Author: Ashley St. George

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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AKIBA: K-pop vibes in the heart of the city

Aglow with neon signs that bring a fun k-pop vibe to the establishment, Akiba is a Japanese/Korean fusion whose food and vibe is as bright as its neon lights. Waitstaff busily zip around between the communal tables, laden with platters of bao, towers of fried chicken or bowls of dumplings designed to share in an easy-going street food style. AKIBA’s extensive menu is full of items designed to share, and has multiple options for a multitude of dietary requirements. Launch straight in with something fresh, light and packed with Asian flavour and get some sashimi from the raw bar....

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Milk Crate: A new twist on an old favourite

Don’t let a humble name like Milk Crate fool you. If you were expecting a cramped corner café specialising in run-of-the-mill coffee and lunch-box food you’re in for a surprise. Tucked under an office building off Marcus Clarke Street near NewActon, the cafe is a cool haven in the summer and a toasty hideout in the winter. Milk Crate’s large space boasts soaring ceilings, with a large curved glass wall overlooking a vast terrace decked out with a hodgepodge of table topped milk crates. Priding themselves on using seasonal produce, the menu is guaranteed to show ingredients at their...

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Traditional tandoor fare in the heart of the city

Indian cuisine never goes out of fashion. This couldn’t be more true at Blu Ginger restaurant in Canberra city, with chef Hari Prasad Sharma and owner Reddy Manne having worked together for 17 years to provide various Indian bites and curries to their community. For eight years, Blu Ginger has occupied a spacious street-side restaurant house right in the heart of the city. Plush cushions and decorative patterned wallpaper of deep red and golden hues sit alongside giant concrete pillars and floor-to-ceiling windows, resulting in a space that speaks of refined Indian aesthetic with an industrial twist. High soaring...

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