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Published May 25th 2015
Shops worth the stop at the Shire
Nestled between buzzing towns like Brighton-le-Sands and Wollonggong, the Sutherland Shire seems to be the quieter area. I believe that the low profile of the Shire is what makes it, well, the Shire. The locals are proud of their little gems and they do have picture-perfect picnic spots and bushwalking areas but are frequently hushed from the public eye, so that it will remain as quiet and serene as it should be. However, if you happen to be driving past the Shire, looking for a pit stop to fill up your hunger pangs, here are 8 places that are worth visiting as they can only be found in the Shire (and they're cheap too!)
Disclaimer: list does not include Cronulla because Cronulla has lots of good places to dine and it deserves another list of its own.)
1. La Bamba Pizzeria, Engadine
1003 Old Princes Hwy, Engadine NSW 2233 Move over Pizza Hut and Domino's because cheap does not necessarily mean less tasty, especially when it comes to La Bamba's pizza. From Mondays to Thursdays, a small pizza at La Bamba would cost only $7 (on the other days of the week, they would cost between $4.50 to $9 - which is still a good deal, I must say!) La Bamba's pizza are simple (read: no outrageous ingredients, no cheese stuffed in the crusts, just the usual stuff you find on a typical pizza) but they are delicious and are best eaten when they are fresh from the oven. Besides the delicious pizza they serve, the people at La Bamba are also warm and friendly, which makes you want to come back for more. Their small pasta also comes at $7 on Mondays to Thursdays.
You can rarely go wrong with Japanese food but what makes Sakura Fresh Sushi stand out is their Spider Crab Roll, which is deep-fried Soft Shell Crab stuffed with avocado and lettuce rolled in Japanese rice. The best part of the roll is what it comes with- soft shell crab crumbs and spicy mayo, poured on the rolls in abundance that you can't even close your take away box! For $15, you get 8 Spider Crab Rolls with all that crunchy, yummy goodness on top of it. The only downfall of this restaurant is that they do not have a menu online- because you always check out menus online, don't you?
3. Taj Mehal, Jannali 84 Railway Cres, Jannali, NSW 2226
The craze of the Indian Kebab/Roll has not really caught on Sydney yet, although I am pretty sure that a handful of Sydney-siders do know of its existence. Basically it is like ordering your favourite naan bread with your choice of curry but instead of having it served in a stainless steel plate, you get it wrapped like a Lebanese Kebab, so you can munch on it on the way home. Different shops try to serve their Indian Kebabs in different styles- some has a vegetable pakora in it, some may serve it with lettuce, some is served with a smile while others may not.
I highly recommend their butter chicken in garlic naan and don't forget the capsicums and onions because that is what makes their Indian Kebab hits the spot. I usually ask for more curry as I like my kebab drenched but I have to be careful when I eat it because things can get really messy.
4. Mr. India, Sutherland 780 Old Princes Hwy, Sutherland NSW 2232
By far the only Indian restaurant I know that sells Portugese chicken burger. Strange as it may seem, a fusion of two cuisine in a menu in Sydney is not uncommon. However, if I were to enter an Indian restaurant with the most Indian shop name you can find, I'd go for their Indian food. I have never tried their Western dishes because leaving Mr. India without an Indian Kebab sounds like a wasted trip.
What makes their Indian Kebab different is that along with the tandoori chicken and the butter chicken that is in the kebab, they stuff in a piece of pakora as well. Those ridiculously delicious deep-fried vegetables are a perfect complement for the Indian Kebab.
A plain naan-Indian Kebab costs $5.50!
5. Moon Fresh Sushi, Miranda
561 Kingsway, Miranda, NSW 2228
Nestled opposite Westfield Miranda, Moon Fresh Sushi looks like your typical Japanese restaurant but there is a dish in that shop that I would drive from Manly to Miranda just to get my hands on it. Moon's Yakitori Chicken is the best (and I usually don't go around saying something is the best until I really mean it). There is just nothing to say about it other than the fact that I have never tasted such delicious Yakitori Chicken in my life. Amen.
$8 for 4 sticks of Heaven.
6. Spitroast Chicken, Sutherland
818 Old Princes Highway, Sutherland NSW 2232 Who doesn't love a Portuguese Chicken Burger? It satisfies your craving for a burger without feeling guilty of stepping into a fast-food restaurant. The chicken meat is marinated in a special batter that exudes a tinge of spiciness which is just the right amount of spiciness that makes both chilli lovers and haters come to an agreement with. Whatever the batter is, it works.
$6.70 for a Portuguese chicken burger.
Looking at the photo makes me wanna have one right now!
7. The Big Mexican Rancho, Gymea
13 Casuarina Road, Gymea Bay, NSW 2227
Hidden in a quiet street in Gymea Bay, The Big Mexican Rancho has been serving in the same location for over 20 years. The multi-coloured walls and decorations in the restaurant gives you a very homely feel, perfect for a Mexican meal where family, to them, is everything. The Big Mexican Rancho serves your typical Mexican dishes, like nachos and dips, jalapenos, chorizo, and quesadilla and the best thing about their dishes are that you know for a fact that they are homemade and not mass produced like other Mexican restaurants around.
I had the Chili Con Carne- a mix of whole beans and shredded beef, with Mexican spices and jalapeno chillies for $14 and the serving was massive!
8. Paul's Famous Hamburger, Sylvania
12 Princess Hwy, Sylvania, NSW 2444
So the story of this famous hamburger dates back to 1957 and they are not ashamed to say that they do have Sydney's best hamburgers, and I can vouch for that. Other than the odd operating hours (they are closed on Mondays to Wednesdays), and the occasional good-looking chefs that you may find tossing your burger patties, you can have your burger in any way you like, the possibilities are endless!
Plus, the pineapple crushers are amazing too. They are a must have!
My Paul's Hamburger came with pineapple, cheese and mayo & a cup of pineapple crushers