Natural 9 is changing how we think about Casino dining with its modern take on Asian influenced cuisine and a local touch. Not content with just catering to gaming patrons, this is one fine diner that demands respect.
Two good things have happened at Casino Canberra over the last couple of years. The first is that the place has been purchased by a new operator who has spent a motza giving it a much needed makeover. The second is that in-house restaurant Natural 9 has been reinvented, championing local produce and setting a high benchmark for fine dining within a gaming space – in Canberra or anywhere else for that matter. Here is a sleek, modern space, not overly detached from its surrounds, but segregated enough to stand alone as a serious dining destination. With heavy drapes, high backed white leather banquettes and subtle colour tones, it communicates the type of luxe style expected for this level of dining.
“Natural 9 has been reinvented, championing local produce and setting a high benchmark for fine dining in Canberra…”
The seasonal Modern Australian menu is a collaboration between highly credentialed globe-trotting chef turned F&B manager Chad Ogden and locally recruited executive chef David Black (formerly of local favourite Artisan). Typical is a fresh and light starter of sake citrus-cured salmon given zing with cucumber, lime sauce, sake and rose jelly. For mains, expect a perfectly cooked Grimaud duck breast with Sichuan pepper and seriously flavoursome honey glazed veal sweetbreads. A short selection of classic Asian dishes adds to the offer – no doubt catering to a growing casino market but staying true to the culinary flare on show here. Great wines, a serious cocktail list and impeccable service round out the experience, and a flutter at the tables is an option, while not being crucial to a great night here.
21 Binara Street Canberra
02 6257 7074
7 days 12pm – 2.30pm
Sun – Thu 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Fri – Sat 5.30pm – 11pm
Asian Influenced Modern Australian
Entrée $ 18.0 – 26.0
Main $ 35.0 – 65.0
Asian Specialties $ 25.0 – 29.0
Dessert $ 13.0 – 16.0