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Best Winter Food in Sydney

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by Sarah Han (subscribe)
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Published April 20th 2011
Once winter is approaching, going out in the chilly weather becomes a struggle. But there are some great restaurants in Sydney that are perfect for the cold weather. I'm talking soups, hearty food with potatoes, or hot drinks. Winter is the best time to look for full-flavoured dishes that awaken the taste buds.

1. Betty's Soup Kitchen
Soup is the ultimate comfort food in winter, and Betty's Soup Kitchen is the best place to go if you want some home-style soups. First opened in the 90s, this Darlinghurst diner prides itself on its good, hearty food, not its interior design. Indeed, Betty's Soup Kitchen is not about the ambience. There's a great list of soups - beef goulash, potato and pumpkin, tomato, and potato and leek (which is cold - not necessarily the best option for winter). But my favourite is the lentil soup. The soups come with bread and are only $8.50 each.

What almost outdoes the soup itself is the bread and butter. The bread is so fluffy and rustic, and the accompanying butter so soft. I always have to ask for more bread. This eatery also has a salad bar - yes, salads are not exactly winter food, but it's still worth a mention because Betty's Soup Kitchen is also great in other seasons. There are other main meals as well like pastas, pies, and bangers and mash. It's not a groundbreaking restaurant, but it's wonderful in winter. It's all about simplicity and heart here.

2. Bavarian Bier Cafe
For more winter comfort food, consider German dishes. Thinking of German food makes me want to curl up on a couch with a blanket. Bavarian Bier Cafe may not have a couch to laze around on, but it has the next best thing: German food.

A lovely starter at Bavarian Bier Cafe is Klaus' Goulasch Soup (with home baked bread) for $13. It's not only warm and tasty, but also has a nice spice to it thanks to the paprika in it. Another must-eat is the warm pretzel with butter ($3.50). The pretzel is so delicious that I could eat half a dozen of these.

Most of the mains are winter-appropriate, but my favourite is probably the Mixed Char-Grilled Sausages with Sebago Mash and Sauerkraut ($26). Of course there are also many types of Schnitzels on the menu. You can take your pick from pork, chicken, or veal. If you'd like to try a bit of everything, go for the Bavarian Tasting Platter ($27), which has Pork Belly, Sausages, and Schnitzel. Virtually all the mains will not only warm your body, but also your heart.

In winter, alcoholic drinks can also help in keeping you warm - Bavarian Bier Cafe has just the thing for you. There's a respectable range of Schnapps and of course a generous beer list. I recommend the Sauer Apfel (sour apple) or Butterscotch Schnapps ($7). Or if you're feeling thirsty, there's also 1 metre of six Schnapps for $42. Of course countless German beers are on offer - take your pick from Spaten to Paulaner and Stiegl. There are a few Bavarian Bier Cafe locations - for your nearest branch, check the website.

3. Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe
Eating dessert in winter is only satisfying if it's warm or if it contains chocolate. Ideally both criteria are met. Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe does the job - you can choose from a menu of many chocolate desserts (including warm ones). I love Guylian chocolates just on their own. Those little chocolate seashells are just to-die-for. But the cafe has more to offer than mere chocolate seashells.

There's a Hot Chocolate Specials section, where you can choose from milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and coffee with chocolate. Or you can opt for the Belgian waffles, which you can have with Guylian chocolate dip and ice cream. Also on offer are a range of cakes. See the website if you'd like to see the entire menu.
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Why? Comfort food for winter
When: Anytime
Where: Sydney
Cost: From $3.50
I love Bettys soup kitchen. Mondays & Tuesdays is $10 soup and salad, where salad is buffet and bread keeps coming. Ah-mazing.
By lilym0 - reader
Friday, 24th of June @ 04:16 am
SOUP! Oh my lord, soup. I love soup so much. Wonderful article, and I can’t believe that there’s a Guylian café! I thought the choice was mainly between Lindt and Max Brenner. Beautiful pictures, by the way. Thanks.
By Maz Serena Rockers - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 2nd of November @ 03:46 pm
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