Canberra’s Mantra MacArthur Hotel welcomes Mediterranean restaurant Podilato

As hotels across the world continue to introduce more viable dining options for their guests Mantra MacArthur Hotel in Canberra have welcomed in a new modern Mediterranean restaurant titled Podilato, a sister venue to the popular Bicicletta Italian restaurant at Peppers Gallery Hotel. Helmed by experienced chef Sean Mawbery, the new restaurant offers guests and visitors a fresh blend of Greek, Spanish and Italian dishes made with the state’s famously high-quality produce.

Putting the focus on share-style dishes, the menu leans heavily on tapas as well as Hellenic favourites of the grill. This means guests will have a hard choice when they sit down, presenting them with options that include dips, antipasto, paella balls, beetroot carpaccio, mini gyros, Persian lamb kofta, pork belly and crackle and main dishes include pollo alla diavola (grilled crispy flattened chicken with a chilli and lemon vinaigrette), ragu di agnello (braised lamb shoulder pasta), pumpkin and sage risotto, and more.

“My cooking philosophy is to accentuate the natural flavours and characteristics of the food, and to put a modern-Australian twist on traditional dishes”, said Sean. “When preparing Mediterranean cuisine, I’m particularly fond of seafood but I also like to slow-cook food; it takes time and patience, but it reflects the Mediterranean way of life and is definitely worth the wait”.

Mantra MacArthur Hotel is one of the Australian capital’s newest hotels, featuring plenty of contemporary studio rooms as well as one and two bedroom suites. They’ve currently got an opening special from $129 per night in a Studio Room (including 1GB Wi-Fi daily, a drink voucher and late check-out).

Mantra MacArthur Hotel

Address: 219 Northbourne Avenue, Turner ACT
Hours: Breakfast from 6:30am-10am (mon-fri) and 7am-11am (sat-sun); weekday deli menu 6:30am-3pm (mon-fri); tapas menu 3pm-10pm (mon-sat); dinner 6pm-9:30pm (mon-sat).


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Chris Singh

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