Cedar frames and a basic color scheme inside Aubergine, fixed in the heart of Canberra's Parliament Triangle, portray an audacious dining experience that sports a menu to match. Entrees such as smoked eel parfait, with baby beetroot and horseradish cream, and dishes like the pork loin main and corned wagyu on cornbread reflect chef Ben Willis' infatuation with a modern European, though French-heavy, selection.
18 Barker Street
Griffith, ACT 2603
Tel: +61 2 6260 8666
A stylish, contemporary fixture at Old Parliment House in Parkes, The Ginger Room combines authentic Australian accents with a radical Asian influence under the direction of head chef Janet Jeffs. Diners can order from a two-, three-, four- or five-course fixed price menu or take on the seven-course degustation yielding intriguing picks like native pepper kangaroo, sesame kingfish and palm sugar pork belly.
Old Parliament House/King George Terrace
Parkes, ACT 2600
Tel: +61 2 6273 4366
A restored cottage from the 1930s, complete with outdoor deck seating and a garden terrace, and overlooking the Pialligo Plant Farm gardens, serves as the locale for Pod Food, one of Canberra's most innovative and dapper restaurants. Chef John Leverink has designed a two- and three-course fixed-price lunch menu, while dinner can be served a la carte or by way of a degustation fare.
12 Beltana Road, Pialligo
Canberra City, ACT 2609
Tel: +61 2 6257 3388
The North Atlantic town of Cape Cod on America's eastern coast is renowned for its fresh and rich seafood, and the Deakin restaurant of the same name evokes the same. From oven roasted blue eye cod with a seeded mustard crust to their surf and turf, an eye fillet of beef and Queensland banana prawns with a pernod cream potato mash, Cape Cod's elegance is suitable for corporate business outings or an afternoon or evening among friends and family.
Shop 5, Duff Place
Deakin, ACT 2600
Tel: +61 2 6282 8697
A warm ambiance envelops diners at Figaro in Kingston, as a raw and rustic Italian lineup fills out a menu straight from Rome. Even the restaurant's staff converse in Italian. Pasta made in-house accompanies chicken, veal and seafood for a contemporary spread produced by head chef Nino Pagano, embracing flavors like the Fettucini tartufo nero and the Veal Proibito.
17 Kennedy Street
Kingston, ACT 2604
Tel: +61 2 6232 6922
In the famed dining precinct of Bunda Street in Canberra is Blue Ginger, an acclaimed modern Indian restaurant that blends freshness with spices imported from India. With plenty of curries to opt for, as well as classic Indian dishes like Tandoori quail and chicken tikka masala, Blu Ginger teases the palate while providing a well-lit, ornate ambiance.
5 Genge Street
Canberra City, ACT 2600
Tel: +61 2 6247 2228
Though the name may imply simplicity and familiarity, The Kitchen Cabinet is anything but your household pantry. Operated by chef Janet Jeffs, who also runs the adjacent Ginger Room that shares the Old Parliament House in Parkes, The Kitchen Cabinet offers light fare and affordable eats, and also hosts seasonal events featuring regional farmers and chefs.
Old Parliament House/King George Tce
Parkes, ACT 2600
Tel: +61 2 6270 8156
With a changing menu that adapts each day with the swipe of a chalkboard, and a convenient accessibility to the National Library of Australia, Bookplate Cafe is an ideal spot to get wrapped up in a novel, get a little work done or just enjoy some coffee and a bite. Head chef Stephen Scott and a talented team provide light fare like soups, pastas, frittatas, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options.
National Library of Australia, Parkes Place
Parkes, ACT 2600
Tel: +61 2 6262 1154