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Published July 17th 2014
Large family restaurant in Liverpool
Once again I love discovering restaurants in the suburbs of Sydney that aren't necessarily well known but Rashays is not exactly new, nor is it a place I have only just discovered. I've been to Rashays several times in the last year in the south western suburb of Liverpool and I seem to keep coming back. Not sure whether that reflects a lack of better places to eat in the neighbourhood or the virtues of the restaurant chain itself; but I thought I'd share my experiences with you so you can check it out too.
There are in fact two Rashays in Liverpool, one on 339 Hume Highway and another on 371 Macquarie Street, and while they are both pretty good overall - the menus are almost exactly identical - I found the Hume Highway one warmer indoors (especially useful in winter) and easier to access parking - it's a direct entrance from the highway rather than having to find a back street to get to the parking at the Macquarie Street one, so not that straightforward for newbies.
Other than the above, the service is friendly in both places, and both restaurants are large and spacious with plenty of sunlight streaming in throughout the glass windows, giving it a family friendly ambience. Rashays is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and there is also a kid friendly menu, a dessert menu, beverage menu and of course plenty of mains to choose from such as pasta varieties, pizza varieties, grill varieties, and more.
The chef is also quite flexible with the menus for vegetarians if required. We tend to always shuffle and mix things around and they seem quite happy to oblige with our various demands.
The Mediterranean flavours are quite popular as you might notice in the menu, recurring in the pasta, pizza, and entree menu. The mediterranean fettuccine is delicious - I get this almost every time I'm there; with delicious vegetables forming a smooth yet rustic tomato based sauce with feta cheese. Yum. My friend also loves the chilli prawn pasta.
We ordered mochas too and that was also quite nice, just the right blend of chocolate and coffee flavours to go with our meal.
One of the reasons we keep going back to Rashays, other than the convenient location at times, is that there is usually not much of a crowd and you take liberties with time and space as you wish. Obviously the weekends are a little more crowded but still never had to wait to be seated to date.
Also look out for the specials on the menu. I believe there are discounts on Mondays, and also VIP loyalty cards which you may benefit from if you're a frequent flyer. Overall, quite a pleasant experience.