Pulp Kitchen in Ainslie, Canberra serves up hearty modern european 'bistro style' fare at around the two $$ mark (urbanspoon). We've been there a couple of times and have enjoyed it both times- the atmosphere is cosy and the service is great.
Entree: ricotta gnocci (it was a special for the night, and I'm kicking myself for not writing down the details of the dish). Mindblowingly delicious.
Main: Traditional bouillabaisse with clams, mussels, and poached white fish. I enjoyed the dish, but felt that it was quite a small portion and a bit light on the fish.
ph: 02 6257 4334