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Pilot. Restaurant

table setting at pilot
dining room at pilot
Malcolm Hanslow Plating up a Dish
White chocolate and Mandarin dessert
Broad beans, peas + nasturtium in a clear broth.
Head Chef Malcolm Hanslow plating a dish of steamed fish and greens.
Tom yum Soup
dining room at pilot
pizza tart pilot
quail and red grapes
table setting at pilot
dining room at pilot
Malcolm Hanslow Plating up a Dish
White chocolate and Mandarin dessert
Broad beans, peas + nasturtium in a clear broth.

Overview

Pilot restaurant is a small venue in the suburb of Ainslie in Canberra. There is no a la carte menu, but instead treat yourself to seven courses over two hours.

With polished concrete floors, pendant lighting, chic curtains on floor-to-ceiling windows and dark furnishings, Pilot is a smart, low-fuss experience.

In the kitchen, Hanslow takes complex flavours and presents them with simplicity evoking memories and nostalgia on all levels.

When deciding what to drink have a look through the all Australian wine list or choose to experience the non alcoholic or full beverage pairing.

Pilot is ‘fine dining’ but not as you know it. The restaurant is built on pure genuine hospitality with an excuse to share stories and products from around Australia in a restaurant setting with a homely feel.

That is probably why the Pilot sign off is always... 'Just trust us'

And you should.

Map of the venue locationMap of the venue location
Shop 1, Wakefield Gardens, Ainslie, Australian Capital Territory, AustraliaGet Directions

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

TripAdvisor ratingBased on 111 reviews

“Outstanding food and service”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 4w ago by dak3

This first time and won’t be the last. The food was an amazing variety and with each course was a different flavour and experience. If you have not been then you are missing out Also a thank you...

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“Fantastic food!”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 3mos ago by TristanEF

We celebrated our anniversary and my birthday on Saturday night at Pilot. Fantastic service. Amazing food. The margarita scroll (sun dried tomato) was outstanding. The fish crackers with potato purée...

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“Poor value for money and middling quality.”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 4mos ago by Roger W

As an expensive place do dine, my expectations were very high, and while the service was quite good, the overall experience fell far below my expectations. The restaurant itself had an ambience more...

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  • Australian
  • Beer
  • Beverage
  • Chinese
  • Cocktails
  • Degustation
  • European
  • Five Star Hotel Dining
  • Fusion
  • Indian
  • International
  • Middle Eastern
  • Modern Asian
  • Modern Australian
  • Modern European
  • Native Australian
  • Seasonal Local Produce
  • Tasting Flight
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Wine
  • Bar
  • Carpark
  • Suitable for Functions
  • Non Smoking
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Pet Friendly - Enquire
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Fully licensed
  • Over $30
  • Over $40