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Made your way through our last list of six new places to eat? We have a new challenge for you…SEVEN more!

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,  27 August3 July, 9 May, and 18 April. Feeling full yet?

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room opened the doors to its Crace venue on Wednesday, the name stemming from “the 1700s concept of the drawing room as a posh room that you go to when you host a dinner party” says Manager Michelle Mason.


Housed under the The Central by Goodwin, there’s a solid variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner on offer, with the menu set to be refined as diner preferences emerge. This is sure to make The Drawing Room extra appealing for groups and families, as one person can order Eye Fillet Steak with roast garlic mashed potato and roasted vine tomatoes while others can choose a Coconut Laksa, Jamaican Jerk Chicken or Vegetarian Gnocci with semi dried tomatoes, kale and sage in a pumpkin sauce.

There’s also a kids room and a courtyard that will become a popular destination come summer.

The Drawing Room  |  Corner of Abena Ave and Galore Street, Crace  | Breakfast 7am-11.30am weekdays, 7am-2.30pm weekends, Lunch from 11.30am-2.30pm, Tapas from 3pm-5.30pm, Dinner from 5.30-late Wednesday-Saturday |

The Terrace Cafe

The Terrace Café at Old Parliament  House recently unveiled its makeover, and it’s gorgeous – the original foundations give way to a modern aesthetic, with a split-level providing guests with a stunning view looking out towards the War Memorial and sleek furniture and comfortable, modern black leather chairs from Designcraft.


The menu is short and sweet, quite literally. The Terrace Cafe has been referred to as Canberra’s newest sweet spot, offering a range of delicious sweet treats, including elderflower cupcakes, pastries, muffins and macaroons – all of which have been made in-house. There are also a range of savoury options and light meals available, such as pulled pork and slaw and quinoa, beetroot and fetta salad.

With a curated wine list, including a number of local wines, and coffee courtesy of award-winning barista, Chelley Penn, this may be the excuse you need to get yourself some culture!

Read our full review.

Terrace Café  |  18 King George Terrace, Parkes  |  9am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday  |

Two Hands Cafe

Their Fyshwick store has been pumping out great food and delicious coffee for years, and now Two Hands has a city outpost.

Nestled along the city walk side of Canberra Centre, you’ll find their famous brownies, coffee and teas, and loads of pastries and treats. Their savoury options are also pretty serious – think Shredded beef brisket flat wrap filled with brie cheese, tapenade, grilled zucchini and sauce, or Lamb Gozleme.


This is a great option for a quick city lunch or snack – the guys are super lovely, too!

Two Hands Cafe | City Walk, Civic | Open 7am til 3:30pm Monday to Saturday |

Star Buffet

If you have trouble deciding what you ‘feel like’ for lunch or dinner, this is the place. Because it has pretty much anything and everything.

A buffet with at least six food stations, including sushi (from a little sushi train), a chocolate fountain, cakes, various other desserts, soft serve ice cream, roast meats and vegetables, salads, different kinds of fish, lamb shanks, American ribs, Chinese-style BBQ meats (two types of pork, duck, and chicken), fresh seafood, fried rice, noodles, soups, Asian stir fries, little bamboo steamers with dim sims and BBQ pork buns, deep fried BBQ pork buns (yes, you read that right), pizza, pasta, cheese, crackers, and fresh fruit.


And? Weekend lunch is just $24.80 each – even cheaper ($16.10) on weekdays. Children under 12 and seniors can eat for even less.

Read our full review.

Star Buffet | Burns Club, 8 Kett St, Kambah |Open for lunch 11.30am to 2pm Monday to Friday, and 2pm to 3pm Saturday to Sunday; open for dinner 5.30pm to 9pm Sunday to Thursday and 5.30pm to 10pm Friday and Saturday | 6296 3045 |

Old Canberra Inn

It’s something of a Canberra institution, having been around for decades, and after a few years in the wilderness the Old Canberra Inn is back with a new lease on life.


There’s a comprehensive menu, including your standard pub-grub and a distinct South American flavour throughout. The kitchen is also trialling different specials, and pending popularity they make it on to the menu as a permanent fixture (the most recent addition was the Classic bangers and mash). Staples such as Chicken schnitzel and Beef burger with chips don’t disappoint, and you can select your own condiments from a broad range of hot sauces and mustards.

The bar offers a range of Australian beers and ciders, with The Inn introducing new craft beers regularly, and there’s an eclectic mix of live music events and weekend markets.

Read our full review.

Old Canberra Inn | 195 Mouat Street, Lyneham | 11am-10pm Sunday to Thursday, 11am-Late Friday and Saturday |

Paleo Cafe Canberra

The Canberra support for ‘the Paleo way’ shows no signs of waning, with another eatery opening up in Braddon. Paleo Cafe Canberra is part of an Australia-wide franchise, and offers “a prehistoric approach to eating…as Mother Nature intended.”

The seasonal menu is based on a variety of fresh plant-based foods accompanied by well-sourced, high-quality meat and herbs and spices – think vegetables, high-quality meat, seafood, free-range eggs, fruit, nuts, seeds and fresh herbs and free from dairy, grains, refined sugar and preservatives.


For breakfast, you might enjoy Paleo porridge – a blend of coconut milk, chia seeds, apple, dates and cinnamon  with an acai-blueberry swirl or Pulled pork and tomato hot pot – BBQ pulled pork tossed through spiced tomato sauce on a bed of  baby spinach topped with poached free-range eggs and turmeric dukkah.

Or for lunch there’s an Open lamb burger – tender grass-fed lamb pattie on a toasted linseed bun layered with mint mayonnaise, wild rocket, sliced tomato, onion, avocado and gherkin topped with beetroot relish and served with roasted sweet potato chips and zesty lemon aioli or Tender grass-fed beef cheek served on a creamy sweet potato and pumpkin purée with braised red cabbage and natural jus.

Their raw treats (above) are also worth a look.

Paleo Cafe Canberra | 44/38 Mort St, Braddon | 7am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 7am-3pm on Sunday |

The Schnitzel Haus

Everyone loves schnitzel. There’s just something about that crispy, yummy crumby exterior and juicy inside that appeals to pretty much any body and any age. And if you like them as big as your plate, you’re going to want to get along to Schnitzel Haus on Lonsdale Street (an addition to the original Erindale outlet).


With 14 different signature schnitzels to choose from, available in chicken, veal or pork, if you think ‘seen one schnitzel, seen ’em all’, this place will change your mind. There’s the Original, of course, but there’s also Gym Schnitzel (avocado, sweet potato mash, slivered almonds), Mexican Schnitzel (smashed avocados, jalapeños, spicy tomato salsa, sour cream), Vegetarian Schnitzel (tofu, exotic mushrooms, roast capsicum salsa) and so much more!

Gluten free options are available, and there’s a great kids menu.  If schnitzels aren’t your thing (what?), there are also salads and burgers to choose from, and an extensive beer and wine selection to wash it all down.

The Schnitzel Haus | 5 Lonsdale Street, Braddon | Open 11am until late, seven days |

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3 Responses to Seven new places to eat in Canberra

bob says: 23 July, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Star Buffet – Food was good but you need to pay to join the club where it is located, which took over 30 minutes. Then another 20 minutes queuing to get into the restaurant. The manager “Flo” was not accommodating even after being made aware that we had a group booking for 12 people. He was even about to call us while were still in the queue to ask if our booking was going to show up. Having several young kids with us, this was not a good experience for us and I wouldn’t recommend it.

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