I love food. Good food. And luckily Sydney has good food galore!
Here are four of my favourites…
Amongst the erotic massage parlours, strip joints and brothels Kings Cross has some delectable eating joints; from classic wood-fired oven pizzas to experimental cuisine – you can find everything you’re looking for in Kings Cross.
At Kim Restaurant down the trendy Spring Field Avenue, where you’ll find a whole host of good restaurants offering al fresco dining, you can enjoy experimental Korean.
Here I tucked into classic Korean chicken wings – sickly sweet and succulent – meaty pork dim sum, Haemul Pajeo – pancake with squid and prawns – and my favourite – Tang Tang Yeokhwe. This dish is raw beef, octopus, pair and egg yolk – divine.
If you go, however, leave room for dessert. We had a dish which was a take on Korean street food, according to the waiter, and consisted of caramelised popcorn, waffle, chestnut and walnut praline. It was amazing.
Another restaurant definitely worth a visit on this street is Wilbur’s Place. This is a relaxed dining experience perfect for a romantic al fresco meal. Wilbur’s offer a short list of cocktails and a brief but good quality wine menu. The daily changing food menu is also short and sweet. Dishes include mackerel ceviche, kangaroo tartare, duck leg and friend spiced spatchcock and Bourke Street Bakery bread and olives.
Bishop Sessa Restaurant & Bar, Surrey Hills
By far one of my favourites. I went for the early week special deal where you get three courses from the a la carte menu for $49 which is great value for money, though we ended up spending quite a bit on wine as the wine menu is really good.
We were served some complimentary canapes and bread which we followed with the charcuterie board for two – suckling pig porchetta, duck rillettes, corned wagyu and chicken liver parfait – delicious and very generous portion size. Duck breast with duck fat roast potatoes (extra cost) followed this and then a choice of cheese or sweet dessert. I had Affidelice au Chablis cheese and wished I could have a second helping.
All the food was excellent quality and the place was packed so service was a little slow but I actually prefer a slower service for a more relaxed meal.
Miss G’s, Kings Cross
This Asian fusion restaurant on Victoria St has a cool, trendy vibe and offers random treats such as pig’s tails (which actually look like pig’s penises).
Here I tried cheese burger spring rolls, which taste like a MacDonald’s Big Mac, Mini bánh mì crispy pork belly rolls, “Curry Puff Jaffle” toasted sandwich of Singaporean chicken curry, Vietnamese steak tartare, prawn toast (my least favourite – not as nice as traditional prawn toast, it was very thick and heavy) and pig tails, which were crispy and sticky sweet on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside.
A highlight was the dessert “The BOSS” which consisted of Thai milk tea ice cream, salted caramel,
honeycomb, puffed rice, kaya French toast, blueberry jam.
I want to go back to try the tuna tartare and Thai style kingfish ceviche.
And for a pre or post dinner cocktail I recommend…
Eau de Vie, Kings Cross
By far my favourite spot to stop off for a chilled cocktail. This speakeasy style bar behind Chinese restaurant Fu Manchu, which I’m also keen to try, offers a book full of cocktails served by expert waiters and cocktail makers dressed in cute black waistcoats.
I’ve not found a place that makes a better Old Fashioned – yet. Definitely try the Honey Butter Old Fashioned – it goes down too easy. I’m also keen to try the whisky and cheese tasting platter they offer.
Shady Pines Saloon, Crown Street
Enjoy beer and excellently made cocktails at this buzzing underground country themed speakeasy bar.
A perfect place to listen to Jonny Cash while sipping Old Fashioneds and passing the evening with friends.
I’d be interested in hearing other people’s recommendations for restaurants and bars in Sydney. If you have any suggestions please put them in the comments. Thanks!