Urban Walkabout shares the lowdown on Canberra's culinary scene from local chefs
Diners enjoying meals at Morks Restaurant in the Kingston Foreshore precinct of Canberra

Canberra’s Culinary Scene Celebrates International Flavours

With the highest number of restaurants per capita, Canberra is fast becoming Australia’s leading culinary capital. Besides featuring some of Australia’s freshest local produce, Canberra’s array of restaurants serving international cuisine has firmly placed the capital on the foodie map. We sent Urban Walkabout to chat with co-owner Benn Ratanakosol from Morks and Restaurant Director and Sommelier Abel Bariller from Les Bistronomes, to find out why Canberra’s restaurant scene is flourishing.

“Canberra’s food scene has seemed to grow and develop like crazy in the last few years,” says Benn from Morks. Having grown up in his dad’s Thai restaurant,  Ratanakosol aimed to bring authentic Thai flavours to Canberra via his Kingston foreshore eatery. “It’s the kind of place you could host a business lunch, meet a first date from Tinder, or catch up with mates over a few Singha’s,” Benn says.

Canberra's growing food scene

Benn also points out the other restaurants and precincts as instrumental in Canberra’s growing food scene. “Not only are recent venues like Eightysix and Monster Kitchen & Bar putting Canberra on the culinary map, but new food precincts are constantly popping up - Barton, Kingston Foreshore and New Acton, to name a few.” When Abel Bariller, now Restaurant Director and Sommelier of Les Bistronomes landed in Canberra over 10 years ago, he felt there was nowhere near the choice of food options that Canberra now boasts. “Now the restaurant industry is booming both in quantity, as well as quality, more and more passionate people are reinforcing Canberra’s hospitality scene,” he says. A case in point is the Les Bistronomes duck à l'orange cooked in ash crust, which Abel believes rivals the classic dish from his hometown, Paris.

From Italian at Provini to Modern Australian at Pomegranate, the list of incredible eateries with varying and inspired cuisines in Canberra is endless. So if you haven’t already made a beeline to this culinary capital, make sure you leave plenty of room in your belly when you do so.