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Jones & Co's Dark Chocolate Pavé and the Caramel Popcorn Mousse

10+ new places to eat & drink in Canberra

HerCanberra Team

“Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” And new places to eat and drink opening in Canberra…

We’ve rounded up more than 10 just-opened and coming-soon places to eat and drink around Canberra. You know what to do…

Brew Nation

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Artist’s impression of Brew Nation. Image: supplied.

This one falls into the ‘start getting excited about’ category — a new venture in the Sydney Building set to open by early December. And if you’re a craft beer fan, you should get very VERY excited!

The brainchild of Shai Lambert and Al Kirk (one half of The Hutch team), Brew Nation will be a craft beer, wine and spirits bar with a distinctly local flavour. The “pared back, modern” space will accommodate around 50, with another 20 outside, and aims to be very warm and relaxed, without being pretentious.

Canberra beers, whiskys, gins and wines will feature, and there’ll be also be a small curated range of short cocktails. Food is simple — think cheese and charcuterie.

Brew Nation | 102 Alinga Street, Canberra City | brewnation.com.au

Carrington Inn Wintergarden

The Empire Salons. Image: supplied.

The Empire Salons. Image: supplied.

Bungendore’s The Carrington Inn has reopened after three years of sympathetic renovations and unveiled the Carrington Inn Wintergarden restaurant complex: The Empire Salons for fine and private dining; The TOM WILLS™ Tavern and Tapas Courtyard for socialising; and Myees™ Garden Room for casual beverages and sweets.

The Empire Salons will boast 5-Star fine dining, with two fixed price menus ($85 for three-course, or $100 four-course) offering colonial and Australian-inspired food interpreted for 21st century pallets and presentation, while the Tavern and courtyard will offer a tapas-style menu. The Myees Garden Room will be dedicated to the art of rural high-tea, and the on-site pastry chef will make fresh mini-gateaux, petit four, macaron, handmade chocolates, and more. Myees is also introducing ‘nitro coffee’, an exciting cold coffee on tab, with a big crema head.

The Carrington Inn | 21 Malbon St, Bungendore | thecarringtoninn.com.au

Jones & Co

Some of the Raw Bar offerings at Jones & Co. Image: Supplied.

Some of the Raw Bar offerings at Jones & Co. Image: Supplied.

It’s Me & Mrs Jones reinvented, but apart from some familiar touches left over from the original fitout, Jones & Co is virtually unrecognisable from its previous incarnation.

An impressive raw bar will have seafood aficionados sorted, while a 1.5kg slow braised lamb shoulder will appeal to carnivores. The menu is eclectic, with something for everyone, and there’s a good selection of beer, wine and cocktails to wash it all down.

Read the full review here.

Jones & Co | Cnr of Giles & Kennedy St, Kington | jonesnco.com.au

La Mono

La Mono

La Mono is dishing up tasty native Lebanese cuisine.

Just next door to Yat Bun Tong on Lonsdale Street, La Mono is serving up native Lebanese cuisine. The first Canberra restaurant in an established franchise, they specialise in Chicken & Meat Grilled on Charcoal.

There are the banquets you’d expect, a good range of takeaway rolls and packs, and “signature Lebanese desserts”. Worth a look for a casual night out.

La Mono | 10 Lonsdale Street, Braddon | lamono.com.au

No. 10 Restaurant + Bar

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Filling the void left by Smoque in Woden is No.10 Restaurant + Bar, and it’s looking a good fit, indeed. And there are Chicken + Waffles on offer.

A relaxed, yet contemporary menu is focused on showcasing local produce, beer and wine, there’s something for those looking for a quick glass of wine and a snack, or a formal dinner with paired wines in the intimate dining room.

Open from 7am until late, No.10 looks like it could be just what Woden is looking for.

No.10 Restaurant + Bar | 10 Bowes St, Woden | number10restaurantandbar.com

OTIS

OTIS' Pepper Steak. Image: Martin Ollman.

OTIS’ Pepper Steak. Image: Martin Ollman.

OTIS’ owner/Chef Damian Brabender says he’s aiming for food that is nostalgic and comforting, but with a mature take — think reinvented Neapolitan ice cream and Half chook with truffle pan gravy and chats accompanied by a soundtrack of ’90s music.

The welcoming ‘dining hall’ is breathing new life into the space formerly occupied by Kingston’s Belgian Beer Café and puts control back in the hands of the diner. Order à la carte or go for the ‘Eat like OTIS’ option, which hands the reins to the OTIS team — all you have to do is sit back and enjoy!

Read the full review here.

OTIS Dining Hall | 29 Jardine Street, Kingston | thisisotis.com.au

Rye

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Lonsdale Street’s food offerings continue to grow, and the emergence of Rye will be welcomed by CBD workers — at the city end of this Braddon eat street, Rye’s menu is fresh and seasonal with plenty of sandwich and salad options.

Scandi-influenced in both fit out and food, it’s set to be an attractive bet for those looking for a quiet spot for an after-work tipple, with charcuterie and cheese on offer in the latter half of the week. Caffeinds are well catered for, with coffee from Five Senses.

Rye Café | 9 Lonsdale St, Braddon | ryecafe.com.au

Sammy’s Kitchen

Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow

It was voted one of the “100 Things to Like about Canberra”, and now those south of the lake can get their fix, with Sammy’s Kitchen opening its new digs at the Kingston Foreshore.

A stalwart of the Canberra food scene, Sammy’s Kitchen dishes up fresh and flavourful Chinese and Malaysian fare. We love the Penang style char kway teow (King prawns, Chinese sausages, bean sprouts, chives and chilli) – authentic and delicious!

Sammy’s Kitchen | 43 Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore | sammyskitchen.com.au

Teddy Picker’s

Teddy Picker's. Image: Ashley St George.

Teddy Picker’s. Image: Ashley St George.

Campbell is quickly becoming a new dining hotspot, with Teddy Picker’s joining The Pedlar and Avenue C at 65 Constitution Avenue as ‘must eat’ (and drink) destinations.

A ‘humanly driven’ menu derived from simple, fresh, local ingredients, this Manhattan-esque space is sure to be popular with a diverse clientele. And once you’ve had your fill, you can take home a jar of Teddy’s Pickles chutney, jam or pickles!

Teddy Picker’s | 65 Constitution Avenue, Campbell | teddypickers.com.au

The Muesli Bar

The Muesli Bar. Image: Tim Bean Photography.

The Muesli Bar. Image: Tim Bean Photography.

It started at the Canberra Region Farmers Market about three years ago, and now The Muesli Bar has a permanent home in Fyshwick. Right next door to ONA Coffee, you can mix your own blend of muesli, porridge or trail mix or choose from the pre-mixed range. There are also some extra ingredients that you won’t find at the markets, like goji berries and orange peel.

Health conscious? There are no added preservatives, sugar or oil, and if you have dietary requirements, gluten-free, vegan, paleo, FODMAP and diabetic options are available.

Read the full review here.

The Muesli Bar | 5/64 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick | themueslibarcanberra.com.au

Zaab Lao-Thai Street Food

Zaab in Braddon. Image: Facebook.

Zaab in Braddon. Image: Facebook.

Opening any day, Zaab Lao-Thai Street Food is set to bring traditional Lao and Thai flavours together in an authentic menu full of family favourites.

Owner Becky Khanthavongsa and manager Ricky Liau have both worked in the hospitality industry for a number of years, and their traditional menu will be heavily influenced by Becky’s father, head chef of Zaab, who is keen to bring the heart of his culture to Braddon.

Zaab Lao-Thai Street Food | Unit 2, 9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon |zaabstreetfood.com.au

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  • Tegan

    You can’t just put a dessert like that as the feature photo and not tell me where I can find it :'(

    • Amanda Whitley

      Sorry – our bad… It’s from Jones & Co! Their Dark Chocolate Pavé and the Caramel Popcorn Mousse.

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