Canberra's fine dining scene has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and Pilot is one of the shining stars of this rise. Pilot takes everything back to basics. The small 30-seater venue places enormous value on local produce and has a drinks list wholly from Australia. It also used local Canberra artists for the tableware (including handcrafted ceramics) and decor.
The menu might seem a tad confusing at first, purely because of the mystifying simplicity of the dishes. The cabbage e pepe is a noodle dish (which you're going to want to recreate at home using this recipe). It sits on the menu alongside a list of elusive dishes — think potato salad, zippy salad and potato ice cream. At one stage, it even had a dish simply named 'tomato'. But, as our hours of watching cooking TV shows have taught us, these dishes are much more complex than they may appear.
Thankfully, the knowledgeable staff are attentive and will spend time explaining the menu in glorious detail. You can opt for a la carte or the prix fixe menu for $90 per person (or $150 with pairings) — it features a selection of the kitchen's favourite dishes, plus some surprise extras. Whatever road you choose, you can't go wrong.
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