Mocan and Green Grout
No.1, 19 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra
02 6162 2909
Local design and local flavours are the heroes at Mocan and Green Grout. Just a stone’s throw away from Lake Burley Griffin, this restaurant is the perfect place to visit after a morning ride or an evening stroll.
Wander down Marcus Clarke Street and once you spot the abundance of pot plants filled with trees and green leaves, you’ll know where to go. Upon entering the building the inspiration for the name will be clear: touches of retro green grout can be spotted throughout, while Mocan comes from the Slovenian word for good or strong, supporting the owners’ aim to showcase strong design.
With background in design, Myles Chandler and Becca and David Alcorn wanted to create a venue that supported local design and craft talent. Becca is a ceramicist herself, and her works alongside other local potters line the shelves and are used for all the tableware.
While she organises these finer details, Myles and David have worked with others in the overall fitout, you’ll spot quirky light fittings and an array of plants and hand-crafted materials throughout the space.
Once you have taken a seat, turn your attention to the menu. Whether visiting in the early hours of the day or later in the evening, Mocan and Green Grout continues to present interesting flavour combinations.
While small in size, the kitchen team does not waver in talent. These local chefs continue to experiment with the ever-changing local and fresh produce, which keeps the menu interesting. They present simple and elegant dishes that shine on the textured ceramic plates. Don’t be afraid to have a chat with the team in the open kitchen, they enjoy engaging with customers.
The all-day breakfast offers a variety of sweet and savoury options. These range from chia pudding with house-made coconut yoghurt with pistachio and raspberries, to the pork shoulder roll with wombok salad and ginger mayonnaise. For dinner, share a few of the delicious dishes including the scallops with Jerusalem artichoke, asparagus and hazelnut or the pork belly with pickled pear, soubise and eschallots.
If you’re feeling like an after dinner treat, try the white chocolate macadamia cheesecake dressed in passionfruit and coconut. There is also a selection of cheeses for those wanting a more savoury flavour.
To experience some of Canberra’s finest talents in food and design be sure to head to the local gem that is Mocan and Green Grout.