Water's Edge: Best Canberra restaurants 2015

Natasha Rudra
Chocolate tart, caramel ice-cream and fresh raspberries at Water's Edge.
Chocolate tart, caramel ice-cream and fresh raspberries at Water's Edge. Photo: Graham Tidy

There's no denying the magic of that lakefront position at Waters Edge - sunset over the water, the warm balmy evening light, and the endless parade of people walking, jogging and Segwaying past. It's always a pretty spot to take someone new to Canberra, or to celebrate a special occasion at a romantic table for two in front of the floor to ceiling windows. 

Restaurants in a scenic spot can sometimes sit back on their laurels and let the view, rather than the food, do all the hard work for them. But not at Waters Edge. James Mussillon's more relaxed second restaurant (behind fine dining stalwart Courgette) has upmarket, pretty looking dishes down pat, with all of Mussillon's attention to detail.

Beetroot cured salmon is a highlight, as is the lamb with fondant potatoes and a silky smooth peach and custard tart on the desserts, artfully scattered with blueberries. A hefty wine list takes in everything from an easy drinking glass of summer rose to big occasion bottles for big spenders. Service is attentive and discreet - everything you need for a restaurant like this.

40 Parkes Place, 6273 5066, watersedgecanberra.com.au