My interest in Canberra was piqued recently when I started seeing Canberra foodie posts on my Instagram feed. I have always liked Canberra on the odd occasion that I have visited but never had the chance to eat out – always having a packed picnic with my family. On my most recent trip I finally got the chance to dine out in Canberra.
First stop was the Little Brother at Red Hill. Check out their website for the views over Canberra as my camera could not do justice to the beautiful views. The restaurant was busy, yet we still got service with a smile.
We had the most delicious lamb pizza with eggplant and fries drizzled with truffle oil and Parmesan shavings.
Our hotel was a short distance from the trendy Kingston Foreshore area so we went there for dinner. They had quite a few options to eat including bars, Max Brenner, Mediterranean and Asian. I had been craving crab for quite a while so we picked Tang Dynasty.
Tang Dynasty compared to the other options was not exactly buzzing but I love my Chinese food so didn’t shy away.
The service was wonderful, and they had some lovely touches such as offering us a hot towel before and after our meals.
Rather than somewhere to get your Chinese take out fix – it is probably nicer to go in and experience the fine dining feels of this old school style Chinese, with the wine glasses and white table cloth.
I got my crab fix with the Szechuan Crab.
The meal was quite pricey but we managed to share this between two with fried rice. We were also given a 20% discount as part of their reopening special.
Later that night, we went to Joe’s Bar located in they foyer of the East Hotel.
There was a wonderful modern yet rusty vibe from the bar. The cocktail I had was delicious however Mr GBTs ginger beer was quite overpowering. The perfect was to end the night before heading upstairs for a snooze.
The last day I wanted to go back to the Kingston Foreshore for the Local Presse Cafe from what I had seen on Instagram. We got there and queued for about 20 minutes before we were given a stool each in the large shared table.
The service whilst being incredibly friendly and accomadating was also rather slow.
My coffee was finished long before the meals were bought out.
I loved that my usual breakfast favourite of poached eggs and avocado was given a healthy kick with seeds. The mushrooms came sautéed lightly in its own separate bowl.
If you are a fellow Sydneysider I highly recommend you set out to rediscover our Capital. Canberra has truly grown up and is quite impressive.