Author: Ashley St. George

Best raw fish dishes in town

Fresh, light, raw and lightly cured fish is an easy way to eat healthy because its so flavoursome. Often paired with Asian flavours, chefs are called to be creative with ingredient combinations, making each dish quite unique whether it be ceviche, tartare or sashimi. Not sure where to start? Here are some of our local favourites. Kingfish at XO Take a moment to appreciate the prettiness of XO’s Kingfish dish before it quickly disappears. Cubes of lightly pink kingfish are arranged delicately with precariously balanced shards of nori along the plate among a scattering of crunchy puffed spelt grains...

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Experience harvest time at Mount Majura Vineyard

There is something magical about a winery. Plump bunches of juicy grapes growing abundantly in sprawling vineyards magically materialise into a delicious liquid form. Most winery escapades require a lengthy drive to a remote place, and although Canberra is already ideally located in close proximity to an abundance of wineries in Murrumbateman and Lake George, you may find yourself thinking ‘Wouldn’t it be more convenient to have a winery in the backyard?’ Mount Majura Vineyard comes pretty close to that realisation. Vines sprawl across the hills of Mount Majura in orderly rows, beckoning you to turn off the Mount...

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Little Brother: An ideal brunch spot with panoramic views

It is a unique experience to be sitting on top of a eucalypt-covered hill in the middle of a city sipping a coffee, while kangaroos jump past and the Australian flag flutters from Parliament House discernable in the not-too-far-off distance. This is the experience at Little Brother – a café atop Red Hill offering a breakfast and lunch affair with a view. Located on the bottom floor of the circular Red Hill Lookout, Little Brother is an ideal destination to take in views of Canberra towards the lake with the lurid leaves of Autumn, blossoms of Spring and everything...

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Get your gin fix with five local favourites

Gin has been rising in popularity and making more frequent special appearances in cocktails all over Canberra. Made in either a dry or sweet style, the gin distilleries strive to create unique tasting gins through the addition of botanicals such as cucumber and rose. The possibilities of cocktails are endless, but here are five cracker cocktails from the capital featuring gin.   Strange Holiday Bar Rochford First Floor, 65 London Circuit, City Not quite a tiki drink… but rather a great interpretation. Using orange bitters instead of orange juice, lemon and sage cordial instead of mint, and coconut vinegar...

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Braddon’s hidden Indian gem

It all starts with the aroma of exotic spices. They seem to waft through the passage between the shops of the Mode3 building as you make your way to Lonsdale Street’s newest Indian establishment, Darbar. Meaning ‘king’s place’, a Darbar is traditionally a courtyard or meeting place where people dine. The stylish industrial style décor of the space speaks to the restaurant’s modern take on Indian cuisine. For owner Vinay, this is not his first restaurant venture – there is a sister restaurant in Glebe, Sydney. Energised by his love of Indian flavours, Vinay wanted to bring his flair...

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