I recently attended Novotel Canberra’s new Bar & Restaurant “First Edition” launch and was pleasantly surprised, beautifully designed it is a welcome Edition ( excuse the pun lol ) to Canberra’s burgeoning Food and Drink scene.
Drawing inspiration from old world reading rooms, oozing home style sophisticated charm. Think opulent chesterfields combined with emerald velvet lounge chairs, dark wood tables and novel style trinkets displayed on iron shelves throughout.
On entry, the First Edition Bar and Dining is intimate and inviting with the business technology discreetly encased within, perfect for those seeking an aperitif or quiet beverage and relaxed dining. Serving up a curated menu of spirits and specially crafted cocktails using the finest seasonal ingredients whilst paying tribute to local distilleries and tap houses, featuring the First Edition’s own handcrafted gin in collaboration with The Canberra Distillery.
Whether you enjoy it shaken or stirred the desired finish is your choice. The all Australian wine list features some of the country’s finest, all available by the glass and bottle including best- selling varietals from the local Canberra Regions Lerida Estate and Mt Majura wineries.
In the restaurant, Executive Chef, Jennie Tressler has created a diverse seasonal all-day dining menu showcasing the vast array of fresh produce available within the nation’s capital and surrounds. Following an illustrious culinary career starting out at the age of five under the direction of her Nan and reflecting on her times of owning her own trattoria in Italy whereby produce was sourced daily from the local markets.
Chef Jennie credits her passion for using fresh farm produce to create unique plates that inspire her team to share in her culinary passion whilst paying homage to local farmers and producers. Jennie’s food is honest and creates a feeling of nostalgia, constructed from memories of times and places throughout her life and childhood which also resonates with all those that dine.
Whether it be for business or pleasure, First Edition Bar and Dining welcomes house-style service and charming atmosphere, while providing the perfect surrounds to work, rest or play. Open seven days for breakfast from 6:30am to 9:30am Monday through Friday and 6:30am to 10:30am on weekends and public holidays, all day dining available from 11:00am, dinner from 5:30pm until 9:30pm.
Located at Novotel Canberra, Level 1, 65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra, parking available on site. Visit the First Edition website for daily updates and weekly specials
Discover for yourself, be social – @firsteditioncanberra
by Arrnott Olssen
Editor Rogue Homme