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New restaurants opening, some sad closures, exciting new menus and some hot, hot rumours…

Here’s your double serving of piping hot Canberra food news, straight from our sources to your plate.

Sydney’s Long Chim is coming to Canberra for two nights only

Renown Sydney restaurant Long Chim will take over the kitchen at eighty-six North for two nights of “electric Bangkok street food” from 14-15 June.

Across 10 dishes you’ll taste what has put Long Chim’s David Thompson on the map with classic dishes like crispy barramundi and lemongrass salad, sweet and sticky moo bing, miang kham and a pineapple curry of pork. Yum.


Botswana Butchery shuts up shop

News broke earlier this year about relatively new city restaurant Botswana Butchery‘s parent company going into voluntary administration but it was announced yesterday that the restaurant has now ceased trading completely across all its Australian venues as of Tuesday 14 May.

Canberrans with pre-paid bookings can receive a refund via their website.

Holy cheesus, we’re getting a wine and cheese market

Finally, FINALLY someone is doing the right thing and holding a wine and cheese market in Canberra.

That someone is The Vault, which is hosting a range of cool events in their enormous warehouse in Dairy Road (just behind Capital Brewing Co.) across winter, including The Oozy Boozy Wine and Cheese Market from 7-10 June.

Tickets are now on sale and include oodles of tastings of both wine and cheese (!!!) and a souvenir wine glass.

You cheddar believe we’ll be there. Read the full story on The Vault here.

More info here

Braddon has something new to taco ’bout

Taco Boi will soon be dishing up wings, burgers and yes, tacos in Braddon.

Where? We don’t know. When? We don’t know that either. Are we hungry? You bet. Taco Boi – call me!


You have three more days to enjoy Temporada

City restaurant Temporada is saying adios after 10 years of operation, and to send it off in style owner Dave Young has been dishing up some of his fave throwbacks for the last month (including the very tasty burger pictured above).

Final service is this Saturday 18 May so if you hadn’t heard the news until now (like if you hadn’t read our Founder Amanda’s cute article about it here) then get ya skates on!

From all of us at HerCanberra – best of luck Dave and team! We can’t wait to see what your next chapter looks like.


Chin Chin team unveils Carlotta

In some very delicious foodie news it’s been revealed that Lucas Restaurants – of Chin Chin, Baby, Kisumé, Chin Chin Sydney and Hawker Hall fame – will soon bring their signature flair to Canberra in the form of Mediterranean eatery Carlotta.

Seating 120 and located on Scotts Crossing (across from Anita Gelato) on Bunda Street in the city, the menu will focus on Mediterranean dishes with a design that nods to traditional Italian trattorias.

Us? Excited? You bet. Watch this space for more.

Dough’nt miss out – Three Mills has landed in Woden

Southsiders, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you likely know that Three Mills Bakery has now opened on Furzer Street, bringing a range of new baked goodies with them.

Open seven days a week there’s something for office workers and weekend warriors alike. Get the full story here.


Olleyville to say last goodbye

Beloved winery Shaw Vineyard Estate is sadly farewelling its restaurant, Olleyville at Shaw on 30 June.

This means you have six weeks to enjoy it before last call – so make sure to plan that road trip out to Murrumbateman. Might we suggest a lazy long lunch one weekend?


Farewell Brunello, hello Azima

In sad news, gorgeous Italian eatery and wine bar Brunello will soon bid farewell to City Walk with its final day being this Sunday 19 May.

Taking its place will be Middle Eastern Restaurant Azima. While it’s not a bitter farewell, according to Brunello socials, it’s sad to see such a fine establishment close.

However, when a wine bar closes, a restaurant opens, and we’re excited to welcome Azima to the scene.

Owner Adam Elchakak (Inka, Koto) says “the food of Lebanese culture is a celebration of life; it’s fresh, colourful, and incredibly diverse. At Azima Restaurant, we pay homage to the authentic flavours of Lebanese cuisine combining traditional dishes with a modern twist.”


Centro Cafe

Speaking of sliding door swaps, Centro Cafe will soon move into Canberra Centre’s Beauty Garden precinct in the space vacated by Negozio.

With food from the folks at Pizza Artigiana, Illy coffee and premium giftware, we’re excited to see this space to come to life once more.


Don’t be crabby, live seafood is here to stay

natural nine, the completely delicious Pop Chinese restaurant at Casino Canberra brought out the big guns (claws) across Easter with a live seafood menu – and it proved so popular they decided to keep it.

You can now order from their menu of live mudcrab and rock lobster seven days a week, with a decadent array of sauces like chilli garlic, Chinese salt and pepper and ginger and shallot.


You have one month to eat all the Wantan Mee you can

Lim Peh’s – a phenomenal pop up serving delicious Singaporean fare – has announced May will be their last month at Verity Lane Market and yes, we are devastated.

This won’t be the last time we get to order their Wantan Mee (more on that soon) but for now, run don’t walk to secure your fave dishes before they’re gone.


Fresh Korean BBQ lands in the city, just in time for winter

Gaon Korean BBQ has landed in the city in a sleek now spot in the Sydney Building and all we can say is: “gamsamnida!“. Gaon might have only been open for a hot minute but it has 20 5 star Google Reviews so naturally, we had to try it.

While you wait for our review (with all the shenanigans you would expect of four KBBQ newbies using a grill for the first time) don’t sleep on booking in for your cosy winter catch ups. We predict it’ll become a fast favourite (yes, there’s plenty of soju).


You can now get cheese soft serve and yes, that’s news

Lolo and Lola have done it again – they have a brand-new food offering that made our cheese-mad Associate Editor Emma Macdonald so excited she almost dropped her phone: a Filipino Keso (cheese) soft serve. You read that right. And it really is the best of both worlds…unless you’re lactose intolerant. Sorry.

While we haven’t tried it yet, we predict it’ll be the perfect creamy, cheesy treat for anyone who dreams of eating cheese for every meal – including dessert. If that’s not enough, you can also order a ube soft serve, and if you can’t decide between the two, you can combine the flavours.

We don’t know how long it’ll be available, so you better run to get your hands on this.


Who is Rakka’s?

This is a case of ‘watch this space’ (literally). The prime Kingston Foreshore spot formerly occupied by the iconic Morks is soon to be filled by Rakka’s…and that’s all we know.

Stay tuned as we uncover details of what’s on offer!

A three-hour tasting of 900 wines, anyone?

The National Wine Show of Australia has announced the National Wine Experience, an exclusive public tasting of the finest wines from across the country.

On Saturday 1 June, you’ll have the chance to sample more than 900 (yes, 900) wines from across the country at Exhibition Park, including the just-announced winners of the 2024 National Wine Show awards. The catch? There are only 250 tickets for this three-hour event so snap them up, PRONTO.

Tickets here

Want to make friends who also love food? You’ll love this new event series.

Dinner parties with friends are great – but what if you could make new friends at dinner parties filled with decadent home-cooked meals and cute AF table styling in a chic location?

Meet Occasional Diners Supper Club, where you can enjoy all of the above. Story coming Monday!


Raclette! Mulled wine! Hot chocolate! Oh my!

Real Christmas trees, wooden huts, hot chocolate, mulled wine, Christmas lights and melted cheese stations…our favourite European-style Christmas Market is back this winter. After a tres successful year last year that saw over  60,000 people attending the free festival, French Christmas vibes are back for one long weekend of seasonal deliciousness from Thursday 27 until Sunday 30 June.

From mulled wine and falling snow to melted cheese (raclette!) stations, real Christmas trees, wooden huts, hot chocolate, mulled wine, Christmas lights and live music, it’s all about celebrating the magic of Christmas…in July (or in this case, the end of June).

Read the full story here.

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