Hoi Polloi – a first look @hoipolloioph


The Hoi Polloi, has a lovely, prime heritage position at Old Parliment House.


Dining there is a treat.

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Wine by the glass is well priced.

There’s an option of small plates like the Hot smoked trout…


..with green apple, fennel, red sorrel and yogurt $12 (you can also get a larger serve for $16)….

….or larger bites like the Hoi Polloi Burger $19.50 on a mik bun with pickled beetroot, cheddar cheese, pineapple and fries.


There’re also daily specials worth checking out like Fridays Cheese or Charcuterie Board and a glass of wine for $20.


Open daily for lunch 11:30-2:00pm.

Hoi Polloi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bookplate, National Library, Barton


Bookplate is a popular spot for lunch (served 12-2pm) that’s close to major Canberra tourist attractions.

While it gets busy on the weekends, weekdays it’s quieter (although parking can be tight).

Choose between a shaded table outside with a great view of the lake or an indoor table where you can admire the Leonard French stained glass windows.

The full menu has a range of interesting choices.

These include the BBQ Beef Bao’s  $19.80 – chinese soft buns filled with texan style pulled beef with housemade BBQ sauce and coleslaw…good flavoured beef, but the coleslaw is fairly plain and the bun a little tough.


The specials board includes a nice looking Chargrilled Atlantic Salmon $24.50 with Asian style red rice, mango and peanut salad …

…and a Cold Zucchini Soup $12.50 with mustard seed and mint (but also a bit too much cream).

Wine by the glasses starts at a reasonable $7.

There are still some very tempting, made in house, cakes and slices on offer….

…but just before Christmas you could also combine a dessert with the Salmon in a very good Christmas Lunch Special for $29 (good for sharing between two with an extra glass of wine).

And don’t forget to check out options on the breakfast menu that are served until 2pm.

Opening Hours

Mon – Thurs 7:30am – 5pm

Fri 7:30am – 4pm

Sat – Sun 9am – 4pm

Public Holidays 10am – 3pm

Bookplate Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato