Avenue C Wine Co. Campbell- How good is this!

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If I was to design the perfect spot for a drink – it would be walking distance, have cozy indoor and sunset outdoor seating, a relaxed but stylish ambiance, good small share plate and I could buy a bottle of wine at a wholesale price to open – it would be Avenue C Wine Co!

Rachel and Peter are proud of their wines, it’s their passion and they want their guests to enjoy them too.

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So that’s why they offer wine by the glass …..

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….or by the bottle, with wholesale prices clearly marked and starting at around $23….

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…and often by the tasting too…

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This week Jane from Clonakilla was sharing their lovely Semillon Savignon Blanc, Viognier Nouveau, and my favourites… a 2015 Hilltops Shiraz and O’Riada Shiraz.

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To accompany the wine, City News’ Wendy Johnston recommends Avenue C’s Grilled Haloumi with honey, lemon and oregano $14, Chicken liver parfait with toasted brioche $18 and the Rabbit terrine with toasted sourdough $19. On my wishlist!

Open from 10am till 11pm 7 days a week.

Avenue C Wine Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Happy Hour at The Pedler, Campbell 

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The Pedler has happy hour 4-6 pm every day!

…offering Beaumont Chardonnay and Cabernet Merlot for $5 a glass.

The Flatbread $13 with grilled zucchini, goats curd, grilled shallots and dried chilli is just so very good. The flavours just go so well together, it’s delicious. Such a great value, tasty nibble to share with a drink and I’m glad it’s till on the new menu.

And the new menu has this equally delicious Pan Fried Haloumi $15  with red onoin jam, Pedro Ximenez glaze and fresh oregano served on a garlic crostini (which is yummy!)

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…and I just love the friendly casual service!

If you end up staying longer, there’s some great looking mains that are very well priced!
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The Pedler – such a great asset for Campbell 

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The Pedler describes itself as Campbell’s first local pub!

But it’s so much more…open 7days from 7am it’s great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, coffee, a wine and share plate or dessert ( the Peach and Mango Melba looked great at the next table).

We tried the Prawn Betel Leaves $16 for three, with galangal, toasted coconut, green mango in a nahm Jim and coconut dressing ….


…..and Prawn and Chorizo $16 in a tomato, chilli and basil sugo with grilled sourdough.

Both were good and I’d certainly order them again.
The mixed berry and mango smoothie was very pretty. I’m not a smoothie person, but I can see this would be a good choice if I was $7.50.


The Pedlar is, as it claims…a gathering place offering a stylish and approachable setting ….but it also has very friendly and accomodating service. Charging my iPhone ( in between the photos !) was no trouble at all.

The wine pours are very generous and wine by the glass starts at $7.

Share plates range from $13 – $17, but I also like the idea of sharing  $24 Chese board with three cheeses, fig paste and broken pane croccante with some extra warm sourdough with smoked butte $5.

You can just walk in, but it is very popular so it’s wise to book on 0477533488.

I just know I will be back….often!

The Pedlar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Chifley Bar & Grill, Barton – my new favourite for lunch @chifleysbarandgrill

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The Chifley Bar & Grill at Hotel Kurrajong, my new favourite for a weekday lunch in Barton.

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I love a great setting for enjoying a meal and Hotel Kurrajong does heritage so very well.

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With all its great style and service you might expect a high price tag, but surprisingly the menu is similar to what you would pay in most eateries.

Being a hotel restaurant, it is open every day from breakfast to around 10pm and staff are very flexible to cater for a large range of appetites and preferences.

Sandwiches are around $15 and arrive with Chips and aioli….

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The roast lamb with grilled vegetables, Harissa and Mayo is good, but I think any of the sandwich choices would be excellent.

For a light lunch there are also salads or dessert to choose from for $15 -$17.

Stone baked bread with Pepe Saya butter is $4, and sides like the amazing pear and pecorino salad with baby spinach and candied walnuts are $8.

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For two modest appetites it’s perfect to share a sandwich and a pear and pecorino salad.

Wine starts at $8 a glass.

I will definitely be back for another pecorino salad and I’d love to try the stone baked bread!

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Briscola Pizzeria, Canberra City

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Briscola Pizzeria is a warm and friendly spot to share pizza and red wine on a chilly Canberra Evening.

Offering BYO wine at $4.50 per head and a 25% discount to Canberra Entertainment card holders, it’s also good value.

Gianni is a welcoming and warm host who is keen to help you choose well.

One large pizza per two people is perfect. These range from $25 to $30.

Good choices are…

Pulcinella…. with mascarpone + gorgonzola + pancetta + fresh pear  (medium shown $23.50)

Toscana….. with mozzarella + mushroom + grilled eggplant + roasted red capsicum + artichokes + basil pesto (vegetarian) (large shown $27)

Gran Sasso…..with bocconcini, italian sausage + grilled eggplant + mushroom + black truffle oil (medium shown $21)

Which are better choices than the…

Scampi…with bocconcini + garlic prawns + sautéed zucchini + cherry tomato + chilli (medium shown $23.50)

Puttanesca…. with bocconcini + salami + anchovies + capers + black olives + chilli gran sasso bocconcini + italian sausage + grilled eggplant + mushroom + black truffle oil (medium shown $21)

It’s tempting to also order the gelati ($9 for two scoops/$12 for three scoops) flavours like salted hazelnut, zabaglione or orange blossum and rose water, or an affogatto ($9-$13) but it’s also a very satisfying evening just enjoying the pizza and wine.


Briscola Pizzeria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Pork Barrel Cafe, Friday Night Pizza 2 for 1

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The Pork Barrel Cafe has a lovely setting in the gardens in front of Old Parliament House. On a Friday evening there’s a special offer of two pizzas for the price of one, perfect for a group.

The Pommodoro $33 for a large has pancetta, provolone and semi dried tomatoes.


The Deli is also a good choice with spinach, raosted pumpkin, spanish onion, fetta and olives, also $33 for a large sized.

Two large pizzas is a comfortable amount for six people and works out at $5.50 each.

Add a garden salad for $10.50 for a large size.


Not BYO but a large glass of house wine is $7.

An especially good option when Elighten is on each March.


  
Pork Barrel Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tongue and Groove

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Tongue and Groove is a good spot in the city for a drink with a stylish open atmosphere and friendly staff.

Organise a party there and you may also get a free drink for everyone!

  
  

If your looking for something to eat as well then sharing a pizza and a salad could work well.


  
  

Tongue and Groove Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato