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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Top 10 Sydney Eats for Tourists

Each week Grab Your Fork receives emails from overseas visitors looking for a personalised list of the best eats in Sydney. To this end, I've compiled a list of my recommended eats for the fleeting visitor to our sunny shores.

My Top 10 are mostly located within the Sydney city area and should be easily accessible for the visitor on a whirlwind schedule.


Wagyu burger from Plan B

Top 10 Sydney Cheap Eats for Tourists
Updated 26 October 2011 (listed in alphabetical order)
  1. Bills, Surry Hills for Bill Granger's famed eggs - and ricotta hotcakes!
  2. Cafecito, Sydney for Brazilian homestyle favourites in the heart of the CBD
  3. Chat Thai, Haymarket for fiery Thai dishes and a supper menu that runs til 2am
  4. Din Tai Fung, Sydney for precision dumplings and a behind-the-scenes show
  5. El Loco, Surry Hills for Mexican street food and mystery tacos
  6. Harry's Cafe de Wheels, Woolloomooloo for Sydney's legendary pie and mushy peas
  7. Lindt Cafe, Martin Place, Sydney for exquisite desserts in a beautiful building
  8. Malay Chinese Takeaway, Sydney for some of the city's best laksa
  9. Mamak, Sydney for fresh roti made with spectacle
  10. Miso, Sydney for a crumbed pork cutlet that is more like a religious experience.

Fish and chips at Doyles on the Wharf

Delicious Eats for the Intrepid
(listed in alphabetical order)
  1. Adriano Zumbo, Balmain - Take your tastebuds on an adventure with wild flavoured macarons and ornate desserts.
  2. Australian Heritage Hotel, The Rocks - Keen to eat crocodile, emu or kangaroo? Try them on pizza washed down with a local beer - the range of Australian boutique beers is staggering.
  3. David Jones Food Hall, Sydney - On a budget? Make your own DIY picnic from Sydney's premier food hall and eat on the grass beneath the trees at Hyde Park across the road.
  4. Doyles on the Wharf, Watsons Bay - Bask in the sun on a leisurely ferry trip from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay. Wander the scenic walking paths to work up an appetite and then feast on fish and chips on the wharf, soaking up the glorious harbour views.
  5. Gumshara Ramen, Sydney - Ever wondered what a stock made with 120kg of pork bones tastes like? Dig into a bowl of tonkotsu ramen and expect a collagen rush like no other.
  6. Hurricane's Grill, Bondi Beach - Every tourist ends up at Bondi Beach, so after a day of saltspray, tuck into a full rack of sticky smoky marinated ribs that will leave you licking your fingers. Bibs are provided so making a mess is half the fun.
  7. Nippon Club, Sydney - The decor may be dated but the menu will transport you straight to Japan.
  8. Sydney Fish Market, Pyrmont - Take a seafood sightseeing tour and then hand-pick your own banquet to eat alongside the giant pelicans on the wharf.
  9. Una's, Darlinghurst - Like your schnitzel? Dig into a giant-sized schnitzel that threatens to hang off the side of your plate, served with crispy potato roesti of course.
  10. Kopitiam Malaysian Cafe, Ultimo - Enjoy hawker-style Malaysian fare just down the road from the Powerhouse Museum.

Spices from Valley View Continental Groceries, Bankstown

Rewarding Food Adventures for Those Willing to Travel

Sydney is a treasure trove of eats from all around the world, many of them found in cultural communities that cluster in suburban pockets. I often think there's nothing better than hopping on a train and spending a day browsing the fascinating grocery stores, bakeries and restaurants in the suburbs. Why just visit Sydney when you can visit China, Vietnam, Lebanon, Turkey, Portugal and Korea as well?

(The following list is ordered by approximate geographic distance from the Sydney CBD. For public transport options from where ever you are, please use the 131500 Transport Infoline website or phone 131 500)


Petersham (15 min train trip from Town Hall - Inner West line)
You haven't had a barbecue chicken until you've tried it Portugese style, flattened in half, brushed with peri peri chilli sauce and cooked on a rotisserie over charcoal. There are several different bbq chicken shops along Canterbury Road but the highlight of any trip to Petersham is the amazingly flaky Portugese custard tart from Sweet Belem - think a crusty base so crunchy it sounds like you're eating a potato crisp. If you're still around for dinner, check out the modern Greek offerings at Perama, finishing with their homemade olive oil ice cream.

Haberfield (50 min bus trip or a 15 min taxi ride from Town Hall)
Ramsay Street isn't bustling with people but there's a lovely village feel to this food rich suburb. Bring your shopping bags and fill them with fresh cheeses from Paesanella, crusty ciabatta loaves from Haberfield Bakery, deli items from Lamonica IGA, handmade chocolates from Colefax and the divine light-as-air ricotta cake from Pasticceria Papa. End your day with traditional wood-fired pizza from La Disfida.

Ashfield (21 min train trip from Town Hall - Inner West line)
Make your own Ashfield food tour through fishmongers, Asian bakeries, Chinese grocery stores, Indian spice shops and Filipino treats. There are countless dumpling houses to choose from but I love the super cheap soup dumplings and crispy-bottomed panfried buns at Shanghai Night.

Campsie (37 min train trip from Town Hall - Bankstown line)
Campsie is known as Little Korea, but amongst the Korean grocery stores and restaurants, you will also find Chinese BBQ houses, Indian spice stores and Lebanese baklava. My favourite feed is the jeyuk bossam from Korean favourite Se Joung.

Lakemba (42 min train trip from Town Hall - Bankstown line)
Never tried Lebanese pizza? It's yours for $1 with an oregano pizza, or try a $1.50 spinach pie. Explore Indian spice shops, Lebanese bakeries and Continential groceries on your Lakemba food tour. Work up an appetite for the best falafel in Sydney at Jasmin. You will eat yourself stupid and pay about $10 for the pleasure.

Auburn (26 min express train trip from Town Hall - Western line)
The streets of Auburn are as far from everyday Sydney as you can get. The smell of charcoal in the air comes from the freshly grilled kebabs that will take you straight back to the memories of your best meal in Turkey. Wander the streets and make up your own food tour but do not leave without enjoying the unique stretchy pleasure of dondurma ice cream from Mado Cafe.

Bankstown (52 min train trip from Town Hall - Bankstown line)
Bankstown is one of Sydney's true cultural melting pots. Meander you way through Lebanese baklava, an Eastern European deli, a Chinese herbal store, spices piled into pyramids you might find in a souk, and African, Filipino and Asian groceries. Vietnamese pho noodle houses abound but it's hard to go past the famed Pho An.

Cabramatta (50 min express train trip from Town Hall - South line)
You could almost trick yourself into thinking you are in Ho Chi Minh City as you walk the streets of Cabramatta with your own DIY food tour. Enjoy the sensation of getting lost in the myriad of arcades selling exotic tropical fruits, bolts of fabric, Asian groceries and takeaway snacks. Tuck into a bowl of the Vietnamese staple, pho noodle soup or Vietnamese-style deep-fried spring rolls. Sweet tooths will revel in pandan waffles and shaved ice with choose-your-own jellies and sweet beans, but the truly adventurous will only have eyes for the nutty richness of an avocado smoothie from Hung Vuong. Try it. It's amazingly good.


All lists are subjective, so what do you think? Leave a comment with your tips on Sydney's best eats for tourists or provide your comments on the ones listed above.

And if you're a visitor to Sydney then I hope you enjoy our diverse array of culinary fare. Leave a comment if you use this list and let us know your thoughts on the food you found.

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 9/05/2009 10:31:00 pm


45 Comments:

  • At 9/05/2009 11:59 pm, Anonymous Tresna said…

    Great post Helen - it makes me homesick for Sydney and I realise how spoilt we were there. I'm excited about our next visit so we can do one of those little foodie tours.

     
  • At 9/06/2009 12:39 am, Blogger Simon Food Favourites said…

    nice selection. well done. i've yet to try Kabuki Shoroku. sounds good. Forty One definitely best bathroom views in Sydney hehe. I've yet to try Bill's, the wait always gets the better of me and I've heard service isn't so good on Crown St. perhaps you can add Cabramatta for Vietnamese and Haberfield for Italian in your list for those willing to travel. to help bring your intrepid list up to 10 perhaps consider Fratelli Fresh for Cafe Sopra, Malay-Chinese for Laksa http://simonfoodfavourites.blogspot.com/2009/08/malay-chinese-takeaway-hainan-chicken.html and Spice I Am for Thai http://simonfoodfavourites.blogspot.com/2009/07/spice-i-am-thai-surry-hills-9-july-2009.html :-)

     
  • At 9/06/2009 10:38 am, Anonymous Trisha said…

    Too good Helen, tooooo good! Oh and I work in the same building as where Kabuki Shoroku is, have lunch in the same Japanese garden, but never took notice of the restaurant. Thanks to you I now have another place to try out!

     
  • At 9/06/2009 1:33 pm, OpenID cruxiefaye said…

    Since I'm visiting Sydney more often right now, this list will come in handy.

    Went to Hurricane's Grill at Harbourside over the last weekend and am still drooling at the thought of the ribs.

     
  • At 9/06/2009 1:53 pm, Blogger Yas @ hungry.digital.elf. said…

    Helen this is great! Everytime guests come visit me, I tend to forget many of these places simply because I've too accustomed to them!

    I'd personally add Rise for affordable fusion dinning experience & Hurricane's for some pork rib fix with desserts after sightseeing in Bondi beach. These places were favourites from my previous visitors :)

     
  • At 9/06/2009 2:45 pm, Anonymous Arwen from Hoglet K said…

    That's a good list, and I'm glad you've included suburban ideas too.

     
  • At 9/06/2009 4:04 pm, Anonymous Mrs Pig Flyin' said…

    I always take my visitors to Bathers Pavilion cafe, Icebergs, North Bondi Italian, or one of the joints at Woolloomooloo Wharf for a long lunch or late afternoon drinks and snacks after walks nearby. "Sun, waterview, and a drink" is a very Sydney experience and I even do that every now and then without my tourist friends :)

     
  • At 9/06/2009 4:05 pm, Blogger 3's said…

    +1 for Hurricane.

    I often took relatives from overseas there coz we can cross two items (food and location) from the must-visit list in one go. For their next visit to Sydney I then take them somewhere else. :-)

     
  • At 9/06/2009 5:28 pm, Blogger Juji said…

    Thanks for this post GYF!

    I have to say, on my first visit to Sydney I did find myself armed with a list of your posts as references.

    I've since cultivated a few of my own favourites, which I hope to visit again soon!

    Must make it to your recommendations which are further afield next time :)

     
  • At 9/06/2009 5:36 pm, Blogger Ellie said…

    Thanks for the list. Now I know where to bring my oversea visitors when they visit Sydney.

     
  • At 9/06/2009 5:54 pm, Blogger YaYa said…

    Great list for tourists *and* locals! I've scored 6 out of 10 for the top list and am looking forward to checking out the last 4!

     
  • At 9/06/2009 8:00 pm, Blogger agirlcallede said…

    This is a FANTASTIC list!
    I'm a local and am more than embarrassed to say I've only eaten at a handful of these restaurants so now I've got my work cut out for me.
    Love your breakdown of Sydney by area too!

     
  • At 9/06/2009 9:14 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Love your post! As usual, your post is always interesting to read!

    Definitely love the Suburbian guide to food in Sydney. We're lucky to be such multicultural, aren't we? I agree with the previous post that you can to add Cabramatta and Haberfield or Leichhardt as well. Or Kingsford for Indonesian restaurants (both fancy and no frills restaurant types)

    In regards to Campsie, as a local who lives around there, I can recommend you that there is this new popular Japanese restaurant who is always packed everyday. It's called Manmaruya and you just have to try! All their foods are nice, especially their ramen, karage chicken, bento, etc.

     
  • At 9/06/2009 10:39 pm, Anonymous Max said…

    Don't forget Cabramatta.

    It feels like I'm in a whole new country whenever I go there.

     
  • At 9/06/2009 10:44 pm, Anonymous Kat said…

    Great list!
    I have completed many of these food missions already :)
    Have you tried Buppa's Bakehouse in Newtown? American style baked goodies..awesome!

     
  • At 9/06/2009 11:58 pm, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    nice list! and heh lowenbrau!

     
  • At 9/07/2009 1:47 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love evryone on your fantastic lists...these are great:)

    For Petersham, I'd add Perama for the best Greek food in Sydney...and that wonderful Olive Oil ice cream.

    And I really think the pho at Pasteur in Bankstown is much better than Pho An....sorry!:)

     
  • At 9/07/2009 2:13 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Tresna - We are very lucky in Sydney, but as for you, what an exciting adventure you and Ad are on! It's true what they say, you don't know what you've got until it's gone!

    Hi Simon Food Favourites - Thanks for your suggestions. I've added Cabramatta and Haberfield to the Food Adventure list and also found more ideas for the Intrepid list to take it up to ten. There are so many great feeds in Sydney though, it's so hard to choose!

    Hi Trisha - How lucky are you to work in the St Martins building. I hear that there's a lovely lunch special available at the smaller restaurant across the corridor.

    Hi Cruxiefaye - Thanks for reminding me about Hurricane's. I've added the Bondi branch to the Intrepid list. And hope you do find the list useful - always good to have some eating goals when visiting a different city!

    Hi Yas - I know the feeling. I always get emails and tend to suggest different things depending on my mood and memory. I've added Hurricane's to the list but couldn't quite fit in Rise. Thanks for your suggestions!

    Hi Arwen - Thanks, it was quite an interesting process trying to think in the eyes of a tourist. Suburban fooding is always fun. I think our suburbs say a lot more about Sydney life than the CBD!

    Hi Mrs Pig Flyin' - I agree, our harbour views are too amazing to take for granted. I've added Doyles at Watsons Bay based on your suggestions, as I think it encapsulates what you say plus incorporates a ferry ride and opportunity for a scenic walk as well! Thanks for the idea prompt.

    Hi 3's - A very good suggestion and I've now added Hurricane's to the list. Thanks for the reminder!

    Hi Juji - Ahh glad that Grab Your Fork was able to assist with your first visit. I do get a lot of emails asking for suggestion so at least now I'll have a comprehensive post to point them toward in future.

    Hi Ellie - It's a subjective list but it's always good to have some suggestions to ponder. You can also send them the link to the post beforehand so they can choose themselves!

    Hi YaYa - lol. I agree, being a tourist in your own town is something everyone needs to do. Have fun exploring the final four!

    Hi agirlcallede - I'm sure you've eaten at plenty of places I have yet to cover. And I think the suburbs are great - so many eating gems to be found.

    Hi Anon - Thanks for your input. I've added Cabramatta and Haberfield to the list. I wasn't sure how long to make the list but I agree, both are lots of fun for the food tourist.

    I recently visited Manmaruya but have yet to post about it. Keep your eyes peeled :)

    Hi Max - So much Cabramatta love - I think it's great! I've added it to the list and I agree, I love that it feels like you're a world away from downtown Sydney.

    Hi Kat - I haven't tried Buppa's Bakehouse but it sounds great. Must flag a visit there soon - thanks for the tip!

    Hi Chocolatesuze - lol. Pork knuckle fan club? No room alas, besides I prefer the outfits at Una's!

    Hi Anon - Oh yes I love the olive oil ice cream at Perama. And don't worry, everyone has their own pho preference!

     
  • At 9/07/2009 4:17 am, Blogger Vanessa said…

    My Step-Son and family wish to meet at Market City, Haymarket after making their way from the airport. Can you recommend any Market City-based restaurant over the others?

    I've been dying for a good Laksa so I may check out McLucksa but I was wondering if you had a favourite restaurant there? I'd love to drag them all to Mamak so I can finally enjoy some Malaysian fare in Sydney but I'm fairly sure the lure of the markets is too strong, plus they'll have some luggage and Market City is right near the light rail to take us back to Central station. Any information would be greatly appreciated :)

    Vanessa
    http://grabyourfork.blogspot.com/2007/06/mc-lucksa-haymarket-chinatown.html

     
  • At 9/07/2009 10:58 am, Anonymous penny aka jeroxie said…

    i love this and I wish I had it when i came up to Syd! Another reason to head up. ;)

     
  • At 9/07/2009 11:08 am, Blogger Belle@Ooh, Look said…

    What a great list for both tourists and locals. It's great to venture out of the city if you have time, so the public transport recommendations are so useful.

     
  • At 9/07/2009 11:34 am, Blogger Forager said…

    Great list Helen! The number of times I have been asked for tips, my favourite restaurant or the must go to restaurant in Sydney is just ridiculous. I'll just refer them to your list instead now. Excellent!

     
  • At 9/07/2009 11:43 am, Anonymous Renee said…

    Hi Helen. Awesome list and thanks for the heads up on Kabuki Shoroku. I've never heard of it and it looks great. Will have to dig up some money and venture out!

     
  • At 9/07/2009 11:44 am, Blogger lex said…

    great lists! But I have to debate/ask questions about your tourist list; Becasse over Tetsuyas? Which one would a tourist love to go home and brag about where they ate?

    But I can see you are a lover of Justin North to have two of his places in one list ;)

    and arguably the fish markets missing for the list?

    lots of love for your inner west/very west places to eat list!

     
  • At 9/07/2009 12:18 pm, Anonymous Max said…

    Epic post, thanks for sharing. Lots of great information there, particularly the list of suburbs to visit!

     
  • At 9/07/2009 1:59 pm, Anonymous Noodleboy said…

    Great picks Helen, a very handy guide for visitors. I know it's obvious but how about a some picks for the best of Chinatown? eg. Congee from Superbowl ... Seafood at Golden Century ... Dim sum at Marigold / East Ocean ... Browsing Thai Kee IGA supermarket in Market City ... Getting caught up in the mayhem of Paddy's fresh food market ... Dixon House Food Court / Eating World for infinite Asian variety ... Wagaya for techno-izakaya ... Uighur joints ... The four pillars of Chinatown ramen (Ajisen, Gumshara, Ramen-kan, Menya) ... Cho for quick and cheap Taiwanese ... BBQ King or Emperor's Garden for all things barbecued and beautiful ... Chinese Noodle House for hand made noodles ... Mother Chu's for soup noodles ... Breadtop and other Chinese bakeries ... The list goes on and on ...!

     
  • At 9/07/2009 6:09 pm, Blogger Pete said…

    It's been exactly 5 years since I left Sydney, and I miss the restaurants soooo much. I guess lots of new places have sprung up judging by your list, but it's nice to see some old favorites in there too. I had one of the best meals of my life at Becasse when it was in Surry hills and I really miss those giant jaeger schnitzels at Unas!

     
  • At 9/07/2009 9:26 pm, Blogger PiCkLeS said…

    i like this post.

     
  • At 9/08/2009 12:45 am, Blogger Viv said…

    Hi Helen,

    I'm going on honeymoon to Sydney later this week and have been finding your blog extremely helpful in locating good places to eat. This post looks like a fantastic list of places to try- thank you so much for sharing! I'm really looking forward to trying Bills and also getting my roti fix at Mamak (v difficult to get here in London)- I'll let you know how I get on!
    Vivian

     
  • At 9/08/2009 1:41 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Vanessa - Market City is mainly dominated by a food court and various fast food eats throughout the shopping centre. At the top you will find China Grand which is great for yum cha although be prepared to queue on weekends.

    Mind you, Mamak is only one block away from Market City (and the light rail) so it's still an option. McLucksa is quite good but there's nothing quite like the spectacle of Mamak!

    Hi Penny aka jeroxie - Ahh yeah, it's always good to have an excuse for more travelling :)

    Hi Belle - I know what it's like to be a tourist and public transport is usually the only option. I think everyone needs to act like a tourist in their own town too - always fun!

    Hi Forager - I always struggle with providing a single option, so lists always work for me. That way people can choose their own! I'm sure everyone has their own personal recommendations too.

    Hi Renee - I think Kabuki Shoroku is a bit of a hidden gem, and as a tourist, I tend to like finding out-of-the-way places that aren't necessarily listed ad nauseam in all the tourist books.

    Hi Lex - Unless a tourist is organising their meals six months in advance, then I'm guessing Tetsuya's is probably not the easiest option! I tend to find people consult Grab Your Fork about a week before they arrive, so I had this in mind when collating the list.

    Becasse and Plan B are both very different experiences which stand up on their individual merit, but yes, I do love Justin North's approach to food :)

    I've listed Sydney Fish Market under Intrepid only because it's more of a day out in itself than a quick meal (and rightly so!).

    And definitely lots of love for the inner and south west. It's where the best and most exciting action can be found!

    Hi Max - Glad you enjoyed the post, and hope you manage to make it to a few suburban adventures of your own.

    Hi Noodleboy - You've listed 20 options :) All are great eats and lol, I love your four pillars of ramen idea! Best of Chinatown? I think you've nominated all of Chinatown! lol. Thanks for your suggestions.

    Hi Pete - I never got to Becasse in Surry Hills, but glad to hear you still remember your meal so well. Aren't the jaeger schnitzels at Una's amazing? Crumbed meat was never more fun!

    Hi PiCkLeS - Good to hear :) And still waiting for you to reinvigorate the blog!

    Hi Viv - Congratulations on your wedding and hope you enjoy your honeymoon! Hope the list provides some ideas for you both, and do come back and let us know how you fared.B>Hi

     
  • At 9/08/2009 5:51 pm, Blogger shor said…

    Really incredible list Helen. Definitely recommending this post to not just the overseas foodies but the locals too!

    The tiniest thing to note would be Din Tai Fung, I was aware it was from Taiwan but didn't know it was a global franchise - had some Singapore foodies over recently and they were a bit disappointed that it didn't stack up to the many DTFs in Singers! :)

    -Lucas

     
  • At 9/08/2009 9:34 pm, Blogger Von said…

    Wow- this is an awesome post! It makes me sad though, that I haven't been to any of these places.....and i LIVE in Sydney!

     
  • At 9/09/2009 12:25 am, OpenID mirgraphy said…

    I love your list, it's the short must eat list! I would add Quay to the list, definitely pricey but with the view and the food and the experience, but then again I have trouble keeping the list to 10!

     
  • At 9/09/2009 10:43 pm, Anonymous Simon said…

    I personally would have added Dulwich Hill to the list. So many good places there. Dulwich Hill Gourmet Butcher, Eumundi, a number of bread and pastry places of which their names currently elude me, plus that cafe with the pavlova.

     
  • At 9/10/2009 12:17 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Shor - Yes Din Tai Fung is a global chain, and whilst I'm sure Singaporean foodies would be tough critics, the list has been designed for tourists from all over the world. I would expect that most tourists would love the spectacle of the open kitchen, and marvel at the intricacy and efficiency of the handmade dumpling process. Would love to try DTF in Singapore though! Maybe one day!

    Hi Von - lol. It's always great to get a prompt about different places to visit. I think we tend to always think the grass is greener on the other side, but we Sydneysiders are so lucky to have so much on offer!

    Hi mirgraphy - Thanks mirvettium :) Capping at the list to 10 was difficult indeed. Quay is undoubtedly of great repute. Hopefully one day I will have the dining pleasure!

    Hi Simon - Dulwich Hill is definitely a little hotspot of food finds. I love Eumundi Smokehouse! I was trying to design the list for tourists so was focussing on areas which are significantly different to the usual Sydney experience. I might have to start up another list of Fooding Days Out for Locals - Sideways Deli Cafe is a bit of a hike for a tourist on foot!

     
  • At 9/10/2009 10:03 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love top 10 lists,great job Helen!!ITs great too that you have ventured out west to plces liks Auburn and Lakemba!! i think the only thing u left out was Cabramatta has the BEST pork rolls!! hehe


    sydneyguyrojoe

     
  • At 9/10/2009 10:44 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi sydneyguyrojoe - Top Ten lists are fun to read, but hard to compile! I think Sydney's west is the unreputed heart of good-value tasty food!

     
  • At 9/11/2009 4:38 pm, Blogger Suzie said…

    Great lists - but the one I always recommend is Guillaume's. Tourists love the chance to see the Opera House, and whether you go for the bar food or a meal, it is always good, sometimes spectacular.

     
  • At 9/13/2009 8:55 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Suzie - Thanks for your comment. I have yet to visit Guillaume's but have heard good things.

     
  • At 9/26/2009 5:52 am, Blogger Viv said…

    Hi Helen,
    Just wanted to say I'm back from honeymoon and had a FAB time in Sydney, mainly eating! Your list was invaluable, I would never have discovered so many good restaurants just wandering around! I particularly loved Mamak (several visits) and the fish market. I struggled a bit with the very thick soup at Gumshara though it was very tasty. I also checked out a few other restaurants seen on your blog- hubby loved the buffet at Suminoya and the night market at Dixon Street!
    We both loved the culture of good food and good coffee in Sydney- the numerous food courts, fantastic Asian restaurants and great desserts (icecream every day!) almost made us want to stay on!

     
  • At 9/28/2009 1:00 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Viv - Congratulations on your nuptials :) Great to hear you had such a tasty time in Sydney! The Gumshara stock is incredibly rich and the night markets are fun. We were at Suminoya only the other night - we were guilty of sending the entire room into a charcoal haze! Ice cream every day should be mandatory on your honeymooon I say! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and congrats again to you and your new hubby!

     
  • At 9/30/2009 6:19 am, Anonymous Chammy said…

    Hi Augustua!
    You mentioned Sweet Belem in Petersham? Well you should try the place across the road - The Honeymooners. The tarts are cheaper and taste better. I've tried both and i think the pastry is flakier at Honeymooners! hmmm...damn now i'm craving a portuguese tart.*sigh*

     
  • At 10/01/2009 2:07 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Chammy - Thanks for your comment. I have tried Honeymoon but still prefer Sweet Belem. Everyone has their own personal preferences - I love that you are spoilt for choice for custard tarts in Petersham. That can only be a good thing!

     
  • At 10/25/2009 7:56 am, OpenID indigembil said…

    hi i'm a newbie in sydney. i will use your blog as my map here :) love it.

     
  • At 10/29/2009 11:54 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Indigembil - Glad you liked the post, and hope this helps you find many more delicious eats in Sydney!

     

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