Beijing House, Hawker

16 Apr 042

I’m still on my hunt for great dumplings – and on Twitter, it was suggested to me that I try out Beijing House in Hawker. There’s dumplings in Hawker? Yes, there are. And the real kicker? The fried beef dumplings are the best I’ve ever tried.

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Chef’s Table at Old Parliament House*

11 Apr Celeriac with truffle, hazelnut and apple

Reading back on my review of the Starlight Dinner at Old Parliament House as part of Enlighten earlier this year, you can hear the disbelief in my (writing) voice. The night appeared to have little connection to Enlighten, and we found the use of the venue, and the food, underwhelming.

It’s not very often I get a response to a poor review. But this time, within a matter of days, our group’s been contacted by the people behind the food: Restaurant Associates. They want to really show us exactly what their kitchen – and chef Sebastien Lutaud – are capable of, and we agree to attend a Chef’s Table experience.

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Dickson Dumpling House

10 Apr 0281

You might’ve thought I’d had my fill of dumplings in the last post, but how can anyone ever have enough dumplings? The day after enjoying dumplings at Shanghai Dumpling Cafe, we head to Dickson Dumpling House for a direct comparison.

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Shanghai Dumpling Cafe, Civic

9 Apr Check out that steam!

Everyone I know seems to be a bit dumpling-crazy at the moment – and why not? Dumplings are great! If there are suggestions that we might be going out for dumplings, no one needs to convince me to come along.

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Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival 2014

9 Apr Helloooo people

The Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival is one of our ‘must-dos’. Sunshine, a great venue and, of course, beer all make for a great afternoon out… but the festival still has a few issues to get on top of.

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Canberra Wine Harvest Festival 2014

6 Apr 092

In previous years (see 2013 here and 2012 here), we’ve done a great job fitting in as many wineries in a short timeframe as possible. This year, our approach is a little more haphazard, spreading out our visits over the afternoons of the two festival days – but no less enjoyable.

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Sage Taste and Test Redux

3 Apr Deconstructed dish

I loved Sage Dining Rooms’ Taste and Test last year. It’s a clever concept: offer five experimental dishes at a reduced price and, over the course of a few weeks, get a sense of what the Canberra dining public’s taste really is to help form the menu. But the last Taste and Test was only held in September – is Sage lacking some confidence in its future menus? Does it need to check with the public before it brings out each new season’s menu?

The short answer? No, and no.

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