Chifley Bar & Grill, Barton – an update! 


It was only last week that I posted about The Chifley Bar & Grill but already it needs an update.

The menu has changed and sadly the Pear and Pecorino Salad and Tasting Plate have dropped off….(but the plate is still on the dinner menu that starts at 6pm).

The prices have also ( understandably) increased…

And it took a little longer…

The pulled pork burger was a good choice though….

…..And the Club sandwich was generous

Still a beautiful and a lovely relaxed flexible spot to meet a friend for lunch, coffee or a drink.

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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….


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!

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Chifley's Bar and Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Little Bird – a top lunch spot in Barton @littlebirdbarton


I was so impressed by my first visit to Little Bird in Barton.

And clearly everyone is…it’s full and busy.
Staff are just lovely…even sending me off with a complimentary brownie…just because its my first visit!

I’ve heard great things about the salads, fish and chips and breakfast. On a cold Canberra day, the soup of the day (pumpkin), pie of the day (chicken and leek), toasted sandwiches, hamburgers and gnocchi all look great going past. I don’t think you can go wrong with the  new winter menu.

The Wagyu Hamburger is good and staff don’t blink an eyelid when we ask to can share one. (I love that!)

I’ll be back…often!

Open 7 days: Mon – Fri 07.00-15.00 | Sat – Sun 08.00-14.00

Cnr macquarie st and broughton st, barton act 2600

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Vincent is has chosen its location in Barton well to capture the after work drinks/dinner trade and Friday lunchers.


Its great strength is its decor and ambience. It has fabulous style!


Wine by the glass is well priced and the temparillo at $8 is excellent.


The menu  is small, but interesting and food is well presented though possibly lacking wow.


The mini lobster sliders $6 each, have a great brioche bun, but only a small amount of dressing so a little dry. It’s worth asking for extra mayonnaise to get a better mouth feel and flavour.


The medley of beetroot salad $19, is beautiful but again, fairly simple.

Serve sizes are small so be prepared to budget for a least one dish each unless you order the gnocchi or chips on the side.

For extra photos of dishes, search instagram.

Pork Barrel Cafe, Friday Night Pizza 2 for 1


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

Maple & Clove – another look at lunch


Maple and Clove is tucked away in the Realm precinct overlooking a lovely grassed space between the Burbury and Realm Hotels.

 Very helpfully it is open 7 days for breakfast and lunch although it does pay to book as it’s popular.

The menu on-line does differ to the one available in house, but similar dishes are offered.

It’s a perfect place for sharing dishes and the dishes are designed to be a little lighter, yet tasty so they leave you feeling satisfied but comfortable.

A good combination is a small Maple Raw Green Salad $12 – Baby kale, avocado, baby spinach, broccoli, asparagus, activated almonds + lemon, sesame dressing.

A meal size is also available for $18 and you can add a slow cooked egg for $4 extra.

It has a nice crunch from the nuts and a good balance to the Turkey and Zucchini  Burger $19 -Lean turkey mince and zucchini patty, served with sumac yogurt dressing on a polenta roll with sweet potato wedges. This is a very good choice with good flavours and textures. The polenta bread is particularly good.

Maple and Clove is an excellent spot for a week day lunch in the Barton area and offers an interesting menu suited to sharing, good value, good service and a very lovely setting and atmosphere.
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