When I arrive in the early evenings of Wednesday night, the venue was ticking along nicely with nearby workers, hotel guests and families in search of a post-work meal.
On first appearances, the venue is sophisticated, modern but relaxed and welcoming. But the biggest draw card for Canberrans will be the gas fireplace in the centre of the bar – a go-to winter-gathering spot in the making.
And a delicious meal is what we had. Spoilt for choice, for starters we were served with:
Homemade pork crackers with espellette chili ($6), Spicy salmon tartare with corn crackers, pickled daikon, avocado, coriander oil and sesame ($21), Patatas bravas with smoked garlic aioli and pickled green chillis ($17), Spicy pork & veal meat balls with mount zero olives, chilli and parmesan ($18) and Fried polenta & parmesan chips, smoked chilli & lemon ($16)
This gave us a good selection of the different types of cuisine on offer, an indicator of portion sizes and presentation. The standout offering was the Spicy salmon tartare, it was generous in size, presented well and was delicious. Another standout was the Spicy pork & veal meat balls, smaller in size and presented less formally but with loads of flavour.
If you’re looking for a contemporary but welcoming venue for a meal, Ostani will offer you a mixture of approachable classic pub style food with sophisticated foods that are simple and sing with flavour – think upper class pub that is served by staff who care to please.
I left very happy and full!
Ostani is open: MON – FRI 6.30AM-LATE | SAT – SUN 11:00AM-LATE