Friday, December 30, 2016

Sydney Food Guide

After telling you a bit about Sydney's beaches, museums etc., it's time to get to the (even) more interesting part: the food! Just like Melbourne, Sydney is an absolute treasure chest when it comes to good restaurants. You'll need to try really hard to have a bad meal here. I got to eat some of the best ice cream and brunches of my whole trip in Australia. Let's get into my Sydney food guide...
Sydney Food Guide whiskers & lions


Sadhana Kitchen Bondi

Starting with my favourite of the b(r)unch: an all-vegan restaurant with the best plant-based menu I've ever seen. Vegan cheese toasties, açaí bowls, granola, avo toast, raw cakes, coconut froyo and big salad bowls. I wanted to try everything on the menu (and I'm sure that I would have loved it all). I chose the Bondi Bowl: a huge bowl filled with mushrooms, avocado, kraut, cucumber, salad, tomatoes, sweet potato, sprouted bread and macadamia feta with a tahini sauce on top. Everything was so well flavoured and fresh. Love love love this place! 
>> 132 Warners Ave (Bondi) & 147 Enmore Road (Enmore)


Sadhana Kitchen Bondi


Sadhana Kitchen Bondi

Sadhana Kitchen Bondi Bowl


Porch & Parlour
Another top brunch spot in Bondi is Porch & Parlour. They serve brunch classic with a little twist: avocado toast on sprouted bread, Devil's eggs, millet and brown rice porridge and green breaky bowls. They also have a killer dinner menu! If you want to go here for brunch get ready to queue, we waited around 20-30 minutes. But once you sit down, your soy flat white smiles at you, and you easily forget the wait ;)
>> 17-18/110 Ramsgate Ave


Porch & Parlour Brunch Bondi

Porch & Parlour Brunch Bondi


Porch & Parlour Brunch Bondi


Porch & Parlour Brunch Bondi


Porch & Parlour Brunch Bondi



Cali Press
This is a typical juicery which somehow feels more homely and laid-back than others. Not only do they serve cold-pressed juices and smoothies here, you can also get superfood bowls, sandwiches, brownies, banana bread and salads. I only tried some juices here, which were all delicious!
>> 2/16 Hall St, Bondi (also in Surry Hills - Coogee - Bronte - Double Bay)


Cali Press Juices Bondi


Cali Press Juices Bondi


Pasticceria Papa Bondi

I probably would have never come here if a half Italian half Mexican guy on the beach didn't tell me about this place. He'd been living in Bondi for a while and told me I should try the cannolis at Pasticceria Papa. A crispy cookie filled with the creamiest ricotta, yum! Apparently, there's a big hype about the ricotta cheesecake (there's a Nutella version too).. I must go back and try that too!
>> 75 Hall Street, Bondi Beach


Pasticceria Papa Bondi


Bonditony's

Another recommendation from my new friend was Bonditony's so I took my brother here right after he arrived in Sydney. This place looked like a pretty simple burger shack, but oh we were so wrong. These were some of the best burgers we've ever had. Although I ate vegan for most of my trip, I made some exceptions. I had the Lost Valentino burger (sustainable hoki fish) with sweet potato fries and my brother had the Trippin Zeahorse beef burger. Finger-lickin-good. Sauce ran down to our elbows but somehow we managed to finish it all. The outdoor seating is a little awkward for eating burgers (you practically need to hunch) but apart from that everything was perfect. Just what dirty burger should be like. 
>> 1/144 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi 


Bonditony's Bondi


Bonditony's Bondi


Bonditony's Bondi


Coogee Pavilion

We ended up here after our walk from Watson's Bay to Coogee Beach. We'd already eaten at Porch & Parlour so we didn't stop to have lunch here. The place is huge with a beautiful upstairs terrace and a larger and busier restaurant space downstairs. Fresh pizzas, ice cream, burgers, fresh fish and salads are just some of the things on the menu. Looks like the perfect place for a long Sunday lunch!
>>  169 Dolphin St, Coogee


Coogee Pavilion


Coogee Pavilion


Maloney's Grocer & Harris Farm Market

These are two supermarkets/delis I came across in Bondi and Coogee. These two are supermarket #goals. They have things like fresh colourful salads and yoghurts with fresh passion fruit and more stuff you'd never find in Belgium. Kind of like Whole Foods, but in Sydney this seems to be the norm for supermarkets. Love it!
>>214 Coogee Bay Rd, Coogee (Maloney's) |  61 Hall St (Harris Farm)



Maloney's Grocer Coogee


Reuben Hills

This is a cute little coffee roastery in the lovely area Surrey Hills. Like every brunch spot in Sydney this place has its own take on brunch, a little twist on the classics. My avo toast came with a sprinkle of salt, lots of coriander and some grilled lime. Super delicious, maybe one of the best avo toasts of the trip! Of course it goes without saying that you must order a coffee here, since they roast the beans on the spot.
>> 61 Albion Street, Surrey Hills


Reuben Hills Brunch


Reuben Hills Brunch

Reuben Hills Brunch


Reuben Hills Brunch


Sonoma Bakery

I simply couldn't justify buying a loaf of bread at Sonoma because 1) we'd already been eating our way through Sydney for 5 days and 2) what would I do with such a big loaf of bread? But the bread looked really good, like a perfectly crusty sourdough. I think they have a kind of Pain Quotidien thing going on where you can sit down and have tartines for breakfast/lunch. 
>> 241a Glenmore Road, Paddington & all over Sydney





Gelato Messina

Best ice cream in Sydney (possibly Australia?), I don't have much else to say. There's a queue but you don't need to wait too long. You'll need the time to pick your flavour, because that's the hardest part! Super duper mega delicious.
>> All over Sydney, some in Melbourne








Skittle Lane 

There are many good coffee places in Sydney, so I can't do the coffee scene here any justice by naming just one place. Here's a big list of coffee places in the CBD, and another list with the best coffee places of 2016 (they make lists by the year, so you can imagine just how many coffee spots there are!) I found Skittle Lane on Broadsheet so we went and had some very strong flat whites here.
>> 40 King Street


Skittle Lane Coffee


Skittle Lane Coffee


The Boat House Shelly Beach

On our last day we headed a bit out of the city center towards Manly and Shelly Beach. After swimming and walking all morning, we went to The Boat House for lunch. It's a buzzing spot with lots of different seating options and a menu that caters to all tastes. I had a massive quinoa kale vegetable salad and my brother had fish & chips. Though it's slightly chaotic, there's a really good vibe hear, with people coming in and out and a nice view on the beach and sea!
>> 1 Marine Parade


The Boat House Shelly Beach


The Boat House Shelly Beach

The Boat House Shelly Beach


The Boat House Shelly Beach


The Boat House Shelly Beach


The Boat House Shelly Beach


The Boat House Shelly Beach


Pure Wholefoods Manly

This is a very small deli where they serve all kinds of vegan food. I popped in here to try a little Cocowhip, which is froyo made from coconut milk. Tasty but kind of pricey! They also sold lots of different chocolate brands and other snacks! If you're spending a day at Manly beach, this is a good place to get some vegan-friendly snacks and refreshments!
>> 5/ 10 Darley Road


Pure Wholefoods Manly


Pure Wholefoods Manly

Sydney is a true foodie paradise (I say this too often but it's true!) The competition is pretty fierce in this city so the restaurants can't afford to deliver low quality or poor customer service. I often used Broadsheet to research restaurants, it's the best website by far. We need a Broadsheet page for every city in the world! I definitely want to go back to Sydney soon, I felt like there was so much left to discover. But I'm happy I got to see this much already. If you haven't seen part one of my Sydney guide, check it out!

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