3 March 2022

Five minutes with Jeremy Wilcox, The RUC at Turner

| Lottie Twyford
Jeremy Wilcox

Meet Jeremy Wilcox, Secretary Manager at The RUC, Turner. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Who is Jeremy Wilcox? I’m the Secretary Manager of the RUC at Turner.

Best recent dining experience: Campbell Asian Noodle House at the bottom of the C5 building – I had the lemongrass chilli chicken.

I’ve only been to it once and I was really impressed with the sense of community there now. There is a wine shop (Paranormal Wines) next door and lots of people were buying their food and drink and taking it over to the park to eat and drink, which was great to see.

Wine shop, Canberra

Next door to the Asian Noodle House Campbell is the funky new wine shop/bar, Paranormal Wines. Photo: Ash St George

Most embarrassing pantry item: Keto chocolate bars.

Must-buy ingredient: Fresh ginger.

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Next big thing: Good tequila. People are really interested in white spirits now and there’s a big push on vodka and gin.

But I want people to know that good tequila is very different from bad tequila and it can actually be enjoyed on the rocks or just with soda. It doesn’t need a mixer. It’s one of my favourite drinks anyway.

Favourite place for breakfast in the ACT: Hello Cafe. It’s the local cafe at the Campbell shops and I have the Portuguese burger every time.

Let me tell you, it’s particularly good on a Sunday morning …

German food

Pork Knuckle is the signature dish at Knuckles Restaurant (as the name would suggest). Photo: Supplied.

My Canberra food secret: Pork knuckles at Knuckles Restaurant at the Harmonie German Club.

I haven’t actually tried them yet, but I’ve been to the club a few times and it’s a great spot that not many people know about.

If you’re going there for them, you should order ahead as they are so popular.

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Biggest culinary influence: Friends and family. There are so many unrecognised master chefs among them.

I’m not a chef at all, but I do love to cook simple local food – but I have so many amazing people around me who are (which works out well, incidentally).

Favourite cookbook: My Thai cookbook by Tom Kime.

my Thai cookbook

My Thai cookbook is one of Jeremy’s favourites. Photo: Jeremy Wilcox.

Who I admire on the Canberra food and wine scene: Barney (Barnardo Rebello de Andrade) – formerly of La Grange in Manuka and now of Hello Cafe.

La Grange was one of Canberra’s very first bars/nightspots and it, along with a couple of other bars in the area, were the start of Canberra’s hospitality scene.

What’s on the menu this week: Thai spring rolls.

Barney de Andrade outside Hello Cafe

Barney ran one of Canberra’s first nightspots, but these days he’s to be found running the local cafe in Campbell. Photo: Campbell Community Association.

Where I’m going next: The Duxton at O’Connor. It’s one of Canberra’s best bars.

It’s a great suburban pub with a fantastic atmosphere, and I love going there to kick back and relax.

Before it was The Duxton it was All Bar Nun and it’s now a Canberra institution.

Death row meal: Tom yum goong.

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COVID-19 response: A medal for every hospitality joint that has survived the pandemic – and a medal for all those that haven’t.

My really simple recipe tip: For a curry, after you sweat the onions, garlic, ginger and chilli – blend them to make the base of a really authentic curry sauce.

The RUC is located at 54 McCaughey Street in Turner. It’s open all week from 11 am to midnight.

Original Article published by Lottie Twyford on Riotact.

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