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Capitol Bar & Grill
Modern Australian
  • qt hotel, 1 london cct ,
    Canberra, ACT
  • (02) 6247 1488,
  • Lunch daily noon-3pm

    Dinner daily 6pm-10.30pm

Capitol Bar & Grill

No one could accuse this expansive and showy new eatery, the jewel in the food-and-beverage crown at the shiny QT Canberra, of being backwards about being forward. The design is bold (yes, that's a mural of politicians covering that wall, some of them haloed in neon) and, yes, consulting chef Robert Marchetti's love of American-style golden-era big-hotel dining is very apparent in the expansive menu. The retro angle might be the hook for the vol-au-vents Rockefeller, but that's no reason not to revel in their poached-oyster-and-caviar goodness. (A stronger wine list would make sense here.) And while the food can be busy, the more focused options (juicy baked whole flathead, say, its butter sauce on the side, or an expertly handled grilled rib-eye) show that the kitchen isn't just about showing off. There again, when dessert includes profiteroles drenched in chocolate, perhaps embracing excess is the go.

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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $15-$19

    M $28-$48

    D $14-$19

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Damian Brabender



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