Canberra is famed for its incredible gourmet food and wine scene, with markets, vineyards and restaurants spread across the city and surrounds. Hatted chefs are championing the paddock to plate movement, working with local producers to create exciting and innovative menus.
Helix Bar and Dining is a new addition to the dining scene in Canberra, introducing a modern European style bistro, just metres from the airport and Brindabella business park. The Bar offers a creative selection of local and imported wines, beers and cocktails in a relaxed and ambient atmosphere. Chat to new friends at the bar or cosy into the lounge around the indoor fire pit with old friends over a glass of local red.
Just around the corner sits the incredible Pialligo Estate, combining a farmhouse restaurant, casual dining pavilions, smokehouse and abundance of orchards. The Farmhouse Restaurant has recently reopened to the public for lunch Sunday to Wednesday and dinner Wednesday to Saturday serving a menu filled with locally sourced meats, produce, seafood and more. The long lunch on Sundays is a must for any foodie.
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Established institutions around town include The Ottoman, the most consistently awarded restaurant in the city serving a menu of traditional Turkish flavours with fresh local produce, The two-hatted Aubergine, with an ever-evolving menu inspired by seasonal flavours, and Canberra’s premier waterfront dining spot, The Boat House by the Lake in Barton, where Chef John Leverink produces Modern Australian in four courses a la carte or a six course degustation.
For the best of the up and coming dining scene visit Civic, just outside the CBD. Whatever your cuisine of choice, you will find it here. Highlights include Jamie’s Italian, considered to be his best in Australia, bringing simple yet innovative Italian dishes to the table, AKIBA offering Asian inspired flavours in a truly electric space and serving some of the best bao in Canberra, and Canberra’s best Mediterranean restaurant, Taze, showcasing flavours from Turkey, Greece, Spain and more in tapas dishes, share plates and mains all day and night.