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“Outstanding service and food”

Ellacure Restaurant and Bar
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Ranked #374 of 1,368 Restaurants in Canberra
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Canberra, Australia
1 review
“Outstanding service and food”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

We ate here for the first time on Sunday night and found the staff to be friendly and courteous and the quality of the food excellent. It is sad that it is unexpected to experience good service these days, but we definitely did at Ellacure and I will highly recommend the restaurant to my friends. The staff managed to be friendly without intruding and the service was prompt for such a busy night. This is not a cheap restaurant, but we were very happy with the service and the food was delicious. Our new favourite I suspect.

  • Visited May 2013
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English first
Canberra, Australia
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Oh so close”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

We dined at this restaurant last night and it was very good, but a few things just missed the mark slightly which brought the overall score down for me.
When we arrived we were told that we might be able to be squeezed in just barely, this is despite having a reservation. We sat down and got our menus, but later in the night we overheard the waitress telling a nearby table that there were specials, one of which we would have liked to order. That was very disappointing.
The bread and butter was delicious but probably should have been complimentary. For starters we had a smoked trout salad and zucchini and haloumi fritters. The salad was very good, sort of a Nicoise salad, and the fritters were tasty but the addition of haloumi mean that they were very dense and heavy.
For mains we had the duck leg (excellent) and lamb cutlets (very good) but both lacked seasoning and we had to add a lot of salt. Also as sides we ordered the green beans and polenta, and they were needed as the portions were fairly small. The green beans were slightly undercooked and screamed for seasoning. The polenta missed the mark by a wide margin. They were in quite large cubes (about 2cm) and as a result you got a nice crispy crust but an unpleasant gluggy chunk in the middle. If the cubes were smaller it would have worked better, plus something like rosemary and (once again) more seasoning.
The mint chocolate sundae for dessert was delicious.
The waitstaff were professional, but not being told the specials was a big disappointment.
They have a few things that just missed the mark on the night, but overall not a bad restaurant. Will try it again later on.

  • Visited April 2013
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Canberra
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“Great food tucked away”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

The food here was great - reasonably priced and great combinations. We'll be back for breakfast one weekend!

Visited January 2013
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Canberra
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“Wonderful Lunch”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

My wife and I had a birthday lunch at Ellacure. It was the first time we had been there, and certainly won't be the last. The staff were very friendly and efficient, and the service excellent. The food was wonderful. He had the mushroom soup as a starter which was thick and very tasty; she had the spicy prawns and spaghetti entree which was delightful, with plump juicy prawns and the right amount of chili. We both had the duck leg on pureed cauliflower and red cabbage for main, with al dente beans as a side dish. It was superb. She had a superb sticky date for dessert, while he (who doesn't usually have dessert) had the three sorbets (good). Overall, one of the best meals out for a very long time. A bit on the expensive side ($150 included three glasses of wine), but highly recommended.

  • Visited April 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great breakfast”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

A great place for breakfast/brunch, the French toast in particular is an absolute winner. The staff are all very friendly, although as has been mentioned they all seem to be trying for a quirky/familiar vibe (your mileage will vary, most people enjoy it but some people I've been with have been totally turned off by it). Can't comment on the dinner menu, but the lunch is a bit of a disappointment compared to the breakfast fare. The location is fine if you're a local but would be a bit hard to get to if you were a visitor, although it's very close to the AIS.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank MattB83
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