Davide Della Bella has stacked the menu of this gin joint (no, really – it has 190 gins on the menu) with crowd-pleasing nibbles and booze-soaking nosh that packs a punch in the best sort of way.
Set on Braddon’s Lonsdale Street, this indoor–outdoor bar and restaurant fuses concrete floors with grey velour banquettes, walls of gin bottles (even the tap water comes in a gin bottle) and hanging fernery.
The menu leans to Spanish tapas with extras. Obligatory bread and olives give way to crisp, breaded gruyère croquettas, salty and rich, dusted with chilli and accompanied by chive-topped pecan mayo. Fish tacos, crispy squid, grilled chorizo and smoky patatas bravas are among the share-plate offerings. Apple cider porchetta is deftly teamed with a luscious celeriac remoulade and a garnish of peppery watercress, both slicing a tart and crunchy liveliness through the rich sweetness of the pork, while the stinging nettle and king brown mushroom risotto is a triumph of flavour and seasoning.
PSST! The Gin Garden offers an opportunity to sip in the courtyard on a cool Canberra summer evening.