Favourite Eating Spots around Canberra


Favourites for Curries


Darbar (BYO)

*Copper Chimney (BYO Corkage $6 per bottle of wine)

*Malaysian Chapter – for Nonya Prawn and Pineapple Curry, Nasi Lemak, Roti Canai for an entree – BYO $3 per person

Chomolungma (for momos, Dal Bhat – BYO $2 per person)

*Taj Agra Dickson (BYO $4 per bottle)

Favourite for Nepalese

Chomolungma (for momos, Dal Bhat – BYO $2 per person)

Favourite for Vietnamese

*Pho Quoc – (BYO $1.10 per person)

Favourites for Thai

Kinn Thai – for Kinn’s Dishes, BYO $3 per person

Two Sisters Lao, London Circuit

*Baan Latsamy – for crispy eggplant with chicken and seafood for entree , BYO $5.50 per bottle

Chong Co – for Beef Massaman, Green  Chicken Curry, Chicken and Cashews with Chilli Jam Stir-fry, Pork Prik Khing – BYO $3 per person

Favourite for Ethiopian

Global Café, BYO no corkage

Favourites for Sri Lankan

Ceylon café, Farrer

Favourites for a very special occasion

Monster Kitchen and Bar

Pialligo Estate


Boathouse by the Lake (BYO)


Pod Food

Courgette (BYO)

*Sage (BYO)

Favourites for a rather special occasion

*Pistachios – for the tasting entrée trio $20 and tasting dessert plate $20 (good to share) – $7 per bottle corkage

*Chairman and Yip – (BYO $10 per bottle)

Akiba (for soft shelled crab/ pork belly buns, dumplings and mango and coconut sticky rice with macadamia and palm sugar ice-cream) No BYO

Eight Six (expensive drinks though)


CIT Restaurant (No BYO but wine $5 by the glass)

Monster Kitchen & Bar


Favourites for a bit more upmarket

Urban Pantry (BYO $5.50 per person)

*Copper Chimney (BYO $6 per bottle)

Kinn Thai (BYO $3 per person)

Favourites for lunch in Woden CBD


*Belluci’s (for the $19.90 lunch special including a wine/beer)

Chong Co

Favourites for lunch close to Woden CBD

Fox and Bow

A Bite to Eat

Stand By Me

*Wheat & Oats

Favourites for lunch under $10 close to Woden CBD

*Wheat & Oats (for the daily specials on display and the goat curry)

Whisk Bakery & Patisserie (for the pies, toasted focaccia and gourmet sandwiches and soup and roll)

Favourites with young children

The Mandalay Bus (summer only) (BYO no corkage)

Snapper – best in Summer (BYO no corkage)

Brodburger – best in Summer  (BYO $2.50 per person)

Broddogs at the Hamlet (BYO no corkage)

Global Cafe (BYO no corkage)

Dickson Dumpling House (BYO) 

Favourite deals

Treehouse Bar (for the Wednesday $10 gourmet hot dog and house wine/beer/cider, Thursday two for one gourmet burger and  house  wine/beer/cider, Friday two for one starters and tapas and happy hour $5 drinks)

Debacle two for one pizzas on Mondays and Tuesdays (no BYO)

Yet to try but have heard good things:

Favourite dinners $15 and under

The Mandalay Bus (summer only) (BYO no corkage)- under $10, get a range and share

Snapper – best in Summer (BYO no corkage) for fish and chips under $10

Brodburger – best in Summer (BYO $2.50 per person) (for Baby Brodburgers around $9 – (try Baby Brodsalmon with blue cheese)

Global Cafe – for the meat combo on injera read with rice to share between two $18.90 (BYO no corkage)

Broddogs at The Hamlet (BYO no corkage)

Chomolungma (for momos, $15 Chicken Dal Bhat – BYO $2 per person)

Pizza Gusto – Pizza $20 to share between two BYO no corkage

Ceylon Café, Farrer

Favourite for Yum Cha


Favourites for ice-cream

Frugii Dessert Laboratory – two flavours house-made ice-cream in cone or cup $5

Thirst – house-made ice- cream and sorbet $2.90 per scoop

Favourites for dessert

Akiba for mango and coconut sticky rice with macadamia and palm sugar ice-cream

Frugii Dessert Laboratory – two flavours house-made ice-cream in cone or cup $5

Yet to try but sounds good:

*Hungry Buddha for Gulab Jaman ice-cream, pistachio ice-cream (made by Frugii)  and nepali rice pudding ice-cream $7.50 each

Favourites for breakfast/brunch


Pod Food

The Conservatory (at the Arboretum)

Ivy and the Fox

The Cupping Room

Penny University

Silo Bakery

Favourites for coffee

Tilley’s Lyneham


Favourites for groups (should have carpet)

*Copper Chimney (BYO $6 per bottle)

*Baan Latsamy (BYO $5.50 per bottle)

Favourites for Sunday lunch

Poacher’s Pantry

*Cork Street Café, Gundaroo –especially for wood-fired pizza (BYO $2 per person)

Autolyse, Braddon

Pialligo Estate

*Favourites in the Canberra Entertainment Book

Pistachios (BYO $7 per bottle)

Pho Quoc (BYO $1.10 per person)

Copper Chimney (BYO $6 per bottle)

Baan Latsamy (BYO $5.50 per bottle)


Malaysian Chapter (BYO $3 per person)

Cork Street Café (BYO $2 per person)

*In the Canberra Entertainment Book ($60 per book) offering 25% discounts or two for one offers

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