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Mar 10, 2012 03:17 AM

The Canberra Food Scene

I figured I would start a thread to document my various food finds throughout the year to help those passing through the nation's capital to find some good eats.

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  1. Lunch @ Cream

    Canberra Centre
    Bunda Street

    The Good
    Very good food and excellent juices, generally served quickly.

    The Okay
    Service is generally effective when it comes to getting a seat and getting drinks and food served quickly. However, getting someone to take your order quickly can be hit-and-miss on occasion and I have never been able to get someone to give me the bill at the end of the meal.

    The Bad

    The Ugly
    10% surcharge on Sundays and Public Holidays and a $2 surcharge on credit card payments.

    The Meal
    Watermelon Juice with Mint
    Chimmichunga - Tandoori chicken, bacon, mushroom, mozzarella cheese & chipotle chilli, wrapped in a flour tortilla, lightly fried & served with ranch dressing
    Wagyu Beef Burger - Premium beef pattie, buffalo mozzarella, tomato, roquette, smoked paprika & red pepper relish, served with fries

    Photos can be seen on my blog at

    1. Brunch @ Bean and Grain

      Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets
      12 Dalby Street
      FYSHWICK ACT 2609

      The Good
      Excellent food at very good prices. The addition of a free smoothie shot with every hot breakfast is a nice touch!
      Very friendly service

      The Okay

      The Bad

      The Ugly

      The Meal
      Blueberry bagel served with berry cream cheese
      Bacon Buttie - Crispy bacon rashers between buttered sourdough toast
      Salmon Benedict - 2 poached free-range organic eggs, house made English muffin, cured salmon, shallot chilli sambal, & fresh made lemongrass hollandaise served with a berry and passionfruit smoothie shot and a potato croquette topped with crème fraiche & chives

      Photos can be seen on my blog at

      1. Thanks FMIW
        Am often in the nations capital and your good eats log is appreciated

        1. I had two excellent meals at Italian & Sons a few weeks ago. It was so good I went back again the next night (and will do so again, when I'm in Canberra later this month)

          Also found great coffee at a place called Mocan & Green Grout

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          1. re: Onara

            Cheers for chiming in. I plan on doing Italian & Sons soon!

          2. Lunch @ Dickson Dumpling House

            2 Cape Street
            DICKSON ACT 2602

            The Good
            Excellent dumplings and main courses served very quickly. The Shang Tung Lamb is fantastic.

            The Bad
            This is not the sort of place for attentive service – go in, sit down, order, eat, pay the bill and get out. The golden soft shell crab, while good, was far too much fried goodness for two people.

            The Meal
            Peking Duck with skin, pancake, cucumber, hoisin sauce (okay, the duck today was fattier than usual).
            Pan-fried Prawn and Pumpkin Dumplings (good).
            Golden Soft Shell Crab (good but too much fried food for two people).
            Shang Tung Lamb (excellent ).

            Photos can be seen on the blog at