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Aubergine

18 Barker St, Griffith, ACT

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Ben Willis's reputation as Canberra's chef-to-watch continues. His seasonal menu brings a wide range of ingredients to harmonious heel in a succession of highly orchestrated dishes. Take his buckwheat risotto, a soupy pool of buckwheat flecked with corn and shreds of blue swimmer crab and topped with sweet, sauteed sand whiting. It's a beautiful play of delicate against earthy and yielding against robust. Sparks fly when bright green pea mousse, tart green tomato jelly and crunchy pumpkin seeds meet the crunch of a fried zucchini flower filled with goat's cheese; and blackberries pop against rich duck sausage and breast, bedded on a soft puree of red cabbage and piped parsnip cream. A dessert platter arranged with parsley ice-cream, slivers of ripe, aromatic peaches, toasted almond cream, batons of rich financier and fresh blueberries is compulsive viewing. Like the food, the elegant tiered dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows is perfectly suited to special occasions, and makes any occasion special.

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18 Barker St, Griffith, ACT

  • Cuisine - French, European
  • Prices - 2-course menu $65pp to 6 courses $95pp Mon-Thurs, Fri-Sat 3 courses $75pp
  • Features - Wheelchair access, Outdoor seating, BYO, Licensed
  • Chef(s) - Ben Willis
  • Owners - Ben & Andrea Willis
  • Cards accepted - AMEX, Visa, Mastercard, EFTPOS
  • Opening Hours - Sat-Sun 12pm-12.01pm Contact establishment for hours
  • Seats - 55
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