Even though, as I mentioned in my earlier post, my Sydney trip was tiring, I still got to eat some delicious things.
Here’s some quick tips.
Poke bowls from Salmon and Bear in Newtown
As I note in the caption, this is a crappy picture, but the poke bowl was very tasty and went well with an icy cold beer when I was almost to damn exhausted to be able to stand up. Other food on the menu sounded good too, this place is seafood-focused, and damnnnnn that salmon was amazing.
This is a cool little laneway near my old stomping ground at UTS filled with hawker-style Asian food vendors (the neighbourhood has changed dramatically!). Very conveniently located if you are starving when you get off the Murray’s Bus from Canberra! I grabbed myself a nasi lemak and a teh tarik and it was almost like going to Malaysia (except for the prices….). Food and atmosphere were really good, and the place was hopping.
Everybody knows Messina, and now they also seem to have stores everywhere (but not Canberra yet… we only get it here when the Night Noodle Market comes). But their gelato is really amazing. I must admit to going twice while in Sydney on my most recent trip! Once I had the Bounty flavour, which really does taste like those classic coconutty chocolate bars, and the other time, a ‘strawbachio’, which was a strawberry/pistachio fusion which sounds weird, but was wonderful.
Recommended by a friend who knows her stuff, and conveniently close to Eddy Ave (it’s in the Sydney CBD’s little ‘Thai Town’) for me to catch the bus back to Canberra, this place will become a firm favourite I’m sure. From the team who run Chat Thai, Boon takes Thai food and twists it into brunch and lunch. It’s also attached to a great Thai grocery store – if my bag wasn’t totally full I would have wanted to buy some of the sweets and snacks they had for sale there.
I had the Big Boon Breakfast, which was a platter of smaller serves of some of their brunch hits, like congee, pork skewer, baked egg, and avo toast, all with a Thai flavour twist. It worked so well.
And the icing on the breakfast? They sell Single O coffee.
I definitely recommend the above places if you find yourself grazing in Sydney. I also always get ramen in Sydney because Canberra hasn’t done it well (though apparently a new hip ramen joint has opened in Braddon so I need to go try). This time I went to Ippudo, and it makes good sense why they have a queue — seriously delicious and rich ramen.
So my belly was happy even if the rest of me was hurting!