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Published May 21st 2017
Many wonderful food precincts have popped up in the last few years around Sydney, one of which is Tramsheds. Opened in September 2016, this dining destination can be found where the old Harold Park Racecourse was located.
The building itself was originally the Rozelle Tramway Depot, built in 1904. It was gutted and then restored to today's glory and the first thing you see when walking through the main entrance is, of course, a tram. Bringing back to life the Golden Era of travel, menus on tables inside the tram invite you to experience the romance of these times.
Moving through this heritage-listed precinct, you'll find a collection of restaurants and services who share a vision of the love of food, education and community. Sit at the blue padded stools of the bar, Bodega 1904, that serves up South American-inspired tapas and great wine or try the Osaka Trading Company with an emphasis on Japanese seafood. The latter also run regular classes on cooking Japanese street food, making classic cocktails and hand-carving ice balls.
Flavours of Egypt are brought to you through Bekya with decadent spiced meats, vegetables and exotic salads whilst Belle's Hot Chicken brings its Nashville-born fiery taste paired with natural wines. For a touch of Italy, there's Flour Eggs Water making fresh pasta in front of your eyes in the open kitchen and pairing dishes with wine on tap. Whilst on Europe, French cafe vibes are on hand with Garcon should you need a coffee pick me up, cocktails or wine. They have an all day brunch menu as well as an evening menu. In addition, they run coffee appreciation and roasting workshops.
It's an easy and level walk around the whole building with the above eateries and more to choose from, making the decision on where to eat a hard one. On an afternoon visit, we just decided to get an ice cream from Gelato Messina. A pear and rhubarb combination was had with the flavour subtle and the cold mouth feel refreshing on the warm day.
On our second visit, our son treated us to lunch on Mother's Day at Sir Chapel Brewery and Grill House. Old World England tradition and taste includes cheese trays, meats, vegetables, wines, and beers made using a copper brewhouse with an all-malt mash for experts to capture a culmination of technique and flavour.
Our filling up began with a starter, chips loaded full of tasty pulled pork, Monterey Jack cheese and ranch dressing. Delicious was the verdict before we plied into our mains. I went with the roast pork belly prettily displayed on a board with pickled ginger, caramelised pear and 4hrs beer caramelised onion puree. The ginger was kickass, the pork belly cooked well and the pear a nice sweet touch.
Hubby chose the half rack of pork ribs covered in maple glazed BBQ sauce sitting atop a sizeable amount of chips. A huge meal, but he made it through it, enjoying it all. Our son had the Porterhouse steak that came with chips and slaw. Cooked tenderly, it went down well.
We couldn't fault any of the meals and along with the ambience of this establishment, its brick walls and earthy tones, it made for a memorable time. Lots of reasons to return too with the menu also serving up wood-fired pizzas, risotto, seafood, buffalo wings, burgers, some interesting signature sandwiches and big salads.
Prices at Sir Chapel range from $12 to $50 with many items around the $20 mark, making it available to all budgets.
Other eating establishments in Tramsheds worthy of mention are Fish & Co, Butcher and the Farmer, Mama's Buoi for Vietnamese and the Dust bakery and pizzeria with a stone mill milling all its grains onsite.
Whilst restaurants make up the bulk of Tramsheds, you can also find other services here. There's a barber shop, Moe and Co, featuring a postered ceiling; a medical centre open 7 days; a fitness and martial arts centre called Boxing Works; and a Depot Nail Bar waiting to pamper you. They and others all add up to a convenient and worthwhile experience.
But that's not all. In a hub between Sir Chapel and Bodega 1904 lies Artisan Lane with many temporary surprises. On Mother's Day, there was a floral swing for mothers and children to capture a photo. A pop-up Sri Lankan kitchen, Hopper Kade, was also present. Many events and workshops are held in this space too, along with market stalls and activities. Coming up, you can learn to make dumplings from scratch or how to put together the perfect cheese board.
Visit the website for more on this wonderfully, re-developed urban setting that is only 5.5kms from Sydney's CBD and a short drive from the Anzac Bridge. Car parking is available onsite and the light rail stop of Jubilee Park is only a few minutes walk away. The best bus routes from the city are 431 and 433.