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Another 12 new places to eat in Canberra

HerCanberra Team

It’s been a month since we last rounded up the new places to eat in Canberra, and in that time at least eight have already opened their doors, and three more are set to launch in the next few weeks. You know what to do. Gather your friends, pack  your spare stomach, and work your way through the list.

But before you do, get the full run down of new openings this year – just click on the date to read the round ups: 21 November,  18 July, 3 July, 9 May, and 18 April. Feeling full yet?

Ink Bake Grill

New kid on the block in Deakin is Ink Bake Grill, taking over from the very old (and very tired) Courtyard Cafe. Now those working in Deakin have a good place for coffee and a very instagrammable meal.


Clockwise from top: Chorizo Taco, Vienna Doggie and Onion Rings. Photo: Samara Gentle, Big Ink.

The new menu focuses on burgers, hot dogs and tacos, while the food cabinet boasts freshly baked sweets, salads and sandwiches. All bread and sweet treats are baked in the cafe and they even sell bread if you prefer fresh on your way home from work. There are plenty of vegetarian options and their ‘amazeballs’, similar to bliss balls, come highly recommended.

InkBakeGrill | Shop 3, 7 Geils Court, Deakin | Open Monday to Friday, 7am to 3pm | 02 62853147 | www.inkbakegrill.com.au


Its warm and inviting interior captures the warmth of ‘Nonna’s house’ where “exposed brick walls pay homage to the building’s history, printed carpet and wallpaper clash beautifully, gold brass handles adorn the doors, with touches of silver and gold speckled among the different lighting variations.” The space gives an instant indication of what to expect from Provini’s food – good old-fashioned Italian, but with a modern twist.

Stepping into Provini is just like a visit to Nonna's house.

Stepping into Provini is just like a visit to Nonna’s house.


Provini’s menu reveals all the staples you’d expect to find on the table at Nonna’s – a selection of antipasto, pizza and pasta, meat and poultry dishes, salads and dolce; but a closer look at the descriptions reveals a sophisticated hand and attention to quality ingredients.  There’s a small but interesting offering of wood fired pizza and pasta dishes, hearty mains and indulgent desserts.

Go say ‘ciao’ to Nonna, you won’t regret it. Read the full review here.

Provini | 50 Bunda Street, Canberra City |Lunch – Sunday to Friday, 12pm until 2.30pm; Dinner – Sunday to Monday 5.30pm until late | 02 6154 9720 | cocu.com.au/provini

Joe’s Bar

East Hotel’s Dion and Dan Bisa created Joe’s Bar as a nod to their Italian heritage and their own father Giuseppe, or Joe as friends and family call him. The space is big on textures and layers; the chic 10-metre long solid marble bar and open kitchen creating a vibrant atmosphere with a mix of high and low seating and intimate corners.

Authentic Italian fare, cocktails and a carefully curated wine list make Joe's Bar a place to 'settle in'. Photo credit: Nathan Lanham.

Authentic Italian fare, cocktails and a carefully curated wine list make Joe’s Bar a place to ‘settle in’. Photo credit: Nathan Lanham.

There are carefully crafted cocktails, along with a wine list created by Mount Majura Vineyard’s Fergus McGhie which balances Italian wines with a selection of local drops designed to complement the modern Italian menu of Italian-born chef, Francesco Balestrieri. With a focus on using the freshest local produce sourced from within 100km of Canberra, menu highlights include Polpettine di Carne (meat balls); House-made Tuscan Chicken Liver Parfait with pancetta, porcini and crostini; Smoked Burrata with shaved local truffle, EVOO and crusty bread; Lasagne with slow braised deboned pork ribs; and Wagyu Beef Brisket with charred polenta and porcini butter.

Read the full review here.

Joe’s Bar | East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston | Open seven days, midday to late; kitchen open 3pm-10pm | 02 6178 0050 | joesateast.com

Burger Hero

Burger Hero

Burger Hero isn’t the place for Americano-style burgers that ooze onto the plate. It’s somewhat reminiscent of Subway as you get to choose your burger ingredients item-by-item, including a delicious display of salads and sauces – you’re always in complete control of your burger.

Double beef and bacon smoked with hickory spray, chipotle sauce and a side of sweet potato fries.

Double beef and bacon smoked with hickory spray, chipotle sauce and a side of sweet potato fries.


The burgers, served in cute baskets with additions like sweet potato fries, are homestyle in the best way – they still look fresh and handmade, even after assembly. The gelato bar is packed with delicious flavours that can be made into a milkshake or sundae. We predict the outdoor seating will be a huge bonus come Summer.

Read the full review here.

Burger Hero | 15 Mort Street, Braddon | Open 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 9pm Monday to Saturday | 02 6257 5015 | www.burgerhero.com.au

Fillos Souvlaki

Love Greek food? Us too. But there just isn’t enough of the stuff around Canberra! But the newest addition to The Hamlet stable, Fillos Souvlaki, will sate those cravings with good old fashioned Greek street food!

Fillos Souvlaki is the newest addition to The Hamlet. Photo: The Hamet Facebook page.

Fillos Souvlaki is the newest addition to The Hamlet. Photo: The Hamet Facebook page.


Choose from simple delights such as Souvlaki Pita, Souvlaki Plate or Just The Stick. Our pick? All the meat souvas are amazing, but we can’t go past the Vegetarian – grilled Haloumi, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, chips, tzatziki, onion, and lettuce. Takes me back to that little Gyros stand in Corfu…

Fillos Souvlaki | The Hamlet, 16 Lonsdale St, Braddon | Open Monday to Thursday 12pm to 2:30pm and 5:30pm to 9pm; Friday and Saturday 12pm to 2:30pm and 5:30pm to 10pm; Sunday 12pm to 3pm | www.facebook.com/pages/Fillos-Souvlaki

Milk Crate 

Milk Crate is just opened on Moore Street in the city today, and promises to deliver just what it says on the label – fresh, wholesome food in a cosy environment.

Photo by Megan Sparke

New cafe Milk Crate opened its doors on Monday offering its own specialty coffee, Drumroll, as well as a selection of breakfast and lunch options. New York bagels, nutella filled muffins, cold pressed juices and a range of fresh deli sandwiches are available between 6.30am and 4pm. While the space is small the minimalist design ensures that every inch is utilised as well as offering outdoor seating which will be perfect as the Spring weather approaches.

Milk Crate  | Shop 6, 12 Moore Street, Canberra City | Opening 31 August | 02 6174 0643 | milkcratecafe.com.au

The Kitchen

Siobhan Palmer has amassed quite a following for her Dinner Rush gourmet heat-and-eat meals in recent years, and now she’s taken the concept one step further, opening The Kitchen at Narrabundah shops. The qualified chef, who has worked at Silo bakery, Artespresso, Bees and Co. and more, embraces the philosophy of ‘local, seasonal and fresh’.

The Kitchen, Narrabundah shops.

The Kitchen, Narrabundah shops.


Her newly opened shopfront on the old Bruno’s Truffels’s site offers a small menu and locally-roasted Highgate Ln coffee, with take home meals available to pick up from the fridge and freezer.  Homemade preserves are on sale, as are salts, lavoche, The Muesli Bar muesli, La Barre olive oil and more.

The light-filled space is sure to become a destination for Saturday breakfast…pull up a stool at the large window, and watch the world go by while you enjoy something fresh and delicious from The Kitchen.

Find out more about Dinner Rush here.

The Kitchen, Iluka Street, Narrabundah | Open 8am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday, 8am to 2pm Saturday | 0450 578 558 | www.canberradinnerrush.com.au


Nestled next to Joe’s Bar (see above), Muse  is ‘a space where good food, great wine and the magic of the written word come together’. Part-restaurant, part bar, part bookstore, a patron might grab a glass of red from the wine bar and wander over to the shelves, pull up a bench seat, grab a book and settle in; or they  may spend their lunch hour alternatively eating their meal and eyeing off the latest titles.




Café-style breakfasts are available weekdays, served with locally-roasted Red Brick Espresso coffee. Weekends see things become a little more fancy, with seafood becoming the star at brunch…think oysters and caviar, smoked salmon and crab cakes and more.

At lunch the emphasis is on vegetables, with Paul citing Ottolenghi’s restaurants as inspiration. The menu changes daily, depending on what’s in season, with diners able to create their meal from a selection of mains and impressive array of salads and side dishes. Evenings revolve around grazing: bar plates, local olives, charcuterie and handmade Australian cheese; and there’s a generous complement of desserts.

Read the full story here.

Muse | East Hotel, 69 Canberra Ave, Kingston | Open Monday to Thursday 6.30am to 10pm; Friday 6.30am to midnight; Saturday 7am to midnight; Sunday 7am to 6pm | 02 6178 0024 | www.musecanberra.com.au


Roleee is kinda like an Indian Zambrero: you pick your filling, chutney and salad and away you go. From the tamer end of the spectrum – Chicken: subtly spiced chicken, mint coriander chutney, lentils and green apple; to the more adventurous, rustic and spicy Goat or homemade paneer, Rolee is healthy food with flavour.

A delicious wrap from Roleee. Photo: Facebook.

A delicious wrap from Roleee. Photo: Facebook.


Inspired by Indian street food cuisine, Rolee also offers rice bowls, tasty little extras, and authentic desserts (creamy kulfi with cardamon and pistachio, anyone?) A good option for a quick lunch on the go for city and Braddon workers.

Stay tuned for more on Roleee, coming soon.

Roleee | 34 Mort Street, Braddon| Call for opening hours | 02 6230 4869 | www.facebook.com/roleeerocks



Salotto will bring a European flavour to Kingston, aiming to provide the casual dining and drinking atmosphere of Italy in the Summer. Opening in late September, owner Pasquale Catanzariti says the bar will be styled with Art Deco finishes, “like a vintage Campari ad.”

Since Salotto will be occupy the space vacated by The Kennedy Room, the space will be large and include dining areas, a bar and outdoor area. “We want it to be somewhere you can just meet up and hang out,” says Pasquale.

Pasquale stressed the casual nature of the venue, with a menu largely consisting of “lots of entrees and mains that can be shared,” as well as a unique selection of Italian grappas on the menu that will complement the selection of Italian wine and even feature on the cocktail menu.

The Catanzariti family came to Canberra from Calabria in 1956, later establishing Santa Lucia Trattoria – one of the city’s stalwarts, passing through three generations of the family. Salotto is set to be an exciting new chapter in their story.

The Knox

Taking over the site formerly occupied by SatisThe Knox team is putting their enthusiasm for all things local right out there. “Made in Watson is our motto, it demonstrates our passion for the suburb and its surrounds,” they say.

The Knox is a work in progress, set to open in Watson next month.

The Knox is a work in progress, set to open in Watson next month.

Owner, Daniel, reveals that they plan to source as many local ingredients and suppliers from the region as possible, a philosophy which extends to the furniture and flatware. “Our plates are being hand crafted at the Watson Potters Society (just around the corner), we look forward sourcing ingredients from the Farmers Markets at EPIC, we are even making tables and numbers here in the shop out of recycled Australian red timbers.”

Stay tuned for our story with more details, coming soon.

The Knox | Shop 1, 13 Watson Place, Watson | Opening September | 02 6255 4615 www.facebook.com/theknoxmadeinwatson

Ivy and The Fox

Its sister cafe, Fox and Bow, has been a runaway success in Farrer, bringing a much needed energy (not to mention fantastic food) to the suburbs. Now Alex Piris has set his sights north of the bridge, with Ivy & The Fox opening in Old Canberra House at Lennox Crossing, on the edge of ANU.

It’s a gorgeous little oasis just on the city fringe. Make sure you like the Ivy & The Fox facebook page to keep up with the news!



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