Canberra’s latest batch of restaurant openings are proof that the nation’s capital has certainly got the goods when it comes to great food, wine and cocktails. Find out the best new places with our list of the most promising and interesting new restaurants around town.
Fancy a weekend in the Hamptons without the exxy cost of airfares? The cheery beach house vibe at 79 & Fine brings the essence of the New York seaside vacation favourite direct to Civic’s Hobart Place. Expect Hamptons-inspired New York street food using locally sourced produce and Canberra’s own genius coffee roasters, Two Before Ten, before you enjoy your meal outside in the sunny courtyard. Alternatively, grab a blanket provided by the café and have your own picnic out on the grass!
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If you’ve been thinking that there are no good wine bars in Canberra, then Bar Rochford is what you’ve been waiting for. The wine and cocktail bar rocks a casual vibe (sort of like your ‘mate with the eclectic good taste’), where you’ll find simple bar food and snacks with a vaguely Parisian bistro feel. Wines are, of course, the hero here, with a carefully selected mix of local, Australian and Europeans making the cut. And, what better way to enjoy a Canberran sunset than with a bottle of the good stuff and a plate of our nation’s finest selection of cheeses?
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While the ambience is dark and moody, there’s still something very comfortable and charming about this sexy little wine bar. Opened in March this year, Vincent offers a quiet spot for after work drinks or a cosy date where the carefully curated wine selection is flowing freely and the food is smartly paired. Offering light bar snacks, as well as seasonal small and large plates (and one incredible dessert), Vincent’s tapas-style menu is designed to be shared and matched with some of their eclectic range of both old and new world wines.
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Freshly-made, steaming-hot dumplings made from secret Chinese family recipes are just the thing Canberra has been craving. Yat Bun Tong Dumpling House is the second restaurant by the couple who also started Chinese Kitchen Dumpling House in Woden, and the dumplings are definitely out to impress. You might find there’s a bit of a queue to get into this place but it’s worth it for the best dumplings in town.
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We would like to heartily thank the restaurant gods for bringing Young & Frisky into our lives, because this place is pure genius. Southern US-inspired fried chicken with your choice of heat levels, American-style sides, sauces you just want to bathe in, burgers, the usual pub fare, and the desserts, oh my, the desserts! All we’re going to say is ‘jam donut sandwich’ and leave that there to sink in.. Top that off with beers from new local brewery Capital Brewing Company on tap, and a jaw-dropping selection of rums, whiskies and cocktails, and we’re hooked.