For my birthday, my lovely friend Elizabeth and her family took me out to lunch at Eightysix (86), a newish restaurant in Canberra. My brother had raved about it but it had mixed reviews on a couple of website – mainly about the service. I am not sure if going at lunch time made a difference, but the service we received was fabulous as was the food. The restaurant does share plates and we ordered a couple to make sure we had some child friendly food and then let the waitress do the rest. We got food that we might not have normally ordered that was just amazing. My favourite was a whole trout stuffed with lemongrass and mushrooms. The waitress ordered us pretty much the right amount of food though we did order on additional dish after she had bought her recommendations that we probably didn’t really need.
At dinner, 86 do two sittings so things may not be as relaxed in the evening. Two sittings are one of my pet peeves. If I go to the early session, I feel rushed from the get go and if it is the late sitting I am normally either starving by the time the food has arrived or I have succumbed to pre-dinner nibbles and don’t have enough room for the meal.
The food was served in beautiful bowls from Bison, a local company that creates the most stunning ceramic products. They have created a beautiful range for Canberra that features a popular motif – a tree that has been liberally planted in Canberra.
The lovely coincidence is that Elizabeth gave me some beautiful Bison pieces for my birthday – to enjoy but also to use as props on this site. How gorgeous are the pieces she gave me. I think my favourite is the small jug – it has such a beautiful shape and a luminous quality to it.
And how cute and clever is the little flower that this all came with. It is made from post it notes.
I have checked on the Bison website and anyone in Australia can order from them and for those overseas they suggest that you contact them first to see how much shipping is.
Note this is not a sponsored post. The ceramics I have featured I received as gifts from a friend who purchased them. My friends paid for my lunch and I have since been back to 86 for my Dad’s birthday as a paying customer, enjoying another fantastic meal.