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Category: Food

X(O) Rated. We try Narrabundah’s Newest

by The Editor

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The searing heat of January is evident through the haze rising from the bitumen of the Narrabundah shops carpark. It’s a Saturday, and time for lunch. However, the temperature – which is rapidly climbing into the high-30s – suggests the day would be better spent with cocktails by the pool.

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A dash of Soi: Canberra’s new noodle bar

by The Editor

Soi-Lady-BWWe’ve had all manner of street-food outlets pop up across Canberra. Somehow the humble noodle bar has escaped gentrification to some sort of higher form. That might have changed with the arrival of Sydney-based Soi Noodles throwing open its rather large doors to Canberrans last week, armed with a dash of Double Bay deliciousness. Read the rest of this entry »

Canberra Secrets: The Turkish Halal Pide House

by The Editor

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Here at The Canberran, we’re more than a little partial to exploring the latest dining trends and trailing a targeted tastebud over recent wine releases.

However, sometimes all you need is a bit of comfort food – something that is fast and filling and great value – and there are few places in Canberra that do this any better than Yarralumla’s Halal Turkish Pide House. If you are a recent Canberran who is yet to discover local institution, you’re having it for dinner tonight.

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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!

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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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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Local Success at 2014 Good Food Awards

by The Editor

Well, the results are in, and once again Canberra restaurants have featured quite well in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Awards.

The big question is: Who will take this year’s hats? The old-skool crew, or Canberra’s latest slew of fresh faced outlets?

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“Heard it on the Grapevine” – Vitis Braddon Opens its Doors

by The Editor

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Last night, the evolution of Braddon kicked up another gear this Thursday with a preview of Vitis Eatery in the old Ostratos site. As construction continues unabated along the strip, it was fantastic to see another venue prepare to throw open its doors.

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Fresh Brew – A Preview of ‘Bent Spoke’ Micro Brewery

by The Editor

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It was inevitable, really. In Canberra’s hipster-haven of Braddon there was only a matter of time until someone had the good sense to install a craft beer outlet.

(Not that it’s a bad thing!)

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Dining trends for 2014?

by The Editor

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Well, that’s 2013 done. Now for the New Year, and now a whole new range of trends that will grace your plate over the next 12 months. We’ve had a look through the tea-leaves, and here’s what we think may feature in Canberra dining through 2014.

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