Empire Italian Restaurant


The Empire Italian restaurant in Walcott Street, just along from Beaufort, is a relatively new place in an attractive building that has housed a number of businesses over the past few years; there is a covered patio area at the front with sliding ...

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The Red Teapot


The Red Teapot up the top of William Street has been around for a long time so last week, with fond memories of it we went along for the first time in many years. It has the same feel and look about it, although with new owners the menu has changed ...

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Vitis Eatery


I dropped into Vitis in Lonsdale Street for a brief visit – a drink or two and a snack to go along with it. This is a very well fitted out bar/restaurant – I particularly liked the use of grey/white rocks in metal cages that provided a contrast to ...

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Elk and Pea


The interestingly named Elk and Pea, another of the many restaurants and bars springing up in Lonsdale Street in Braddon, serves food with a Central American theme and opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dinner menu offers a range of ...

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Miss Chow’s


Miss Chow’s recently opened in Claremont Quarter; the fit out is quite striking with green tiles around the bar, and hanging paper lanterns for light fittings – it has an airy, open feel. The waiters are professional and friendly, and the entire ...

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Lounge Room


The Lounge Room on James has a pleasant little outdoor area on the footpath – well perhaps the traffic noise intrudes a tad, but that can’t be helped, and a wispy breeze offered a cooling presence – an industrial looking evaporative air con is also ...

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Boathouse by the Lake


For the past three years I have had the opportunity to attend a pre-Christmas dinner at the Boathouse by the Lake, wonderfully situated on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin, at the end of Menindee Drive in Barton, in quite peaceful and quiet ...

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Monster Kitchen and Bar


I hadn’t had the chance to get to the New Acton precinct until my most recent trip to Canberra a couple of weeks ago, but took the opportunity then to wander over and have a look around. A pleasant stroll from Civic brought me to Edinburgh Avenue and ...

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The Chairman and Yip


The Chairman and Yip has been a favourite of mine over many years - over two levels in Bunda Street, the Chairman turns out excellent Asian fusion food – and when I have the chance to get to Canberra I usually make a bee line to it. As I did a week ...

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Hoang Kim


Lady FWO and her book club chums (who meet the last Thursday of each month at the Paris Café) went along to Guildford’s Vietnamese restaurant Hoang Kim for their early Christmas dinner; they had a whale of a time by all accounts and hopefully no ...

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