Lunch Thu-Sun noon-2.30pm
Dinner Wed-Sat 6pm-9pm
Down the end of a lane dotted with nurseries and the occasional horse, the Farmhouse is only moments from the airport, but feels perfectly rustic - of Canberra but apart from it at the same time. Farmhouse it may be, but the crackle of the grand fireplace and the height of the ceilings lend weight to the "estate" part of the name. There's ambition here, and money has been spent to realise it. The cellar is rich and deep and Vue de Monde alumnus Brendan Walsh strikes a winning balance in the kitchen between oomph and flourish. Good ideas power a dish of mushrooms, steamed egg and toasty croûtons in a rich kombu broth, while careful cooking over coals and the finely tuned flavour of turnip cream and a bitter-chocolate sauce take the tried-and-true pairing of (local) venison with red cabbage to new heights. The newer Garden Pavilions, meanwhile, offer a more casual way to savour the Farmhouse experience. A class act all round.
2 courses $65, 3 courses $95, Dégustation $120
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