Feeling peckish? We've found just the place in Sydney's north west that's serving up the goods. If you’re looking for the ideal spot to start a foodie safari, then you'll need to make your way through Macquarie Centre's unbelievable dining precinct. Gone are the days of dodgy food courts with questionable carveries and teen-filled fast-food joints. Macquarie Centre’s dining precinct is a treasure trove of foodie hotspots, beckoning you in with one Instagrammable dish after the other.
Let us guide you through just a few of the mouth-watering dishes and dining experiences they have on offer. Your taste buds can thank us later.
Get Your Greens At Banana Blossom
Who said eating healthy had to be boring? The team over at Banana Blossom have been serving up a fresh take on fast-food for over ten years, becoming a Sydney clean-eating institution. Bringing us authentic Asian inspired salads made with fresh local ingredients, you’ll find no bland ‘garden salad’ in sight.
Don’t think a mere salad will satisfy your foodie cravings? The Tokyo Classic will prove you wrong. This is their OG salad and crowd favourite, combining green tea infused soba noodles with a colourful array of healthy greens, reds, and purples, all topped with their famous Tokyo dressing. Our personal favourites have to be the New York salad featuring crispy egg noodles, carrot, orange, cashews, and a sweet and sour dressing as well as their latest invention, The Blossom. This hearty salad boasts edamame, bean sprouts, the usual healthy rainbow of salady goodness, and rice noodles all drizzled with their zesty green dressing.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth At C9 Chocolate & Gelato
More into sweet than savoury? You’ve come to the right place. C9 Chocolate & Gelato is all about indulging in the sweet side of life, serving up fresh gelato made in-house alongside doughnuts, cronuts, sundaes, waffles, and cakes, all in a massive range of mouth-watering flavours.
Our top picks are definitely the Croffle Randae and the Croffle Sandwich. The Randae takes the classic sundae up a few notches, boasting cookies and cream, chocolate chip gelato, croffle sticks, cookie crumbs, and more sugary goodness. Choose your own gelato flavour for the Croffle Sandwich and enjoy it in a house-made signature croffle, served with a side of melted Belgian chocolate for dipping.
Fire Up The 'Gram At Chef’s Gallery
On the hunt for something unique? Chef’s Gallery is serving up more than just award-winning food, offering must-try culinary experiences that you need to be a part of. Combining traditional Chinese cuisine with pan Asian influences, Chef’s Gallery is best known for the innovative flair they add to their dishes that are not only delicious but perfect for the 'Gram.
A prime example of them doing food differently is their mini fairy floss burgers. Served three apiece, this clash of savoury and sweet includes pork fillet, pork floss, and rose pashmak. Our personal faves are their Chinese roti, served up with your choice of pecking duck, shredded lamb, Peking pork, or simply plain and utterly delicious.
Transport Yourself To The Streets Of Shanghai At Lilong
Let’s take a step back from the fine dining sphere and experience the street dining vibes of Shanghai. Lilong by Taste of Shanghai has embodied the back street neighbourhoods of Shanghai, serving up both the unbelievable eats and lively atmosphere found in the area. The ethos behind this dining experience is to create memories by sharing food with loved ones, which is why the entire menu is designed to be enjoyed family-style. Try their pan-fried pork buns, thank us later.
Curb Your Cravings At The Panda Yum Cha
Ah, yum cha. The foodie paradise that throws portion control out the window in the best way possible. Macquarie Centre, of course, has its own The Panda Yum Cha. After all, what foodie hub would be complete without those bamboo baskets of steamed goodness?
As yum cha morning tea is all about trying a bit of everything, we’re going to set you up with a few classics that The Panda Yum Cha does spectacularly. Start your feast with steamed pork belly buns, steamed prawn dumplings, steamed pork ribs with black bean sauce, deep-fried taro dumplings, and, of course, spring rolls. From there select your favourites from their well-stocked menu, finishing your meal with the obligatory yum cha mango pancakes.
Order Up Traditional Malaysian Fare At PappaRich
PappaRich is all about bringing us the flavours and feels from traditional coffee shops in Malaysia and spreading the love for Malaysian cuisine. As far as the latter is concerned, they have definitely succeeded. Whether you’re looking for a light nosh or complete meal, hit up PappaRich for unbelievable traditional recipes that pack plenty of flavour.
If you’re going to try one thing from PappaRich, make it the curry laksa with your choice of vegetables, chicken, or seafood, followed by a traditional cup of teh tarik to wash it all down.
Grab A Drool-Worthy Brunch At The Vogue Cafe
Last but certainly not least, we have The Vogue Cafe. For all of you who are craving the humble smashed avo done masterfully, this is your best bet. Basic brunches aside, this cafe has earned the title of foodie hotspot through more than just your standard cafe fare. Their dessert menu is where it’s really at, boasting doughnut fries, Oreo churros, and even a churros burger filled with melted Nutella, ice cream, and strawberries. Run, don’t walk.
Get Set To Carb Load At Bondi Pizza
Craving a slice? Bondi Pizza is serving up authentic thin pressed pizza across Sydney and is delivering on all fronts. Pizza is one of those sacred foods that is perfect in every situation, and Bondi Pizza has elevated this ever-delicious foodie favourite to new levels of divinity.
The dish to try has to be their chargrilled lamb pizza, featuring tender marinated lamb backstrap fillet, feta and balsamic onions, topped with roma tomatoes, rocket, housemade sweet potato crisps and their signature caesar sauce. Special mention goes out to the chilli prawn linguini that features fresh prawns cooked in our signature chilli sauce, topped with rocket and herbs in a wine reduction. Top it all off with one of their signature cocktails (we recommend the fairy floss martini, for obvious reasons) and their chocolate brownie swirl.
Stretchy pants on, it’s time to devour all the delicious offerings available at Macquarie Centre. Better still, from 7 November there are free $10 Gift Cards now on the menu when dining at Macquarie Centre. Head here to find out more and here for details on their COVID safe measures.
And with so many epic retailers packed into the centre, there’s seriously no better excuse than to stop by for a bite and some well-deserved retail therapy.
Image credit: Chef's Gallery
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