Australian food has always been an enormous assortment of cultures and styles, with some of the biggest influences coming from Asia, and today is no exception. As well as traditional Australian dishes, there are now what is known as ‘modern’ Australian, native Australian, Italian, French, Turkish, Asian, Malaysian, Sri Lankan, Korean, Greek, Vietnamese, Indian, Japanese, Mexican……get the picture?
So you'll probably want to know are which are the best, after all, you’re only here on holiday and can’t try them all. Here are a few suggestions from other travellers about the best restaurants in the centre of Canberra.
Indian/Italian fusion dishes are certainly unique, and at Digrees Restaurant and Lounge, that’s what they serve up. It may seem a strange combination, but apparently it goes down terribly well, with dishes such as tandoori chicken pizza, pasta, salad, and then real Indian dishes. If you’re not sure, then head for the lounge area where a distinctive style of Tapas is served, but one thing you will notice is the service is excellent. The Digrees is on 11 Akuna Street, not far from the Wales Centre.
The Courgette Restaurant is not the cheapest restaurant in Canberra, but it is considered one of the best. The Courgette offers Australian dishes from a la carte and degustation menus, and the wine list is long, so takes a while to go through. If you’re feeling REALLY hungry why not go for the roast sucking pig done five ways, and if you’re the type of person who can’t choose between a starter and a dessert, go for the starter, they’re spot on. You can find the Courgette Restaurant at 54 Marcus Clarke Street, near the Australian Business Academy.
The Chairman & Yip Restaurant is a bit of an institution in Canberra. As you’ve probably guessed by the name, it serves up an array of Chinese dishes such as roast duck and shitake pancakes, grilled field mushrooms with pesto, and Shantung style crispy lamb. It gets crowded here, especially at weekends, so either book or come early, unless you don’t mind a long wait to be seated. The Chairman & Yip restaurant is at 108 Bunda Street, west of the Veterans Park, and if you want to book the phone number is 02 6248 7109.
Finally, if you’ve got nothing in the cupboards for breakfast, or you’re just after a quick bite on the run, visit Dobinsons. Dobinsons is a bakery and café situated on Bunda Street, a short walk from Veterans Park. For breakfast try the delicious raisin toast which fills you up until lunch. Talking of lunch….that’s when you can enjoy superb burgers and salads, pies, quiches, and sausage rolls, and then maybe the apple crumble, or white choc cheesecake. Heavenly!
So, these are just four of the most popular places to eat out in Canberra on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday, try these, or add to this one with your own personal favourites.