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Published October 26th 2016
The Ultimate Foodie Day - 8 must try eats in Sydney
Food, glorious food – buy it, cook it, eat it share it. If you are anything like me, you plan your time around new restaurant openings and food events, read countless websites and magazines and have a pay TV subscription just for the food channels. It is never a chore, but purely a love of food discovery. I'm often asked for recommendations on what to do on an ultimate foodie day – so here are the eight must-try things on a dedicated Foodie Day. Go ahead, get some foodie friends together, plan it, book it and enjoy.
1. Coffee – Forsyth's Coffee, Naremburn Start the weekend with any one of the best coffees in Sydney. One of my personal favourites is Forsyths in Naremburn. It is a family run, award winning coffee and tea house for 30 years. It is perfect for a pre-breakfast coffee. Try a piccolo or ristretto to save room for the rest of the day without sacrificing the caffeine hit you know you are going to need to get through this day!
Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you better make it a good one. About Life has a few outlets, but since you are already over in Naremburn, it is not too far to go to indulge in dishes like nitrate free bacon, paleo superhash and scrambled tofu. Even for a non-health nut, the food is so delicious. Personal go to breakfast is Free Range Bacon & Egg Roll which is served on a charcoal brioche bun. Yum.
Free Range Bacon & Egg Roll on a charcoal brioche bun - About Life.
3. Snacks – Stanley Street Butcher, St Ives Spicy dry Biltong
Visit this iconic butcher specialising in South African products. There is so much to choose from but for this foodie day, try one of the many types of biltong hanging up in the shop. My preference is a dry, fat off, shredded bag with Peri Peri and Garlic. Since they cut it on the spot, you can ask for as spicy as you like. This bag will probably last you for most of the weekend.
4. Lunch – Bibo Wine Bar, Double Bay Lunch Share Menu Portuguese Tarts Tucked away down Bay Street in Double Bay, this luxe wine bar is one of the best foodie finds in Sydney right now. The staff are really friendly, the wine by the glass is exceptional but it is the food that sets this place apart from others. The Portuguese inspired menu is designed to share with standout dishes the Heirloom Tomatoes Capsicum Ortiz Anchovies, Octopus cabbage Sobrassada and unbelievably amazing Portuguese Tarts.
5. Afternoon Snacks - Sydney CBD Gelato Flowers Fancy some gorgeous rose pattern gelato? Head to Skyway Plaza along George Street. The gelato artisans will sculpt the gelato into the waffle cone petal by petal. Create your own design by choosing the flavours like Coconut, Green Tea, Chocolate, Espresso or Bubble-gum. If you are not up to the novelty presentation but the standard flavours, you can go for the scoops of course, but you might as well be adventurous!
6. Pre-Dinner Drinks – Sokyo Lounge, The Star Sydney, Pyrmont Negronis There are plenty of bars that serve the traditional Negroni, but purely for the luxurious feel, Sokyo Lounge is perfect for a pre-dinner drink. If you are attempted, the Negroni is a gin, Campari and Sweet Vermouth concoction that is strong but delicious. Sokyo serves it with a beautiful ice ball which keeps it cold as you sip and take in the nightclub feel of the Lounge. On another night, you might migrate to Sokyo for some fabulous Japanese fare, but tonight we move on to another restaurant.
7. Dinner – Firedoor, Surry Hills Chefs 8 course menu Like a baptism by fire, Firedoor is a warm and inviting destination centred on the wood fire oven. The fresh and exceptional ingredients are designed to share on the ever changing menu. Best way to get the full flavour of the Chef's talent is to try the Chef's Menu. Surprisingly some of the best dishes are veggie-centric including the broccoli, eggplant and chilli brittle and wood fired butternut, stracciatella and treviso.
Broccoli, eggplant and chilli brittle - Firedoor Surry Hills
8. Late Night – Love Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst Wine, olives & pate This is a truly gorgeous small bar down the back streets of Darlinghurst and perfect for a late night drink. The staff are terrific and the wine by the glass list is short but perfect. Grab something from the menu too including duck liver pate, olives and maybe some warm bread. While away the evening chatting and listening to the great music in this blink-and-you'll-miss-it, hole in the wall.