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Tag: Narrabundah

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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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.

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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.

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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!

Mint Road Cafe and Dolce e Salato and Autolyse

by The Editor

Mint Rd logoYears after Silo had the Canberra bakery set pretty much sewn up, it appears a number of new players are moving into the cafe/bakery scene.  Be it with a focus on Italian cuisine, the sourcing of products from across the region, or classic French style, it appears there are plenty of options across the tree-lined avenues of Canberra for those seeking their daily bread.

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More than a Trifle of Truffle at Artisan

by The Editor

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Deep in to Canberra’s annual truffle season, it’s not all about digging around far-flung paddocks in the hope of retrieving a nugget of pungent deliciousness. Many of Canberra’s finer restaurants – including Sage, Italian and Sons and Grazing – are putting on a show of what the funky fungus can do for a dish.

In the spirit of adventure and service to our audience, we settled in at The Artisan for their 5-course Truffle Celebration with matching wines. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

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The Artisan Loves Pinot Noir – May Wine Dinner

by The Editor

Artisan-Restaurant-logoLove your food? Love your wine? Perhaps like us you have fallen in love with the versatility of Pinot Noir. Artisan Restaurant certainly has, and all of May are celebrating this most lovely of varietals with a showcase five-course dinner.

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The Weekend Cometh: 5-7 April 2013

by The Editor

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Here we go, beautiful readers. It’s time to launch ourselves headlong into the last two evenings of daylight savings. Before you know it we’ll be reaching into the back of the cupboard for gloves, scarves and hats. It’s time though for one last hurrah: let’s see what’s on offer around the Nation’s capital.

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The Artisan Loves Shiraz – July Wine Dinner

by The Editor

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We love the Artisan Restaurant in Narrabundah. Sam McGeechan and David Black are a couple of guys with sharp focus and sharper skills. Following the recent success of their chardonnay dinner, the likely lads are taking on shiraz. What a wonderfully warming winter idea!

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Dress Circle – Matthew

by The Editor

We spotted Matthew at a lovely suburban garden party, kicking back with a glass of Chandon and a pair of classic Wayfarers.  While not strictly representative of Canberra stylings, Matthew did spend an extended time in our city a few years ago.

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Rumours: George Calombaris

by The Editor

So, where is George Calombaris?

Late last year, the Canberra dining scene was a-flurry with rumours the Masterchef host and multi-restaurateur was heading to Canberra.  However in 2012, it seems the trail has gone a little cold.

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In Canberra for cooking demonstrations a fortnight ago, Calombaris hinted at this Canberra venture, but wouldn’t divulge details. ”I haven’t signed on the dotted line yet,” he says. So it’s no easy call whether this might be a version of his Hellenic Republic – a restaurant he says he could duplicate around the world if he wanted to, which he categorically doesn’t. Or whether it might be a venture all its own.

So, what’s the deal?  Well, the hot goss is George is looking down at Kingston Foreshore, a move which would certainly add a much needed lift to an area that, to date, has done extremely little to capitalise on its lakeside location.

Apparently while in town Calombaris dined at Artisan.  Perhaps he was checking out the Southside competition.  Maybe he just likes their ocean trout with potato sald and balsamic.  As a matter of fact, so do we.

Watch this space.

 

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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