New Venues: Canberra's Best Restaurant, Cafe & Bar Openings for 2021
Some pretty delicious venues were born in 2021 and here are our favourites to check out.
Well, 2021 may not have been the year that we hoped for, but Canberra still grew and with lockdown restrictions on the horizon, we have rounded up the coolest new venues to have opened their doors this year.
The newest kid on the block, Corella, has set up shop on trendy Lonsdale St in Braddon. Right across the road from their sister, Assembly, Corella offers fine-dining, elegance and blow-your-mind cocktails. The décor is chic and inviting, with soft pastel greens and a pop of blush. Inside seating is intimate, with only 30 seats and the warmer weather promises meals and drinks shared outside as you watch the world go by. Your taste buds are in very good hands with head chef, Nemanja Babic, and assistant chef, Brandon Hardiman. Together, the pair have had an extensive foodie career in Australia, including at Courgette and Edgar’s Inn. I mean, we go simply for the dessert it’s that good – think cherry ripe and creamy coconut ice cream.
14 Lonsdale St, Braddon
ILY is New Acton’s latest member and let’s just say, it packs a punch. Run by the same crew as XO, ILY offers home-style food with a twist. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, expect comfort food favourites such as roast chicken with spinach, confit garlic and artichoke, the brisket burger with Swiss cheese, caramelised onions, mustard and fries and more yummy dishes. The place itself is cute and is the perfect spot for big family dinners or more intimate affairs.
2/15 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra
Part of the Verity Lane collection, My Sabor delivers modern Australian dishes with an Asian twist. Delight in the chicken and prawn dumplings in Tom Yum broth or the vegan crispy eggplant with cherry tomato Aglio Olio and tempt your sweet tooth with a palm sugar coconut Pandan crepe. Head chef, Daniel Mark loves that he can be diverse in what he serves up as his own heritage is Asian Portuguese, Indian and Chinese and he was born and bred in Malaysia.
50 Northbourne Ave, Sydney Building
Calling all pasta lovers! Ok, that’s everyone – who doesn’t love pasta? Canberra needed a simple pasta bar and its finally here. Grab a quick pasta lunch in the sun or join the large communal table inside. All their pasta is home-made and some of the best Italian ingredients are used, such as the 18-month aged pecorino cheese and 24-month(!) aged prosciutto. Mouth-watering pasta dishes include Fettucine alfredo and parpadelle with Bolognese and if you aren’t a huge pasta fan (who are you?), they also offer homemade pizzas and Italian salads.
8/40 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra City
Miss Van’s is due to open up any day now and we literally cannot wait! Owner Andrew Duong and his family have roots stemming back to rural Laos and Vietnam and have endured quite the adventure in finding their way to Australia. To honour this, Miss Van’s will celebrate Vietnamese food and culture. We can promise you pork bahn mi, chicken coconut noodle soup and Vietnamese iced coffee. But there will be A LOT more where that came from.
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