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First Look: The Kingston Collective

Calum Stenning

Kingston Foreshore locals have been walking past construction in one of the newer commercial units for a while now, with no hints as to what might lie within.

Now, all is revealed. The couple behind Braddon’s Knightsbridge Penthouse, Alayna and Troy, are helming the restaurant and bar and are promising it will be something brand new for Canberra.

“I said to our designers that I wanted something Canberra hasn’t yet seen before, I really want to push the envelope,” explains Alayna. “It’s a bit like Knighty really – push the envelope, think outside the box, set the trend. We’re pretty proud of what we’ve done.”

So what have they done? Well firstly, The Kingston Collective will be an eatery, with Alayna and Troy bringing Head Chef Josh Bell up from Melbourne to work out the menu, which will change seasonally.

Previously Head Chef of The Pantry in Brighton, Josh is eager to keep things as local as possible, describing the dishes as “modern Australian”.

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“A lot of our food is locally sourced, and we use a lot of native ingredients,” he explains. “We have the classics, but we’re doing them differently.”

Sourced from regional favourites like Long Paddock, Pialligo Estate, Nick O’Leary, Mallaluka wines and Pact Beer, Josh is keeping produce delicious, as well as within arms-reach.

Visitors to the Collective can expect breakfast, lunch and dinner with some cheeky surprises which we expect Instagram won’t be able to get enough of.

Josh is excited about the whole menu, but in particular, their breakfast waffles which will be based around a Bubble-O-Bill ice cream.

“We’ve taken the classic Australian ice cream, and we’ve turned it into a dish,” he explains.

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Manager Alicia Maher, on the other hand, is looking forward to something more savoury from the evening menu – a Quail Kiev, which Josh explains is “crumbed Quail Kiev, stuffed with Café de Paris butter”. His Café de Paris butter, however, is made with native herbs.

But don’t despair if you’re health conscious or have dietary restrictions – Josh, Alayna and Troy have listened to masses and given consideration accordingly.

“We’ve catered for a lot of dietary requirements,” Alayna explains. “A lot of our menu is gluten free and half of it can be made vegan and vegetarian. We just want everyone to feel welcome.”

The interior is spacious, and will fit many more than Alayna plans on seating – she is eager for people to not feel like they’re on top of each other, and, from her own experiences, for those with young families to feel comfortable and welcome. With built-in USB ports, plenty of space and light, The Collective is sure to be popular for study and business. And with outdoor seating facing the water, it’s sure to be popular for an afternoon cocktail too.

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Patrons can also look forward to a busy, but not cramped space that’s both café casual and also fine-dining. There will be delicious coffee, but also Knightsbridge cocktails and an exclusive wine list.

the essentials

What: The Kingston Collective
Where: 28/6 Trevillian Quay, Kingston Foreshore
When: Opening soon for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week
Delivery: If you live on the Foreshore, you’ll be able to order the full menu over the phone, and take delivery from a staff member
Web: facebook.com/pg/thekingstoncollective

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Calum Stenning

Calum Stenning is Her Canberra’s newest and most male (read: only) intern. Three years spent living overseas has given him a renewed appreciation for Canberra life. Every day starts with coffee and the Sydney Morning Herald crossword at a favourite coffee haunt, as he is wary of the perils of dementia, and thinks crosswords are a viable safeguard. If he lives to a dementia-appropriate age (evidence says he won’t), he’ll let us know. More about the Author

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