The Canberran

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

Tag: Southside

Drive-Through or Drive In? Dining at Space Kitchen

by The Editor

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For many, the idea of dining in a car park is a foreign one. For others, it reeks of Melbourne-cool and appears urbane and edgy.

Well, while not quite underground, Space Kitchen has opened, and we were certainly intrigued to see who heads to Woden on a weekend for brunch in a car park.

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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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C Dine. Pioneers of the Kingston Foreshore

by The Editor

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When we first heard of Canberra’s latest dining venture – C Dine – we were taken immediately back to a cheesy French revolving restaurant we visited during a trip to Perth last decade.  Fear not, for this is certainly much closer, and definitely more stationary. Importantly, C Dine is the first full blown restaurant to make it on to the water down at Kingston Foreshore.

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Heading to the Deep South – Soul Food Kitchen at Erindale

by The Editor

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In the middle of 2012, a little restaurant opened in the city offering chicken wings, macaroni & cheese and corn bread. The restaurant was Smoque, and it introduced a trove of Canberrans to the delights of Southern food from the United States.

However, this wasn’t the only place to bring soul food to the Nation’s Capital.  Out in the suburbs another venue was quietly working away on this easily misunderstood cuisine…

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Bittersweet in Kingston – is it all about the coffee?

by Barrister Barista

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“Coffee in Kingston?  Where shall we meet?’  Inner-South Parl-Tri Canberrans may have asked each other these questions – and may have struggled for answers.

On Silo’s off days (when they’re closed, we mean) Kingston’s Green Square assumes the status of a Scene.  The op shop’s real close and parking’s sometimes possible – oh, and the Essential Ingredient is still awesome, despite the own-brand product overload.  It shouldn’t be hard, in a thriving little business district like Kingston, to settle on the source of your next cup of joe.

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Coffee behind closed doors —Aussies at Parliament House

by Barrister Barista

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Barrister Barista is usually a legal eagle, but this week, the coffee case was settled out of court, and in-house:  Parliament House.  The word on the tweets was that Aussies Cafe was The Place to caffeinate in the Parliamentary Triangle, and had been for quite some time.

Aussies ‘is where the real action in Parliament House takes place’, where ‘pollies deal, lobbyists pitch, journos gossip, and everyone meets’ (apparently).   Who is ‘everyone’?  Where is ‘everyone’?  And is ‘everyone’ enjoying their coffee?  We had to know.
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Curious Canberra Menus

by The Editor

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Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve come across a number of menu items that have struck us as a little, well… odd.  With the appearance of alpaca burgers at the Canberra Show last week, we’re intrigued as to what else may be out there – perhaps on a more permanent basis.

So, with our appetite whetted for gastronomic games, we want to know what you’ve found in local restaurants, bars and cafe that raised an eyebrow or two.  We’ll spend a few days on this – both via the blog and our Twitter feed – and report back soon.

So get cracking, dear readers!  Throw your suggestions in the comments below. We can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

Curtin’s open for coffee — at Red Brick Espresso

by Barrister Barista

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Happy Valentine’s, dear Reader!

A while back we got an email from a Canberra cofficionado, reminding us that we were ‘people who have little to no knowledge of the coffee world’.  Our gift to you on this most romantic of Thursdays is to pass on some of their ‘did you knows,’ so that we can be enlightened together.  Who knows, maybe you’re planning to wow someone with coffs this very weekend?
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Southside Update: Who’s Doing What Where?

by The Editor

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There’s a fair bit happening on the Southern side of the lake – mostly around Kingston.  It seems that one of the oldest areas in town is set for a whole lot of activity along the Jardine Street strip.  This week will see off an institution, while some long-rumoured mega-venues take shape.

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Redux – Farmers’ Daughter in Yarralumla

by The Editor

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As mentioned by Barrister Barrister, Farmers Daughter is uncontaminated by apostrophes. Sadly, on our first visit a few weeks after opening we found it to also be lacking in service.

Like parents forgiving the antics of their naughty girl we returned to the leafy shopping precinct of Yarralumla to see what had changed. Are we in for another lecture?  Armed with a shoddy camera we visited with an open mind.

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