Various Eats in and Around Sydney, Australia
This is the second installment of my various eating places in and around Sydney. If you haven’t guessed it by now I’m really into all things good to eat around my home town.. much of which I’ve rediscovered since spending most of my time living in Singapore.
Oh before I forget; I have consolidated most of the places I have eaten to a micro blogging site: Foodspotting.com (http://www.foodspotting.com/lycheeboy) you can revert to my profile and guides for the locations of where and what I’ve eaten.
We were fortunate enough to be joined in Sydney for the second of our trip by two Anne’s from Singapore. While they were here we made sure we stuffed their mouths with as much Sydney food as we could!
- The Australian Hotel
- Windsor Fish ‘n Chips
- Dining at Bondi Beach
- New Years Eve @ The Opera Bar
- Vietnamese Pho
- Kingsley’s Pub
Harry’s Cafe de Wheels – Woolloomooloo Bay Warf
You can’t get anything more “Sydney” than Harry’s Cafe de Wheels. Ordering gourmet meat pies from a trailer and eating said pie by a wharf overlooking the harbor is indeed priceless!
Coupled with the fact that it rained in the area just a few hours before, biting into a warm gooey meat pie topped with chili con carne or mashed peas and potatoes with a flock of greedy sea gulls circling it was the perfect setting to be eating pies!
Bills – Darlinghurst
I’m that last person you would call a cafe person, on most occasions I spend my mornings cooking up a storm in the kitchen. But when I’m back home in Sydney a visit to Bills is yet another ‘must-do’. Yes it’s a long drive into the city and parking can be somewhat of an issue but when you’re there, seated inside waiting for your food; the worries of the world pass you by!
Bills food is pure and unabashed goodness. It’s that simplicity that I believe makes people want to come back again and again but hey I should stop writing and let you see for yourself why I’m so into Bills..
First up we ordered drinks: bills hot chocolate made with Callebaut and a Sunrise drink of orange juice, banana, yoghurt and berries, what a way to start the day.. the chocolate was soft and velvety while the Sunrise drink was a great way to wake up the senses for what was to follow!
These little puppies (a signature dish at Bills) were something that I’ve not tried before, I was expecting the corn to be soft and over cooked, instead they were still very crunchy and full of flavor, in with the mix of the spinach, tomato and bacon and you had yourself a corn bread type sandwich; yums!
I guess you could say the Ricotta Hotcakes is Bills personified, the simplicity of this dish fools you into not expecting much, one bite and you’re taken to somewhere different. Add the honeycomb butter to the light tasting yet extremely dense hotcake and you’ve got sweet crunchy buttery goodness.
The Australian Hotel – The Rocks
The two Anne’s finally arrived to join us, the first stop was a trip to the Australian hotel at The Rocks for pizza. Pizza I hear you say.. what’s so unique about the pizzas at this place is that they use meats such as Crocodile, Emu and one of Australia’s national icons: Kangaroo.
Windsor Seafoods – Windsor
Can you imagine one of the best places I’ve even had fish and chips in Sydney was at least 40km from the sea? I happened to find out about this place from a good friend of mine here in Singapore.
So there we were waiting for our number to be called and seeing tray after tray of what looked like golden fried goodness my mouth began to water and my heart quickened!
And then there they were, battered fish, calamari,pineapple, prawns and of course the chips! Each piece was fried to perfection, accompany that with a few bottles of moscato and we were in fish and chip heaven!
Aquabar – Bondi Beach
What does one do after a morning of fun filled surfing action at one of Australia’s most iconic beaches? Why replenish ones stomach by the beach.. well not exactly by the beach, more like across the road.
Since arriving back in Sydney this time around I hadn’t quite satisfied my craving for a steak sandwich, so when one of the Annes asked if i wanted to try a piece of theirs I said “sure”! The chili padi had one of the nicest angel hair pastas accompany that with some hot chocolate and a delicious vanilla milkshake it was the perfect way to spend the day at (and by) the beach.
On a side note.. the surf class was a bundle of fun!
Passionflower – Sydney City
Where do you go when it’s late at night and you have a craving for some weird yet wonderful flavors of ice-cream? Passionflower of course. The original outlet was opened at the capitol theatre in Sydney over 10 years ago; testament to the number of loyal followers that it has!
The clientele is predominately Asian; I would take a wild stab that as opposed to their western counterparts their ideal of a night out on the town would be sitting here chilling with friends instead of in club drinking and dancing the night away.
We ordered a mini mountain of 4 scoops, doesn’t sound like much but after a very filling dinner of sad to say ordinary Thai food we were struggling to finish. As you can see from the picture they’ve got plenty of ice cream to try; things like wasabi and black sesame, all good mind you!
New Years Eve Countdown – Operabar, Opera House Sydney
This was the highlight of my trip to Sydney this time around; for obvious reasons: New Years Eve Fireworks at the foot of the Sydney Opera House and the fact that proposed to the chili padi!
The count down at the Operabar is fast becoming one of the ‘must-do’ things in Sydney if you have the money to splurge! In a nutshell it’s a private party where they serve tray after tray of delicious canapés from the Operabar kitchen and the theme of the party is disco! You’ve go servers all dressed up in retro, entertainers, it’s just a whole bunch of fun!
Oh did I mention the amount of food that they served? Although the price of the ticket was a little steep, it’s really worth it going at least once in your life. You’re at the steps of one the worlds most recognizable structures, looking at another one of the worlds most recognizable structures counting down to the new year while watching the sky illuminated by by 15 minutes with of fireworks, all while sipping champagne and eating some fantastic canapés. What more could you wish for?
Chat Thai – Randwick
Time again to visit my favorite Thai restaurant in Sydney: Chat Thai. I was introduced to this place by some friends of mine, since then I’ve never looked back. This time around I decided to let the two Annes on the little secret that is good, decently priced authentic Thai food!
Chat Thai’s first shop was set up in an old fish and chips/milk bar, it’s an open concept kitchen that serves some delicious Thai food. The staff and the cooks are all Thai which i guess is why there a little bit of Thailand in every bite.
From Chai Yen, Tom Yum, Pad Thai, Roasted Pork, Minced Chicken and Red Duck Curry there was an abundance of food. Seriously the servings where HUGE, we were all actually struggling to finish what was already on the table.. there was however one last dish to come!
The highlight dish for me has always (and for the meantime, shall remain) the Lemongrass Snapper. Picture a deep fried fishy in lemongrass with a spicy sweet sauce! Heaven on a plate is all that I can say, I’ll always make extra room just for this dish!
Bak Pho Hai Duong – Marrickville, Sydney
Psst! Want to know where supposedly one of the best places to eat Pho (beef noodles) in Sydney is? Apparently Bak Pho Hai Duong is one of them, so following our salivating mouths to Marrickville we went!
We were not to be disappointed! Pho Bac Hai Duong is one of several Vietnamese restaurants nestled within Asian grocery and bread stores that adorn the Marrickville map, the restaurant itself looks a little dodgy, but once you smell the aroma of the Pho you let all you inhibitions aside for you know you’re stumbled upon a great find!
We started off proceedings with some rice paper rolls. The rolls were fantastic, the skin was firm yet not too thick the prawns cooked just nicely and the sauce to accompany the sauce divine!
And now for the start of the show: The Pho! Words cannot describe the aroma and the intensity of the beef broth! the beef balls were tender, very tasty and most importantly very springy. The slices of beef melted in our mouth; I honestly couldn’t get enough of the stuff. Honestly this is one place I would not mind driving to again and again to eat!
Kingsleys Schnitzel and Alehouse - The Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel, Sydney
If you’re looking for a place to have some decent schnitzel (breaded pork or chicken) in Sydney, then a trip down to the Woolloomooloo bay wharf is in order! Across the road from another famous eating place Harry’s Cafe de Wheels lies the Woollomolloo Bay Hotel.
Kingsleys aside from the varieties of beer on tap do mean pub grub, and through recommendation of Ben (my brother in law) this is the place to get some good tasting, no fuss schnitzel! He wasn’t wrong! The pork was breaded and cooked to perfection, the meat still juicy and succulent with every bite! Oh by the way they also do a mean cut of steak if the schnitzel ain’t your cup tea. All that washed down with a pint or two of beer and well you could almost be mistaken for seeing a Fräulein and an oompa band in the background!