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    Canberra Trip [Eating tips]

    Hi all

    Have a Canberra trip booked mid August to meet some members of the fam down there for a catch up.

    Flights (3 people flying in on QF from Syd, Mel and LST!) and Accom (Diamant Hotel) all booked, staying 2 nights, arrive Friday Lunch, leave Sunday late afternoon.

    Have only been to Canberra a couple of times and was wondering if there are any locals on here who would recommend some nice places to see and eat at. Our fam are quite foodie people - work in the food and wine industry, so the ordinary resturaunts aren't really what I'm looking for.... around the 30-40 for dinner main is the $ incase i'm asked... Lunch 20-30.

    I need 2 restaurants for dinner and 2 for lunch...

    I've been recommended by a work person to check out Flint Dining Room (Edinburgh Avenue). And that's I'll Ive got!

    Any ideas would be really appreciated. On the Sat will probably drive out and check out some wineries - so the lunch on Sat could be at a winery/country location - any great restaurants there?

    I'm checking out all the usual suspects (DeGroots, Eatability etc) but love to get peoples personal thoughts on here!

    Thanks v much

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    re: Canberra Trip [Eating tips]

    Pauly,

    what type/style of food and what sort of interests would you like to visit?

    CBR has some of the best resturants in Aus and some of the obligatory attractions, ie Parliament House, War Memorial, Museum of Australia, High court, National Gallery and some excellent cold weather wineries.

    I remember quaffing a Clonakilla in F, a local legend.

    Suggest you take a GPS with you, the roujndabouts stuff the visitors up. When are you travelling?



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    re: Canberra Trip [Eating tips]

    Quote Originally Posted by Sprucegoose View Post
    Pauly,

    what type/style of food and what sort of interests would you like to visit?

    CBR has some of the best resturants in Aus and some of the obligatory attractions, ie Parliament House, War Memorial, Museum of Australia, High court, National Gallery and some excellent cold weather wineries.

    I remember quaffing a Clonakilla in F, a local legend.

    Suggest you take a GPS with you, the roujndabouts stuff the visitors up. When are you travelling?
    Thanks - GPS already booked!

    Going Mid August. Have the attractions pretty much selected - just looking for a good winery for lunch....

    Food - anything goes! (except Indian, Asian)

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    re: Canberra Trip [Eating tips]

    GrapeFoodWine Restaurant at Madew Winery in Canberra from Rydges Hotels & Resorts


    Madews was good when I lived there. Checking my local contacts.



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    re: Canberra Trip [Eating tips]

    I haven't actually eaten at Poacher's Pantry Poachers' Pantry :: Enjoy Gourmet Smoked Goods but have travelled out that way twice for their excellent smoked goods. They have a cafe/restaurant open weekends I believe, always seems to be busy. Worth the 30 min drive out of Canberra. Just rug up for the walk in fridge!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprucegoose View Post
    GrapeFoodWine Restaurant at Madew Winery in Canberra from Rydges Hotels & Resorts


    Madews was good when I lived there. Checking my local contacts.
    Thanks - appreciate it look forward to hearing their thoughts too

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    Quote Originally Posted by dejium View Post
    I haven't actually eaten at Poacher's Pantry Poachers' Pantry :: Enjoy Gourmet Smoked Goods but have travelled out that way twice for their excellent smoked goods. They have a cafe/restaurant open weekends I believe, always seems to be busy. Worth the 30 min drive out of Canberra. Just rug up for the walk in fridge!
    Nice thank you

    Don't worry have thermals packed!

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    re: Canberra Trip [Eating tips]

    Hi Pauly7,

    Check out the following website OutInCanberra

    I'd recommend the following restaurants (in no particular order):
    Artespresso
    Aubergine
    Ginger Room - located at Old Parliament House
    L'unico - not fine dining but one of the best Italian Restaurant I've been to
    Portia's Place - also not fine dining but a Canberra institution
    Chairman & Yip
    Courgette, Water's Edge and Sabanyon - Water's Edge is next to the lake and is where the infamous Howard/Costello agreement scribbled on a napkin took place.
    Podfood - Relaxed. Highly recommended. Great lunchtime location.

    For breakfast, Silo is another Canberra institution.

    A tip about dining out in Canberra
    - Booking is essential. Most restaurants are very busy every day of the week and are often booked out on Fri/Sat.
    - Enjoy the food and the company of your friends and family. Don't expect great service from the waiting staff. For some reason it seems that restaurants in Canberra are either understaffed or have staff that rather not be there, or both. It seems it's very hard to get good waiting staff in Canberra. But I have been happily surprised once in a while.

    Hope this helps.

    An.

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    re: Canberra Trip [Eating tips]

    I can confirm Poacher's Pantry is pretty good eating - for somewhere a little less likely to be booked out, you could also try the restaurant at Lark Hill winery. Very tasty food, good wines.

    Apparently it's also all 'biodynamic' produce, too. Not quite sure what that means though!

    Danny

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    An and Danny thanks so much for your input

    Will make certain I book ahead thanks for that tip!!


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