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Nando's, Oporto, Bondi Portugese chicken.
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CAFESChatime: Various locations. Website: website here.
Taiwanese bubble tea served in a variety of flavors including taro, Oolong, Assamese and milky Thai. Join the Milk Tea Alliance. Mado Cafe: 63 Auburn Rd, Auburn.
Said to be one of the best Turkish places in Auburn. Here you can get anything from a pastry and coffee to a full-on feast at dinnertime. Itís also the only place in Sydney where you can buy the luscious Turkish icecream that gets its wonderful stretchy consistency from the dried root of an orchid. Hugo's: 70 Campbell Parade, Bondi. Phone: 02/9300-0900.
One of the Bondi selection of restaurants on this list, a spare, compact place serving local produce. Highlights include the blue swimmer crab tortellini and Gungal Farm pork belly dressed in black vinegar and caramel sauce. According to one Asian Internet review site, "they also pour a mean martini." Book ahead.
Icebergs Dining Room & Bar: 1 Notts Ave, Bondi. Phone: 02/9365 9000).
In contrast with the bare-chested informality of the streets, this place is sophisticated and chic. As the menu points out, waitresses here are dressed by Kirrily Johnston. Still, it's hard to gripe about the view, the glass-fronted dining room and outdoor terrace overlook Bondi's famous seawater pool and the entire length of the beach -- or the food. And while the white-jacketed waiters may look a little rumpled, they bring to the table perfectly wrought modern Mediterranean fare by chef Robert Marchetti: salt-crusted rib eye, char-grilled quail, wild scallops on the half-shell. (If you're here for lunch, pop downstairs afterward for a tour of the Surf Lifesaving Museum, which chronicles the history of Australian lifesaving from 1905).
ITALIAN CUISINE PLAYS A BIG ROLE IN SYDNEY AND I AM HAPPY TO SAY, THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST CITIIES IN THE WORLD FOR LOVERS OF PASTA, FOCCACIA AND ESPRESSO. I used to live near Leichhardt which is the center of Italian Sydney -- unfortunately I didn't have the money to dine in the many Italian restaurants which line this suburb, but it was fun just looking in through the windows. Not all the best Italian restaurants are in Leichhardt though -- here is a selection of places where you can find Italian food:
La Scala: Shop 3, I Haig Avenue,
Auburn is the center of Turkish Australia -- the heart of the Turkish community in Sydney. Located on the Western & South Lines of the city's CityRail network, Auburn boasts some great cheap eateries serving awesome Ottoman. That said, there are Turkish restaurants scattered all over the city, and during my 2005 visit to Sydney, Chie and me specifically wanted to try Turkish pizza. The last time I had real authentic, good Turkish pizza, it was late one Monday night at a little joint on Glebe Point Rd, The Glebe. I used to live in the area for a brief stretch in the year 2000, and as I remember, you could get Turkish pizza delivered to your house at the time if you lived in the inner city.
Anatolia: 10 Civic Rd, Auburn.
Anatolia @ Enmore: 150 Enmore Rd,
Yavegemite said: "Great kebabs and pizzas at cheaper than average prices. Furniture could do with an update but compared to most kebab places at least you aren't flooded in fluorescent lighting and you can sit in and relax and not feel like you are taking up valuable space."
Godze: 22 Auburn Rd, Auburn.
Mr Uncles: 89 Glebe Point Rd,
For lovers of Asian food, Cabramatta is not so much a day trip as a pilgrimage. Here, among more than 60 eateries, are the authentic cuisines of Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, plus several regional Chinese styles.
While the popularity of Asian food in Australia has led to a widespread fusion of culinary influences, Cabramatta's restaurants provide an opportunity to eat the way the Asians eat. They welcome local communities as well as the visitors who flock to Cabramatta for its eat street excitement. Dishes are true to their ethnic origins and prepared from fresh, authentic ingredients. And prices are kept within the reach of a clientele which eats out regularly.
The compulsory Cabramatta culinary experience is a bowl of pho (pronounced fer), an aromatic Vietnamese soup with special home-made beef stock, noodles and an array of crisp vegetables, fresh herbs and garnishes. Delicious, satisfying and usually around $6. Pho 54 on Park Road near the Pai Lau Gate has an excellent reputation. Several restaurants - Cathahang; Thanh Binh; Golden Star Palace and Cay Dan among them - offer a number of different cuisines, and the Cabramatta foodscape is also notable for its excellent choice of vegetarian eating opportunities ... influenced by the many Buddhist communities in the area.
Don't feel you have to wait until lunch. Many of Cabramatta's restaurants open at 7.30am so locals can enjoy a bowl of noodle soup on their way to work. The Asian way is to graze during the day rather than observe regular meal times. And you'll never suffer a sense of dining alone in Cabramatta's Asian eateries where clutter, chatter and express service maintain a boisterous mood.
As the CityRail NSW Information Site recently reported: "We're happy to report that Cabramatta has lost none of its charm. In fact, it may have gained some. A walk though the shopping/restaurant area is like a trip to Southeast Asia, with sugarcane juice stands, hidden arcades and bustling markets offering sensationally fresh produce at bargain prices. Thanh Binh (52A John St & 4 Arthur St) is one of the highly respected old-timers, as is Tan Viet Noodle House (100 John St), so successful it had to move to bigger digs still cheap as chips, though. Dai Lam Seafood Restaurant (111 John St) is more Chinese, Teochew in fact, and offers both live seafood and live entertainment in the form of karaoke. Pho Tau Bay (12 Hill St) is a good choice when you just want a flavoursome, filling noodle soup.
A pick of some of the better Vietnamese (and other) restaurants in Cabramatta.
Duy Linh Vegetarian: Shop 10/117 John St (corner of Hill St.) Phone: 02/9727 9800.
Fortune8: 44 Park Rd, Cabramatta.
Pho Minh: 42 Arthur St, Cabramatta.
My Thuan Restaurant: John St, Cabramatta.
Thien Ly: 4 Hughes St,
Retro Space: website here.
For corporate events. "A good value for money restaurant. Service is the worst of all, staff are too efficient that they neglect that we're there to enjoy the food. The foods are not too bad. "