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DINING WITH JOSEPHINE HUYNH
The iconic Lonsdale Street strip in Braddon sees a fresh addition hit the
hipster precinct. Autolyse, a French-style bakery specialising in 100 per
cent homemade sourdough, has nestled right next door to the recently-
opened Elk & Pea restaurant.
Run and owned by a trio of close-knit mates including former Milk and Honey
and Alto owner Micky Guba, former Alto head chef Darren Perryman and
French baker David Zamor, Autolyse aims to offer Lonsdale Street a more
special kind of bakery, one Perryman describes as a boulangerie, meaning
"We aim to provide a high-quality French-style bakery and dining experience
as opposed to a suburban bakery," Perryman says.
"Everything is completely on show and you can sit down, have a coffee and
watch us roll the bread, as well as see the bread come fresh out of the oven.
It gives people insight into the love, care and time put into mixing the dough.
"Being a chef for a long time and being stuck behind a wall, no one can see
what actually goes on behind the scenes. It's all about the experience, you
will be able to talk to all the chefs and the bakers in the kitchen and just see
what they are doing."
Specialising in sour dough, Autolyse boasts a variety of breads
including rye, seeded, whole meal, white and baguettes. The
bakery also comprises a small patisserie section offering
tantalising delights including croissants, l'es-car-go,
penne chocolates, palmiers, almond tarts and other little
"The menu will change almost daily but will be more
focused on bread and bread incorporated dishes like
salads, soups, antipasti and hot sandwiches, things
that go well with sour dough," Gubas says.
"Everything is made onsite and the coffee
is imported from Launceston in Tasmania."
A: Shop 5/21 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver prepares to open his
latest franchise restaurant in the heart of the city.
Pacific Restaurant Group announced the Jamie's
Italian Canberra restaurant, which will be Austraia's third
in the premium Jamie's Italian chain after Sydney and
Perth, will open in the Canberra Centre on Bunda Street,
replacing its Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse outlet.
The restaurant, to be designed by Martin Brudnizki, will
feature Jamie's Italian signature dishes including the
antipasti counter and the chefs will produce fresh pasta
The family-friendly restaurant will offer authentic Italian
dining to locals, as well as plenty of quirky Jamie twists.
Jamie's Italian Canberra will utilise many of the region's
finest ingredients and work has already begun to identify
the best producers.
Although no decision has been made on an opening date,
Oliver said in a statement issued by his Sydney public
relations agency, ''I can't tell you how excited I am to be
opening in Australia's capital".
CIVIC GETS AN OLIVER TWIST
Canberra's newest bar and food venue, Treehouse, has finally
put down its roots in Civic opening with a gala VIP event on
Owners Mike Kadinski and Nick Tuckwell say they hope to
build on the success of their current business Kremlin Bar and
"We wanted to create a venue where someone could eat a
high quality meal, order from a wide range of drinks and hit the
dance floor -- all in the one place," Kadinski says.
"It's an exciting time for the food and beverage scene in
Canberra with so many fantastic bars and restaurants opening,"
Tuckwell adds. "We're hoping Treehouse will simply enhance
the night scene in Civic."
Breathtaking architecture and interior design, including
a custom-made 4.3 metre illuminated maple tree, create an
inviting atmosphere for Treehouse guests. The jaw-dropping
interior was brought to life by Melissa Twidale from Canberra
interior design and events firm Archagents.
"The focus was on using raw materials like the real hardwood
tree trunks in the seating areas to create a playful atmosphere,
while also acknowledging the heritage of the Sydney Building,"
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is coming to Canberra.
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