New Restaurant Openings of Summer

January 12, 2016

Happy New Year dear readers! I hope the festive season has been a very happy one for you and you are rested, relaxed and ready for 2016.

I took a little break from this space over the holidays but just thought I will pop in to bring you some news of the latest restaurant openings around town as reported by other fabulous bloggers of Canberra. I promise this is not a newfound lazy way of reporting of mine; but rather a way of sharing great content by blogging colleagues so expect to see posts of this nature every now and then.

The month from mid December to mid January tends to be when Canberra becomes a bit of a ghost town as everyone abandons this fair city in search of coastal waters. It’s also the time most restaurants around town take a much needed long summer break to refresh and recharge for the new year. Whilst new restaurant openings tend to be extremely rare around this time here are three that broke that rule:


Garden Pavilions at Pialligo Estate

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These pavilions launched early December and I was amongst a group of bloggers who were lucky enough to be treated to a preview of their offerings. And let me tell you this is the hottest new opening of the summer! By now, everyone should be familiar with the hatted Pialligo Estate Farmhouse Restaurant, where it’s all about fine dining and degustations of the most freshest produce celebrating paddock to plate ethos. The Garden Pavilions are an extension of that ethos but offers more casual, a la carte dining in the beautiful grounds of the estate amongst olive groves with a magnificent backdrop of Canberra’s skyline.

Follow the link to read a beautiful review written by The Food Avenue accompanied by stunning photographs by Kazuri Photography.


Wedgewood Tearoom at National Gallery of Australia

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Here’s a great opportunity to enjoy food and art at the same time. To celebrate the Tom Roberts exhibition, The Wedgwood Tearoom at NGA is doing high tea daily from 10am-4.30pm ($43/person) and lunch from 12noon-2pm ($20-$25/person). You can book one of these delicious experiences at the same time as buying your Tom Roberts tickets on Ticketek or by calling the gallery directly if you want to do lunch or high tea without purchasing an exhibition package. Wedgwood is synonymous with all things classic and elegant so expect to dine at tables set up with exquisite serving ware, sip tea from dainty cups and enjoy delectable goodies like ribbon sandwiches and freshly made scones. The flavours are inspired by the Australian colours and flavours that Tom Roberts’ works evoke so this is a great way to immerse yourself in a day of art and food appreciation. This is a summer special; only on till 28th of March so get in quick.

Follow the link to read a comprehensive review and gorgeous photos including the full menu by Travel and Beyond.


Mister Zee’s, Civic

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From refined high tea we move on to takeaway kebabs. Mister Zee’s specialises in charcoal roasted Middle Eastern fare for dine in and takeaway. Expect kebabs, shish kebabs, meatballs, rice pilaf, house-made dips, pickled vegetables and even ‘Lebanese Nachos’. With a slogan like “It’s the Shish”, expect casual dining with a fun, young vibe.

Follow the link to read Mister Zee’s background story as well as photos that will make you real hungry by This is Canberra.


So that’s a quick wrap up for now. Enjoy your summer dining!


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