Due to my recent obsession of eating organic & fresh ingredients, York has found this little cafe in New Action- an area in Canberra near Lake Burley Griffin. Mocan & Green Grout does not take bookings and we arrived there on a busy Sunday afternoon. To our surprise it didn’t take too long for us to get a table. There were many people waiting outside for takeaway coffees, tables and chairs were provided with blankets if you find Canberra winter too chilly.
Playground Bar is situated near the Civic in the heart of the city at Garema Place. This is a little tapas bar with quirky decors and fun atmosphere. My friends came here last month for a catch up, so I was excited when Rita said she is willing to come here again. As soon as I walked in, I noticed the ropes hanging over the ceiling, had a contemporary feel to it.We were seated at a high-rise table with bar stools, it was fairly quiet at 6.30 pm. The waitress gave us a “winter menu” on a printed piece of A4 paper and took our orders using her iphone.
It was a chilly Saturday afternoon, York had just flew into Canberra from Adelaide that morning. We were staying at Clifton Suite on Northbourne Avenue, this eatery was conveniently located 2 streets away. Their website looked quite good, so we decided to give it a try. Even at 2pm, Lonsdale Street Roasters was packed with people. There were many benches outdoor, with one large table for people to share.
There are many quality fine dining restaurants in Canberra and Sage Restaurant is one of them. Dining at the establishment was a surprise to me since York organized this night as a secret date night for our first night in Canberra. I was unaware of the awards won by this restaurant initially( AHA Awards: Australia’s best stand-alone restaurant 2013), but as soon as I stepped into complex, I was mesmerized at the heritage garden and the ambiance produced by the fire stick heating that was warming up the place.
During our short stay in Canberra near the Civic, we were pleased to find this little cafe hidden inside an office building overlooking a car park. Kindle Cafe does require a bit of exploration just like what we have read up in the reviews. However it was well worth it. The interior of the cafe was chic and funky, with multiple sofas and tables for couples to have an intimate brunch date or business people to relax during their short lunch break.
Apparently if you are looking for the best Turkish place in Canberra, you will have to come to Turkish Halal Pide House. Situated in Yarraluma, this place was worth the drive for some authentic cuisine. The portions were certainly HUGE! And they kept coming. We were so glad that we only ordered 2 portions. Herenia even took some left over home for lunch the next day. The shop also sells some Turkish desserts in a box such as Turkish delights. I now wish I have a car in Canberra so I can come back and try their kebabs and traditional Mediterranean pastries.
My first time having Max Brenner was in Sydney. It is an international chocolate restaurant based in New York, with more than 50 locations worldwide. They specializes in creating chocolate-based desserts such as crepes, fondue, milkshakes, hot chocolates served in signature utensils (such as “Hug Mug”, where the tip of the cup is in a pointy shape so you can hold the mug in your hand and drink from the tip). It was a sweet craving on a Sunday night after Sri Lankan food at Camellia Restaurant.