Restaurant Reviews

Otis Dining Hall: Restaurant review

Otis Dining Hall

Address

29 Jardine St
Kingston, Canberra, ACT

Hours

Lunch Tue-Sat noon-2pm
Dinner Tue-Sat 5.30pm-9.30pm

Prices

E $19-$23
M $34-$39
D $16-$17

REVIEW

"Dining hall" has something of an undergraduate vibe, but rare is the cafeteria that offers wallaby, let alone served cured, rolled up in pickled vine leaves with dollops of burnt-onion purée. The bones of this diner still reflect the room's former Belgian-Beer-Café life; service is more friendly than professional, and the drinks list is as strong on grain as it is grape. Plating is modern, with playful elements: blocks of watermelon and raw tuna presented as look-alikes with basil, cucumber and goat's curd, for instance. If seasonality and seasoning aren't always en pointe, flavours are true, as with currants and cavolo nero lending a sunny Mediterranean air to lamb rump with gnocchi. Dessert shines bright: taking the caramel in the crème caramel right to the edge of burnt, adding a splash of Japanese whisky and then flecking it with smoked sea salt is a fittingly smart coup de grâce.

Phone:
(02) 6260 6066

Bookings:
Bookings recommended

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Damian Brabender

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