Sydney Trip Recap
I just got back from an awesome couple of days in Sydney, a nice break from Melbournes sweltering heat! I have to say the food scene has improved a lot. It still doesn’t compare to Melbourne, though I may be a just a tad biased :P
Anyway I went to a couple of awesome places which I though I’d share with you…
Din Tai Fung (take 2) - this is a famous dumpling resturant (bestowed with 1 Michelin star!) conveniently located at World Square. Famous for its Xiao Long Bao, I still rate it but have to say I think the quality has deteriorated since my last visit (mid last year). Overall I’d go back but not in any hurry. I took my cousin (a Sydney local) and a former work colleague - both highly rated it however it was also their first Din Tai Fung experience. My cousin reckon’s its the best dumplings in Sydney, so maybe I’m just a bit spoilt with Melbourne’s multitude of amazing dumpings.
Chat Thai - a well known Sydney spot that always has a queue (even at 3pm!). We visited the Haymarket (or “Thaitown”) store, however there are quite a few across the city. I definitely believe this resturant lives up to the hype, our wait was virtually non-existant (then again it was 3pm…) and food came out fairly quickly as well. It was fresh, tasty & authentic - I will definitely visit again! It’s also really cheap, we ended up spending about $10 each (there were 5 of us) and were stuffed by the end of it!
Japone Sushi (Newton) - O.M.G is all I can say!! I’ve had dreams about this place…it is the BEST sushi I’ve ever had! Granted I’ve never been to Japan, so I’m probably not the best judge, but I have had a lot of sushi in my time and this place totally blew my mind! Japone does sushi with a “twist” for example the ‘Kamikaze’ - a fried sushi roll. I know it sounds weird, I was a little wary when my cousin first ordered it, but it was sooooo goood!!! Only the seaweed is deep fried (I’m not sure if they do this before or after rolling the sushi), but the crunchy texture complimented the creamy filling. Other dishes were ordered was the popcorn prawns, golden dragon roll & sashimi. All highly rated. Definitely can’t wait to come back here. If you’re ever in Sydney, don’t let the location put you off (Newtown is the Brunswick of Sydney), this place is a must!
Lowenbrau - Another famous Sydney spot, located in the Rocks area it is a Munich style resturant/beer hall. Last time I was there (only for a drink) it had a great vibe, I knew I had to come back. The serving sizes are VERY generous. An entree & one main was more than enough for my friend (a guy that generally eats quite a bit) & I. We had the Munchner Wurstsalat (Thinly sliced sausage, red onions, gherkins, mustard vinaigretted, chives & country bread) & Gerosteter Schweinebauch (Crackling Roast Pork Belly, Sauteed potatoes, Braised Red Cabbage & Lowenbrau Bier Jus). Both were really nice, I rarely eat pork so that’s probably why I wasn’t completely blown away (or in a rush to return). In general I think most people (except vegetarians - though there are a couple of vegetarian options) would love this place. Especially their beer selection. The live music, entertainment, waiters (dressed in traditional outfits) & decor transports you Germany - or at least what I imagine a it would be like! The service is also top notch. Definitely worth a visit if you love beer & are into your meats.
Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe (take 2)- From Germany my friend & I decided to hop across the border to Belgium for dessert. This is probably my favourite dessert place in Sydney. They seriously need to open a store in Melbourne already! I ordered the Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake and my friend the Belgian Waffles with Guylian praline ice cream, fruit & a chocolate dip. Both were amazing (though I have to say I liked mine better). Don’t think this place can ever disappoint me (touch wood!).
Miss Chu - I swung by the Sydney CBD ‘Tuckshop’ on my way (or should I say sprint) to my airport transfer. I ordered the Roast Duck & banana flower rice paper rolls, which I ate once I made it (on-time!) to the airport. They were definitely very tasty and had the right proportion of fillings (a lot of the time the rolls are full of noodles and very little salad/meat). However I think it could of been a bit fresher (not sure if this related to the transit time or because they were prepackaged). I have to say the packaging was very ‘smart’, small pieces of wax paper were placed between the rolls and on the sides to prevent them sticking to each other/the box. This is one of the most annoying things about rice paper rolls, so was definitely a plus. Also the dipping sauce was in a small bottle which allowed you to pour it onto your roll rather than dipping it and loosing half your filling in the process. I will be visiting one of the Melbourne stores at some point, definitely want to try out some of the other things on the menu. I’d definitely rate Miss Chu over Roll’d (whose rice paper rolls i won’t be returning for but will definitely return for their Banh mi….full review to come)