Of course it did

Of course it did…As soon as I left Canberra, all these exciting things open/happen.

1. Orexi– the new Greek restaurant inside the Hellenic club in Woden had a soft opening recently, so the restaurant shouldn’t be too far off from opening (or has? I can’t seem to see anything on their instagram account)

2. Eat Canberra is launching ‘Eat Canberra Food Tours’. This sounds pretty awesome and I can’t wait to see where the guides take people to showcase the best of Canberra’s dining scene

3. The Hungry Buddha is opening their Belconnen restaurant! They have a soft opening on the 20th but they have a great deal for all those who are interested in trying their new Belconnen venture at a discounted rate: enjoy dinner for two for $50 until 30 June 2017 (save $56!). To participate, purchase an opening special voucher here before the 31st October 2016: www.deals.thehungrybuddha.com.au

4. The Duxton is hoping to re-open its doors later this month to show off their newly renovated bar which will include a roof top terrace!

5. The Forage– 22nd October 2-7pm I’m missing out on the last one of the year 😦 **update- due to bad weather The Forage has been postponed until 12th Nov 2016!

6. Molto down in Kingston foreshore are finally doing wood fired pizza again!

7. Another bar across the border has also recently seen renovations. The Tourist Hotel in Queanbeyan offer a number of specials across the week but they have ALL YOU CAN EAT bourbon rubbed chicken wings EVERY DAY for $15!!! This has my name written all over it and I left to go on holidays. 😦 I will have to go ASAP when I get back

I’m home in time for- Lolo and Lola‘s next pop up dinner 16th Nov
I’m still waiting for- Oscy’s burger and charcoal and Le Bon Melange to open

I know I’m probably not going to get any sympathy for missing out but I hope you all enjoy what is on offer in Canberra while I’m away.

Pasta at Duxton

My friends and I abosolutely loved the oceania linguini from Delissio and we were super sad when they had closed both locations; we have been chasing that pasta dish ever since.
Fast forward over a year later and I was casually meeting up with a friend at the Duxton for lunch. I always find it hard to choose a meal in a pub setting because I’m usually torn between a steak or a schnitzel but I found myself ordering the linguini.

Prawn and chilli linguini with fresh rocket, chili, lemon & capers ($24.90). It isn’t identical to the oceania linguini but it was similiar, surprisingly super tasty and I would happy order it again. 
Check out Duxton’s lunch specials for $10 bucks 12pm – 3pm Monday – Thursday

Venue: Duxton

Address: corner of Sargood and Macpherson street, O’conner, ACT

Phone: (02) 61620799

Website: http://www.theduxton.com.au/

The Loft

I had been to The Loft several years ago, we enjoyed many tapas and had a really fun night in what was a very busy establishment. Since then they have gone through a revamp, new menu and now they are even open for lunch. I’ve been keen to get there for a while and finally my friend and I went the last week. 
The Loft is located about the Duxton pub, the stairs to get up there are inside the pub.
A.baker bread with Pepe Saya butter ($3.00pp).  According to the bill this was one serve (there were six little slices of bread). The butter was on the harder side but it didn’t tear the bread and was still able to be spread.
Chickpea crepe, caramelised onion and lamb pruscuitto ($14.00). We weren’t going to order an entree but it didn’t take much to twist our arm either. There was nothing that really stood out to us so we went with the recommendation of the waitress. Chickpea crepe, lamb prosciutto… These ingredients were unfamiliar to me so I didn’t know what to expect. The lamb tasted like pastrami and gave this a nice salty hit with spices. The crepe was slight oily but retained its crispiness which I really adored. The caramel used onions were cooked perfectly and added the sweet touch which really brought this whole dish together. For something that we almost didn’t order, it was a delicious surprise.Tangier Taster a colour and fruity mix of fresh limes, agave syrup, orange juice, pineapple juice with a top of cranberry juice ($9.00). I’ve had many mocktails in my time, they usually taste like an over sweetened fruit juice with one dominating flavour but this was really nice. It was a lovely balance of pomegranate and lime.It’s not often that I choose the same meal as the other person if there is just the two of us eating but I felt like risotto and my friend really wanted it too. Two risottos please.

Lobster and fennel risotto, saffron butter ($34.00). There were four decent sized pieces of lobster in the risotto which was not over cooked and had a little natural sweetness of its own. The risotto itself was rather rich and filling, my friend thought it was a tad too salty for her but for me it was fine especially since it wasn’t served with Parmesan cheese. The fennel gave the dish a refreshing feel with a nice crispy texture contrast. It was a little on the smaller size for a serve but the risotto is filling and the flavours were very rich.I was surprised that there were only two tables during the lunch seating. I guess people just need to find about this place, the delicious food and the rather convenient location.Venue: The Loft

Address: above the Duxton pub at the Turner (stairs are inside the Duxton)

Opening hours: lunch Thursday – Sunday dinner Wednesday – Saturday