Restaurant Reviews

Eightysix: Restaurant review


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


Mon-Sun 6pm-10pm


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


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.
(02) 6161 8686
Bookings recommended
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Outdoor dining
  • Impressive Wine List
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Jiwoo Kim
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.