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10 new places to eat and drink

Chloe Lester and Michelle Brotohusodo

When it comes to new places to eat in Canberra, we can barely keep up! Here’s our updated list from last week, with two more to tackle, plus an extra one on the way!

The Bearded Bean

Beards + Beans… could we have reached peak hipster? Customisable coffee and a reliable breakfast and lunch menu should see this become a hotspot for local caffiends.

The Bearded Bean | 3/21 Genge Street, Canberra City | Facebook @The-Bearded-Bean

Young & Frisky

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The founding duo of Braddon gastropub Hopscotch are at it again, with the opening of Gungahlin’s newest hotspot – Young & Frisky.

New to the neighbourhood, the pub promises to shake things a little differently from the mainstream, serving up a menu that takes inspiration straight from a southern USA diner. Share a bucket of ‘frisky fried chicken’ and choose from a bevy of craft brews, while enjoying the mellow tunes of live acoustic music in the outdoor courtyard – fitted with heaters for the cooler months ahead.

Young & Frisky pride themselves on their succulent chicken wings – work your way from southern-fried to ‘pluckin’ hot’, as well as their extensive selection of rum and whisky, which is sure to be a crowd favourite. The menu also features the ‘usual suspects’ like succulent steaks and chicken schnitties, as well as lighter options like the chimichungas, roast vegetable salad and popcorn chicken. Not to mention the jam doughnut sandwich and the classic apple pie (yum).

Like its sister counterpart in Braddon, Young & Frisky will offer good food paired with good times. Bucket loads of fried chicken, whisky, craft beer and live music (and did we mention DJ’s from 9-12?) – what more could you want?

Young & Frisky | Gungahlin Place, Gungahlin | youngandfrisky.com.au

79 & Fine

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Nestled within Canberra’s CBD you will find 79 & Fine, a cosy new venture brought to you by the founders of trendy bars Molly and Highball Express. The Hamptons-inspired café is the perfect setting to enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat, offering an airy and relaxed atmosphere with a delicious menu to boot.

The contemporary menu features locally-sourced produce and New-York inspired favourites – think waffles, bagels and plenty of lobster, as well as a smoothie bar and warm hearty soups for the cooler months ahead. The café’s preppy interior with a white-on-yellow décor and cosy nooks makes it a fine place to ‘escape’ and unwind, and the outdoor garden sets the scene for the perfect mid-day getaway.

Get the full story here.

79 & Fine | 1 Hobart Place, Canberra City | www.79andfine.com.au

Pepper Lunch

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Set to sizzle up lunchtime around Canberra, Japan’s favourite fast-steak house Pepper Lunch has brought a dynamic dining experience to the CBD. The do-it-yourself Teppan restaurant, offers a fresh menu of punchy Asian eats, including premium steaks, fragrant curries and the signature favourite – Beef Pepper Rice. The lively menu has something for everyone, dishing up a fusion of Japanese and Italian, from zesty pasta options to the new Vegetarian range of steamy Miso and Tofu Kimchi – you don’t have to be a meat lover to enjoy the ‘iron’ hot plate at Pepper Lunch.

Your meal is brought to you on a sizzling hotplate, bringing an irresistible aroma and a fun atmosphere to dining-in at lunch. Cook your meal straight from the Teppan and from the comfort of your own seat. Need to dine and dash? Pepper Lunch also offer a take-away option, highlighting the quick and exciting experience of D-I-Y Teppan, while immersing yourself in traditional Japanese cuisine.

Pepper Lunch | Opposite Canberra Centre, 88-96 Bunda St, Civic | www.pepperlunch.com.au

Walter G’s Pizza Obsession

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Walking up to Walter G’s feels kind of like walking into the set of Grease. A space that I assumed would be death for most businesses (away from the main traffic, facing onto a carpark) works perfectly for the retro pizza joint and means that picking up your gourmet pizza or finding parking is a breeze. Their minimalist fit out is great for groups or couples and the pizza menu is nice and varied.

The Walter’s Supreme is particularly good, with a generous helping of ham, chorizo, pepperoni mushrooms, fresh capsicum, onion, freshly cut pineapple (it makes a difference, trust me) and olives. The Classic Pepperoni is seriously good too, with a burst of really hearty, almost smokey tomato sauce in every piece layered with thick traditional pepperoni. Another favourite is the Nutella dessert pizza, decadently smothered with bananas, strawberries, chocolate topping, and icing sugar. For those with dietary requirements, Walter G’s is a dream, its menu featuring vegan, gluten-free, and paleo options. 

Get the full review here.

Walter G’s Pizza Obsession | 28 Challis Street, Dickson | www.waltergs.com.au

16West

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Chic new bar 16West offers a comfortable, welcoming meeting place for Canberra’s LGBTIQQ* community and their allies. An elegant, airy interior with luxe furnishings makes 16West the perfect venue for an after work drink or date night – with happy hour running from 5.30-6.30pm on weekdays.

The menu offers a delicious assortment of light meals including shared dip platters, the beef burger served on a sweet brioche bun, the veggie burger served with creamy garlic potatoes and the pulled pork roll with apple and carrot coleslaw.

16West | 16 West Row, Civic | 16west.com.au

The Pedlar

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A sleek new pub has opened on Constitution Avenue, set to become ‘a star in the Gastropub galaxy’. The Pedlar is an all-day venue welcoming locals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with an extensive menu and line-up of craft beer and local wines. The pub’s vibrant atmosphere and large outdoor terrace, makes it the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon drink, a game of footy or a bite to eat, with a delicious selection of small plates to share among friends and family.

Coconut Crusted French Toast, Shakshuka Baked Eggs and the Breakfast Roll with Pialligo bacon is on the breakfast line up (served until 11:30) and if you’re a big eater at brekky, The Pedlar Big Breakfast is for you! Dinner is sure to become a main attraction, featuring pub favourites like chicken schnitties, burgers and fish n’ chips, as well as something a little fancy like the Smoked Trout Salad, Confit Duck, Braised Short Rib and the Pan-fried Potato and Thyme Gnocchi. The Pedlar is a comfy suburban local that will revitalise the inner-north, bringing a true sense of community to the pub experience and to the new Campbell precinct.

Get the full review here.

The Pedlar | 65 Constitution Avenue, Campbell | www.thepedlar.com.au

Mövenpick

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Mövenpick is the newest addition to Canberra’s ice cream scene and offers 25 flavours, all the way from Switzerland. If you’re a chocoholic, the Swiss chocolate will be your heaven—it’s chocolate ice cream with crunchy chocolate shavings, marbled with ribbons of chocolate sauce. The maple walnut has also proven to be a particular favourite. Mövenpick’s menu also offers macaron ice cream sandwiches, cakes, multiple kinds of pancakes and waffles, and a range of drinks.

For those who have already been and loved it, be grateful for the persistence of franchise owners Siddharth Mahabal and his wife Aneeta Singh—Siddharth rang Mövenpick Australia HQ every month for about two years until he finally convinced them to come to Canberra. Thanks Siddharth!

Mövenpick | 154/43 Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore | www.moevenpick-icecream.com

Genki Sushi

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Gengki Sushi is the latest venue to open its doors in the Governor Place development in Barton, making it a mini eat street (Little Bird and Vincent both opened recently).

Filling hungry officeworkers’ need for quick tasty Asian food, the eatery is also rather pretty to look at. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, this new development is the latest chapter in the suburb’s continuing evolution as a place to live, not just work.

Genki Sushi | 48 Macquarie Street, Barton 

IMPERIOSO

This Lonsdale Street site has already seen a few coffee spots come and go, with Tranquilo Espresso and Farmer’s Daughter both calling it quits. Its newest incarnation, Imperioso, is a little Italian hole in the wall promising coffee, pasta and panini. Just quietly, they had us at ‘Homemade Tiramisu’.

Imperioso | 134/24 Lonsdale Street, Braddon |Facebook @Imperiosocafe

Coming Soon

THE MEAT & WINE CO

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The Meat & Wine Co is an experience to remember. Established in 2000, The Meat & Wine Co boasts opulent cutting edge interiors that showcase their South African heritage. The menu is designed from paddock to plate and they serve only the most premium cuts of meat including the exclusive line of Monte Beef. They’ve paired their menu with some of Australia’s most unique award winning and boutique wines to tantalise even the most discerning guests.

They’re soon to arrive to the transformed industrial park known as Kingston Foreshore. The Meat & Wine Co will be joining a collection of new boutique retail stores and restaurants and will bring to life their authentic African flair in a beautifully designed space by the award winning Otto Design Interiors.

The Meat & Wine Co | Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore | themeatandwineco.com

TASTING CHINA

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All we can really discern about new Civic restaurant Tasting China is that they’ve taken over Chairman and Yip’s old restaurant space on Bunda Street.

With no information online or on social media, but with a storefront featuring paintings by renowned Chinese art star Yue Minjun, we can only assume this will be quite serious undertaking, despite the laughing faces.

Tasting China | 108 Bunda Street, Civic

NOOKIE ESPRESSO BAR

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Nookie Espresso Bar, who are currently a hole in the wall in Garema Place, will be re-opening on the corner of East Row in the Sydney Building (next to Zambrero) very soon.

Liv Phengrasmy and Nam Do hope their cafe will be where you can watch passers by and grab a coffee and quick bite to eat on your way to work or way home. They’re also hoping Nookie will bring in more people into that part of the city, and more shops into East Row where there has been recent construction due to the East Row fire.

Nookie will also be open for breakfast and brunch for a half day on Saturdays when they open for people who can’t make it during the week.

Nookie Espresso Bar | Corner of East Row and Alinga Street, Civic | www.facebook.com/Nookinthecity

Governor Place

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Governor Place hasn’t finished with its offerings yet! Yogi’s Kitchen (Indian) and the Barton Grocer (a much-needed neighbourhood grocer who will have lunch options such as fresh salads, sandwiches and juices in their food-to-go section) are both set to open soon. 

Governor Place eateries | 48 Macquarie Street, Barton 

Binny’s Kathitto

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Binny’s Kathitto has gained quite a following with his Street Indian van at The Hamlet. He’ll keep on with this venue, while opening a bricks and mortar eatery at 5 Lonsdale Street, next to Hopscotch later this month.

Expect well known favourites like Chicken Tikka alongside traditional dishes such as Chemmeen Porichathu, Olan and Pradhaman Payasam.

Binny’s Kathitto | 5 Lonsdale Street | Braddon | www.binnyskathitto.com.au

Casey Jones Gastropub

Gungahlin is coming into its own this year, and Casey Jones Gastropub could be northsiders’ new local when it opens this winter. The brainchild of Josh and Shell Leemhuis, the team behind The George Harcourt Inn, this is a big (150 seat) split-level venture adjoining green space — perfect for a summer tipple!

Think a Hibiki and maple bacon-infused Old Fashion or pint of Brookvale Ginger Beer, whilst sharing a platter of cherry cola and chili flame-grilled ribs. Noms.

Casey Jones Gastropub | Casey Market Town, 15 Kingsland Parade, Casey | caseyjones.pub

Hale + Mary


The ‘sports bar’ is experiencing a renewed popularity with Hale + Mary due to open its doors in Kingston on 21 May, promising burgers, big screens and sports.

The kitchen is headed by Jason Swain, (formerly A. Baker), with the menu grounded in Modern American cuisine accompanied by local wines, international beers and cocktails.

Hale + Mary | 15 Tench Street, Kingston | www.haleandmary.com.au

Donut Papi

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Donut Papi have been making people happy at Sydney’s Flower Markets for some time now and are obviously expanding to Canberra sometime in the near future (sample them next month at the Handmade Markets). Specialising in brightly coloured unique flavours, make sure you try the matcha wasabi donut…if you dare.

Donut Papi | Facebook @DONUTPAPI

WHISPERS

We hear on the grapevine that after Tongue and Groove closes its doors this weekend it’ll immediately start the process of a renovation to make way for a new Harrington brothers’ project. Another AKIBA or Sage Dining Rooms? We can only hope…

There’s been a buzz recently in the basement bar of A. Baker, with the space being closed off to the public as of this week. We’ve heard rumours that a successful team who have yet to put a foot wrong in the Canberra bar scene will be taking it in a new direction over the next few months.

Stay tuned…

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Chloe Lester

Chloe has joined the HerCanberra team as a writing intern and has recently completed her double-degree in Graphic Design and Advertising Communications. She works as a freelance Graphic Designer and is passionate about Canberra’s growing arts culture and all things creative. She is a lover of travel and chai tea, and when she’s not by her laptop creating eclectic designs, you will find her perusing the sweets section at cafes, stalking minimalist interiors on Pinterest and exploring one of Canberra’s beautiful nature walks. More about the Author

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Michelle Brotohusodo

Michelle moved to Canberra vowing to stay for two years, tops. 10 years later, she’s a bona fide Canberra convert. When she’s not working in her day job as a public servant, she’s enjoying Canberra’s culinary delights or finding fun things to do/see in and around town. More about the Author

  • Kayla Wu

    Hello, thank you for the great post and for featuring Tasting China. It is now officially open for dinners at 108 Bunda Street! Our new website is TASTING-CHINA.COM