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Tuesday 20 February 2024

Matt Moran expands his restaurant empire with two Canberra eateries

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Chef and restaurateur Matt Moran is expanding his empire with the launch of two new eateries in Canberra this week.

Moran has opened sister venues Compa and &Sando in the Australian capital.

The two venues are Moran’s first in Canberra. 

Italian steakhouse Compa is the main venue with neighbouring sandwich bar, &Sando an intimate and more casual venue.

It marks the first time Moran has opened a sandwich-focused venue.

“Canberra has long had some really exciting restaurants and talent, and it’s a region I have been visiting for many years," Moran said.

"I’ve been looking for opportunities in Canberra and have worked with many local producers for years; I can’t wait to open these two venues and have even more of a reason to spend time there.”

In line with Moran’s other restaurants, Compa and &Sando will focus on local, seasonal produce (is there one that doesn't nowadays?) with a simple ethos: good food and good company.

The menus will showcase local produce, while also including produce from Moran Family Farm including Black Angus and a selection of charcuterie cuts from the farm’s Berkshire pigs.

The menu at Compa will feature meat cooked on a custom Montague grill.

In addition to the strong showing of beef, the menu will include a range of pastas and an extensive list of sides including: cacio e pepe mac and cheese; sweet peas and Moran’s famous mash.

&Sando's deli-style sandwiches will be made from ingredients including salami, mortadella, ham, provolone, pickles and veg.

“&Sando is my first sandwich shop; it’s going to be a lot of fun!”, said Moran. “I love a good sandwich, whether it’s eating one at home or from one of the many great sandwich shops nearby.

"There has been a pretty big sandwich boom across Australia recently, and we look forward to bringing our own offer to the table”.

Located in the heart of Canberra’s CBD, Compa and &Sando have a mix of indoor and outdoor seating; Compa will have a total seating capacity of 116, while neighbouring &Sando will seat 18.

Studio A-N have designed the interiors and the venues are a partnership with The Fresh Collective.

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