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Sydney’s unique food and drink experiences

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From underground dinners to hidden bars even the most seasoned Sydney foodie is sure to discover something new from this quirky list. We chat to 21 of Sydney’s top food and wine experts for their top picks to guarantee you a gastronomic adventure to write home about.

Bob of The Jugernauts

1. What’s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it. One of our current favourite haunts in Sydney is The Powder Keg at 7 Kellet Street Potts Point – a bar/restaurant by Grant Collins. Their head chef Elijah Holland is a bit of a forager and a substantial part of their menu consists of foraged ingredients eats and cocktails which makes this quite unique. Their cocktails are also surprising, inventive and next level. We kid you not.

2. What’s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? why? Quirky? Head to the green tea centric One Tea Lounge on 73 York Street to eat ramen burger and also Rice Bun burgers. David Yip’s joint also has a matcha (Green tea) Baoger – a fusion burger with green tea baos. It’s a mix and matcher and we’d best describe it as a fusion everything kind of Asian joint. The menu has 70% matcha in their items and its also in their cocktails which says something! And yes, they also have more standard eats like ramen on the menu too.

Why follow Bob: The Jugernauts is one of Sydney’s leading food and beverage blogs and is the best place to read about Sydney small bars, bars, pubs and all manners of eats. They’re in the TOP100 most influential in Australia via Bartender Magazine. If you love going out on the town and eating well, we’re the ones to check out – follow on twitter and instagram @thejugernauts.

 

Katherine of A Cupcake or Two

1. What’s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it. My most unique experience would have to be at Gastro Park. If you like Molecular Gastronomy then Gastro Park is the place to go. It makes dining so much more fun. It complicates your pallet and makes you crave for more. I would recommend trying the Liquid Butternut Gnocchi which is served with a Mushroom Consomme.

2. What’s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? I recently went to Aqua S which is a small Ice Creamery on George Street. They serve quirky and beautiful looking soft serves in unusual flavours. They are beautiful to look at and delicious to boot. My favourite is their most popular flavour which is sea salt. They often change flavours and the experience is different each time.

Why follow Katherine: A Cupcake or Two is all about my love for food, my heritage and travel. I am a passionate baker and love all types of cuisine. I believe that food brings people together and my blog is a platform for me to share my favourite recipes and also my families favourite recipes with the world. If you like home cooked meals, honest restaurant reviews and express recipes that will impress your friends, then please come and visit my blog.

 

Dee of The Casual Food Blogger

1. What’s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it. Sydney’s most unique food experience has got to be either the Opera Bar, a stunning bar located under the Sydney Opera House with views of the Harbour Bridge, or the Sydney Tower revolving restaurant. Both are quintessentially Sydney and fantastic dining spots!

2. What’s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? I love N2 Gelato in Chinatown. They use liquid nitrogen to make their ice cream, which gives a great visual effect and they have some really weird and wonderful flavours, which change daily. I’ve had some crazy flavoured ice cream there such as hazelnut and rice bubbles, marsala creme brûlée and pear and brie cheese.

Why follow Dee: TCFB is a 26 year old Sydney lawyer and part-time uni student who loves travel, cooking shows, eating out and experimenting with different recipes – especially baking and sweet treats. She is a casual blogger because she does not profess to be an amazing cook or a professional blogger, this blog is about the journey!

 

Lee Tran of The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry

1. What’s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it. Cafe Paci for its one-of-a-kind menu. There’s a dessert made of popcorn fairy floss that’s showered with crunchy butter salt – in a dream world, this is what you’d be able to find at your local cinema’s candy bar!

2. What’s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? why? There’s a good reason why Gelato Messina attracts massive queues – even on the coldest winter nights. I’ve tried out-there flavours such as one made out of risotto and another that tasted like a roast dinner (it was delicious!); offerings with more obvious appeal include Tiramisu, Apple Pie, Pavlova and “Elvis The Fat Years”. There are even “Game of Cones” flavours, inspired by the characters of Westeros.

Why follow Lee Tran: The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry singles out places worth your attention in Sydney; there’s also a companion podcast where chefs share stories and recommendations for their favourite places to eat and drink.

 

Kate of Foodies Agenda

1. What’s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it. Sydney is one big melting pot of different cultures which thankfully is reflected in its food scene. I recently did a food tour through Canley Heights which is as close as you’ll get to Vietnam without actually leaving Australia. The Pho you can find here is just as good, if not better (thanks to our great locally grown produce) to the street stalls in Ho Chi Minh. There are now several companies offering specialised food tours through Sydney’s outer suburbs, immersing tourists and locals alike in Sydney’s rich and diverse food culture.

2. What’s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? why? This is a tough question as to be honest I don’t really do quirky. The closest thing that springs to mind is Mr Wong in Sydney’s CBD. It’s one of Sydney’s largest restaurants spread over 2 levels however achieves a sense of intimacy. The decor is layered with Chinese and rich Colonial furnishings achieving a fine balance of the rustic old and trendy new world. The food is very much a celebration of traditional Cantonese cuisine and the modern cleaner palate.

Why follow Kate: At foodies agenda we’re passionate about celebrating simple, real food using only the best ingredients. I’m extremely proud of the food industry in Australia and love sharing successful and inspiring food stories to the rest of the world through our Friday Foodie In Focus series. Follow us for a real perspective on food and to receive simple seasonal recipes to cook at home for family & friends.

 

Jim and Christina of Mr and Mrs Romance

1. What’s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it. Romantic picnic on a secret beach right in Sydney Harbour. We heard about this experience as we were given a Red Balloon gift voucher. We made our way to Manly and picked up a little flat-bottomed boat from the kayak centre there. We were given the location of a secluded beach, where we drove the boat to and moored up on the sand. Waiting for us was a picnic table and chairs and a little umbrella. There was a hamper full of seafood – prawns, mussels, trout, salmon, oysters… there was even a bottle of wine in an ice bucket. Once we’d eaten our fill, we stretched out on the beach cushions they’d provided and took in the view. We recommend taking the day off to go midweek like we did so you have the place to yourself.

2. What’s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? why? If you want to step through the looking glass of mixology for a cocktail experience that will blow your mind, you can’t go past the three-course menu at Eau de Vie Apothecary. From the mad scientist brain of mixologist Dr Phil, the three cocktails you’re served are designed to transform and evolve as your evening progresses. Nothing is what it seems and nothing seems to be what it is in this beautifully strange setting. We couldn’t believe the flavours and showmanship of each drink as it came to our little table. A superb, unique and entirely romantic experience.

Why follow Jim and Christina: Mr and Mrs Romance is a blog that explores life and finds the romance in the everyday. Together we write about our travel, food and lifestyle experiences to inspire others to never lose the romance of exploring.

 

Tammi of Insatiable Munchies

1. What’s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it. I know it’s pretty cliche, but the most unique food experience in Sydney for me would have to be Tetsuya’s. Sure, it may not have been the most unique food, necessarily, but the ambience was beautiful, and the service unsurpassable. We had an extremely knowledgeable waitress named Emma, who answered all of my foodie questions without missing a beat. The food was also quite technically executed, and the zen garden just outside the window completed the experience.

2. What’s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? why?  The Blacksmith Cafe in Surry hills has a fantastic themed decor – right down to its riveted tables – and Devon Cafe has a really creative cafe menu worth checking out. If you can, come by during Good Food Month in October, where restaurants put up their most creative menus for a limited time.

Why follow Tammi: Insatiable Munchies is really just an excuse for my gluttony, and a way for me to share my food adventures with my readers! And a little food porn. That helps too. I also write recipes and experiment in the kitchen – it’s my chef training, I can’t help myself – at Tea for Tammi, my other blog. Come for the stories, stay for the food porn. It’s win-win right?

 

Victoria of The Urban Walkabout

1. What’s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it. Three experiences come to mind: My most recent story-worthy experience is definitely at Firedoor – Lennox Hastie uses fire and wood (actually 10 different woods, from ironbark to mallee root, apple, grapevine and even stone fruit) as ingredients for his seasonally driven menu that changes daily. The aromas when you walk in the door are intense – eating here is a full sensory experience. Top tip: You must try the 150-day dry-aged Angus beef on the bone, grilled over grapevines…. it’s a memorable experience!

Australians are known for their unique take on food from other countries. But last year Sydney saw a few ventures re-imagining some of our more neglected cuisines. Such is the case of the ‘Subcontinental‘ – plating up Indian food in a really elevated, cool way. The menu offers all the colour, spices and flavour of the Indian subcontinent (roasted rice, fresh coconut, cinnamon sticks, house-blended garam masala, curry powder, etc) but lightened up with lots of seafood and fresh herbs. For a first visit, I would recommend ordering a variety from their sharing plates to taste as much as possible. From the curry election, I would recommend the Dry Curry of Okra, Potato and Kashmiri Chilli. Another great food experience to mention is Buffalo Dining Club – Before eating here I’d never been served pasta straight from a hollowed out wheel of Pecorino. To top it all off, the staff are very knowledgeable about the produce on the menu, and add interesting tips throughout your dinner. It really takes the dining experience to a new level.

2. What’s the quirkiest food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? Why? Sydney is well known for its small bars and bar culture. There are so many great bars in this city, and they all have their own distinct character. One of my favourites is Uncle Mings on York Street in the CBD, a Chinese-inspired underground vault with an extensive cocktail list.

Bar snacks are also something Sydney does differently and extremely well, and they have recently taken centre stage in venues across town. For example, The Gretz in Enmore serves really interesting seafood canapés that wouldn’t be out of place in a fine dining restaurant. Following are my favourite snack and drink pairings from three small bars in Sydney: 1.The Gretz: Rock Oysters from Merimbula with pickled apple and some granita paired with local brewery Yulli’s Norman pale ale. 2. Tokyo Bird: Skewers of chicken thigh in soy glaze and spring onion paired with a Japanese whisky such as Nikka from the Barrel. 3. This Must Be the Place: Tin of Cuca razor clams and toast paired with the ‘Belafonte,’ a cocktail of Fino sherry, gin, lemon, prosecco and basil.

Why follow Victoria: Everyone who works at Urban Walkabout is obsessed with fashion design and food… we are constantly discovering new places, eating and drinking out, and we get excited about sharing what we find with our readers. Urban Walkabout takes a local focus – we love to talk about creative, innovative and authentic businesses doing amazing things in their industry. We’re here for anyone who wants to see the absolute best of where they live.

 

Michael of I’m Still Hungry

1. What’s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it. Definitely the Minus 8 Underground Dinner. Only a few sittings every year, a secret location revealed only on the day of the booking, and an intimate 12 people max experience. Nobu-trained Anton Verplak knows his food too – serving up hatted-quality Japanese with aplomb. The event is also BYO, for what it’s worth!

2. What’s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? why? For those who think they can hold a little bit of alcohol, you can’t look past an experience at The Absinthe Salon. As its name implies, this little 30-seater establishment specialises in the fairy drink. The décor is classically Victorian, with the waitstaff dressed to match. It’s hard not to have a blast (and get blasted) here!

Why follow Michael: Pure, unadulterated reviews supported by mouth-watering photography. That’s what I’m Still Hungry is all about. If you get hungry after surfing my site, then I’ll consider it mission success – give my site a try, see if you can resist the oncoming hunger!

 

Shannon of Urban Chic Guides

1. What´s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it. Cafe Paci is one of my top picks for innovative cuisine. Chef Pasi Petenan pushes the boundaries of flavours and expands our tastebuds in the process!

2. What´s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? why? I love hidden gem Bulletin Place Bar for something a bit different. Take the stairs up past the tattoo parlour and you will find a welcoming little bar serving top quality cocktails.

Why follow Shannon: Urban Chic Guides is your little black e-guide to the top spots to eat and drink in Sydney. This is a food blog with a difference. We cut right through the clutter bringing you straight to the meat (pun intended). We take an impartial, well-informed approach to breaking down the good, the bad and the downright ugly. Put simply, we recommend the best of the best so you’ll never have to drink a lack lustre latte again.

 

Thang Ngo of Noodlies

1. What´s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it. It’s not everyday that you can eat in the only restaurant in the world outside that country serving their cuisine. There’s only around 2,000 people on Christmas Island, the territory that is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Island Dreams Cafe is probably the only Christmas Island restaurant outside the Island is located in Lakemba, south west Sydney. The food is a mix of Malaysian, Indonesian and Chinese flavours. The crazy kaleidoscope fish chips are a must if they haven’t sold out.

2. What´s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? why? Head down to Haldon Street, Lakemba each evening during Ramadan. It’s a zany, fun and festive time when the sun goes down and everyone breaks their fast. Pop up food stalls serve up middle eastern delights. Popular are cross-cultural cook-while-you-watch Jalebi. The camel burgers sell out real fast.

Why follow Thang Ngo: One in three Sydneysiders speak a language other than English at home. Noodlies is about the fascinating food and culture of people from diverse cultures in Sydney’s West. Vietnamese, Chinese, Lao, Thai, Cambodian, Iraqi, Lebanese, Italian, Chilean, Korean… I’ve eaten, blogged, and lived to tell the tale.

 

Alice and Sharon of The Western Sydney Food Blog

1. What’s the most unique food experience you had had in Sydney? Tell us about it. There are so many unique food experiences to be had in Western Sydney. Mokoji Yakiniku BBQ in Newington has injected some Western influences into traditional Korean BBQ. Here, you can munch on some maple chips while you grill your chorizo, haloumi and pork belly. Yum!

2. What’s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? Why? If you’re visiting Sydney, definitely make the drive out to Razorback, near Picton in the Greater West. Not only do you get a dose of some country air, but you can visit the Common Ground. The Common Ground is a café and bakery run by a Twelve Tribes religious group. The café grounds are where the people of this religious group both live and work. The food is fresh and wholesome. It is a fascinating, yet lovely place to visit for Sunday lunch.

Why follow Alice and Sharon: We are always on the lookout for locations, stores, eateries, products and recipes that showcase the superb quality and diversity of flavours and ingredients that Western Sydney has to offer. Western Sydney is often not depicted in the positive light that it deserves, so our aim through the Western Sydney Food Blog is to spread the word about the wonderful food experiences on offer here to both Sydney locals and visitors.

 

 Bianca, Vanessa and Alex of For Food’s Sake

1. What’s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it. Bianca: Mine would easily have to be Mister Gee’s. A food truck pushing out some of the best burgers in Sydney. The experience is like no other, with an almost cult like following. Once the doors swing open and the tunes start pumping, the sense of community is unreal. Vanessa: I would have to say Via Napoli in Lane Cove. This bustling pizzeria pays homage to the originator of pizza – Naples, Italy – not only through food but also its charismatic wait-staff who ensure guests experience the hospitality of Italian culture. With the size of pizza ranging from a half to two metres – ensure you bring a healthy appetite and a group of friends!

2. What’s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? why? Visitors to Sydney, who love their coffee, should not pass up the opportunity to experience the Intercontinental Sydney‘s High Coffee at The Cortile Lounge. An espresso martini kicks off the experience to awaken the senses, whilst you indulge on sweet and savoury delights all perfectly paired with rich coffee flavours. We spent three hours on a Sunday afternoon grazing and enjoying the beautiful ambience of the atrium at the Intercontinental and we’ll definitely be going back!

Why follow Bianca, Vanessa and Alex: For Food’s Sake is all about our passion for food expressed with words and stunning imagery. We love to eat and our readers know it! Influenced by our Italian heritage along with a growing passion for seeking out the latest burger hot spot, we strive to share all of our culinary experiences with our readers on a weekly basis.

 

Luke and Joe of 2 Hungry Guys

1. What’s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney?  Probably the most interesting dish we have eaten has been the Swiss Gruyere and Pear Jelly dish at Sepia. Not only was it delicious but theatrical and kind of fun. This pear shaped pre-dessert is actually a sorbet of gruyere cheese that’s been cast in a water balloon and set with liquid nitrogen. Painted to look like a Corella pear, you simply crack it open and spoon mouthfuls of the cold savoury sorbet and shaved cheese into your mouth. Sensational would be an understatement.

2. What’s the most quirky food/drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? The award for most quirky experience would hands down go to the House of Crabs in Surry Hills. Picture this, fat SA muscles steaming in Mexican sauce, juicy and meaty King Crab legs smothered in butter sauce and plump QLD prawns swimming in Cajun sauce given to you in bags for you to open and throw into the centre of the table to devour. No plates, no bowls, no lemon water to dip your precious fingers in. It’s real food and therefore should be eaten as such. There’s an unspoken no cutlery rule and the good thing about saucy fingers is that you get to lick them afterwards. Of course there’s hand towels and hand washing facilities available, I mean they’re still a restaurant, but you get the gist of it.

Why follow Luke and Joe: We are Sydney based food, travel and lifestyle bloggers with a serious case of famished wanderlust. Whether it’s fine dining, brunching, bar hopping, visiting the latest, trendiest or most popular travel destinations, searching for hidden gems around the world or tucking into simple street food. We will eat it. We will go there. We will blog about it. Come join us.

 

Olivia of Mademoiselle In Sydney

1. What´s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it. The most unique food experience I had was at Miss G’s, in Potts Point. It’s an old favourite of ours (old considering that the food scene changes quite quickly in Sydney) as I’m a sucker for Jow’s sweet and sour lamb ribs. I loved these ribs so much I came back more times than I can count just to try to figure out what the ingredients were… My quest ended when Dan Hong published the recipe in his book, Mr Hong.

2. What´s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? why? Two friends of mine who run tours/detours in Sydney are about to launch a food detour in Sydney. Like their other detours, you will hop from one behind the scene location to another hidden gem.

Why follow Olivia: I’ve spent a bit over 5 years in Sydney now, but my tastebuds remain mostly French: if you want to know where to source blood sausage (people say it’s gross, but wait until you have some… plus we French call it “boudin noir” which – I guess – alleviates the “ew” factor), Italian made saucisson sec that tastes close enough to its French counterpart, and the best spot to get French croissant that taste like the real deal, then I guess you might want to follow me!

 

Jennifer of 84th and 3rd

1. What’s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it. A weekend lunch at the Sydney Fish Market is a right of passage. Grab a couple dozen oysters, a bottle of wine, some chocolate dipped strawberries and a table by the water – just make sure to bring your sunglasses!

2. What’s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? why? I’ll take an old favourite over a quirky trend any day, although some people may say a raw salad with a poached egg on it from Lox Stock and Barrel in Bondi is a pretty quirky breakfast. I will admit that Superfood Sushi, a vegan sushi cafe in Newtown, is on my must-do list though.

Why follow Jennifer: 84th & 3rd is packed full of unprocessed, allergy-friendly recipes with a creative twist. Over on my Instagram – @84thand3rd – you’ll also find daily recipe inspiration, travel adventures and more Sydney weekend brunch dishes than one person should have any right to consume.

 

Drew of The Wine Wankers

1. What’s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it. I remember having live ants when I ate Kylie Kwong’s food at an event at Carriage Works. The tip to eating live ants; you pinch the head so they don’t bite you, and then you eat the bum! Kinda citrus like flavour! Another time, when I was a Sydney waiter back in 1996, I had to dress up as the Pope and serve Oscietra Caviar on communion wafers! Now that was bizarre. It was for the bi-annual Symposium of Australian Gastronomy, and the chef was Christine Manfield!

2. What’s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? why? At the moment, Knox Street Bar –a guy’s house in Chippendale that has been converted into a bar. Go down the driveway, and the bar is the old garage and the kitchen has been cut out of the concrete! There’s even a Chocolate Wheel behind the bar that you have to spin in order to determine what cocktail you will have made for you. These guys are also sour cocktail specialists, however they don’t use sugar to sweeten their sours, they use urban honey, sourced from the hives on their own roof!

Why follow Drew: Put simply – we love wine, but we hate the wankery that often goes with it! You won’t find boring wine reviews with us; but you will find a truck full of humour! Our blog is only a very small part of who we are however, Conrad and I spend way too much time on Instagram, Facebook and twitter. Each has its own voice. Check us out, hopefully you’ll like our stuff!

 

John of He Needs Food

1. What’s the most unique food experience you had had in Sydney? Tell us about it. Having lunch at the Sydney Portugal Community Club in Marrickville with my out-of-town parents. It’s a restaurant that feels like it’s stuck in a time warp, with simple, honest and tasty food that makes you feel like you’re in an old village somewhere in Portugal.

2. What’s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? Why? The most quirky drink experience has to be in the Cupping Room, in the inner city suburb of Alexandria. It’s here where you can take part in the smelling, sipping and spitting evaluation process that coffee bean buyers go through every time they sample beans in coffee-growing countries. A great way to learn about what happens way before the coffee is sold to the public in cafe’s and restaurants.

Why follow John: heneedsfood.com is a platform that showcases unique eateries around Sydney and Australia, recipes that cover the likes of everyday cooking, use of native Australian ingredients, as well as Croatian creations that come from my heritage. I also write about where I’ve travelled around the world as well as any farmers markets I’ve visited.

 

Isaac of iFat – Food Chronicles

1. What’s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it. Nothing beats the unique experience that Mister Gee Burger Truck provides and the combination of a burger of the week, fries washed down with a baklava milkshake. We Sydneysiders have a lot to brag about and Mister Gee is definitely one of them.

2. What’s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? Why? I just can’t go past the aqua coloured soft serve of Aqua S. With quirky flavours like sea salt, pumpkin soup, tomato, they are the undisputed kings of the soft serve game in Sydney. Better yet, you can enhance your soft serve experience by adding toppings such as popcorn, popping candy and even fairy floss.

Why follow Isaac:  I make yolks to cake you laugh so please join me on my culinary journey and feast your eyes.

 

Joseph of Up For a Feed

1. What’s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it. Harry’s Cafe de Wheels Woolloomooloo a uniquely Sydney food establishment nothing fancy just grab a pie and sit by the harbour and enjoy.

2. What’s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? why? Suzie Q Coffee & Records, Surry Hills – Quirky mix of record shop meets cafe. Most visitors to Sydney will eventually find there way to Surry Hills, whilst many great cafes can be found here Suzie Q is a little different of course serving up great food & coffee but the vibe/atmosphere here is something you will remember.

Why follow Joseph: Up For A Feed a Sydney food blog where I share pics of the places I eat at and my thoughts about it. With the occasional travel post too.

 

Sheryl of One Bite More

1. What’s the most unique food experience you have had in Sydney? Tell us about it.   There’s nothing quite like getting a train out to Lakemba. It’s the most culturally diverse suburb in Sydney, and the food found there reflects the culture! Buy baklava by the half kilo for a fraction of the price you’d pay in a restaurant, drink glasses of mint tea under a canopy in the back lot of a seemingly empty cafe while shisha smoke swims about your head, try to demolish a hefty plate of islander food – the curries are amazing, or sample some samosas, all within wandering distance of Haldon Street.   If you’re a little nervous about heading West, hit up the Haldon Street festival in August for a smorgasbord of flavours and a friendly introduction to the suburb.

2. What’s the most quirky food and/or drink experience you would recommend to visitors in Sydney? Why? Hidden up a staircase, across the road from Arisun’s Korean fried chicken in the new chinatown, is a little Uyghur restaurant called Kiroran Silk Road Uyghur Restaurant where the corkage is free, the servings massive and the lights dim every now and then for a belly dance. Uighur (or uyghur) food is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before – a love-child of middle eastern spices, Chinese cooking techniques and some kind of silk road funk thrown in along the way. Hand pulled noodles sit under lashings of cumin spiced gravy and bony bits of chicken. Lamb comes skewered on swords, dusted in a crusy of chilli and spice. And if you order ahead, you can get half a lamb to feed a crowd of 20!

Why follow Sheryl: onebitemore is a Sydney based food blog, featuring home made (and highly achievable) recipes, as well as a smattering of eats from here, there and everywhere. You won’t find fancy, but you’ll feel at home, and we think that’s a little bit more important anyway. Feature image copyright For Foods Sake.