Hoi Polloi at Old Parliament House

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Last week Mr Eat Canberra and I went to the media launch for Hoi Polloi, the new restaurant at Old Parliament House. It was a fun night filled with delicious food and a #pollieburger competition. Everything about the night was unique! Ten other food bloggers and I entered the competition for our chance to have our burger featured on the menu with a possibility of it becoming a permanent item on the menu.

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Me on the right with food bloggers Good Food Week and Girl Has Sparke.

I followed the brief and created a burger inspired by my given politician, Malcolm Fraser – I actually met him when he was the speaker at an event I was coordinating a few years ago – and made something completely different to what I would usually eat. Unfortunately my ‘Holy Malckrel’ burger wasn’t a winner. I still had heaps of fun and enjoyed this clever introduction of the new addition to Canberra’s buzzing food scene. The Pavlova and burger bar were an added bonus!

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The amazing Pavlova bar! Photo by Mr Eat Canberra.

So what can you expect from Hoi Polloi?

The restaurant is a celebration of Australian history and politics and the cocktails are even named after famous politicians!

Restaurant Associates Executive Chef, Andrew Collins said the menu is designed to bond people together and celebrate all things local.

“Fresh produce and local provenance is at the heart of the Hoi Polloi menu. Our approach is classic flavours reinvented with modern twists, and continually evolving with the seasons.

“From slow cooked lamb shoulder to our famous passionfruit pavlova, we have a little something for everyone.”

Housed in what was once the Non-Members Bar, an infamous haunt of staffers, media and service workers alike, Hoi Polloi encapsulates a casual bar area, large communal tables and views overlooking a gorgeous outdoor courtyard.

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Hoi Polloi is open for lunch seven days a week from 11:30am to 2:30pm and is the perfect spot for a quick bite to eat or drink at the bar, a special celebration with friends or lunch before or after enjoying the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House exhibitions.

As the weather warms up there’s a line up of events that you can expect over the next few months from Sunday Jazz Sessions, Friday Night Drinks and a range of social and themed events.

Add this one to your list this summer!

Check out Hoi Polloi’s website for more info.

More photos on Facebook.


3 thoughts on “Hoi Polloi at Old Parliament House

  1. Dear Staff at Hoi Polloi

    Thank you so very much for you quietly unobtrusive, pleasant efficiency in providing us with a most pleasant High Tea for my 80th Birthday Party on the afternoon of Sunday 12 June.


    1. This is lovely to read! I’m sure the staff at Hoi Polloi would be very happy with your comment and would love to receive this message directly. Happy 80th birthday to you!


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