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“Piallago Perfection” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pod Food

Pod Food
12 Beltana Road | Pialligo, Canberra 2606, Australia
+61 62573388
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Ranked #63 of 778 restaurants in Canberra
Price range: $14 - $28
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Nestled in a unique position amongst the beautiful established gardens of Pialligo plant farm, the quaint character filled, fully restored 1930's cottage offers a unique dining location close to the Canberra CBD. The venue is only minutes from Canberra International Airport as well as the boutique shopping precincts of Kingston and Manuka and has ample parking. Owner and chef John Leverink leads a dynamic, creative kitchen and restaurant team to create a memorable dining experience for all occasions. Creative culinary fine food without the formality, local sourced produce and an award winning wine list come together to make Pod Food one of Canberra's hidden culinary gems.
Canberra ACT Australia
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19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Piallago Perfection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

You wouldn't expect a near Michelin standard place to exist parasitic to a plant nursery. Pod Food, however, serves food that is of, or very close to, that standard. The ambiance is rustic, but charming. The menu changes regularly but usually includes some chicken, some fish and red-meet. The portion-sizes are neither large nor small. The desserts are amazing: uniformly superb! It's hard to praise this place without making it sound improbable. It's not so far from Canberra Airport, you should try it.

Visited March 2013
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English first
Canberra, Australia
1 review
“Delightful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

My husband and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary with lunch at Pod Food. It was our first visit there, and we were very happy with our experience. We loved everything about Pod Food. The food was delicious, and the hard part was trying to decide on which dish to choose, as everything sounded so good. The setting was beautiful, and the service was excellent. We will absolutely be back there again to try out the rest of the menu. We will definitely be recommending Pod Food to people. The perfect place to celebrate our occasion!!!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Canberra
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30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Fine Dining where you would not expect!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Pialligo is a great place for garden ambience - and and less than 10 minutes from the CBD. I used to think of the area as more cafe style but now I know there is a fine dining experience to be had there. My wife and I and our two friends loved it. The food was first class and sometimes it it the little things in life that delight. There was a beautiful little unexpected consume and then later on a cleansing sorbet. I love little things like that! The wine waiter was excellent at making suggestions finding the right balance of taste and value for who we were. Being outdoors on a mild evening added to the ambiance and charm. The tables were not too close together so we did not have to share the conversations of other tables. Highly recommended.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Canberra
1 review
“$36 for main course lunch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

My dish was average in taste and presentation, the portion was small and the plate was big - and the cost was high.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Canberra, Australia
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29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Nice location.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Located inside a nursery it has wonderful ambience but the food is very expensive and not amazing for the price. Parking can be tigh if the nursery is busy.

Visited August 2012
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