casual dining

Breakfast @ 1 or 2 Cafe

Taking over the old Grande’s spot in Manuka, is 1 or 2 Cafe. I was warmly greeted when I entered the cafe early on a Saturday morning. The family-run cafe was small and cosy – the front counter’s display filled with pastries and sandwiches, and the back wall loaded with fresh loaves of bread. Who’s […] Read more…

Brunch @ Little Oink

Some friends and I had breakfast at Little Oink in Cook one weekend. It had been about 2 years since I last dined at Little Oink, and I was glad to see it going strong with plenty of locals supporting the cafe. Luckily we had reserved a table as the place was packed as well […] Read more…

Lunch @ Nutrition Station

A new eatery focused on healthy food, Nutrition Station, has opened in Braddon. This used to be a small shop inside Fitness First in the Canberra Centre, and has now expanded to its own separate cafe. The all day menu is quite extensive making it a little difficult to decide on what to eat! For […] Read more…

Vegetarian @ Au Lac

The last time I dined at Au Lac in Dickson was for Chinese New Year about two years ago. I can’t believe it’s been that long. Being one of the most popular vegetarian restaurants in Canberra, I was happy to go back. I noticed the restaurant has had a bit of a revamp including new […] Read more…

Dinner @ Ethiopia Down Under

Located at the Pearce shops, Ethiopia Down Under has been quietly serving delicious Ethiopian food to the local community. I first dined there years ago and tried the traditional mosob dining, where you get one massive plate of various dishes to share and eat it all with your hands. I never took a photo (pre-blogging […] Read more…

Lebanese cuisine @ La Mono

La Mono in Braddon offers a variety of Lebanese cuisine and charcoal chicken. My first thought was that it was great to see the eatery had thought about ventilation with the kitchen’s smoky BBQ pit sealed off from the rest of the restaurant so we didn’t leave with a smoky smell on our clothes. The […] Read more…

$20 lunch plate @ Wood & Coal

I hadn’t been to Wood & Coal for a few years (since 2014!). I had passed by one day and saw a sign for a $20 lunch plate which sounded good to me, plus I was starving, and decided to dine in. There was a choice of house wine, beer or soft drink included so […] Read more…

The Commons Street Feast

In case you didn’t know, The Commons Street Feast is a food truck festival being held in Commonwealth Park, Canberra, from 9 to 18 December 2016. It’s an exciting time with this being the first of several food festivals being held across the capital this month (more on that later). Despite the fact that gates […] Read more…

Brunch @ Raven & Rose

What used to be the Kingston Grind has been made over with a new look and new name – Raven & Rose. What immediately grabbed my attention was the gorgeous mural on the wall. I was dining solo for Saturday morning breakfast and was pleased to see an all day menu. Prices were average for […] Read more…

Rye Cafe & Bar Braddon

Opening up a couple of months ago, Rye Cafe & Bar has been a welcome addition to the Braddon food scene. Offering a fresh and healthy menu with a Danish touch for both breakfast and lunch, the cafe’s small front scatter-cushioned alfresco area overlooking Lonsdale Street provides a nice welcome to diners. The cafe itself […] Read more…