casual dining

Lunch @ Shorty’s Bar and Restaurant

Replacing Milk & Honey in civic is Shorty‘s – restaurant and bar. They offer bar food, finger food, mains, desserts and drinks. The fit out inside is pretty funky. They’ve kept the two levels and it now has a lounge/bar feel to it with limited outdoor dining. I’ve been here on 2 separate occasions so […] Read more…

Brazilian BBQ @ The Copa

I was so excited to try out Canberra’s first Brazilian churrasco restaurant – the Copa. I’d read that the massive churrasco (bbq/oven pit) that you see as you walk in was imported straight from Brazil. I organised a group booking for a Thursday night – the second night of it opening. It was also a […] Read more…

Dumplings @ Din Tai Fung Sydney

I was heading to Sydney for the day with a friend to see the show Wicked. I did a bit of research on restaurants and read about Din Tai Fung– advertised as serving the world’s tastiest dumplings.  Din Tai Fung originated in Tai Pei and now has a chain of restaurants all over the world. […] Read more…

Carnegie Delicatessen – New York City

On my NYC foodie list was a pastrami sandwich at the famous Carnegie Delicatessen. This restaurant is huge with plenty of seating in the back rooms. When we walked in, it was almost packed so we were lucky to get a table. The first thing you notice are all the celebrity photos in frames (most […] Read more…

Brunch @ Two Before Ten

Two Before Ten Cafe and Roasters is located in Canberra House in the city (opposite Muddle Bar). It’s a cute little cafe that provides an all day menu and its own roasted coffee beans. They provide courses in brewing and drinking coffee on Saturday mornings, titled ‘The Ultimate Coffee Experience’. The inside is very open, […] Read more…

Brunch @ Elk & Pea

I caught up with some friends for brunch at the Elk & Pea in Braddon. It was busy when we got there, with people queuing up outside the door. Luckily we’d booked a table. We were shown inside to our table. First thing I noticed was the huge bird cage like sculpture/ornament with a table […] Read more…

Dinner @ Eightysix

I booked in for dinner at Eightysix during its opening weekend. So excited to try out the newest restaurant in Braddon! Eightysix There are no menus. Instead, the dishes of the night are written in chalk on the blackboards across the length of the restaurant. Once a dish is exhausted, it is ‘eightysixed’ and crossed […] Read more…

Soul food @ Soulfood Kitchen

I had never heard of this place until I was invited to a friend’s birthday lunch, so I was happy to try out some soul food. Soulfood Kitchen provide ‘New Orleans’ delights on their menu such as gumbo, creole and jambalaya. It is owned by USA celebrity chef Victor Kimble who you can see working […] Read more…

Lunch @ Loading Zone

I’d read that Loading Zone was to be Canberra’s first lane way dining café. It is located on Odgers Lane, a little alleyway in the Melbourne Building. The kitchen part is in quite a tiny space in the wall. There is limited seating available – a few stools inside with a small table lining the wall, […] Read more…

Lunch @ Flint in the Vines

I decided to head out of Canberra to Murrumbateman for lunch on a nice Summer’s day. Flint in the Vines has always been on my food bucket list and it was perfect weather for a nice drive out. The restaurant is set in the Shaw Vineyards and has lovely views if you can get a […] Read more…