16+ new places to eat in Canberra this autumn

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Our best-loved new places to eat in Canberra column is back—and it’s stacked with just the right amount of deliciousness to see you through to winter.

Ready? Dive in.

Alcove (Braddon)

Imagine for a minute a bar with its own kitchen, a degustation of perfectly matched cocktails and canapés, and an establishment that fed you until 1 am. In Braddon. Praise be—this is not a dream.

The brainchild of restaurateur Ricky Liau and chef Kenny Tse, Alcove is a cocktail bar with a difference, notification food and drink in a unique way.

Of course, Alcove has a generous cocktail and wine menu, and its canapés can be ordered in any permutation you like, depending on hunger. But it’s the Pair Menu that sets a new bar for Canberra, matching inventive cocktails to each bespoke morsel.

Read the full story here.

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

Capital Press Gallery (Belconnen)

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

Australian Bureau of Statistics | @capitalpressgallery

Caspian Cuisine (Kingston)

Turkish-Azerjaibani fusion has come to Kingston with Caspian Cuisine‘s opening on Giles Street.

Helmed by Chef Hajar Gala, who honed her skills at nearby Turkish Delight, Caspian Cuisine reflects Hajar’s blended heritage and the taste of life by the shores of the Caspian Sea.

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

Champi (Kingston)

the name “champagne” is an homage to a small village along Xadone river in Champasak Province, Southwestern Laos, which is where Chef Aiden Xindavong’s family live. Champi is all about the taste of home—but this is a restaurant where the food speaks for itself.

Chu Chee Curry of Crispy Soft-Shell Crab with coconut cream and lime leaves, Grilled Sticky Caramelised Pork Belly with a pickled Thai salad and the Kingfish Ceviche with lime, chill, fresh dill, crispy onions and chili dressing are all stand outs.

Read the full story here.

17 Kennedy Street, Kingston | champi.com.au

Edo Tori (City)

Located in the spot where Momoda and Soju Girl once sat, Edo Toric has been appointed in dark colors with lots of banquet seating and feature walls of Japanese art.

While the food also looks artful, Owner Runze Liu is keen to point out that Edo Tori is a casual place, prices are surprisingly low and conversations with friends about chicken yakitori and an Asahi Superdry (one of the eight beers on tap) are to be encouraged.

But that’s not to say he has not gone to enormous effort to produce a menu which traverses Japan’s favorite snacks—charred edamame with house-made togarashi, softshell crab tempura and pan-fried pork gyoza for starters.

Those keen to make a night of it may want a selection from the raw bar, such as salmon with yuzu wasabi, ponzu and nori or the kingfish with yuzukosho, coconut, ponzu and coriander.

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41 Northbourne Avenue, Civic | edotori.com.au

Eightysix South (Woden)

Photography: Emma Macdonald.

Yesterday, HerCanberra’s Emma Macdonald revealed what could be the most hotly anticipated new restaurant of 2022—eightysix south

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

Located in Woden, next to the Alby, you’ll recognize immediately its trademark dark and industrial fit-out courtesy of the design team at Capezio Copeland.

Hanok (Woden)

Hanok‘s second Canberra restaurant has landed at Westfield Woden, so you can feast on Korean BBQ northside and southside.

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, crepes, poffertjes and more, locked and loaded and smothered in Nutella.

What more do you need when facing down a Canberra winter?

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

MAJI (Campbell)

MAJI Japanese Cuisine is a culmination of pure dedication to the craftsmanship of Japanese cuisine. In appetisers alone, the menu features delicious options like Kani Korokke (creamy crab croquettes 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 more filling meal, you can choose from mains like Miso Itame Buta (stir-fried sliced ​​pork belly with misco sauce), Hamaguri Sake-Ni (clams cooked with sake) and the crispy deep-fried ramen.

Read the full story here.

Shop G09, 21 Provan Street, Campbell | @majijapanese

Rice + Nori (City)

With a promise to “change the way you feel about traditional takeaway sushi”, this cute as a button sushi shop on City Walk promises DIY sushi. We’re intrigued.

Shop 7/131 City Walk | @riceandnori_canberra

Transit Bar (City)

Transit Bar’s new location in Bailey’s Arcade (formerly Hogsbreath Café) sees the live music icon stretch its wings, taking advantage of the existing kitchen infrastructure to offer an extensive food menu.

Feeling thirsty? A nine-metre bar alongside the live performance space is ready and waiting for you to sample their craft beer menu or one of their cocktails on tap.

Read more here.

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

Volstead Repeal (Braddon)

Volstead Repeal is a reference to the period in history when American lawmakers realized prohibition wasn’t working as the nation got its alcohol 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 very own Volstead Repeal, which is quietly hidden away up the far end of the alley of shops in the new Yamaroshi Building at 32 Mort Street in Braddon.

Once through the sleek modernist corridor, you’re transported into a post-Prohibition, New York-style cocktail bar with walls lined with whiskey bottles and deep green leather chesterfields beckoning for you to partake of a drink while soaking up the jazz and candlelight.

Read the full story here.

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

Yiayia’s Bakery (Gungahlin)

Marketplace Gungahlin’s newest resident has family and culture at its heart. It likely comes as no surprise to those who know the translation (yiayia = grandmother) but Yiayia’s Bakery is all about baking long-held recipes that showcase the best (and most delicious!) of Greek culture.

46/50 Hibberson Street, Gungahlin | @yiayias_bakery_act

Waxtop Wines (Kingston)

With its sleek website and a Millennial-friendly menu (think wine collections like ‘Smashable’ and ‘Big Rig’) delivery service Waxtop Wines quickly carved a name for itself in Canberra’s at-home drinking scene, elevating booze delivery from ‘a wine bar’s poor cousin’ to ‘someone who knows what they’re talking about chose this for me’.

But as Canberra got back to the face-to-face lifestyle, so did Waxtop. Open Wednesday to Sunday, Waxtop’s new bottleshop in Kingston (while not strictly a ‘new place to eat’) is your destination to purchase ‘a unique variety of natural wines, ranging from funky lo-fi’s, local classics, and international big dogs’ , promising a wine experience ‘without the pretentiousness’.

Read the full story here.

28a Jardine Street, Kingston | waxtop.wine


The Warehouse: Roast, Tap, Brew (Kingston)

A little birdy (ahem, Instagram) has informed us that Kingsborough’s The Warehouse will soon be expanding to offer even more goodies to locals, expanding to include a “woodfired kitchen and dining place rather than just a cafe and bar”.

Watch this space…

Kingsborough, Parbery Street, Kingston | @thewarehousertb

Kodiak (Kingston)

Taking over the space on Kennedy Street formerly housing Italian restaurant Salotto and turning it on its head, Caribou owners Leeroy and Sophia Peterson will bring Kodiak—a new cocktail bar—to life.

Planning to use the massive space to their advantage, we’ll soon see upmarket, New York loft styling, dark wood banquettes, a private dining room, and several seating sections overtake the Italian ambience.

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

Read the full story here.

Feature image: Volstead Repeal. Credit: Pew Pew Studio

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