The Canberran

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Tag: Inner South

A Dining Debut at C Dine at Kingston Foreshore

by The Editor

C-Dine

On Wednesday night (24 July) C Dine threw open its doors as the first restaurant in Kingston Foreshore’s dining precinct.  It’s been a long time coming. As the apartment blocks have crept slowly from Wentworth Avenue down to Kingston’s quay, the fitouts – including Max Brenner, La Rustica and Morks among others – are slowly nearing completion. Hurrah!

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Pluses and Minuses of Maple + Clove

by The Editor

Recently, we got cranky about the Kingston Foreshore in comparison to the wonderful goings-on over at New Acton. However, in Canberra, there is more than one single-developer mega-project having an effect on inner-Canberran wining-and-dining.

The Realm precinct in Barton – a part of the Doma Group – offers a number of wonderful options for the gastronomically motivated. One of the most recent offerings is Maple and Clove – a modern take on the café that threatens to annoy us all with a holier-than-thou approach to the dine-out breakfast.

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Dining at Ox Eatery

by The Editor

It was one of those cooler Canberra evenings – the ones where glorious afternoon sun makes way for a suddenly chilly gloom. We made our way towards East Hotel on Giles Street in Griffith (well, technically – otherwise it’s between Kingston and Manuka).

For those who read our lightening review last week, you’ll have a general overview of the decor and initial experience of Ox Eatery. But what of the wining and dining experience of Ox Eatery? The reason one might venture Eastwards in the first place? Well, let’s just say it’s a pleasing one, if certainly a work in progress.

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Lightning Review: Gryphons Caffe – Griffith Shops

by The Editor

Well this one certainly snuck up on us… while having a sneaky look at Duxton in O’Connor shops, Gryphons Caffe flung its doors open to Southside pubgoers with little fanfare.  Finally, Griffith shops has its own pub.

We made our way from a lazy (though deeply satisfying) breakfast at Edgar’s in Ainslie – but more about that at a later time.  Out the front of Gryphons Caffe (don’t get uptight about punctuation or spelling – we’ve been through this before) we were delighted to discover a blackboard proclaiming it had indeed opened on the 23rd.

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Rant – Signage

by The Editor

Yes, I know.  We’ve been down this road before.  Still, in an overly bureaucratic city as this one, it’s hard not to be amused /frustrated by the incredible amount of signage informing us to the rules that govern almost every aspect of our civic experience.

If the ‘PARK IN BAYS ONLY’ signs at public carparks were silly enough, this one (sighted on the Southside not far from the Parlaimentary triangle) raises the bar to a new level.

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After Dark: Public in Manuka

by The Editor

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Four months after the following post we returned to investigate Public Bar’s revised menu and drinks list.  Best you read the update here.

 

A couple of months ago, signage appeared at the corner of Franklin Street and Flinders Way in the area of town we’ve all come to know as Manuka. The words writ high on the green hoardings was nothing short of brave:

DOUBLE BAY HAS THE GOLDEN SHEAF…. SOUTH YARRA HAS THE BOTANICAL….SOON CANBERRA WILL HAVE PUBLIC BAR.

As one who has spent a number of sunny weekends at both established, sprawling venues, this was a mighty statement on which to stake a new bar’s reputation. Given partners of Public include Soc Kochinos (Belluci’s, Suburban Dickson) and Pawl Cubbin (Zoo Advertising), there was evidence of the necessary resources to pull off such a claim.

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Dining: Pork Knuckle at the German Club

by The Editor

With winter almost behind us, The Canberran felt it apt to spend one last night at one of the Southside’s most unsuspecting venues for indulgent behaviour – The Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah.

One of those curious ethnic-based clubs somehow managing to limply survive through the years, the locals simply know it as ‘The German Club’. Most of these people, it would appear, rent a caravan in nearby Symondston.  One young lady must have been on a special night out as, rather than lower the tone of the evening by drinking straight from her can of Woodstock bourbon (available over the bar for $6.50) she was glamming it up with a straw.

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Martini Test Drive – The Kennedy Room

by The Editor

The Brief:  Make me the martini that best represents the bar.

“So, this is really it?”  I asked not out of disappointment, but because I wanted to be sure Amy, our cocktail bartender at Kingston’s Kennedy Room, had received our request from another bartender.   Not knowing Amy, we thought this was the perfect way for Little Spoon and I to test the bar’s classic cocktail skills without pretence or expectation if one can do such things when ordering a martini.

“You asked for a martini, didn’t you?”  Amy sounds unsure rather than rude.

“Well, yes.  However we were looking for the martini that best reflects the Kennedy Room.”

“Ah,” smiles Amy.  Ideas are obviously forming in her mind. “That’s a very different thing.”  If so, we can only serve the science of cocktails by allowing her to demonstrate.

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