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.
So that’s why they offer wine by the glass …..
….or by the bottle, with wholesale prices clearly marked and starting at around $23….
…and often by the tasting too…
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.
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!)
…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!
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 Chifley Bar & Grill at Hotel Kurrajong, my new favourite for a weekday lunch in Barton.
I love a great setting for enjoying a meal and Hotel Kurrajong does heritage so very well.
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….
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.
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!
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.
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.
Located at the Hotel Realm, Ostani is a good spot for a drink after work.
It’s got a variety of spots to sit and often has some good specials.
Worth checking out.
This cute bar downstairs under Hobart Place is full of style and charm – a great spot for a drink…
….and a share charcuterie platter $25…
Hours 4pm-2am Monday through Saturday.