In Canberra, you’ve got to be flexible. Spring and autumn are temperate with plenty of warming sun – ideal alfresco dining weather – but as soon as winter kicks in, all you want to do is retreat indoors. With their pretty miniature garden area outside, and an interior panelled in warm wood and hand-glazed tiles, centred around two striking bars (one brass; the other rich green marble, wrapped around a tiny, totally open kitchen), Mocan and Green Grout is nothing if not adaptable.
The menu, while small, will cater to most dietaries – especially for those with a preference for vegetarian and lighter options. During the day a kale, artichoke and warm buckwheat salad and a lemony dressing is simple but satisfying – served with a mild, and surprisingly soft, grilled halloumi. Those after something a bit more calorific can order up a cheesy Welsh Rarebit with a fried egg on top or a pork shoulder roll. At lunchtime their a purely BYO affair, while at dinner, drinkers can choose from a very tight list – they have one white, one red and one beer, with the house options changing frequently.
Given the small kitchen, nighttime dining options are similarly pared-back, veg-heavy and local-produce focused. Whether it’s indoor or outdoor, veggo or meat-eater, day or night, this little NewActon eatery is adaptable to all your needs.
|Venue name:||Močan and Green Grout|
19 Marcus Clark Street
|Opening hours:||Mon 7am-6pm; Tue-Sat 7am-9pm; Sun 8am-2pm|