Restaurant Reviews

Eightysix: Restaurant review

Eightysix

Address

Mode 3 Building
Cnr Elouera & Lonsdale Sts
Braddon, Canberra, ACT

Hours

Mon-Sun 6pm-10pm

Prices

E $10-$25
M $36-$45
D $18-19;
tasting menu $75

REVIEW

Five years on, Eightysix continues to impose its disruptive and noisy self on Canberra's dining scene. The youthful ebullience of floor staff hasn't waned and it's still difficult for walk-ins to get a seat. The menu – chalked up on a blackboard spanning the elongated space – has also proven a touch too resistant to change. Grab a bar seat amidst a frenzy of mounting orders of hoisin duck buns or organic hot dogs with a lively Mexican salsa. Tangy, crunchy buttermilk slaw is arranged on boards while accompanying chicken Marylands blacken under the grill. Potato gnocchi arrive in a rich, slightly sweet fennel sugo, while the much-Instagrammed caramel popcorn sundae is entrenched in the sweets selection. Drinks include a punchy mezcal and jalapeño Margarita, hoppy local Bentspoke IPA, and elegant biodynamic wines from Sicily. Food is taken seriously, but come prepared for a party.

Phone:
(02) 6161 8686

Bookings:
Bookings recommended

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Outdoor dining
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Jiwoo Kim

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.