Head Chef Mathilde Pomies runs a tight ship, dishing up European-influenced bar food, share plates and mains that pair well with the large range of wines on offer at this Canberra landmark. Benchmark Wine Bar has been a fixture on Northbourne Avenue since 2003. The functional, no-nonsense space caters for a quick nosh with friends, or larger groups that can kick on with many courses into the evening.
Chef Pomies’ dishes highlight the unique flavours of locally sourced produce, meat and seafood. Chorizo and parmesan empanadas feature house-made pastry and a tasty filling. Spicy mojo rojo (red pepper and garlic puree) gives the empanadas a little kick. Lime- and oregano-marinated fried squid salad boasts tender squid and a punchy chilli dressing, while chargrilled Mooloolaba king prawns are taken to the next level by a zingy mango and chilli salsa.
PSST! You can order from an impressive choice of 50 wines by the glass – something for every taste and food adventure.