The Canberra Times Top 20 Restaurants 2012
by The Editor
Kristen Lawson, editor of the Canberra Times’ Food and Wine section has nominated her top 20 Canberra Restaurants for 2012. It’s a good list, compiling scores over the year and tweaking them slightly in order to create a true representation of where the restaurants compared to each other. Some will cheer, some will moan, but few can doubt the Canberra dining has reached a high not seen since for almost a decade.
The high flyers (Aubergine, Sage and Ottoman Cuisine) are suitably represented, while the list is mixed with a few from left field (Thirst, and Ox Eatery). Personally, we would have loved to have seen Smoque make the list, and have had a great time devouring the broad range of dishes form the latest incarnation of China Plate. The inclusion of Silo Bakery will get some motors running, but we loved it.
What about you? What was missed from the list. Otherwise, what’s a great Canberra secret that makes for a fantastic meal without white tablecloths and encyclopaedic wine lists? Throw your thoughts in the comments below.
Here’s the list, in alphabetical order with the adjusted Food and Wine score alongside
Aubergine 17 Artisan 14.5
Courgette 15 Ellacure 14
Grazing 14 Iori 14
Italian and Sons 16.5 Jewel of India 14.5
Lanterne Rooms 15.5 Le Tres Bon 15
Malamay 15.5 Mezzalira 15
Ottoman Cuisine 16.5 Ox Eatery 15.5
Pulp Kitchen 16 Rubicon 14.5
Soju Girl 14 Thirst 14.5