Canberra is redefining its gourmet identity with palate-pleasing offerings and prestigious wineries
Despite often being overshadowed by Sydney and Melbourne, Canberra is an ideal holiday destination for foodies, one that is decorated with numerous accolades and triumphs. From award-winning wineries to renowned restaurants, here are three hospitality hotspots where you can indulge in the heart of Australia’s capital.
Such & Such
Restaurant Such & Such was awarded the 2023 Good Food Awards New Restaurant of The Year and secured the title of Best New Restaurant in the Good Food Guide 2024. Located near the Canberra Theatre, Such and Such welcomes reservations and walk-ins, for a relaxed dining or drinks experience. The restaurant offers an intimate dining experience accommodating up to 75 guests across its indoor and outdoor settings, and its private dining room designed for more intimate gatherings.
The menu at Such & Such showcases a contemporary rendition of nostalgic classics – such as an Asian-infused rendition of a classic omelette – with an ever-changing array of snacks, shared plates and larger portions – guests can opt for a set menu or a selection of à la carte dishes. Accompanying the menu is a decadent wine list, subject to regular rotations, that showcases local favourites and international discoveries.
At the recent Gourmet Traveller Annual Restaurant Awards, Onzieme was crowned the ACT Restaurant of the Year, solidifying its position as a must-visit dining destination. Located at the corner of Kennedy and Eyre Street in historic Kingston, Onzieme offers an immersive dining experience that showcases and celebrates the richness of local produce, highlighting foraged ingredients from the Canberra and NSW region and incorporating a nose-to-tail approach. The ever-changing menu at Onzieme, hand-inscribed on a clear glass wall daily, features small shares plates and a selection of natural wines.
Nick O’Leary Wines
In the picturesque Hall Valley just beyond the ACT, Nick O’Leary created Nick O’Leary Wines over a decade ago to emphasise hand-worked techniques that showcase the region’s character and unique style. Renowned critics like Peter Bourne and James Halliday have praised Nick O’Leary’s contribution, while Mike Bennie commends his focus on Canberra District’s finest varieties.
Nick O’Leary Wines contributes to Canberra’s growing prominence on the national wine stage, earning accolades in the highly acclaimed 2024 Halliday Wine Companion – three cellar doors from the Canberra District Wine region, including Nick O’Leary Wines, made it to the Halliday Wine Companion‘s 2023 Top 100 Wineries list. Nick O’Leary is celebrated for its Riesling and Shiraz, which both claimed gold medals and the prestigious distinction of being the top-scoring wines in the Canberra District.