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Aubergine Article Lead - narrow 

18 Barker St Griffith, ACT 2603

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Opening hours Mon-Sat 6pm-late
Features Accepts bookings, Degustation, Events, Groups, Licensed, Wheelchair access
Prices Expensive (mains over $40)
Chef Ben Willis
Seats 55
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 02 6260 8666

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.