The Canberra foodie bucketlist

Posted 12 Jul 2018

Story by Her Canberra

100 Canberra food experiences you must have before you die.

Think you know Canberra food? You might have to take another look after you’ve seen our list. Make a reservation and thank us later. The delicious 100 – in no particular order.

Baked on Mort’s apple rose tarts
38 Mort Street, Braddon.

Aubergine’s brown butter ice cream, almond praline and frozen lemon verbena milk
A stalwart on the always revolving menu.
18 Barker Street, Griffith.

A turkish kebab roll from Yarralumla Turkish Halal Pide House
Fresh, generous and absolutely delicious.
45 Novar Street, Yarralumla.

Sexy squid from Griffith Vietnamese
‘Sexy’ fried squid laced with fiery chilli.
6B Barker Street, Griffith.

Hungry Brown Cows
Handmade, soft fudgy brownie sandwiches filled with a variety of different flavours.
Find them at markets around Canberra.

Pho Phu Quoc’s pho
Order the traditional rare beef noodle soup and slurp your way through a giant bowl of fresh flavours with just the right amount of bite.
5 Badham Street, Dickson.

Enigma chocolates
Local chocolately goodness, crafted with care.

Eightysix’s banoffee pie
Some may swear by eightysix’s caramel popcorn sundae, but for us it’s the banoffee pie all the way. A salty biscuity base, rich dulce de leche, fresh banana, whipped cream and pretzels combine for a flavour explosion.
Corner of Eloura and Lonsdale Streets, Braddon.

Laksa at Dickson Asian Noodle House
29 Woolley Street, Dickson.

Xo’s asian bologne
Everything you love about the Italian version with an Asian twist.
16 Iluka Street, Narrabundah.

A Pâtissez freakshake
The milkshake on steroids that made headlines around the world.
21 Bougainville Street, Griffith.

Sammy’s Kitchen penang-style char kway teow-king prawns, chinese sausages bean sprouts, chives and chilli
9 Bunda Street, Canberra City.

Mr. Papa’s Peruvian pork belly sandwich. Slow-cooked and juicy pork belly, golden-fried sweet potato, Creole salsa and homemade chillies, all served in ‘Pan Frances’ Peruvian-inspired bread made by local bakers.
ANU Pop-Up, University Avenue, Acton.

Lolo and Lola’s merienda cena
Filipino afternoon tea.
3 Watson Place, Watson.

Truffle brunch/lunch at the Truffle Farm or a burger from the Funguys
23 Mount Majura Road, Majura.

Jasper & Myrtle Chocolates
Exotic flavours made right here in Canberra.
Various retailers and markets.

Pulp Kitchen’s lemon tart
1 Wakefield Gardens, Ainslie.

American frozen custard! We love the vanilla with Good Time biscuits and Flake.
20 Gartside Street, Erindale and 4/25 Lathlain Street, Belconnen.

Croatian yeast-raised donuts, amazingly light and fluffy and filled with jam or Nutella.
Find them at markets around Canberra.

Grease Monkey’s dirty bird
An upmarket version of the Colonel’s, it’s finger lickin’ good.
19 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

CBD Dumpling House’s fried prawn and pumpkin dumplings
Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda Street, Canberra.

Blu Ginger’s jahingiri lamb
Tender meat simmered in coconut milk, fresh and ground marsala and finished in a rich gravy of brown onion and fresh spinach.
5 Genge Street, Canberra.

Italian and Son’s tiramisu
7 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

Sweet Bones’ bacon cheeze burger
OK, so it’s not really bacon, and it’s not really cheese. But it is really delicious. This vegan meal tastes so good you’ll forget all about the meat.
18 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

Remy’s fougasse
8 Townsville Crescent, Fyshwick.

Little Theo’s papa mccheesy burger
Two beef patties, sliced Monterey Jack and Egmont cheddar, dill pickles, caramelised onion, tomato sauce and American mustard, with a side of housemade potato scallops.
3 Carleton Street, Kambah.

Agostinis’ frico
Paper-thin layers of Montasio and potato, oven roasted to form a heavenly, crunchy, chewy pancake.
69 Canberra Avenue, Griffith.

Ottoman’s salmon dolmades
Generous chunks of succulent salmon are wrapped with their companion ingredients in vine leaves before hitting the deep-fryer.
9 Broughton Street, Barton.

Barrio’s cheese toasties
Who knew something simple could taste so good?
59/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

Bollywood Masala’s bollywood dahl
‘Heaven in a bucket’–a rich bean and lentil mix swimming in a deliciously rich and mildly spicy sauce with butter and cream.
46 Giles Street, Kingston.

Mee’s sushi
There’s a reason why people queue every day for their lunchtime fix.
45-55 West Row, Canberra and 4/1 Flinders Way, Griffith.

Akiba’s pork belly bun, char sui, asian slaw
Crispy and creamy inside a soft pillowy bun.
40 Bunda Street, Canberra.

Natural Nines Mantou
A fluffy steamed bun filled with either bang bang chicken, kung pao pork or sensational salmon.
Casino Canberra, 21 Binara Street, Canberra.

Deconstructed gin & tonic at Tipsy Bull
Some may roll their eyes at the hipster presentation but there’s no denying the taste.
2/5 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

Silo bakery’s baguette
Lauded as the best in Australia, there’s a reason why people line up for it every morning.
36 Giles Street, Kingston.

Monster Kitchen and Bar’s pulled lamb shoulder
Fall-apart tender and topped with pistachio, yoghurt, vine leaf, pomegranate and brik.
25 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra.

Bruno’s Truffels
Exquisite handmade fresh cream, butter-based soft centre truffles in more than 25 flavours.
2/106 Mawson Place, Mawson.

Brodburger’s flame- grilled burger, the Broddeluxe, may well be Canberra’s most popular burger, with its two half-pound beef patties, eggs, crispy bacon, homemade aioli, your choice of cheese and more!
Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, also at ANU Pop-Up, University Avenue, Kingston and Capital Brewing Co, Building 3/1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick.

Frugii Dessert Laboratory may be known for ice-cream maker John Marshall’s wacky flavours, but his handmade dark chocolate ice cream is an undeniable classic that’s always on the menu. We also love the raspberry.
28/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

Kokomo’s key lime pie
1 Genge Street, Canberra.

Pialligo Estate bacon
Australia’s best. Smoky and flavoursome, it’s a cut above.
18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.

Chairman & Yip’s roast duck and mushroom pancakes
Served with a sweet and salty hoisin dressing, these have been a cult favourite for decades and are still every bit as popular today.
1 Burbury Close, Barton.

Ainslie IGA’s cheese wall
Arguably the best cheese selection in Canberra, the humble Ainslie IGA has an entire wall devoted to 150 varieties.
9/11 Edgar Street Ainslie.

Teddy Picker’s brekky roll
Crumbed brisket, red-eye mayo, pickled jalapeños, shallots and a fried egg with a yummy hash brown on the side.
53/65 Constitution Avenue, Campbell.

Otis’ pepper steak
A French classic taken to modern heights.
29 Jardine Street, Kingston.

Vincent’s peking duck
Coriander, orange, chilli and cashew. Succulent pieces of duck are sandwiched between layers of crispy wontons, with a surprising addition of tart raspberries cutting perfectly through the rich flavours.
Corner of Macquarie Street & Broughton Street, Barton.

The Scholar’s scallop and chive dumplings
23 Woolley Street, Dickson.

Bar Rochford’s beef tartare, apple, squid ink crisp
Tartare, green apple, ink cracker. Image: Louise Couttoupes.
65 London Circuit, Canberra.

Raku’s toasted sesame ice cream with caramelised almonds, sticky miso caramel and matcha wafer
Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda Street, Canberra.

Morks’ soft shell crab roti, yellow curry, house pickles
18/19 Eastlake Parade, Kingston.

Trecento margherita pizza
San marzano tomato, parmesan, fior di latte and basil pizza. You can’t beat the classics.
Manuka Terrace, Flinders Way, Griffith.

An educational cupping session at the Cupping Room
A unique and intimate coffee experience.
1/1–13 University Avenue, Canberra.

ONA Manuka’s jalapeño, emmental and potato fritters with poached eggs, corn, snow pea tendrils, coriander aioli and lime
Palmerston Lane, Griffith.

Rama’s goat curry
Pearce Shopping Centre, Corner Macfarlane and Hodgson Crescent, Pearce.

Any one of Bentspoke Brewing Co’s award-winning craft beers
48/38 Mort Street, Braddon.

Secret Garden’s eggplant burger
Good enough to tempt the most devoted carnivore.
Manuka Village, 18-26 Furneaux Street, Griffith.

Breizh Café’s sugar and lemon crêpe
15 Edgar Street, Ainslie.

THe Flute Bakery’s jaffa dome
Dark chocolate and orange mousse, blood orange jelly, flourless orange cake, hazelnut and almond feuilletine.
8 Barrier Street, Fyshwick.

Sfoglia’s sfogliatella
Traditional pastries handmade with love.
1/53-57 Woolley Street, Dickson.

Joe’s Bar’s gin spritz
Bulldog Gin, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Prosecco, mint and lemon peel. Soak it up with some moreish housemade popcorn with flavours that change with the seasons.
69 Canberra Avenue, Griffith.

Spence Family Baker’s lamingtons
12/10-12 Glassey Place, Spence.

Hight tea at Hyatt Canberra
A sweet tooth’s paradise.
120 Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra.

A Double Shot build-your-own salad
18 Duff Place, Deakin.

One of Stand by Me’s many amazing variations on french toast
7/9 Lyons Place, Lyons.

Space Kitchen’s Space Benedict pulled-pork croquette with poached eggs, beetroot hollandaise, pork-crackling brioche crumble and pea purée
12 Furzer Street, Phillip.

The Duxton’s breakfast of champions cocktail
Rum, maple syrup, cold press coffee and chocolate bitters. Who says it’s too early?
8 Macpherson Street, O’Connor.

Roast pork roll from Spit Shack
14 Lonsdale Street, Braddon; 22A Beltana Road, Pialligo; 150-180 Soward Way, Greenway.

Molto Italian’s spaghetti cacio e pepe
Mixed and served straight from a massive wheel of cheese!
43 Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore.

Wild Duck’s pork belly in lotus leaf
Slow-cooked pork belly with three kinds of soy sauce, rock sugar and mixed spices, wrapped in lotus leaves with sticky rice.
77-78/71 Giles Street, Kingston.

Kingsley’s chips
As awesome as the ads claim.
Locations across Canberra.

Reef & beef from Charcoal Restaurant
An oldie but a goodie.
61 London Circuit, Canberra.

Malaysian Chapter’s nasi lemak with rendang
8 Weedon Close, Belconnen.

Muse’s three-hour free-flow sparkling wine brunch
East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston.

The Mandalay Bus’ fried wings
Crispy, no-frills deliciousness with a side of nostalgia
Haig Park Carpark, Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

Butter chicken fries from Tikka Take
It shouldn’t work, but it does.
6/21 Genge Street, Canberra.

Le Bon Melange’s cinnamon rolls
Corner Gungahlin Place and Bruning Street, Gungahlin.

Toasted’s s’more than a feelin’
Nutella, grilled marshmallows and biscuit crumble—on toast, of course!
22 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

Au Lac’s eight treasure
4/35-39 Woolley Street, Dickson.

Some Café’s chocolate and beetroot cake
Worth the road trip.
5/7 Murray Street, Collector.

Robyn Rowe Chocolates
Arguably the best chocolates this side of Belgium.
1153 Nanima Road, Murrumbateman.

Sweet little Italian balls of joy stuffed with delectable fillings.
Kynefin, 2–4 Victoria Street, Hall.

Doughnut Department buttermilk old-fashioned ring with white chocolate and freeze-dried raspberries
2 Alinga Street, Canberra.

Winifred’s Place eggs benny ravioli
Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, 12 Dalby Street, Fyshwick.

Fyshwick Market crust baker’s curried chickpea pie
Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, 12 Dalby Street, Fyshwick.

Ricardo’s breakfast waffle
Blueberry waffle, fresh strawberries, freeze- dried raspberries, red apple gel, passionfruit curd and maple syrup ice cream.
Jamison Plaza, 1/1 Bowman Street, Macquarie.

Penny University’s matcha green tea crepes
15 Kennedy Street, Kingston.

Portia’s Place’s king island fillet steak with black pepper sauce in claypot
11 Kennedy Street, Kingston.

Tudo’s pork chop with crabmeat pate and broken rice.
2/7 Sargood Street, O’Connor.

Buvette’s Sunday ‘petit feast’ brunch with bottomless mimosas
18 National Circuit, Barton.

Abell’s kopi tiam’s bali chicken in tamarind and coconut cream with aubergine and green beans
7 Furneaux Street, Manuka.

Lilotang’s grilled cauliflower walnut, anchovy garlic dressing
A side that deserves a main billing.
Burbury Hotel, 1 Burbury Close, Barton.

Lanterne Rooms’ mud crab ‘kam heung style’
Shop 3, Blamey Place Campbell.

Les Bistronomes’ beef wellington, mushroom duxelle, foie gras
Black Angus beef fillet wrapped in crêpes and puff pastry
Corner of Mort and Elouera Streets, Braddon.

Wood Baked Eggplant, Smoked Ricotta and Pesto Genoese from Mezzalira.
55 London Circuit, Canberra.

A Supabowl puffle
40 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra City.

Conservatory Restaurant’s son-in-law eggs
Crispy deep-fried poached eggs with caramel chilli, coriander and shallots.
Village Centre, National Arboretum, Forest Drive, Weston Creek.

Catch’s potato scallops
Corner Lonsdale and Eloura Streets, Braddon.

Dream Cuisine’s macarons and heavenly pastries made from scratch with cultured butter

Lazy Su’s wagyu cheesesteak spring roll
1/9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

Ritual’s Rolo cookies
Chocolate chip cookies with a Rolo in the middle for an oozy caramel surprise!
21 National Circuit, Barton.

Article courtesy of Her Canberra. Image Tim Bean Photography.

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