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10 new places to eat

Sophie Mateer

Looking to shake up your restaurant routine? Here are six new places to sink your teeth into (and four more to get excited about!).

Oh, and catch up on eight newbies you may have missed over the summer holidays here.


Image: Martin Ollman

Image: Martin Ollman

Not to be confused with the now-defunct American BBQ establishments, Smogue is bringing freshly cooked pastries, bagels and coffee to the streets of Torrens. This tucked away location is ideal for kids and has an array of outdoor seating in which to soak up this gorgeous Canberra summer sunshine (and we’ve been told it has one of the best chai lattes in Canberra!).

Where: Unit 2 Number 24 Torrens Place, Torrens
When: Everyday 7am – 3pm
Contact: 0426 052 090
Facebook: @smoguetorrens

Lokma Turkish

Image: facebook.com/pg/LokmaTurkishCuisine

Image: facebook.com/pg/LokmaTurkishCuisine

Lokma Turkish Cuisine is Canberra’s newest offering of authentic Turkish dishes. Picture incredibly succulent meat, with an assortment of fillings, drizzled in a delectable sauce and wrapped in warm Turkish bread … drooling? Well so are we.

Where: Shop 2/A 15 Kingsland Parade, Casey Market Town
When: Mon – Thu: 9am – 9pm, Fri – Sat: 9am – 10pm, Sun: 9am – 9pm
Contact: 02 6259 5267
Website: lokmaturkishcuisine.com.au

Olive @ Hawker 

Image: facebook.com/Olivehawker

Image: facebook.com/Olivehawker

With Southsiders raving about Olive @ Mawson it’s only fair that our Northsiders get a taste as well. Olive @ Hawker brings a modern twist to the Mediterranean classic dishes we know and love. The menu is only half the attraction, though—when you meet the friendly employees you’ll realise why Olive is popular with the locals. 

Where: 78 Hawker Place, Hawker
When: Tuesday – Friday: 12pm- 2.30pm, 6pm – 9.30pm, Saturday: 6pm – 9.30pm
Contact: 02 6255 2858
Website: oliveathawker.com.au

Tra Vinh

Image: facebook.com/travinhnoodles

Image: facebook.com/travinhnoodles

If you’re as obsessed with Vietnamese food as we are then you’ll love everything Tra Vinh has to offer. From the beautiful vegetarian springs rolls to rare beef and thick rice noodles this relaxed restaurant is one to check out. We love the Goi Cuon Sauce, which is quickly becoming a local favourite. 

Where:  Casey Market Town, 28/15 Kingsland Parade, Casey
When: Monday – Tuesday 10.30am to 3pm Wednesday-Sunday 10.30am to 9pm
Contact: 02 5105 4916
Website: travinhnoodles.com.au

Yummy Yalla

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Tucked away in Phillip, Yummy Yalla delivers authentic Lebanese cuisine with friendly and generous service. A range of dietary requirements, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free are all looked after. Pack your spare stomach!

Read our full review here.

Where: 49/51 Colbee Court, Phillip
When: 9am-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm Monday-Saturday, 9am-2.30pm Sunday
Contact: 02 6281 3009
Website: yummyyallarestaurant.com.au

The Tea House

Image: instagram.com/theteahousegoldcreek

Image: instagram.com/theteahousegoldcreek

The Tea House (previously known as Adore Tea) has recently rebranded but is still supplying customers with a beautiful high tea experience while supporting local tea brewers. The aim for owners Holly and Geoff Herbig is to support local brewers while providing great customer service to those who love tea and those who are trying to find their tea niche. Shop from a selection of over 50 extraordinary teas, including Canberra blends Real Chai and Endeavour Tea.

Holly has also added brunch and lunch to the menu of cakes to add to the overall experience. 

Where:  Federation Square One, Shop 6, 18 O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls.
When: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4pm, Saturday from 8.30am to 5pm, Sunday 9am to 5pm
Contact: 02 6230 2721
Website: theteahousegoldcreek.com.au


Lazy Su

Think neon, Japanese alleyways, Korean street food, light boxes and funky vintage signs with a casual Pan-Asian sharing menu. Carefree and loud, busy and colourful. Lazy Su will open late February/early March on Lonsdale Street in Braddon.

Read our full sneak peek here.

The Pop Inn 

The Pop Inn is planning wine bar pop-ups at some unique locations along with food and cocktails—we can’t wait! Keep your eyes on their website and Instagram for more hints as to when they’re going to ‘pop up’.

Zeus Street Food

Hitting the streets any day now, Zeus Street Food “challenges Australia’s perception of the beloved ‘Souvlaki’: from a greasy hang-over cure, to a healthy flavoursome meal.” Popular in other capital cities, Zeus claims it’s “a modern harmony of traditional Greek street food and the best of Australian produce, in a relaxed contemporary environment.”

Tipsy Bull

The city end of Lonsdale Street is set for another bar, the cutely named Tipsy Bull. Their website warns potential patrons not to “expect anything too posh, that’s not how we roll. We’re into good times and great food. Like a bull in a china shop, our passion for classic dining and fine drinks is out of control.” They clearly also like a good pun.

Feature and slider image: Martin Ollman


Sophie Mateer

Sophie Mateer has recently returned from a nine week holiday eating her way around the globe, from the busy streets of Hong Kong to the crystal clear waters of the Amalfi Coast and agrees that there’s no place like home. She is a food fanatic and can’t help herself when it comes to delectable Sunday brunches or indulging in smoothies across the Canberra region. She can’t wait to begin her degree in Marketing Management and Communications in Advertising at the University of Canberra in 2017. More about the Author