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A quick guide to Mediterranean restaurants in Canberra

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It’s time to your tastebuds to a warmer climate with some Mediterranean fare.

Bright flavours, fresh produce and combinations that are reminiscent of long, hot days spent on the beach next to crystal blue water – it seems that as the weather starts to turn, our minds are turning to a classic Mediterranean summer. And with a slew of Mediterranean restaurants opening their doors in recent months, so are our stomachs.

All focusing on meals highlighting fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, fish, herbs, beans and grains, here’s a quick guide to Mediterranean restaurants in Canberra. We promise that they’ll help you forget about the approaching cold weather.

Med (Barton)

 

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An oasis in the heart of Barton, Med is headed by two-hatted DOMA culinary director Ben Willis and offers an immersive, relaxed dining experience steeped in Mediterranean charm and a menu that’s packed with the flavours of Greek, Turkish and Lebanese cuisine. Expect plates of bread, dips, light entrees, and mains, complemented by fresh salads and vegetables, all infused with a rich tapestry of spices and herbs you would expect from Eastern Mediterranean food. An example? Grilled lamb cutlets, served with lemon pepper and spiced eggplant, straight from the Josper Charcoal Oven and Grill.

1 Burbury Close, Barton | medbarton.com.au

Alia (City)

 

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Indulge in some Greek feasting at Alia that’s flavoursome without the fuss. Featuring beautiful, fresh Greek flavours and dishes that have been passed down for generations, each dish highlights the clean, fresh, healthful qualities of Mediterranean food. There are no formal entrees, mains, and desserts, and certainly no foams, emulsions, or pretences – but while the dishes are simple, the décor is anything but, making it a true sensory experience.

17 London Circuit, Civic | aliabar.com.au

Brunello (City)

 

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Brunello is a premium wine bar with a menu inspired by light Spanish bites, tapas, share plates and some very substantial main courses. Offering 50 premier wines by the glass, the wow factor of this restaurant is wine-based, but a must-try meal is the homemade Raviolone di Aragosta – it oozes with mouth-watering Eastern Lobster bisque, accompanied by toasted hazelnuts (pictured). Oh, and it’s sprinkled with gold.

222 City Walk, Civic | brunello.com.au

Bar Beirut (City)

 

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Featuring a modern twist on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes, Bar Beirut is meze-style feasting at its finest. Eat your way through baba ganoush with Lebanese flatbread, slow braised lamb shank, and three cheese rakakat and make sure to try at least one cocktail – this restaurant was crowned Canberra’s Best Cocktail Bar in 2022 and 2023 for a reason.

25 Garema Place, Civic | barbeirut.com.au

Saint Malo (City)

 

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Showcasing the vibrant flavours of Spanish cuisine, one meal here and you’ll be transported to the Spanish coastline. Bringing the taste of the Mediterranean to your plate, be tempted by the bountiful tapas (think: ceviche, patatas bravas and king prawns) and sink your teeth into beef cheeks, lamb shoulder and succulent spatchcock. You’ll soon forget the Canberra CBD is just a few minutes’ walk down the road…

23 London Circuit, Civic | saintmalo.com.au

Black Fire (Braddon)

Cooking meats, seafood and vegetables using a wood fire oven, an open fire roast or a charcoal grill to extol a unique and authentic smokey flavour, Black Fire is an award-winning, Mediterranean restaurant. Inspired by Spanish cuisine, the menu boasts tapas plates of goat’s cheese churros and pan-tossed scallops while for the mains you can opt for maltagliati pasta, seafood guazzatto or a perfectly grilled Angus tomahawk steak. And of course, a glass of Spanish tempranillo or their signature sangria won’t go amiss with your meal.

45/38 Mort Street, Braddon | blackfirecanberra.com.au

Kivotos Wine Bar (Braddon)

 

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Newly opened in Braddon, at Kivotos Wine Bar each dish and drink tells a story steeped in Greek history, tradition, and passion. With a menu that’s brimming with dishes that will transport you to the heart of the Mediterranean, you’ll find traditional meals like homemade dips served with pita bread, Athenian Prawn Saganaki and loukoumades made to order. And because it’s a Greek wine bar, there will also be plenty of Greek wine varietals to try, with a bottle from every part of the country.

33 Mort Street, Braddon | kivotoswinebar.com.au

Pomegranate Restaurant (Kingston)

 

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Here you’ll find tasty food Mod Oz food with a Mediterranean influence that’s simple, flavoursome and well worth trying. Run by head chef and owner Erkin Esen, and his wife Ziba, Pomegranate has made a name for itself for the mouthwatering menu – which includes duck ravioli, Balmain bug and even Turkish Delight.

31 Giles Street, Kingston | pomegranatekingston.com

Saffron Restaurant and Mezze (Kingston)

 

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Fusing the cuisines of Lebanon, Greece and Turkey, Saffron Restaurant and Mezze focuses on the freshness of the Mediterranean diet – and the menu is something to behold. Head by Chef Max Azize, it’s a Middle Eastern foodie haven for anyone searching for a selection of authentic food done very, very well.

31 Kennedy Street, Kingston | saffronrestaurant.com.au

Anatolia Mediterranean Restaurant (Erindale)

Where else can you go in Canberra for both casual fine dining and a Mediterranean breakfast? Anatolia Mediterranean Restaurant is a hidden gem in Erindale born from the family behind the popular Turkish Grill. Yaprak Sarma, spiced kofte and Persian Love Cake are just some of the options on the dinner menu but on the weekends you can pamper yourself with the Anatolia Big Breakfast (which is shared between at least two people) – complete with olives, feta, cucumber, tomato, halloumi, fresh fig jam, fresh natural honey, fresh fruit, eggs with sucuk, gozleme and pastries, fresh cay, fresh caffe and freshly squeezed juice.

9 Gartside Street, Wanniassa | anatoliarestaurant.com.au

Little Istanbul (Tuggeranong)

 

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For those seeking freshness, flavour and fine Turkish cuisine, Little Istanbul in Tuggeranong is the place to go. Offering a mix of authentic and traditional favourites along with more innovative dishes, from pide to overflowing Turkish banquets this family run business has been serving locals since 2007 – and there’s always a delicious option for everyone.

9b/210 Anketell Street, Greenway | littleistanbul.com.au

Olive at Hawker (Hawker)

 

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Fusing robust Italian and Greek flavours, Olive at Hawker will take you on an unforgettable culinary journey. With plenty to choose from – including fresh black mussels, moussaka, fried olives, and stone-baked pizzas – you’ll feel like you’re on holiday in the Mediterranean without having to book a plane ticket.

2a/78 Hawker Place, Hawker | oliveathawker.com.au

Feature image: Med. Credit: Pew Pew Studio. 

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