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“A Lot of Changes, Maybe” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Courgette Restaurant

Courgette Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 1,329 Restaurants in Canberra
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$62 - US$68
Cuisines: European, Australian
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
canberra
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250 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 659 helpful votes
“A Lot of Changes, Maybe”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

The menu was the same as the last time I attended this "quality" restaurant. The staff has changed slightly, new wine waiter, new clothes (uniforms) for the female staff, new look for the headwaiter-manager.
The famous chef is still cooking away in the kitchen.
The rooms have been 'opened up' in the vague terminology of interior design. You can now see through the main rooms into the other main rooms. Generally, that's nice. But now you can see the kitchen from the very front of the place--not a great idea; in fact, it is one that has come and gone and come and gone and come and gone in restaurant design. It's OK, but unnecessary. You could always see it anyway as you took the long route to the restrooms.
I hate to say this, but Courgette is not as good as Sage. They are close, but there is more life at the latter and the food is at least as good. This is despite the headwaiter-manager being one of the best in Australia.
Short of the chef-owner taking in a 30 something French chef partner, the place will continue to be OK, and just OK. It needs new life. Alternatively, it needs a TV or movie big name to invest and make the place come alive with tourists. I don't know if that will be a good thing, but it could be. I doubt that, no matter how busy, the chef would let a bad plate out the window to your table.
I'll still eat here, but it will be with a sort of vague dissatisfaction knowing the place has been, and can be, better.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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5 Thank roemanner
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English first
Canberra, Australia
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fave restaurant in Canberra”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

I love this place. Every time consistently fantastic service (something that is rare in Canberra.) It's got a warm, cosy inviting atmosphere and the food is delicious. Always leave feeling full and happy - the portions are good enough to fill you up which is rare in fine dining!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Laura E
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Canberra, Australia
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142 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Portion size seemed to hit a new record for smallness”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

The food is very intricate and pretty in a fussy way and tastes good but the portion sizes are really small even by the standard of fancy restaurants I think. For example a salmon main dish consisted of a round piece of salmon bout 5cm across and 2-3cm thick and the other items on the dish were basically tiny garnishes. So, if you want food art, this is the place but not really if you want to eat. Service was good if slow.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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3 Thank moominoid
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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Dinner group”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

Twelve sat down for dinner the food was excellent and the service attentive and good. Cost was around 200 per couple.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank colina624
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Art on a Plate”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

We were not disappointed - the food was art on a plate. They offered a four course meal, with each dish being a small, delicious serve of the highest quality. The service was excellent. We didn't scrimp on the wine (you would be silly to with this sort of quality) and spent around $270 for a couple, including a 10% holiday surcharge, tips, tea, coffee and good wine. While not a low cost restaurant, it was very good value.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Littondoddy
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