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“Outdated, overpriced - a Canberra institution?” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Grandes

Grandes
33 Bougainville Street, Canberra 2603, Australia
02 6295 9478
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“Outdated, overpriced - a Canberra institution?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Grandes has been in Manuka for a very long time. I think perhaps 20 or 30 years. Well, back then it might have passed muster as an eatery, and I guess there weren't that many decent cafes and restaurants. I remember going to Grandes perhaps 10 years ago and thinking the food was quite good but everything else was decidedly average.
I recently had lunch there for the first time in many years. The decor hasn't been changed in probably two decades. The tables and chairs are awful, cheap and nasty - plastic rubbish.
The food is REALLY pricey considering they spend nothing on ambiance or decor, and also the fairly modest servings - but it always tastes good.
I don't know how Grandes stays in business. I assume they must own the premises and therefore don't have huge overheads. When all other cafes in this area of Manuka are bustling, Grandes usually has only a couple of tables occupied. Small wonder.

Visited September 2012
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“Pasta excellence and now nude food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012 via mobile

Well positioned in the heart of bustling Manuka, Grandes is a pasta institution in Canberra. Now chef Laura has turned her hand to beautiful nude(raw) food dishes. Healthy and tasty try the naked lasagne just Devine.

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“good pasta”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2008

good pasta

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