4 places to dine in style near Essence

Let’s face it. Canberrans love their food. Good food enjoyed with good company is an essential part of modern life and the streets surrounding Essence provide some great opportunities to indulge your palate.


With its funky, retro set-up and a compelling modern menu, this one-of-a-kind café/bar delivers a dining experience that will delight each of your senses. Nothing is too much trouble for the passionate and dedicated staff. Great service is matched by great food, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Natural light, street views, private booths and communal tables combine to create an inviting casual atmosphere that lets you relax and just enjoy your food, a refreshing drink (or two) and the company of friends.


Just a block from the hustle of the Tuggeranong Hyperdome, this laid back eatery offers modern, casual dining with exciting new takes on classic tastes. You’ll find a perfect fusion of different flavours and cuisines from French-style charcuterie, to Asian spices, to classic American Southern BBQ. Only a few minutes from Essence, Lazy May’s is sure to become one of your favourites.


This restaurant offering classic Turkish cuisine is renowned for its flavour, freshness and value for money. The impressive venue decked out in sandstone features hardwood floors, and a floor-to-ceiling water feature. You can enjoy an extensive menu that blends innovative, contemporary dishes with an impressive range of classic Turkish favourites. Their passion for excellence comes across in every meal, but especially the outstanding banquets that give you a real taste of the hidden depths and flavour of Turkish cuisine.


Take it down a notch, leave the pretence behind and head to a place that keeps things simple. At OJO Café and Bar you’ll find good food and good atmosphere. Their covered terrace is a great place to enjoy a gourmet burger and cold craft beer on a quiet Sunday afternoon. OJO is also a great venue for large groups and private functions. Pool tables and a gaming arcade with pinball machines, Buck Hunter and car racing add to the relaxed social atmosphere, allowing you to challenge your friends before or after a meal.