16+ new places to eat in Canberra this autumn

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Our column of the hottest new places to eat in Canberra is back, and it’s got just the right amount of deliciousness to see you through winter.

Ready? Dive into it.

Alcove (Braddon)

Imagine for a moment a bar with its own kitchen, a tasting of perfectly matched cocktails and canapes, and an establishment that fed you until 1am. At Braddon. Praise be it is not a dream.

An original idea by restaurateur Ricky Liau and chef Kenny Tse, Alcove is a cocktail bar with a difference, blending food and drink in a unique way.

Of course, Alcove has a generous cocktail and wine list, and its canapes can be ordered in any permutation, depending on hunger. But it’s the Pair Menu that sets a new bar for Canberra, pairing inventive cocktails with every bespoke bite.

Read the full story here.

105/16 Lonsdale Street Braddon (take the car park entrance to the right of the building and turn right again) | @alcove.act

Capital Press Gallery (Belconnen)

The brainchild of Capital Food Group (which owns names like Pasticceria Amelia at Belconnen Markets and Emporium Espresso at DOS Emporium in Fyshwick), you’ll find Capital Press Gallery at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, serving everything from stacked paninis to the perfect latte to hungry Belconnen hordes.

Australian Bureau of Statistics | @capitalpressgallery

Caspian cuisine (Kingston)

Turkish-Azerbaijani fusion has arrived in Kingston with Caspian cuisineopens on Giles Street.

Led by Chef Hajar Gala, who honed his skills at nearby Turkish Delight, Caspian Cuisine reflects Hajar’s mixed heritage and taste for life on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

75/71 Giles Street, Kingston | caspiancuisines.com.au

Champi (Kingston)

The name “Mushroomis a tribute to a small village along the Xadone River in Champasak Province, southwestern Laos, where the family of Chief Aiden Xindavong lives. Champi is all about the taste of home, but this is a restaurant where the food speaks for itself.

Crispy Soft Shell Crab Chu Chee Curry with Coconut Cream and Lime Leaves, Grilled Sticky Caramelized Pork Belly with Marinated Thai Salad and Kingfish Ceviche with Lime, Cold, fresh dill, crispy onions and a chilli vinaigrette are all outstanding.

Read the full story here.

17 Kennedy Street, Kingston | champi.com.au

Edo Tori (City)

Located where Momoda and Soju Girl once sat, Edo Tori was laid out in dark colors with plenty of banquet seating and walls decorated with Japanese art.

While the food also looks artful, owner Runze Liu is keen to point out that Edo Tori is a laid-back place, prices are surprisingly low, and conversations with friends over a yakitori chicken and a Asahi Superdry (one of the eight draft beers) should be encouraged.

But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t gone to great lengths to produce a menu that crosses over to Japan’s favorite snacks – charred edamame with house-made togarashi, soft-shell crab tempura and seared pork gyoza for the entries.

Those wishing to make it a night may want a selection from the raw sea bass, such as salmon with yuzu wasabi, ponzu and nori or kingfish with yuzukosho, coconut, ponzu and cilantro.

Read the full story here.

41 Northbourne Avenue, Civic | edotori.com.au

Eighty-six South (Woden)

Photography: Emma Macdonald.

Yesterday HerCanberra’s Emma Macdonald revealed what could be the most anticipated new restaurant of 2022—eighty-six south.

We can faithfully report that it is identical to, but different from, its iconic big brother from Braddon, eightysix north.

Located in Woden, next to the Alby, you’ll immediately recognize its dark, industrial layout that’s a hallmark of the Capezio Copeland design team.

Hanok (wood)

HanokCanberra’s second restaurant has landed at Westfield Woden, so you can feast on Korean BBQ both north and south.

Did someone say Korean fried chicken…?

Westfield Woden | @hanokact

House of Desserts (Dunlop)

We heard about this dessert mecca via Instagram and all we can say is “wow”. We’re talking dessert waffles, pancakes, poffertjes and more, locked, loaded and smothered in Nutella.

What more do you need to face a winter in Canberra?

32 Polilight Street, Dunlop | houseofdesserts.com.au | @houseofdessertscbr

UAE (Cambell)

MAJI Japanese Cuisine is the culmination of pure dedication to the craftsmanship of Japanese cuisine. As starters only, the menu offers delicious options like Kani Korokke (creamy crab cakes with mayonnaise), Nama Kaki sashimi (fresh oysters with wakame and yuzu dressing), salmon cream cheese sushi rolls (with cucumber, egg and avocado), Chicken Katsu and more.

For a heartier meal, you can choose from main dishes like Miso Itame Buta (stir-fried sliced ​​pork belly with misco sauce), Hamaguri Sake-Ni (cooked clams with sake), and the crispy fried ramen.

Read the full story here.

Boutique G09, 21 Provan Street, Campbell | @majijapanese

Rice + Nori (Town)

With the promise of “changing your mind about traditional take-out sushi,” this cute-as-a-button sushi shop on City Walk promises homemade sushi. We are intrigued.

Shop 7 / 131 City Walk | @riceandnori_canberra

Public transport bar (City)

The new Transit Bar location at Bailey’s Arcade (formerly Hogsbreath Café) sees the live music icon spread its wings, taking advantage of existing kitchen infrastructure to offer a full menu.

You are thirsty ? A nine meter bar next to the live performance space is ready and waiting for you to sample their craft beer menu or one of their cocktails on tap.

Learn more here.

Lower Ground Floor, Bailey’s Arcade, 143 London Circuit, Civic | facebook.com/transitbar

Repeal of Volstead (Braddon)

Repeal of Volstead is a reference to the time in history when US lawmakers realized Prohibition wasn’t working as the nation got its booze fix via bootleggers and speakeasies. So they threw the laws out the window and went to the bar to celebrate.

It was probably a bar that had a similar aesthetic to Canberra’s own Volstead Repeal, which is quietly tucked away at the end of the shopping aisle in the new Yamaroshi building at 32 Mort Street in Braddon.

Once through the elegant modernist hallway, you are transported to a post-Prohibition New York style cocktail bar with walls lined with whiskey bottles and dark green leather chesterfields inviting you to enjoy a drink while you permeating jazz and candlelight.

Read the full story here.

7/32 Death Street Braddon | volstead.com.au

Yiayia Bakery (Gungahlin)

The new resident of Marketplace Gungahlin has family and culture at his heart. This probably won’t surprise those who know the translation (yiayia = grandmother) but Yiayia Bakery is about cooking long-standing recipes that showcase the best (and most delicious!) of Greek culture.

46/50 Hibberson Street, Gungahlin | @yiayias_bakery_act

Waxtop Wines (Kingston)

With its slick website and millennial-friendly menu (think wine collections like “Smashable” and “Big Rig”), delivery service Waxtop Wines has quickly made a name for itself in the at-home drinking scene. of Canberra, increasing alcohol delivery from a “wine bar”. poor cousin” to “someone who knows what he’s talking about chose this for me”.

But as Canberra returned to the head-to-head lifestyle, so did Waxtop. Open Wednesday through Sunday, Waxtop’s new bottle shop in Kingston (though not strictly a “new place to eat”) is your destination to buy “a unique variety of natural wines, ranging from funky lo-fi to local classics and international big dogs”. , promising an “unpretentious” wine experience.

Read the full story here.

28a Jardine Street, Kingston | waxtop.vin

COMING SOON

The Warehouse: Roast, Press, Brew (Kingston)

A little birdie (ahem, Instagram) informed us that Kingsborough’s The warehouse will soon expand to offer even more goodies to locals, expanding to include a “wood-fired kitchen and restaurant rather than just a cafe and bar”.

Watch this place…

Kingsborough, Parbery Street, Kingston | @thewarehousertb

Kodiak (Kingston)

Taking the Kennedy Street space that once housed Italian restaurant Salotto and flipping it, Caribou owners Leeroy and Sophia Peterson will bring codes—a new cocktail bar—to life.

Planning to use the massive space to their advantage, we’ll soon see an upscale New York loft style, dark wood banquettes, a private dining room, and multiple seating sections topped off with an Italian vibe.

With tapas on the menu and bartenders in bow ties, Kodiak (named after the largest recognized subspecies of the brown bear) will be totally different from their “real” Canadian-themed pub in Green Square.

Read the full story here.

Featured image: Volstead repeal. Credit: Pew Pew Studio

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