Easter long weekend – Canberra

I can’t remember the last time I was in Canberra over Easter, but I’m glad to see that the whole city doesn’t shut down completely. Here are a few places open over the long weekend (I’ll keep adding to the list as I find more places).

Happy Easter!

p.s. double demerits 24th – 28th

p.p.s. there will probably be public holiday surcharges at most of the dine in places

Friday 25th Saturday 26th Sunday 27th Monday 28th
  Lolo and Lola

10 am – 4 pm

Lolo and Lola

10 am – 4 pm

 
Daana

11 am – 9 pm

Daana

11 am – 9 pm

Daana

11 am – 6 pm

 
  Ricardo’s

7:30 am – 4 pm

Ricardo’s

7:30 am – 4 pm

Ricardo’s

7:30 am – 4 pm

The Fish Shack

11 am – 9 pm

The Fish Shack

11 am – 9 pm

   
  Eighty/twenty food

7 am – 1pm

Eighty/twenty food

7 am – 1pm

Eighty/twenty food

7 am – 1pm

  Ona coffee house (Fyshwick)

8 am – 3 pm

Ona coffee house (Fyshwick)

8 am – 3 pm

Ona coffee house (Fyshwick)

8 am – 3 pm

Snapper on the Lake

8 am – 8 pm

Fish&chips from 11 am

Snapper on the Lake

8 am – 8 pm

Fish&chips from 11 am

Snapper on the Lake

8 am – 8 pm

Fish&chips from 11 am

Snapper on the Lake

8 am – 8 pm

Fish&chips from 11 am

  Fox and Bow café

From 8 am

  Fox and Bow café

From 8 am

  Mocan and Green Grout

7 am – 9 pm

Mocan and Green Grout

8 am – 4 pm

Mocan and Green Grout

8 am – 4 pm

    Old Bus Depot Markets (Portobello Road)

10 am – 4 pm (get your Dream Cuisine hot cross buns!)

 
  Dream Cuisine

8 am – 2 pm

   
Elk and Pea

8 am – 3 pm

6 pm – late

Elk and Pea

8 am – 3 pm

6 pm – late

Elk and Pea

8 am – 3 pm

6 pm – late

Elk and Pea

8 am – 3 pm

 

  Frugii

12 pm – 11 pm

Frugii

12 pm – 11 pm

 
Common Grounds

7:30 am – 4 pm

     
Double Shot

6:30 am – 4 pm

Double Shot

6:30 am – 4 pm

Double Shot

6:30 am – 4 pm

Double Shot

6:30 am – 4 pm

  Dobinsons

8 am – 5 pm

Dobinsons

8 am – 5 pm

Dobinsons

8 am – 5 pm

Bicicletta

Breakfast

7am – 11am

Lunch 

12noon – 3pm

Dinner

5pm – 10pm

Bicicletta

Breakfast

7am – 11am

Lunch 

12noon – 3pm

Dinner

5pm – 10pm

Bicicletta

Breakfast

7am – 11am

Lunch 

12noon – 3pm

Dinner

5pm – 10pm

Bicicletta

Breakfast

7am – 11am

Lunch 

12noon – 3pm

Dinner

5pm – 10pm

Four Winds Vineyard

10 am – 5 pm

Four Winds Vineyard

10 am – 5 pm

Four Winds Vineyard

10 am – 5 pm

Four Winds Vineyard

10 am – 5 pm

  A.Baker

8 am – 10 pm

A.Baker

8 am – 4 pm

A.Baker

 

  Mr Papa

12 pm – 9 pm

Mr Papa

6 pm – 9 pm

 
  Stripey Sundae

10 am – 5 pm

Stripey Sundae

10 am – 5 pm

Stripey Sundae

10 am – 5 pm

Barrio Collective Coffee

8am – 12 pm

Barrio Collective Coffee

8am – 1 pm

Barrio Collective Coffee

8am – 1 pm

Barrio Collective Coffee

8am – 1 pm

Penny University

From 7:30 am

Penny University

From 7:30 am

Penny University

From 7:30 am

Penny University

From 7:30 am

  Clonakilla Wines

10 am – 5 pm

Clonakilla Wines

10 am – 5 pm

Clonakilla Wines

10 am – 5 pm

  Robyn Rowe chocolates

10 am – 5 pm

  Robyn Rowe chocolates

10 am – 5 pm

Flint in the Vines

12 pm – 3 pm

(5 course seafood lunch)

Flint in the Vines

12 pm – 3 pm

6 pm – 8:30 pm

 

Flint in the Vines

12 pm – 3 pm

 

 

 

Pod Food redemption

Not long after my some what disappointing degustation at Pod Food, I found myself back there for the a la carte menu for a friend’s birthday. I noticed some familiar menu items from the degustation and decided to steer clear from those to avoid disappointment.
 
Snacks~
Sour dough bread with fennel seed butter (4 pieces $6.00). After wildly enjoying the bread and the butter previously, I lavishly order two serves for the table. I realised it is a different bread to my previous experience but I still enjoyed the seedy crusty exterior of the bread (does sour dough come with grains throughout the bread?). I found the cut of the bread really thick and you would think who would complain about getting more bread, but it made it really hard to chew and threw the butter to bread ratio way off. We definitely did not need two serves especially when they were cut so thick.That is one thick slice of bread!
Kimchi pork hock toasty (2 pieces $10.00). Yes more bread, we didn’t really think this through. Nothing really special, the toasty didn’t have a melty ‘glue’ to really hold everything together which made it a little floppy to eat. The kimchi wasn’t over whelming and went really nice with the pork hock.
Salmon croquettes, sesame mayonnaise (4 pieces $10.00). Not an overly fishy centre and extremely crunchy without being oily. These were thoroughly enjoyed.
3 courses $70.00 per person
 
Entrees~
Soft egg, poached chicken, soba noodles, pickled cucumber, wild rice. Without telling my friends that I had something similar during the degustation and I didn’t like it, they ordered this dish and it looked very different to when we had it. Alas, all three of them left a nearly full bowl as they found the dish very bland and unappealing.
Hiramasa kingfish tartare, nectarine, radish, rice crisp. TimmyC really enjoyed this from the degustation and happily ordered it again. It didn’t look as pretty as the first time we had had it but TimmyC thought it tasted even better than before.
Java pepper beef carpaccio, parmesan, caramelised onion, portobello mushroom. The beef was paired perfectly with the saltiness of the parmesan, sweetness of the onion and the earthiness of the mushroom. Great flavour pairings made for a delicious start to the meal.
Mains~
Chargrilled pork neck, pumpkin, Pialligo smokehouse bacon, baby gem lettuce.This wasn’t my main but I liked the succulent pork neck and the crispy bacon. I think the idea of serving pumpkin is long ribbons is visually stunning and provides a different texture.
Duck breast, sweet potato gallette, fennel, plum, mustard. I really enjoyed my duck breast as the fat was cooked nicely giving a great juicy skin but I found the gallette a little dry and didn’t finish it.
Smoked ricotta and potato “canneloni”, pepitas, peas, parmesan.
Dessert~
Lemongrass panna cotta, grape, burnt butter crumb, verjus jelly. There might have been mosquitoes in my dessert, but I didn’t get bitten nearly as badly as last time because we were seated inside. The panna cotta had a beautiful wobble to it and a nice subtle lemongrass flavour. I thought the skinless grapes added an extra sweetness to the dish while also providing another dimension of texture.
Coconut parfait, caramel popcorn, gingerbread, banana. A nice light refreshing dessert.
Pistachio brownie, local berries, puffed spelt, yoghurt .
The service was attentive as usual and I found my experience with the food to be a little inconsistent but overall much better than the degustation. Phew, it might have just been a bad night during my previous visit.

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