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10+ new places to eat in Canberra

HerCanberra Team

Here we are not even a month into 2016 and our first ‘new places to eat’ article features more than 10 new eateries—and more on their way. You’re gonna need bigger pants.

Lolo and Lola

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Their sweet treats have been gaining some serious social media frenzy, but Lolo and Lola Filipino Bakery and Eatery isn’t just about cakes (although their cakes are pretty amazing!) That’s the Ultimate Ube Cake pictured.

Lolo and Lola’s savoury options are just as tasty as their sweet. Expect to see well-known favourites like adobo and Filipino BBQ chicken, and be introduced to others, like pancit palabok. Their menu changes weekly, so there’s lots to try.

Read the full review here.

Lolo and Lola Filipino Bakery and Eatery | Westside Acton Park, 3 Barrine Drive, Acton | Open 10am-4pm, Wednesday-Sunday | Facebook @loloandlola

Some Café

Some Café in Collector.

Some Café in Collector.

It’s ‘Lonsdale Street meets the country’. Some Café is bringing the cool factor to Collector with a paddock-to-plate philosophy and speciality coffee from Allpress in Sydney.

A simple menu, driven by local seasonal produce, and a charming interior with wood and white walls is sure to encourage roadtrippers from Canberra.

Their speciality? “The egg and bacon roll. Nothing beats local bacon, fresh eggs and home made tomato sauce.”

Get the full story here.

Some Café | Bourke Street, Collector – about a 40 minute drive from Civic | See their website for opening hours | Facebook @somecafecollector

Soi Noodle Bar

Soi coconut yoghurt

It’s Asian Fusion and it’s good. Soi Noodle Bar offers a mix of Japanese and Thai dishes, as well as ‘design your own dish’ options.

Expect to find some traditional favourites, such as Chicken Pad Thai, on the menu alongside some more adventurous options—we loved the Saikyo miso, black cod fish, with salad and black rice and Spicy tofu topped with chilli eggplant miso.

The desserts are pretty amazing, too. In fact, we think the Coconut yoghurt, with mango and pistachios is worth a visit to Soi alone.

Read our review here.

Soi Noodle Bar | Shop EG08, Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, Civic | Open 11am-10pm, Monday-Sunday | Facebook @soinoodlebar

7th and Bake Patisserie

7th & Bake Patisserie Café

A welcome addition for the tradies that pack the Foreshore, the ‘freshly baked’ 7th & Bake Patisserie Cafe is already wooing punters with their pastries and macarons, gourmet sandwiches and tasty breakfast and lunches.

If the scent of freshly baked bread isn’t enough to lure you inside, make sure you take a look over their breakfast and lunch menus – you just know they’re going to have a killer ‘breakfast beside the water’ vibe going on, as well as being the latest place to have fresh juices and smoothies on demand. Worth checking out.

Find out more here.

7th & Bake Patisserie Cafe | 144/41 Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore | Open seven days. Monday to Thursday 7:30am to 4pm, Friday to Sunday 7:30am to 5pm | Facebook @7thandbakewww.7thandbake.com.au

Molto Italian


Molto Italian. Image: Facebook.

The newest venture from the Tosolini family, MOLTO Italian opens its doors this Friday 22 January on Kingston Foreshore, aiming to be Canberra’s answer to a “modern seaside trattoria”.

The 130-seat restaurant is set to be a celebration of the “energy, passion, history and joy of Italian food and culture” in a sleek modern interior with high ceilings, open kitchen and bar and featured wood fired oven. The menu promises authentic Italian dishes, such as hand cut Pappardelle Bolognese, Bistecca Fiorentina’, and imported Mozzarella and Burrata plus some great pizzas. An extensive wine list showcases both local and international pours.

Find out more here.

Molto Italian | 37 Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore | Open seven days. Monday to Wednesday Lunch (12- 3pm) and Dinner (6pm – 10pm), Thursday through to Sunday, Lunch (12pm) through to late (11pm) | Facebook @moltoitalian


Inside Cinnabar

Inside Cinnabar

Forget Chinese as you know it…Cinnabar is part the new wave of the new wave of Canberra Asian restaurants, and they’re shaking things up. Old favourite Honey Prawns  has been reinvented as Honey Fried Eggplant and Duck San Choy Bao is served up like savoury ice cream cones.

The fitout is extraordinary—lush booths, myriad textures and private dining rooms. If you’re a fan of Asian Fusion, you’ll want to check this out.

Find out more here.

Cinnabar | 56/45 Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore | Open seven days. Lunch (11am – 3pm) and Dinner (5:30pm – 10:30pm) |  Facebook @thecinnabar | www.thecinnabar.com.au



So Frenchy, so chic. Buvette is a little piece of France right in the middle of the Parliamentary district. French classics sitting alongside more modern offerings: Bouillabaisse, Escargots à la Bourguignonne, Salad Niçoise and Châteaubriand will please the traditionalists, while dishes such as Asparagus Mimosa and Pan Fried Hiramasa Kingfish promise lightness and modern flair.

It’s a big space, airy—lots of timber, marble, vaulted surfaces and glass—and the European influence continues to the tableware, with German Riedel glasses and Laguiole steak knives, handcrafted in France.

And it wouldn’t be a French restaurant if there weren’t some truly indulgent desserts: Chocolate Assiette 3 Ways (Chocolate Tart 71% from Ecuador, Chocolate Mousse 64% from Peru, Chocolate Caramel & Pistachio Cake, Cherry Sorbet), anyone?

Get the full story here.

Buvette | 18 National Circuit, Barton | Open seven days. Breakfast Monday to Sunday( 6:30am–10:30am); Lunch Tuesday to Friday (12pm–3pm); Dinner Tuesday to Saturday (6pm–10:30pm) | buvette.com.au

Beef & Barley

Inside Beef and Barley

Burgers and beers…what’s not to like? Beef and Barley  is the product of young Canberrans who were inspired by the UK to create high quality, quick service burgers. It’s sure to do brisk trade on the Foreshore.

With an emphasis on food and drink pairings and quality local produce, the burger menu is more extensive than perhaps any other restaurant with even the quirkiest combinations given a beer, spirit or wine pairing. Purchased together, the matched burger and drink are cheaper than when purchased separately, an ingenious way of expanding Canberrans’ perceptions of what tastes work in harmony.

A gorgeous, minimalist fitout—lots of light, exposed lightbulbs, cork, timber and stainless steel—ensures it will be as easy on the eyes as on the tastebuds when it opens today!

Find out more here.

Beef & Barley | Corner Eyre Street and Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore | Open seven days from 7am-10pm |Facebook @beefandbarleyAU | www.beefandbarley.com.au




With one of the best sunset views in Canberra, Bookplate at the National Library of Australia’s picnic Pop-up Bar is shaping up to be one of the most unique venues of the summer. A brightly coloured oasis of pinks and greens, picnic overlooks the lake in Bookplate’s outdoor terrace area that has been revamped to include a bar and outdoor cooking station. 

From this Friday 22 January, picnic will be offering classic drinks like gin and tonics, wine, spirits and craft beers from the outdoor bar; as well as live cooking demonstrations. In addition to the demonstrations, the outdoor kitchen will be serving Asian food inspired by the Celestial Empire exhibition: freshly made fried rice or noodle with a choice of beef, chicken, tofu or prawn skewers or a steamer basket of Yum Cha favourites.

A sure favourite for Friday after work drinks, there’ll be a live DJ each Friday night from 5pm. Pop across to the National Portrait Gallery’s late night opening while you’re there!

Picnic | The Terrace, National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes | Open seven days from 11am for lunch and Friday evenings from 5pm until 18 March 2016 | Facebook @bookplatecafe | www.nla.gov.au

Cibo Kitchen


After 10 years running Woden’s Peppered Prawn Restaurant, the Stojanovic family decided to shake things up a bit and reinvent themselves as Cibo Kitchen.

A “modern mediterranean kitchen” with an emphasis on sharing, the menu contains influences from Italy, Greece, The Balkans, Spain and Turkey. A Greek dish of grilled kefalograviera cheese with peppered wild figs sits alongside Spanish Prawn Pot Prawn cutlets, the Italian classic of Arancini, and Turkish favourite, Burek. It’s a little bit of everything, but it all sounds good.

Cibo Kitchen | 98 Corinna Street, Phillip | Open Monday to Saturday, 5pm-late | Facebook @cibokitchencanberra | www.cibokitchen.com.au

Cisco’s Mexicano


I’m a sucker for Mexican, and Cisco’s Mexicano—the latest eatery to occupy the revolving-restaurant-door that is 35 Kennedy Street in Kingston (formerly La Rustica and then La Osteria)—looks to do just what it says on the box.

A peek at the menu reveals all the traditional dishes you’d hope to find at a Mexican restaurant—tacos, chimichangas, fajitas, burritos—with no fancy frills. And that’s kinda nice.

Oh, and their tequila menu boasts 20 different offerings of the distilled cactus juice. You may need a designated driver…

Cisco’s Mexicano | 35 Kennedy Street, Kingston | Open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday (12pm-2:30pm) and dinner Tuesday to Sunday (5:30pm til late) | Facebook @Ciscos-Mexicano | ciscosmexicano.com.au

Pickled Pear Cafe

pickled pear

After opening in December, Jon and Sonja Irwin are working tirelessly to make their mark on Phillip’s food scene. With a hardy range of staples like sandwiches, rolls and cakes in air conditioned comfort, Pickled Pear is a summertime haven for Southside workers.

Don’t miss out on Jon’s legendary foot-long sausage roll either!

Pickled Pear Cafe | 71 Dundas Court Phillip | Open 7am-3.30 weekdays | facebook.com/Pickled-Pear-Cafe

Mister Zee’s

Kebabs are no longer reserved for late night after-party food. Mister Zee’s has taken this Mediterranean staple and stepped it up a notch. In this airy and bright spot on Bunda Street, charcoal meats are served alongside fresh salads and an array of dips and sides.

Nice to see this strip coming back to life with some new players.

Mister Zee’s | Bunda Street, Canberra City | Open seven days, Sunday to Thursday (11am to 9pm) and until late on Fridays and Saturdays | Facebook @misterzees | www.misterzees.com.au

Avesta Manuka

Image: Facebook

Image: Facebook

When a restaurant’s Facebook page describes its cuisine as “Afghani, American (Traditional), Asian Fusion, Brazilian, Breakfast, British, Creperies, Diners, Ethiopian, Food Stands, French, Greek and Mediterranean, Hawaiian, Indian/Pakistani, Irish, Italian, Latin American, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Pizza, Russian, Seafood, Southern, Spanish/Basque, Steakhouses, Tapas Bars, Tex-Mex, Turkish, Vegan and Vegetarian”, you know you’re going to get a little bit of everything.

Avesta is the latest eatery to occupy the space on the corner of Furneaux and Franklin Streets in Manuka, which has seen a parade of restaurants passing through in recent years (Tosolini’s, Charlie Black, Pheast), so fingers crossed this ‘something for everyone’ approach sees it stick around.

Avesta Manuka | 2 Furneaux Street, Manuka | Open seven days, 7am to 11:30pm , Canberra| Facebook @AVESTA.ACT

Coming soon

Betti Bravo’s – the space formerly occupied by The Rum Bar is transformed into a Spanish/Caribbean-influenced watering hole. Opening very soon.

The Pedlar – a café/pub coming to Campbell’s new ‘Creswell’ development on Constitution Avenue.

Guild – board games + woodfire pizzas + craft beer/cider downstairs in  the old APK spot at Bailey’s Arcade in the City. Opening this weekend- stay tuned for details!

Soul Cartel – Po’ Boys at The Hamlet in Braddon. Looks delish.

Two Dukes – a pocket size coffee shop coming soon to Little National Hotel.

The Meat & Wine Co – A modern steakhouse with restaurants in Melbourne and Sydney. Real meat in a “relaxed and sophisticated environment”.

Catch up

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