn’. It’s been a long two years…

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(open 22 October)
16 Iluka Street
Narrabundah

The owners of this new Asian experience speak of it as a vision. Given the months of planning and extensive refurbishment that has gone into the Narrabundah venue, we’re pretty pumped to see how the dream has become a reality.

XO-Interior-BWWhat they’re saying:

XO delivers an innovative, modern approach to traditional South East Asian cuisine that is grounded by a commitment to unpretentious, honest food.

What we’re thinking

This site in grungy Narrabundah has a proud history (Das Kapital, The Artisan). It would be great to see another venue re-invent the dynamic flavours of the region to our north. The big question is this: Can the outer-Inner South dish up another restaurant that is worth travelling to?

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Highball-Express-Logo-BWHighball Express
(open late October – maybe?)
Melbourne Building, Alinga Street
Canberra City

First there was Molly. Now, Highball Express looks to introduce a brand new experience of a Cuban hacienda with big balconies and a light and breezy feel.

Highball-Interior-BWWhat they’re saying:

Cocktail bar in the heart of Canberra’s CBD with over 500 rums and a dedicated function space.

What we’re thinking:

The small and dark (Molly) is going big and bright (Highball) on the ‘difficult’ side of Northbourne Avenue. Last time, the boys put together a beautiful whiskey vault. This time we dream of a cigar section to match all of those rums.

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Other rumours? How about a sports bar in Kingston? Mombassa seems to be getting a long-overdue makeover, and we hear that one of Canberra’s most experienced bar owners is heading to Lonsdale Street.

Stay tuned!

Likely Lads Bring a New Wine Label to Canberra

by The Editor

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Okay. Here’s a challenge.

We want you to name as many Canberra wine labels as you can. Go on. Have a think about it and see how many you can come up with before your scroll down into this article.

(Oh, and… yes. This is a trick question)

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In a Word: Traffic

by obalint

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“Canberra doesn’t have traffic.”

Bold statement. But one that gets more promotion than Pippa Middleton’s derriere. The city’s architect designed grand boulevards and ample space, low population and rambunctious roundabouts certainly afford Canberrans the unique luxury of having minimal traffic. But I wouldn’t say there’s no traffic. And there’s been a steady increase in recent years…

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AFP – The Right to Remain Intimidating

by The Editor

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Canberra, as we well know, is something of a nanny state. The amount of excessive red tape and OH&S over-compliance is insane. Given even the OECD recognises that Canberra excels in terms of per-capita education, you wouldn’t think that the local government would be so keen to guide us – blindfolded and by the hand – through so many of life’s simple challenges.

It’s a bit weird, isn’t it?

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The Argument Against Uber

by The Editor

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Today, Canberra’s taxi drivers went on strike to protest the potential arrival of the richest enfant terrible, Uber.

So who’s side are you on?

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How’s the Serenity? Checking out Muse Canberra

by The Editor

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While we really can’t imagine Darrel Kerrigan sitting back with a copy of Greg Sheridan’s biography, Muse Canberra may just be the bookstore-cum-restaurant that we’ve been looking for.

So, what is it?

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Canberra’s Coffee Culture Goes Global

by The Editor

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It’s no secret that Australians love their coffee. So embedded are we that sometimes we forget just how differently we treat the roasted brew compared to other English-speaking countries. This was highlighted recently on the BBC and, in particular, in regard to what’s happening here in Canberra.

But more about that in a moment…

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Hooray for a Gay Airport!

by The Editor

 

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In one to be filed under ‘Well, we weren’t expecting that!” Many Canberrans were impressed by an initiative of the Canberra Airport to promote the marriage equality debate.

Surprise!

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Provini – Do we really need another Italian restaurant?

by The Editor

Provini-600x400-8While Italy possess a rich culture of food and wine, you could be easily forgiven for thinking the cuisine has been done to death. In Australia, Italian food has become so homogenised we can barely get past a ‘spag bol’ or soggy garlic bread while searching for a true understanding of its traditions. Where do we go from here?

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Mount Majura Vineyard absolutely kills it in 2016 Wine Companion

by The Editor

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Canberra’s wine scene continues to go from strength-to-strength with one of our personal favourites, Mount Majura Vineyard, recently being recognised for an amazing vintage. They’ve got some delicious news about their recent efforts.
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