Buvette, Barton

Savoury plate and charcuterie board

Savoury plate and charcuterie board

Better than high tea, the Petit Feast at Buvette gives a wide range of savoury options, including a chef's charcuterie board, quiche, olives, cheeses and (my favourite!) an oyster! All this before the dessert selection!  

Dessert platter

Dessert platter

The plate of desserts included mini tartlets, tiramisu, friands, macarons, scones, chocolate petit fours.

Disclosure: The Food Avenue enjoyed this meal as a guest of Buvette.

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8 delicious Canberra date ideas

Edit: A more up-to-date post is available - 11 Valentine's Day date ideas for Canberra foodies

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Are you stuck for ideas on what to do for a date in Canberra? I’ve put together a few of my favourite date ideas for Canberra foodies at any time of the day. If you’re more of the proactive kind, take the initiative and pick an activity (or two) from this list. If you’re the foodie and your partner is clueless, send him/her a link to this post to give them a subtle hint of what you want to do on your date! 8:30am – 10:00am | Pod Food | Breakfast

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They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What better way to kick off the day than with a breakfast degustation at Pod Food? You can get  a 4-course breakfast for $40, which at the moment is featuring: pancakes with banana, blueberries, popcorn ice-cream, salmon gravlax, scrambled eggs, and a white chocolate parfait with chocolate fudge, peanut crumble and strawberries.

9:30am -11:00am | Penny University | Brunch

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If having four breakfast courses first thing in the morning is a bit too much for you to handle, why not try Penny University? It’s a cosy and cute café that serves up decadent breakfasts.

11:00am – 1:30pm | Park Hyatt | Morning Tea

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Treat your date to high tea at the Park Hyatt. Enjoy an array of savouries, finger sandwiches, scones, jam and cream. Pair the delicious cakes and slices with the finest teas.

12:00pm – 2:00pm | Vitis Eatery | Lunch

Edit: Vitis Eatery is permanently closed.

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Take in the delicate presentation, beautiful flavours and botanical décor with a luxe lunch at Vitis Eatery. You can graze on the selection of snacks or order a few of the larger plates to share. I highly recommend the squid risotto, which is made entirely of cut up squid (to look like rice)! Expect a casually elegant lunch date.

2:00pm – 4:00pm | Picnic by the lake | Afternoon Tea

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Want to really impress your foodie date? Put together a superb picnic hamper made up of homemade goodies. Not much of a chef? You can cheat and grab some great food from local suppliers. Get some fresh bread or pastries from Autolyse or Silo, cheese from Essential Ingredient, fresh strawberries, grapes (even oysters!) from the Capital Region Farmer’s Markets, or chocolates from Robyn Rowe. A bottle of wine from Mount Majura Vineyard couldn’t hurt either.

A great spot for a picnic is Mariner Bay, next to the Southern Cross Yacht Club. You can watch the yachts sail by and it’s a strategic picnic spot for lazy picnickers because you can pick up some fish and chips from Snapper on the Lake.

4:00pm – 6:00pm | The Rum Bar | Pre-dinner drinks

Edit: The Rum Bar is permanently closed.

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The aristocratic and refined setting of the Rum Bar is the perfect place to start a classy date night. The magical cocktails (like Under the Mistletoe, pictured) from the extensive drinks list will convert even the non-rum drinkers! A few dishes from the delicious tapas menu wouldn't go astray either.

6:00pm – 8:30pm | Lilo Tang | Dinner

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Indulge in the $65pp tasting menu at the hottest new Asian fusion restaurant in Canberra. Or if you're going à la carte, try the stunning Toban duck breast sukiyaki with creamy tempura egg or the juicy Pork spare rib with black pepper and balsamic soy.

8:00pm – 9:00pm | Koko Black | Dessert

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With its classic décor and to-die-for desserts, you can’t go wrong with Koko Black on Valentine’s Day. The Raspberry Chocolate dome will make anyone fall in love (with it). Made of quality milk chocolate and raspberry puree mousse with Madagascan vanilla custard and a liquid raspberry centre, it's the wondrous dessert that keeps on giving. Also currently available is the summer menu, which features a Mango and Vanilla Ice Cream Spectacular and Salted Caramel Iced Chocolates.

Let me know where your favourite dates are in Canberra!

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Top picks: 3 places to eat in Canberra this weekend

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Starting to think about the weekend? Stuck for ideas of where to eat? Here are my top picks for dining to suit a variety of groups and occasions this weekend!High teaat Burbury Hotel, Barton

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Located on the top floor of the hotel, the terrace is full of sunshine from the skylights and the floor-to-ceiling windows. There's a pretty view and you can even spot Telstra Tower on Black Mountain in the distance. Kick off the weekend with this delicious high tea in a beautiful setting. Great for an elegant hen's party, engagement party or just a lovely catch up with friends.

$39 Traditional High Tea, $49 Champagne High Tea. Friday to Sunday 1pm-4pm. 1 Burbury Close, Barton, Canberra. Call 02 6163 1818.

Black Fire, Braddon

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This is Braddon's newest Mediterranean restaurant and it smells amazing inside because of the wood fire pit cooking suckling pig, lamb and roast vegetables. Opened only a couple of weeks ago, this is a gluten-intolerant person's dream come true as 80% of the menu is gluten free! Also, you can drop in at pretty much any waking moment because their opening times are unheard of in Canberra! Check out my review of Black Fire!

Open Monday to Sunday 7am to 11:30pm. 45/38 Mort st, Braddon. Call 6230 5921.

Boodle Feast at Kusina, Weston Creek

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Round off the weekend with the Boodle Feast (Kamayan), which is a traditional Filipino way of dining. Grab some family members and head to this suburban gem to experience the unique culinary experience this weekend - food is served on banana leaves and you eat the feast using your hands (no other utensils)!

$33 per head. Minimum 4 people. Last Sunday of every month. Cooleman Court, Weston Creek, Canberra. Bookings are essential. Call 6288 8461

Honorary mentions

Hopscotch - is the newest gastropub in Braddon. Go there for their fantastical calamari and kimchi slaw. It's marvellous.

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Yum cha at Scholar in Dickson - best yum cha in Canberra! Bring on the chicken feet!

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For a great round up of what else is happening this week in Canberra, check out HerCanberra's This Week In The Can, which covers events relating to music, family, sport, art and everything in between.

So, what have you got planned for the weekend? Do you have any suggestions that might make it on to my next top picks post? Comment below!

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