Before you think I'm the owner, I just live and work in the area and it's something I think others should enjoy.
This place has something very special about it. It's really not your typical cafe/restaurant. They're open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Everything is baked fresh daily, onsite. Bread, baguettes, rolls, croissants, pastries, cakes, pies and more. They have something for everyone with fresh salads, baguettes with a huge range of fillings, a menu that has both warm and cold dishes that include both local and foreign flavours and all this can be enjoyed either takeaway, by sitting inside, or, in the outside courtyard. Or if your after a coffee, they have some of Sydney's best barista's.
If there is one down point, it does get very busy around lunch time during the week.
Favorite Dish: Pad si iu - Thick rice noodle with chicken, vegetables and then their own sauce. (Wont tell me what's in it)
I should have know better on this one. For years I had seen Bill's toted as "The Breakfast Place" on food blogs and this trip I decided to check it out. We arrived early for breakfast and the place was not the mob scene I had anticipated which got me worried.
We were seted at a table for two and handed menus. I personally was surprised at how little was on the menu. I decided on some scrambled eggs, toast and bacon. My wife who found very little interest in anything on the menu decided on some toast with jam. I can honestly say the food is okay; not great, nothing to rave about. Yes, it was a let down for sure after all the anticipation but now I have tried it for myself.
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I was taken here for lunch ( actually a business meeting) and the food was both fresh and delicious. Portions were generous and nutritious. Prices were very reasonable and I am told we were very lucky to have obtained a table as this place is apparently extremely popular in the area. Service was very prompt and polite and the interior was neither pompous nor too rustic - all in alll very well balanced and focussed on the food as it should be!
Favorite Dish: I had a lunch bento box...standard fare!
Im not sure exactly where this is, but it isnt far from Oxford St in the Darlinghurst area. Its a very small place where you sit either at the counter facing the kitchen or on small tables cramped together. A hold in the wall restaurant basically. But the fish is to die for - perfectly prepared and just out of this world! I had the Rockford - I cant eat fish now as nothing compares.
Favorite Dish: Rockford was great - Oysters were great if your into them - I dont think anything would be bad here.
The Shakespeare pub in Surry Hills is a well kept secret - that won't be for much longer! Very well known to the locals, few tourist venture to Surry Hills for some reason and never find the pub!
There are very few places in Sydney where you can get a menu that gives you 8 options for AU$5 and 5 choices for AU$9.50 !
My favourite of all choices was the Steak (big!) for only 5 bucks - you can't go wrong!
Favorite Dish: 300 gram Scotch Chargrill Steak with Mash and Gravy!
You can also order side dishes for 4 bucks that include salads and chips.
You have to order a drink with your meal but they are also very reasonably priced.
I cannot recommend this pub highly enough. You have the choice of eating downstairs under the stars or upstairs, plenty of room but always very popular.
The people we were staying with billed this place as the best fish and chip shop in the world. Now, they didn't know that the town we live in, has about 10 fish and chip shops, and this obviously one of the very few they had been to, because there is no way I can agree with them. Nothing really wrong with it, I just have had better. It was also very pricey when compared to my local shops, but it is Syndey so I guess thats okay
Favorite Dish: They call then Potato Scollops in NSW, potato cakes where I come from.
In a suburb which doesn't seem to have many Italians, this little restaurant was a bit of a surprise. This night was hot, so we sat out the back in their little court yard, which was lovely.
Favorite Dish: Penne Tomato based pasta, lasagne, you gotta have the gelati.
This is an excellent restaurant. The waiting staff are pleasant and polite and attentive.
The food is delicious! Not too expensive either!
Favorite Dish: I went here three times on my holiday, so I have sampled a bit of the menu!!
First time we had Chicken Tikka Masala (this was the best ever), Beef Madras, Butter Chicken, Lamp Vindaloo, Green Salad, Garlic Naan, Butter Naan, Cheese Naan, and a desert which was fried cheese but I can't remember the name!
Spicy Korean Chinese Food. Its called the Tofu Restaurant but its not a vegetarian restaurant. Its definitely worth the experience & its only 5 minutes away from Central Station in Sydney
Favorite Dish: A nice dish would be the Dumplings Meal set. In the meal you get a large bowl with soup tofu and dumplings. You also get korean side dishes with variety of 5. Rice is provided and a refreshing bowl of rice water is provided at the end of the meal. all for only $13!