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What is Sydney's Most Iconic Plate of Food?

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Published January 26th 2018
We are fortunate to live in a city spoilt for choice when it comes to good food and, in our era of Instagram, the quest to try (and photograph) iconic food through the city has almost become a regional sport. Although foodie trends often come and go, there are those dishes that withstand the test of time. Which leads me to the question - what is Sydney's most iconic plate of food?

Here are my top contenders:

Quay - Snow Egg
Peter Gilmore's incredible guava snow egg first shot to fame as the finale dish for season 2 of MasterChef Australia, 2010. Since the episode went to air, demand for this dish has been such that it has been reported that more kitchen staff had to be hired just to run the section. The toffee, biscuit coated poached meringue and custard egg has remained the last dish on Quay's decadent $245pp degustation for half a decade. For many, it is considered the primary reason to visit this restaurant.

quay restaurant snow egg dessert
Image courtesy of Quay Restaurant /

Quay Restaurant
Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay
130 Argyle St
The Rocks, NSW
Lunch Friday-Sunday 12-1:30pm
Dinner: Monday-Sunday 6-9:30

Black Star Pastry - Strawberry Watermelon Cake
Black Star's strawberry watermelon cake gains its fame from both looks and flavour. It is composed of alternating slices of almond dacquoise, rose-water infused cream and fresh slices of watermelon all topped with strawberries, pistachios and rose petals. It strikes a delicious balance between sweetness and freshness which ensures maximum taste bud satisfaction. Furthermore, it is just so darn pretty (and therefore, very Instagrammable). Owner Christopher The, calls this cake "the most photographed cake in Australia (if not the world)". It comes in single serves or sizes for every party ranging from the 4 portion (10-12cm) at $32 to the 40 portion (38x38cm) at $260, but you have to get in quick because they sell out fast!

black star pastry watermelon strawberry cake
Image courtesy of Black Star Pastry /

Black Star Pastry
277 Australia St
Newtown, NSW
Open 7am-5pm Sun-Wed (5:30 on Thurs-Sat)

Also stores in Rosebery, Moore Park and Sydney CBD

Almond Affogato Gelato at Cow and Moon

On any given weekend night, you will find a crowd lining up on the corner of Enmore Rd for a scoop at Cow and Moon. Although technically not served on a place, this humble family-run gelateria in Sydney took out the Gelato World Tour in Italy for their Almond Affogato - if that's not iconic, what is? You can try this award-winning flavour and others for the reasonable price of $5 for a scoop - the sizes are super generous.

Cow and Moon - Gelato/Coffee/Dessert Bar
181 Enmore Rd,
Enmore, NSW
Open 8:30am-10pm

I'm curious to know your thoughts!
What plate of food says "Sydney" to you? What do travellers who travel far and wide to our shores to try?

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The watermelon cake at Black Star is absolutely delicious, a to-die-for dessert. You're right, you need to get there early to get a slice. I've driven 30 mins just to get this cake.
by Faye (score: 3|1124) 353 days ago

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