I guess I am biased against Canberra from a bad food poisoning episode from the place's celebrated restaurant precinct - Dickson.
I was told that the place was the bomb, but the only thing that exploded was my guts.
You didn't have that fateful meal at the Dickson Tradies Club by any chance - the one using old trams from various Australian cities as eating booths? It's never likely to win any awards for its cuisine - I recall 20 different sorts of parmis!
Apparently all but one of the trams has now been removed.
Funny you mention it, saw that place, thought the trams looked tacky and tried somewhere else. I think the place that made me sick was Thai or Indian whatever it was was pretty bad.