Canberra Restaurants

Capitol Bar & Grill, Canberra

Capital Bar & Grill is situated in the QT Hotel, Canberra and there is no telling who one might see dining there.

Capitol Bar & Grill, CanberraCapital Bar & Grill

The menu follows an Italian theme starting with the antipasto table you see as you walk in, and features sections such as Canberra Favorites. Think prawn cocktail with the prawns steamed in beer with a cognac sauce, or maybe a choice from The Grill Department if you’re a meat lover.

Capitol Bar & Grill, CanberraZucchini Blossoms Are In Season

Zucchini Blossoms Are In Season ($21) are delicious creamy pockets of fresh goats curd, pecorino and nutmeg in lemon and Parmesan crumbed zucchini flowers sitting atop a bed of smooth potato mash and garden vegetables from the rooftop garden.

Capitol Bar & Grill, CanberraNo So Classic Steak Tartare

The No So Classic Steak Tartare ($24) is fresh hand cut beef with a punchy seasoning. The smoked Shemiji mushrooms and organic yolk enhance this quite substantial dish that is accompanied by truffle crisp bread.

Capitol Bar & Grill, CanberraMy Dear Venison “The Roman Osso Bucco”

My Dear Venison “The Roman Osso Bucco” ($36) is tender and sweet on the bone after being braised and cooked for six hours in red wine. Served with wet Mascarpone polenta, pearl onions and mushrooms with Lemon Balm, this dish is rich, sweet and satisfying.

Capitol Bar & Grill, CanberraSicilian-Japanese Market Style Tuna

The beautiful fresh flavour of the Sicilian-Japanese Market Style Tuna ($44) shines through as the tuna is just seared and served pink with a fennel and pepper crust on a bed of cauliflower mash. Sitting on top of the tuna is a crisp Japanese pickled zucchini, black sesame and ginger salad which combines well in the dish. The Sorrenberg Chardonnay 2012 paired well throughout the meal.

Capitol Bar & Grill, CanberraA Kubrick Era Dessert

A Kubrick Era Dessert ($21) is the signature dessert and one that should not be missed. A beautiful white chocolate dome is presented which collapses once the dark chocolate sauce is poured on by the waiter, revealing insides of blueberries, double chocolate mousse, spearmint sorbet on a  bitter chocolate crumble bed.

Capitol Bar & Grill is a welcoming space with plenty of natural light during breakfast and lunch with the lights dimming once the sun has set to create an intimate atmosphere. If taking break from sightseeing or powerbroking, check out the comprehensive wine menu as well as its cocktail menu and spirits list from the full length bar before settling back and enjoying a meal from the friendly and attentive team.

Capitol Bar & Grill
QT Hotel
1 London Circuit
Canberra ACT 2601

Gourmantic travelled to Canberra as guests of VisitCanberra.


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Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke is the Co-Founder of Gourmantic. He was first carried onto a plane at 3 months old. He enjoyed it so much, most of his efforts have been to get back in them to travel. He has lived on 3 continents and in addition to his love of travel and food, he is passionate about wine, chocolate and music.

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  • […] Be it for pleasure or work, QT Hotel provides a friendly and central base in Canberra. You can enjoy breakfast at the hotel or at nearby cafes such as A. Baker and Mocan & Green Grout. Within walking distance or a short taxi ride, you’ll find cafes and exciting places to dine or discover the burgeoning bar scene in the nation’s capital. If staying close to home, within the hotel you’ll find Lucky’s Speakeasy Bar to have a relaxing drink and the Capitol Bar & Grill restaurant. […]