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Savor the Flavour: 7 of the best Charcoal-Grilling Restaurants in Canberra

When it comes to experiencing the tantalizing taste of charcoal-grilled food, Canberra has an array of exceptional restaurants that take this ancient cooking technique to new heights. These culinary gems infuse their dishes with the smoky essence of carefully chosen charcoal, making every bite a mouthwatering delight. Let's embark on a gastronomic journey and explore the seven best charcoal-grilling restaurants in the capital, where the quality of the charcoal is key to their culinary mastery.


1. Inka - A Japanese-Peruvian Charcoal Extravaganza

Nestled in the heart of Canberra, Inka offers a sensational Japanese-Peruvian Nikkei dining experience with their tantalizing creations. Known especially for their use of the Josper and Robata Grills using the finest selection of charcoal, the restaurant elevates the flavours of their meats, seafood, and more to new heights. Prepare to be enchanted by their signature anticuchos, skewers of marinated meats grilled to perfection over smouldering coals.


2. Italian and Sons - An Italian Delight

At Italian and Sons, the culinary team brings the flavors of Italy to life including embracing the art of charcoal grilling. They source the finest ingredients and provide excellent service always. From succulent grilled seafood to mouthwatering meats, every dish is crafted with passion and precision, transporting diners to the rustic countryside of Italy. Check them out in Braddon, they're a Canberra insitution.


3. Terra - Where Charcoal Meets Modern Australian Cuisine

Terra combines the rustic charm of charcoal grilling with the contemporary flair of modern Australian cuisine. The restaurant's commitment to using charcoal ensures that every dish retains its smoky allure. Enjoy an unforgettable dining experience as you indulge in a delectable assortment of grilled vegetables, sizzling steaks, and flavorsome seafood, all cooked to perfection over the glowing embers. Great, casual but delicious dining, with a take away option for those on the run.


4. Onzieme - A French Charcoal Gastronomy in Kingston

Onzieme enchants patrons with its French-inspired highly awarded cuisine. Nestled in a cozy setting on a corner of Kingston, this restaurant creates a unique dining experience by cooking many of their delectable dishes over specially selected charcoal. From grilled quail to melt-in-your-mouth lamb, their small plates and cheerful wine is sure to delight. Plus, the head chef Louis is a legend of a bloke.


5. Raku - Japanese Charcoal Grill Mastery

For aficionados of Japanese cuisine, Raku is a culinary haven where charcoal-grilled dishes are executed with precision and flair. Their Robatayaki-style grilling over white binchotan charcoal ensures a refined and delicate smokiness in every dish. Savor the flavors of their skewered delights, mouthwatering Wagyu beef, and fresh seafood grilled to perfection.


6. Brunello - Wine.Food. Bar

Brunello captivates diners with its authentic Italian flavors, presented through the mastery of charcoal grilling. The restaurant is Canberra's only restaraunt and wine bar with over 40 wines on the Enomatic experience. Head chef Leo is a total hero as well. He is ruthlessly focused on the quality of his produce and plates.


7. The Meating Room - A Haven for Meat Lovers in Weston

As the name suggests, The Meating Room is a carnivore's paradise. This restaurant takes their charcoal grilling seriously, infusing their meats with the perfect smoky essence. From premium cuts of steak to tender racks of ribs, every dish embodies the essence of true charcoal mastery. They've got a great rolling changing menu through the week, focused on .... MEAT!



In Canberra's culinary landscape, the charcoal used by these exceptional restaurants is an essential ingredient that elevates their dishes to unparalleled heights. So, if you're a fan of the rich, smoky flavors that only charcoal grilling can offer, these seven restaurants should be at the top of your dining bucket list. Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure that will ignite your taste buds and leave you with unforgettable memories of the art of charcoal grilling.

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