Canberra, Australia's capital city, is full of adventures just waiting to be had. After you've had a day discovering the top museums, galleries and World Heritage Listed sites, ease into the evening at one of these absolutely stunning eateries.

Lanterne Rooms

This restaurant is distinctive for it's airy and bright rooms. The small touches of bamboo shutters, dark wood beams and coloured glass tiles really give the space a delightful ambiance. 

With Malaysian influences, the Asian style bistro is the brainchild of Head Chef Jeffrey Shim. He has put a fresh spin on South-East Asian food, creating dishes that are entirely special and unique. 

The blend of Malay Indian Spices, coastal Fukien and local Nyonya comes through in each of the meals .The Spatchcock gulai, which is rich, spicy and sour Penang style chicken curry is a great choice, as is the Shanghai rice noodles with dark soy-calamari, prawns and scallops.

Aubergine

Visit Old Canberra to find this top restaurant. This area is known for it's beautifully rich history that can be seen in the regal but understated buildings. Aubergine fits right in, as a quality eatery that brings together the wonders of fabulous food and elegant decor.

As soon as you step into this space, you'll be struck by the beautiful touches such as the tall, wood-rimmed windows, and the cohesive colour scheme of creme, beige and gold. It's simple, charming and effortless.

The dishes were each created by Chef Ben Willis and his team and make use of fresh produce and seasonal goods. Some highlights are the South Coast squid with chorizo and smoked rice, the pork loin with mustard crust and black pudding, and lighter pork croquette that is served with braised fennel.

Choose from the two, three or five course menus and send some time here to enjoy the ambiance and fine food.

Italian and Sons

This is home-style Italian food that is utterly mouth watering and hearty. The team behind the restaurant is committed to bringing big flavours in balanced dishes that showcase what is loved about Italian food while also surprising you.

Traditional Italian food has been tied together with modern tastes and techniques to create a distinctive menu with many authentic Italian cuisines. The pasta dishes are a must-try, with dishes like chestnut papardelle with yass valley rabbit, leek and borlotti been ragu.

As with the food, the wines are carefully selected to hark back to Italy. Take the chance to try a red from under the Tuscan sun, a Barbaresco and Barolo wine from the region of Piemonte. For a more savoury flavour, the reds and whites from the Islands of Sicily and Sardegna are a great option. These wines are perfect accompaniments for the food.

Red Chili Group

For delicious flavours from the Sichuan province of China, head to this restaurant. The Red Chili Group serves traditional Sichuan dishes made from hundreds of the finest ingredients that have been brought and carefully shipped directly from the region.

Select a few dishes to try from the long menu that is decked out with colourful pictures. The lamb ribs with cumin, stir-fried green beans with pork mince, braised pork with soy sauce and wontons in hot chili sauce are just some of the highlights.

Sage

Here you'll get magnificent food and history, all at once. It is located in the Gorman House in the centre of the city, which is a 1920s heritage building.

You'll get an easy atmosphere and exciting flavours from an innovative menu. People visit just to try the seven course degustation, which includes seared scallops with chestnut cream, chorizo, celery tips and molasses. 

On warm evenings, the open air garden room with recycled timber deck is the perfect place to enjoy your meal.