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Friday, May 06, 2011

Becasse, Din Tai Fung and Sassy's Red, Westfield Sydney

The hand bag stool - it's one of several new features at Becasse, which relocated from Clarence Street to Westfield Sydney last week. The idea came from head chef and owner, Justin North, who had noticed female diners at Becasse asking for a napkin to place on the floor to protect their handbags. Could there be any more reasons for women to swoon over Justin North?

Justin North

We're here on a Westfield tour of the Stage 2 opening of food offerings on Level 5. The number of eateries on this floor has more than doubled since November last year, and Sydneysiders can't get enough of it. Forget the clothing stores downstairs - I'd rather wander around here and shop for my stomach.


Becasse dining room with willow-themed light fittings

We take a quick tour of Becasse, now a 24-seater with warm tones of chocolate brown, cream and plums. The tables are covered in ostrich skin and the exposed walls are heritage sandstone.

Banquette seating

Justin North with the wall art that represents tastebud receptors on an enlarged tongue

The tastebud wall is an intriguing inclusion, incorporating all the colours in the room and allowing diners to view the action in the kitchen through the tastebud windows.

Justin also explains the meaning behind the name Quarter 21. Quarter relates to the four sections that make up Quarter 21: the restaurant, the cooking school, the bakery and the commercial caterer. The "21" refers to the alleged weight of the soul (21 grams) as it departs the body, as the concept of soul is embodied in the Quarter 21 philosophy ie feed the soul, cook for the soul, shop for the soul.

Mero Mero

Breads and paninis abound at Mero Mero but we mostly have eyes for the desserts - and the macaron tower.

Snag Stand

Phillip Blanco with his haute dogs at the Snag Stand

The Snag Stand is one of the most popular new stores, selling gourmet sausages and hotdogs with themed fillings. Fifteen varieties are available, including a chilli dog, American classic woodsmoked hotdog, South African boerewors and German bratwursts. The sausages are sourced from artisan butchers including Rodriguez Bros, AC Butchery, Rudi's, Brot & Wurst and Pino's.

[Bottom to top]: Pork & Fennel Italian on a toasted brioche roll, 
American Classic woodsmoked frankfurter on a toasted brioche roll, and 
German Bratwurst on a rustic roll

Pie by Mick's Bakehouse

Pie by Mick's Bakehouse

Mick's Bakehouse started out as a small bread shop in Leeton in 1990. Its meat pies have consistently won awards in the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show.

Today they run a wholesale operation in Wagga Wagga. This is the first Sydney retail outlet for their pies, and the range of fillings is staggering, including chicken, avocado and brie; Szechuan wagyu beef; Peking duck; butter chicken; and beef, prosciutto and blue cheese.

Mick's Bakehouse pies


Fetta bagel

We move onto Sabbba, the Bondi Junction favourite selling Israeli-style falafel and kebabs. They've also opened an outlet in Newtown.

Falafel with hummus and tahini

Baklava display case


Ragu Wine Bar

The Ragu Wine Bar is all kinds of fancy, offering Italian wines, cheeses, antipasto and freshly made pasta.

Ragu seating area

Fresh pasta

Din Tai Fung

Making dumplings at Din Tai Fung

The Din Tai Fung stall is the answer to your xiao long bao prayers. What's most impressive is that everything is still made by hand and on the premises, just like the World Square outlet.

Rolling out perfect circles of dough

Xiao long bao soup dumplings

Sushi Hon

Sushi Hon

The sushi conveyor belt at Sushi Hon is apparently the longest one in a shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere, wrapping around three islands of seating.

Sushi bento box

Nine Mary's

Curries at Nine Mary's

Nine Mary's is an expansion of the successful Chutney Mary's and Nine Mary's in Perth, Western Australia.

Stuffed mushrooms and chicken tikka

Thai Riffic

Thai Riffic open kitchen

There's plenty of action in the open kitchen at Thai Riffic. The menu includes Thai noodle and rice dishes, or diners can mix-and-match their own combinations.

Thai Riffic dining area

Sassy's Red

Simon Goh at Sassy's Red

We finish up at Sassy's Red where we meet owner Simon Goh, who also runs Chinta Ria. Simon has recreated a nostalgic Malaysian kopitiam -- or coffee shop -- inside the food hall. It's been a hit with punters so far, and Simon says the demand for laksa and nasi lemak has been staggering.

Lo bak

Brown paper packaging for the mee goreng fried noodles
- the business card (bottom left) has been designed to look like movie tickets

Roti (we asked for sugar on ours)

Sago with coconut milk and gula melaka palm sugar syrup; and teh tarik pulled tea

Door and window shutters set in the ceiling

Simon just laughed when we asked him about the door and window shutters built in the ceiling above the cafe. "That's for you to find out!" he chuckled.

Chocolatesuze and Simon Goh modelling the Sassy's Red t-shirts

Sassy's Red

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Westfield Sydney
Level 5 Food Stores
Corner of Pitt Street Mall and Market Street, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 8236 9200

Opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday 9.30am-6.30pm
Thursday 9.30am-9.00pm
Friday to Saturday 9.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 10.00am-6.00pm

Related Grab Your Fork posts:
Westfield Sydney Food Tour - Stage One
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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 5/06/2011 03:39:00 am


  • At 5/06/2011 7:01 am, Blogger Unknown said…

    Wow that's amazing - I just ate at a restaurant in London which has just opened with handbag stools as well (Jason Atherton's Pollen Street Social)

    It must be the new thing!

  • At 5/06/2011 7:12 am, Blogger Ramen Raff said…

    I love the snag stand. The Wagyu Beef snag was awesome! The wagyu beef sausage was juicy and tasty. I could not believe that it is a low fat sausage. The truffle aioli dip with the crunchy chips, WOW! is all I could say. Love the photos!

  • At 5/06/2011 7:12 am, Anonymous john@heneedsfood said…

    I agree, forget the fashion downstairs. This is all I care about with Westfield Sydney. Great to see Din Tai Fung up there and Sassy's Red is another one I'm enjoying. I seem to ve a bit of a regular at Sabbaba as well, taking a couple of baklava's back to work to give me a sugary boost in the afternoon

  • At 5/06/2011 8:04 am, Blogger Gastronomy Gal said…

    I'm so jealous- I really want something like this in Bris! The snag stand looks good and I would die a happy fat girl if Din Tai Fung came to town.

  • At 5/06/2011 8:09 am, Blogger Heavenly Ingredients said…

    wow, so many reasons to go to Westfield. I have to get there soon

  • At 5/06/2011 8:27 am, Anonymous Chanel said…

    Great post! I'm not interested in the shops, but I love Level 5 :D

    The new Becasse looks gorgeous, I love the colours & finishes. I want to try Snag Stand & Pie by Mick's Bakehouse. Love Sabbaba's baklava display. Can't wait to get to Din Tai Fung, and Sassy's Red packaging & business cards are very cool - and the flaky roti looks delicious.

  • At 5/06/2011 8:35 am, Blogger Stephcookie said…

    Ooooh so excited that there's a new Malaysian place to check out! Must go there ASAP, love the paper packaging!!

  • At 5/06/2011 8:37 am, Anonymous Tina@foodboozeshoes said…

    lol - I missed Suze the Sassy model! Oh, looking at it makes me so full all over again...
    I'm looking forward to Sassy's for lunch today :)

  • At 5/06/2011 8:40 am, Blogger muppy said…

    i love the look of becasse, so classy and classic, and that handbag stool is so sweeeet!

  • At 5/06/2011 9:05 am, Blogger Michelle Chin said…

    I want to move to sydney. T_T

  • At 5/06/2011 9:09 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow, so many yummy stuff to choose from! I think I'd go nuts there!

  • At 5/06/2011 9:10 am, Blogger Jasmin said…

    I've wandered around so many times and I'm desperate to try so many places but it's always so busy. I know I need to get in early - with all these new arrivals it's definitely a must.

  • At 5/06/2011 9:31 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    honorary sassy member ahahaha

  • At 5/06/2011 9:46 am, Blogger OohLookBel said…

    Plan for the weekend: buy a nice handbag downstairs then up to Level 5 to make use of that cute stool. Oh, and eat some food, too.

  • At 5/06/2011 9:55 am, Blogger Lilia said…

    Wow, that great to heard that Westfield opening more broad choice. I went there sevral times and just ate the Deli roast wagyu and Justin's burger. Now seem there is more choice and finally Becasse' Bakery plus the hotdog choice...thanks.

  • At 5/06/2011 10:02 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Finally handbag stools are coming to Sydney. I first used one at per se in New York in 2005. Seeings as Justin has said the restaurant is inspired by per se, one would assume he had been there. In that case the handbag stools were definitely not his idea. Very pleased he has introduced them though!

  • At 5/06/2011 11:13 am, Blogger Viv said…

    hehe i feel so unwomanly...i always just chuck my bag on the dirty floor! need to be more cultured in order to dine there ;)

    anyways, cant cant cant wait to visit westfield!!!!!

  • At 5/06/2011 11:33 am, Blogger Mel said…

    Today is one day where I wished that I worked in the city...I'm so keen to try something yummy from here for lunch. Peking duck pie - are you serious? Longest sushi train conveyor belt - I'm so there. Everything look Ah-mazing!

  • At 5/06/2011 11:43 am, Anonymous Simon @ the heart of food said…

    There's no question that you have your priorities straight. Feel much the same way :)

    Love the brown paper bag presentation of the mee goreng at Sassy.

  • At 5/06/2011 2:50 pm, Anonymous Nic@diningwithastud said…

    Lol! I'm with you! screw the first few levels - its all about level 5 in that mall :)

  • At 5/06/2011 4:31 pm, Blogger Cate said…

    Wow - I need to get into the city and have a wander around Westfield! Looks so enticing!!!

  • At 5/06/2011 5:10 pm, Blogger sugarpuffi said…

    i loveeeeeeee the handbag stool! such a cute and thoughtful touch.

  • At 5/06/2011 7:05 pm, Blogger idontcryieat said…

    wow! you really did the rounds at the food court! I've only tried Charlie & Co at Westfield and didn't have the time to fight through the crowds to see what else was there so this post is just what i needed to tempt me to go back and check it all out- Sassy's Red looks really groovy!

  • At 5/06/2011 8:18 pm, Anonymous Hannah said…

    I kinda feel like I was just watching Food Safari - so many colours and places and foodsofawesome! 'Course, it's the sago I'm after. Sweet, sweet dessert.

  • At 5/06/2011 9:18 pm, Blogger YaYa said…

    The haloumi, quinoa and pomegranite salad at Sababa and their falafels are pretty awesome too! Am slowly working my way around all of them, on the good side no more fighting queues for the Reuben anymore!

  • At 5/06/2011 10:38 pm, Blogger Simon Leong said…

    Becasse dining room looks really lush. looking forward to checking it out soon :-)

  • At 5/07/2011 12:01 am, Anonymous tweety said…

    ahh i LOVE justin noth!

    just walked through the new foodcourt today. there is not enough meals in a day (or stomach space rather) for me to try everything! can't wait to try becasse!!

  • At 5/07/2011 11:52 am, Blogger Buggles and Squeak said…

    Must get there ... SOON!

  • At 5/08/2011 10:47 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    WOW - westfield sydney has become a foodie temple indeed... Food looks amazing!!

  • At 5/08/2011 5:25 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yum!!!! I really need a trip to Sydney soon, missing out on all the good foods and places to see, foodie friends to meet.

  • At 5/08/2011 7:57 pm, Blogger Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! said…

    This is the food court of food courts. It's become so hard to pick what I want to eat for lunch whenever I visit, and I am an indecisive eater!

  • At 5/08/2011 8:44 pm, Anonymous Esther said…

    I had no idea there were this many places there! I've only visited the Grillers place, Crust Pizza and Gomez!

  • At 5/09/2011 2:00 pm, Anonymous sara (Belly Rumbles) said…

    Look at the new Becasse digs!

    Going to have to visit Sassy's Red as I am a massive Chinta Ria fan.

  • At 5/15/2011 9:20 pm, Blogger Gianna@TheEmptyFridge said…

    I was overwhelmed with hunger and choice when I visited the food court yesterday..not the best mix! I succumbed to the gourmet pies from micks bakehouse and tasted the best mashed potato and gravy in Sydney! Yup, out of all the choices I got hooked on the simplest of dishes! This food court is without a doubt a hungry shoppers salvation! And not a mc donalds in sight!

  • At 5/16/2011 7:01 pm, Anonymous Snaplings said…

    got to love the handbag stool at Becasse, almost as much as cute Mr.Counter Boy in the last photo :P

  • At 5/16/2011 7:03 pm, Anonymous SassysRed said…

    you took some bee-yoo-ti-full shots of our restaurant! That was a lovely post to read about Westfield Food Court Sydney


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