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Meet seven new icons of Canberra’s food scene

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There is nothing quite like the Canberra food scene. It always feels fresh and exciting but with the classics that we return to time and time again.

A chewy loaf from Silo, a burger from Grease Monkey, a Barrio batch brew, a Banoffee pie at eightysix, a laksa from Asian Noodle House…the list goes on.

From street food to market stalls to fine dining, here are our picks of the memorable dishes that we predict will be the future classics of Canberra’s dining scene.

The Udon Carbonara at Tokyo Canteen (Kingston)


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Opening earlier this year Tokyo Canteen has everything you need for a low-key breakfast or lunch with an all-day dining menu—but it’s hard to ignore the glowing golden noodles that permeate against the sleek, minimalist venue. This famous udon carbonara is a favourite at Tokyo Canteen—and it’s easy to see why.

With a creamy sauce, smokey bacon and shitake mushrooms made even creamier with a soy cured egg yolk to mix through, slurping these slimy noodles will become your new sensory ritual, just as Tokyo Canteen is sure to become a Canberra dining staple. A venue where simplicity does not undermine quality or thrill.

Donuts at Krofne (Majura Park, City, Gungahlin)


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There is nothing more morish than freshly baked krofne, a Croatian-style airy filled donut. Established in 2016, Danijela and John Vrkic started Krofne Donuts as a social enterprise business for their son, Anthony, who has Down Syndrome.

The vision for Krofne was for Anthony to have a business to be fully involved in but in the past six years, Krofne has expanded to provide widespread employment opportunities for people with special needs.

Much more than just a donut, this social enterprise encapsulates the thriving and diverse food scene of Canberra that welcomes all voices— and their delicious krofne is well on its way to become a Canberra household name.

Roman-style pizza at Colosseum Italian Street Food (Fyshwick)

Recently opened in the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets’ Niche Markets, Colosseum Italian Street Food has already made a name for itself for its Roman-style pizza a taglio.

Grab your slice of Italy, and with one bite be transported from Fyshwick straight to the streets of Roma!

The (vegan) Shack Basket at The Fish Shack (City)


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With sustainability becoming a focus in the Australian food scene, The Fish Shack has become a go-to venue for those wanting to indulge in some greasy fish and chips without feeling ethically compromised. Did we mention their famous vegan options?

The Shack Basket is vegan, delicious and quickly becoming a Canberra classic, putting ‘junk food’ and ‘plant-based’ in the same sentence.

Handmade Chocolates from Sweet Treats by Tannah (POP Canberra and online)

These decadent and beautiful handmade chocolates are made with ethically sourced, fair-trade chocolate right here in Canberra.

Sweet Treats by Tannah is taking over Instagram feeds around the city and it’s no surprise—these gourmet chocolate taste as good as they look. Available to purchase at Braddon’s POP Canberra or online.

Ramen at Ramen Daddy (City)


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Ramen Daddy opened in October last year as part of Verity Lane Market. A combination of French and Japanese cooking, Ramen Daddy brings you their unique ‘Tori Paitan’ creamy chicken broth with a French twist and signature ramen noodles.

Their range of ramen dishes has infiltrated Canberra dining as a staple meal for cold winter nights, with Verity Lane always bustling—a symbol of the collaborative and colourful food scene that is thriving in our city.

Kimchi Jaffle at INTRA (Campbell)


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INTRA in Campbell have been serving Kimchi jaffles for three years now and this toastie has become a Canberra classic with house-made kimchi, melty provolone and swiss cheese, and a side of special spicy sauce.

The perfect lunchtime snack that we will never get sick of.

Feature image: Ramen Daddy. Photography: Ashley St George / Pew Pew Studios

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