Pistachio Dining at Torrens opened in February 2009, the first solo venture of chef David Keeley. Our goal is to bring a friendly, quality dining experience to the Woden Valley.
David was inspired to cook at a young age and while still at school he spent his weekends cooking for guests of the Forrest Motor Inn in Canberra.
He began his apprenticeship with Belgian chef, Jean Luc Obers at French Restaurant Chez Moustache which gave David a solid understanding of traditional techniques.
In July 2002, he joined the team at Aubergine under the guidance of chef James Mussillon. David continued to flourish, gaining experience from James’ meticulous and systematic approach and worked at both Courgette and Aubergine, expanding his knowledge and appreciation of fine food.
When James opened his third restaurant, Sabayon, in January 2006 he appointed David as executive chef. Holding this position for 3 years, David learnt what it takes to open and run a successful, busy restaurant.
David remains committed to consistently maintaining the highest standards to give his guests a special dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere.
The walls of Pistachio are decorated with prints by Tasmanian artist Tom Samek. The art contains humour with an culinary slant; with names such as “Sliced Vegetables” (A gardener hitting radishes as if playing golf) and “Tenorising” (A Chef conducting singing geese emerging from a cooking pot). We hope this brings a playful element to the dining experience, whilst paying homage to our produce.
We are proud to support our local winemakers and have consciously chosen all our wines from the Canberra region, giving our guests a unique local experience.