Onde is situated just off the busy main artery that is Victoria Road – a drab grey little building incongruously sitting next to a bright blue retail store. If I was a bit put off with its exterior, it did its best to welcome me with a cosy and warm interior, with a touch of modern funkiness.
With my weekend spent in Canbera, where else would I choose to go for brunch in Canberra than my FAVOURITE bakery/cafe , Silo Bakery. Located in the poshy suburb of Kingston, Silo’s is probably a favourite of many others as their pastries, tarts and breads are practically sold out by the time we arrive for lunch.
When we first booked for Quay’s Hats Off Dinner, I was pretty excited. My co-worker, Jackie, knowing how much I love food, asked me what I had planned for Good Food Month. I enthusiastically listed the Sugar Hits and Let’s Do Lunches we were going to, finishing off with the Hats Off Dinner at Quay. Her eyes fairly popped out of her head at the list… right until I mentioned Quay. Jackie made a face and mildly said, “I think Quay isn’t as good as what everyone else thinks.” How could it not!? I was aghast, especially since it is a hatted restaurant (and I’m quite sure for a good reason too). With some slight trepidation, but still feeling hopeful that it will be good, we hit Quay.
Another celebratory dinner, another fabulous meal! In recent times, there has been a surge of top notch pub restaurants; Four in Hand, Bistro Moncur, The Light Brigade… just to name a few. Grand National has been around for a while and has been known to locals for good pub grub and steaks.
I love how the lounge bar of The Westin is situated; we always get a table on the “outside”, where I personally love the whole feeling of “a building inside a building” (quoting Sam, as he’s pretty much hit the nail on the head with that description) – looking up at the soaring skylight framed by the rough sandstone walls and high arches never ceases to make me wonder what and how the GPO was like back in its heyday.