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Five (more) new places to eat

Amanda Whitley

Last month we brought you five of Canberra’s newest places to eat…well, if you’ve already crossed them off your list, we’ve got five more. Go hard!

But before you do, get the full run down of new openings this year – just click on the date to read the round ups: 21 November,  27 August,  18 July, 3 July and 18 April. Feeling full yet?


wheat and oats

Phillip just got a little bit hipper. The team behind Curtin’s The Hungry Buddha has opened this new gourmet grocer and café – and, from all reports – it’s a winner. The raw wooden pallet ceiling, communal table and industrial lighting would be at home on the Kingston Foreshore, and the breakfast and lunch offerings are a cut above the typical Colbee Court offerings: Organic Baked Beans with Sourdough, Kale and Ham Omelette, Roast Mushroom in Rosemary with Ricotta. But there’s also a pretty snazzy Bacon and Egg Roll to keep the area’s tradies more than happy. While you’re there, you can stock up on a selection of grocery items, including Mura Tea, The Muesli Bar muesli and Canberra Urban Honey.


the essentials

What: Wheat and Oats
Where: 22-24 Colbee Court, Phillip
When: Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 3pm; Saturday 8am to 2pm; Sunday 9am to 1pm.
Phone: 0422 657 897


on flinders

Kismet was something of a Canberra institution for kebab lovers, so its reinvention as a cafe was met with mixed emotions. Since it opened its doors as ‘On Flinders’ back in March, however, it’s been consistently bustling with a new generation of customers. A peek at the menu reveals that some of the cafe’s origins remain (Lamb Skewers with Pilaff Rice and Salad, or Zucchini Balls, anyone?) but the big drawcard is pizza. Really good pizza. Put that together with some inventive breakfasts like Chia Breakfast Parfait and Lonsdale Street Roasters coffee and you’ve got all the ingredients for the site’s continued success.

pn flinders

the essentials

What: On Flinders
Where: Shop 5 Flinders Way, Manuka
When: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 9pm; Saturday 7:30am to 9pm; Sunday 7:30am to 3pm.
Phone: 02 6239 5185


kinn thai

It already has a loyal following in New South Wales and Queensland, so when news broke that Kinn Thai would be opening a Canberra chapter in the space previously occupied by Wagamama, there was a flurry of excitement. After a few false alarms with the opening date, Kinn Thai finally opened at the start of May to consistently good feedback. Word is that dishes are authentic and inventive, ranging from the delicate – Betel leaf filled with tiger prawn or Seared scallops with spicy chilli and lime sauce (pictured above) to the indulgent – Crispy pork belly, Vietnamese mint with capsicum chilli sauce and cucumber relish and Twenty-four hours slow-cooked lamb shank in a Massamun curry.

the essentials

What: Kinn Thai
Where: Shop FG08, 125 Bunda Street, Canberra City.
When: Open seven days. 11:30am to 3pm for lunch and 5pm to 10pm for dinner.
Phone: 02 6247 1277



The team at Marble & Grain would be among the first to admit that its initial opening back in November didn’t go as well as expected…and in a town that’s not big on second chances, that’s a problem. But to their credit, they’ve listened to their customers and have redesigned the experience, relaunching as a “GastroPub”; a European steakhouse style dining experience offering a diverse selection of menu options created by internationally renowned Chef Danny Russo, with the help of Chef Paul D’Monte.

The new menu places a big emphasis on showcasing fresh and local produce – right down to the wine selection and the coffee beans – and looks set to be a good choice for an after work drink or a dinner with family or friends. Personally, we are a little obsessed with the Butchers Board: venison sausages, lamb ribs, wagyu rump, chorizo, roasted onions, crumbed fennel with black pudding & herb jus. Don’t attempt it by yourself.


the essentials

What: Marble & Grain Restaurant and Bar
Where: 25 Mort Street, Braddon
When: Open 7 days from 6.00am-12.00am
Phone: 02 6246 9555


Italian & Sons Braddon. Photo by Rohan Thomson

With the opening of Italian & Sons – Bacaro, The Trimboli Group has again raised the bar (excuse the pun), with a sleek, sexy space to enjoy a quick dinner, a glass of carefully-sourced regional Italian wine, or an authentic snack. The intimate, 50-seat wine bar is tucked at the back of Italian & Sons, offering a sophisticated wine list and ‘honest and ‘authentic’ Italian food.

Italian & Sons Braddon. Photo by Rohan Thomson

The menu features share plates as well as two main meal courses including a house-made pasta and wood fired pizza, which changes daily. Highlights include wood fired ‘erbazzone’ (spinach pie) with bitter greens, egg and ricotta, fried Yass Valley rabbit with rosemary, semolina and white carrot and theoxtail ragu alla vaccinara & semolina gnocco romano.

the essentials

What: Italian & Sons – Bacaro
When: Monday to Saturday, 5pm til late
Where: 7 Lonsdale St, Braddon
Phone:  02 6162 4888


Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author

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