As the end of 2014 draws near, I’m relecting on my favourite meals for the year – or at least my most memorable ones (honestly, give me a bowl of vegetable dumplings from Dickson Dumpling house and I’m happy as Larry!).
1. The Boathouse
A nine course degustation of deliciousness. Everything about this evening in May was suburb – the company, the food, the wine, the service, the fireplace and most certainly the view. I was so enamoured by my evening that I took my blogger hat off and forgot to take photos and notes, so I actually don’t have a post about it! It was my “last meal” before my stomach surgery, and I’m so so glad I ended my life of degustations with this wonderful dinner. Tara wrote about our evening here, and so did Rachi here.
2. Old Parliament House – Chef’s Table
A special dining occasion saw a few of us lucky bloggers being led in to the kitchens of Old Parliament House for a degustation menu that was innovative and a joy to watch. I didn’t write a review on this one (no idea why) – but both Tara and Rachi did (it’s good to go out with Blogger friends!!).
It’s no secret that Morks is my favourite restaurant in Canberra. I visited Morks about 7 times this year, and each occasion was filled with amazingly creative food and friendly service.
4. The Artisan
My first time dining at The Artisan was in April, with a foodie friend. We ate a three course meal of pure decadence and floated home with happy tummies.
5. Pod Food
The new addition to the Pod Food repertoire, their four course breakfast degustation, was definitely a highlight of 2014. I can’t think of anywhere else that does breakfast like this – inventive and interesting dishes served with finesse and flavour.
I spent a lovely Sunday lunchtime with some good friends at this charming restaurant in Gundaroo. The trek out made this a special occasion, and the food did not disappoint – Grazing has it all, delicious home cooking using fresh (out of the garden) ingredients and a wonderful setting.
I went to 86 in September having previous gone last year (when I disliked it). This visit saw me do a total 180 in my views on the Braddon eatery – it’s fresh and funky, and thankfully has its previous pretentiousness. The food is well made and the atmosphere is electric.
Common Grounds only opened late last year and it’s become a great breakfast go-to close to my home in Tuggeranong. Their ‘Conquistador’ dish is everything I love about breakfast – all served up in a relaxed trendy atmosphere.
I’ve added my two dinners at Monster to this list purely for the food. The food at Monster is awesome, comfort food with an worldwide twist – the service and layout, however, are strange and not appealing. But I still dream about their Labneh and sourdough.
10. Soju Girl
My meal at Soju Girl is memorable for a few different reasons. Firstly because we went on two-for-one Tuesday and ordered every single thing on the menu, and secondly because the food was pretty fantastic! Lots of little plates of tasty Asian inspired fun.