The Loft Bar and Grill is a pop up restaurant situated above The Duxton in O'Connor, Canberra. Previously a cocktail bar, The Loft will run as a restaurant for 3 months while The Duxton undergoes renovations. Head Chef is Griff Pamment, formerly executive chef and culinary director of Luxe espresso, kitchen and bakery (in Sydney), culinary and creative director at Bill Granger's Bill's Restaurants (Sydney, London Japan). I was kindly invited* to attend the launch of The Loft’s pop up restaurant to sample the menu offerings. The produce has been selected with care, with the dishes using the freshest ingredients available. Creative flair can be seen in dishes like the incredible octopus salami from the Fish charcuterie board. After having octopus cooked so beautifully this way, I’m not sure why you would have it any other way! The use of the frozen persimmon in the dessert dish also worked well.
Elements of each dish are well balanced in terms of flavour and texture. I never would have thought grapes would go with chicken, but it did. Also, the chicken was so flavoursome - the seasoning had somehow penetrated the entire chicken breast, and the potato rosti just finished off the perfect dish. All potato rosti should taste like this. It should be made of grated potato and crispy on the outside (not just deep fried mash potato).
I liked that the amount of steak you get for each dish is given in brackets on the menu. So you know exactly how much you're getting for the price. The Dry aged angus sirloin on the bone with roast bone marrow was a delicious main dish that could have easily fed two people (with some sides).
The Loft at Duxton is a great venue for all occasions - from a romantic night for two, to a gathering for friends or family. The dishes can be easily shared or had individually.
Check out my photos from the launch night:
*I dined as a guest of The Loft Bar and Grill but all views are my own.
The Loft at Duxton Location: Corner of Macpherson St and Sargood St, O'Connor ACT 2602. Entrance is via the stairs in the DuxtonPhone: 02 6247 7330 Open: for lunch Wed - Sat 12pm - 3pm. Open for dinner Wed - Sat 6pm - Late with the bar open from 5pm. Website and menu: http://www.theloftatduxton.com.au/
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