Fancy a food challenge? The Inner West is where it’s at for meat lovers, with a Texas BBQ joint now in operation and serving up formidable portions of barbecued pork. If you suspect a fried chicken-binge coming on, Red Peppers Bistro in Strathfield is well equipped to satisfy even the most severe poultry cravings. Alternatively, why not see how many Taste of Shanghai dumplings you can devour in one sitting? It’s the weekend people, treat yo’selves.
Three Williams have gone and done something wonderful and added an awe-inspiring new burger to their menu. The Mr. Davis burger boasts a thick beef patty, bacon, American cheese, pickles, lettuce, onion mayo, ketchup and mustard on a soft milk bun (phew, no brioche in sight). If you’re not in the mood to tackle this monster, rest assured that Three Williams caters for all tastes and sensibilities. Their chefs do the paddock to plate thing convincingly without making a fuss—expect to eat heirloom tomatoes for breakfast and grain fed beef brisket for lunch. Kiddies are welcome in this spacious urban-style Sydney café and will be adequately entertained by the giant chalkboard in the corner.
Taste of Shanghai
World Square, CBD
Taste of Shanghai has long treated its customers to classic Shanghai style cuisine, like xiao long bao (steam pork dumplings) and drunken chicken. Despite the Shanghai focus, the 45-page menu covers Chinese dishes from all over and the restaurant itself has just had a total makeover, so looks brand new. This is one of those classic Sydney restaurants that deserves a revisit to remind yourself that dumplings are cheap, delicious and undoubtedly the reason you fell in love with Chinese food in the first place.
This unassuming café in Darlinghurst boasts an all day breakfast menu, elegant decor and house-made pastries. Our pick for breakfast is the pesto scrambled eggs served on a croissant with prosciutto, chili, truffle oil and watercress. From 11am onwards treat yourself to an affordable pasta dish like the ricotta gnocchi with burnt sage butter, sweet potato, cherry tomatoes, quinoa and a soft boiled egg. Chez Sun is also the perfect spot for tea, cake and subsequent Instagram.
Bovine & Swine BBQ Co.
We’ve been pretty excited about this one—Enmore is now home to a Texas-style barbecue joint courtesy of some of the best in the barbecuing business. Wes Griffiths and Anton Hughes, formerly pit masters at Vic’s Meat Markets, have teamed up with Tim Chillingworth of 1950’s clothing store Faster Pussycat to share their love of brisket with Inner West locals. It comes as no major surprise to see Young Henrys on the beer menu, as well as a selection of American brews. Arrive hungry.
Believe it or not, but you can still pay under $20 for breakfast in Sydney. At Market Lane in Manly gorge on the mixed breakfast plate with toast, avocado, roast tomato, Meredith feta, poached egg and your choice of ham, bacon or smoked salmon—all for a humble $15. This is the sort of Sydney café where the barista knows your name and locals like to congregate. Their homemade muffins are rather spectacular, with both healthy and decadent options on offer.
Go all Man vs. Food at Red Pepper Bistro in Strathfield, serving up some of the best Korean fried chicken in Sydney. This authentic little gem is full of happy customers woofing down crispy fried chicken by the bucket load. If you find room, there are other Korean delights like vegetable hot pots and seafood pancakes worthy of your attention. ID is required as this busy cafeteria-style restaurant is tucked inside a sports bar.
Cover more ground this weekend with our list of things to do in Sydney this Summer.
Image credit: Three Williams
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