Our national capital territory has a growing population, primarily being driven by overseas migration. It’s hardly surprising then that Canberra is establishing a reputation for becoming a cultural melting pot, with diverse dining options that reflect these trends, from traditional Turkish cuisine to modern Moroccan offerings. Even Italian is a viable option for those seeking halal fare in our nation’s political hub. As a result, Islamic diners can rest assured knowing that a visit to Canberra will reveal plenty of halal restaurants to explore.
Samiuz Ristorante and Pizza
Bright red tiles and chairs lift the glassed-in feel at Samiuz Ristorante and Pizza in Belconnen. A little like your trusty local Italian, they cover all the greatest hits from pasta carbonara, arabiata and lasagne to veal parmigiana. Pizzas are made on a traditional base with all the usual toppings on offer – although the Istanbul with sucuk, a traditional dry, spicy sausage, stands out from the traditional pizza fare, and is worth the multicultural adventure for your tastebuds. There’s also a grill serving all halal-certified beef and lamb.
Harem Turkish Restaurant
The Harem Turkish Restaurant was awarded the best place for parties and groups by Dimmi in 2013, so don’t expect a quiet, hushed experience. It is, however, a survivor and boasts an ornate “Tent Room” for functions. When you read the menu for the ‘Mini Banquet’, which includes four appetisers, two entrees, two mains and dessert, you’ll start to understand why the restaurant is such a a hit with groups. Harem’s menu offers traditional dips, borek and pastrima for starters, with char-grilled skewers of marinated mushroom, chicken and lamb for mains – which on certain nights, includes a side-serving of belly dancing.