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“Lovely atmosphere and good for vegetarians”
Review of The Ginger Room - CLOSED

The Ginger Room
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 26 March 2012

We tried the ginger room for our anniversary after a recommendation from a friend. As vegetarians, we are often disappointed with more upmarket restaurants as there is often a very limited selection, if any at all. After some difficulty finding the entrance (around the back, entry over the footbridge) we were welcomed by a charming french accented waiter, who showed us to our table. The interior is very nice, understated white linens and dark woods with soft music. There were 4 vegetarian selections on the menu and we chose two each, plus desserts. The food was delicious, with interesting textures and flavours. We were brought an appetizer of delicious mushroom soup, and then our two courses each. The goats cheese, lentil and asparagus stack and the sang chow bao were particularly good. There is a very nice wine list, with a good selection by the glass. A couple more non-alcoholic drink options would have been nice, as I was limited to a choice between three kinds of juice. Overall, a very nice meal and we will be back.

1  Thank samkm
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

Down the hill from the Parliament in the Old Parliament House is this fine dining restaurant operated by Janet Jeffs who also runs the innovative Kitchen Cabinet with local region foods.

Thank Alison O
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

Well, what can we say? Plenty actually, after the relatively rave reviews, was expecting a mildly spectacular degustation, with matching wines delicious sounding dishes and exceptional, polished service.

The Ginger room was set not to disappoint, but alas, it did... royally.


We won’t go into too much detail here, as the time The Ginger Room spent on making the food warrants a equal amount of effort on our part in commenting. We were offended by every dish, and now will hopefully repay the expensive favour with an honest appraisal of the dismal meal we sadly endured.

The first dish, a tuna concoction was in fact was a skanky bit of less than super fresh fish (yes we know Canberra is nowhere near the sea and ought to have known better) served with bits of supermarket standard “Kalamata” olive, some curly lettuce and less than fruity olive oil.

I will now skip through a series of ordinary RSL style catering dry and unimaginative dishes to the final insults... the cheeses were ordinary at best, and the citrus souffle an inedible example of food crime for which the chef, the apprentices and more importantly the owners really do need to be sentenced to culinary prison for indecent assault.

The maitre’d however was gorgeous, and possibly slightly embarrassed by the whole disaster and we will not be back, after reluctantly giving it 1/10 - and that being solely for service. Ginger Room STOP CATERING, everything tasted like day old catered food from a public high school function for which everyone paid handsomely but you knew they would be too pissed to eat so you didn’t make an effort. Even the matching wines were poorly matched and there was no sommelier present to explain the raison detre behind the less than inspired choices.

Very very underwhelming.

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1  Thank cashbrown
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

This is a great little restaurant, very centrally placed, with parking behind OPH (old parliament house). They offer a degustation or a la carte and should be more popular, although it was almost full the night we attended. The food is modern and tasty. This would be a good place to take visitors to Canberra.

They also have monthly special events so we have booked a few.

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Thank Vikingolly
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

Food was great but airconditioing was freeezing. Also service left a bit to be desired given the prices.

Thank Rachel F
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