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A new landmark: The Landmark Cafe opened at the end of June and is
breathing new life into the Centrepoint building with an attractive design and
Evolving menu: The cafe is still in its infancy and its owners are adding new
items to its menu every week. Burritos, rolls, muffins and milkshakes are currently
on the menu. Customers can also enjoy gourmet pies, locally and freshly made
Local inspiration: Designed by Canberra studio Sugar Designs, the artwork
and maps decorating Landmark were inspired by the nation's capital. The owner
describes the penny farthings attached to the wall as his own contribution to the
city's public art.
For the night owls: Landmark is open from 7am to 5pm during the week, but
each Thursday morning sees the start of a marathon 82 opening hours, closing at
5pm on Sunday.
And the hens: The cafe will soon start operating as a starting point for hens
nights, hiring out the main room at an affordable price.
A: Centrepoint, City Walk, Canberra City O: Mon-Wed: 7am-5pm, Thurs 7am to Sun 5pm.
This classic Australian
riesling is a crisp
and refreshing white
wine with a bouquet
reminiscent of fresh
limes. It makes an
for fish or shellfish
dishes. $25 at the
2011 Chardonnay Mount
The cooler season has
given this elegant Mount
Majura chardonnay a
lovely freshness. The
flavours are complex and
combine fresh grapefruit
and melon with savoury
and creamy ferment
characters. It's the
perfect match for spring
salads or roast chicken.
$30 at 1st Choice
2012 Grüner Vetliner Lark
Grüner Vetliner is known
for spicy, complex fruit
characters, fresh acidity.
This vintage will be
released on October 1
in time for spring and
summer drinking. It's
a versatile food wine
and pairs beautifully
with white fish and light
cheeses. $40 at the Lark
Hill cellar door.
East Row could be turned into a spring
fiesta if plans by restaurant owner
Carlo Tosolini go ahead. Popular
Italian eatery Tosolini's turns 25 years
old during October and its owner
plans to reward loyal customers with an invite-
only birthday bash that will also be open to the
restaurant's social media followers. Although
the final details are yet to be confirmed, Carlo
believes there will be major prizes throughout
the night. "We'll have music going and a real
party feel," Carlo said. "This is the longest-
running single-owner restaurant in Canberra
and we want to celebrate it with our customers."
How long have you been at The Wig & Pen?
I have been brewing at the Wig & Pen for 16 years and
really love it. I started here working in the kitchen, then
assistant brewer then on to head brewer, I feel pretty lucky
to be to be doing something I love doing!
Why brew your own beers?
Beer has such wide flavour spectrum, much more so
than wine and spirits. Mainstream Aussie beers don't
really showcase this, so by brewing your own beers you
can really create fresh, flavourful products. We have 15
different beers and one cider where we hand crush all our
own apples on site. With this range you can really capture a
lot of different flavours in the beers and have a beer ready
made for every palate.
Describe the best beer you've ever brewed.
I wouldn't say I have one but a few come to mind. One of
my favourites is our Russian Imperial Stout, where we age
it for 12 months partially in oak barrels, it's a great winter
beer and coming in at 10 per cent ABV, it certainly warms
you up on a cold night. A couple of the other beers would
be the Olde Spiced Ale with truffle and spices (also on tap
at the moment) and one of our hand-pumped ales, a great
session beer called Wig & Pen Pale.
What are you working on at the moment?
We are forever coming up with new beers but spring should
see some more beers come out of our barrel program and a
few made using the wild yeast, brettanomyces.
What's your favourite meal at The Wig & Pen?
The Wig does pretty simple, wholesome pub food. I
regularly grab the burger for lunch!
What's the future for The Wig & Pen?
With the craft beer industry exploding at the moment and
more and more people getting into craft beer, one could say
we are in a good position. We just have to keep making the
best beer possible and let everything else fall into place.
THE WIG & PEN
A: Canberra House Arcade, Alinga Street, Canberra City
P: 6248 0171 W: wigandpen.com.au
The team behind Parlour Wine
Room (reopening in 2013) and
Knightsbridge Penthouse is
creating a new casual dining
venue at 21 Lonsdale Street,
Braddon. We've been told to
expect relaxed, South American
influenced cuisine, a diverse and
quirky wine list and coffee made
with local grinds from Two
Brewmaster at The Wig & Pen
DINING WITH RACHEL PACKHAM
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