When I read the concept for Chez Frederic on their website, I was already a convert – simple, good food without the frills, and, bonus, takeaway encouraged! Takeaway lamb shanks? Yes, please. So four of us went for dinner (dine in) after work and were delighted. I chose from the extensive specials menu – hello pappardelle with lamb and beef ragu – and was so glad I did. In the middle of winter, a hearty, filling meal like this is perfection. The staff were super friendly too – when we ordered dessert (the divine chocolate orange tart), they asked for our feedback, as it was new. My friend suggested adding some crunch to the top, and the chef was right on it – he promised toffee shards, and I would go back just for that. The minimalist decor manages to be on-trend industrial but without feeling cold, and the large tables are designed for sharing. I will be bringing visitors to Canberra here as an example of how this city gets food, service and ambience just right.
Chez Frederic: 4/14 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT, http://www.chezfrederic.com.au/