A food lover’s guide to Sydney

3 Jun

The block I live on in downtown Sydney, Australia is close to a grocery store; Woolloomooloo Woolworth’s — it’s oooooooo so good — and even closer to a slice of Sydney’s infamous Restaurant scene. This [combined with my stove-less, cutting-board-less, view-less (but cheap-and-in-a-great-location) dorm room] gives me every reason to put down the can-opener and head out my front door.

They call food Tucker in Australian.

They call food “tucker” in Australian.

Hartsyard — Tucker so good it wants to eat itself. Smoked lambs ribs or whipped cheese with stuffed peppers. I saw a dish with popcorn involved; definitely going back.
Korean BBQ — Plate full of raw meat. I loved it.
Cheeky Czech — Aren’t they hungry for vegetables in that country? I was lacking nutrients and on a sodium overload.

A list of puns:
SauteThai Restaurant, ChatThai, ThaiRiffic, Thainatown, ThaiOne, Thaitanium.

Garfish or, The Manly Tumble
Good view. Average menu but a bruise on my ego forces me to remember that there’s a slippery floor.

Sushi is Sydney’s fast food; good, cheap, healthy, and located on every corner.
Sushi Train– Sushi, but slightly more expensive. It rotates. On a conveyor belt. Mechanical delivery comes at a cost.
Gelatissimo — Ice Cream Store and dinner for grown ups.
Meat & Wine Co. — This is the only country that I know of where you can (legally) eat their national emblem. ‘roo is delicious when it’s sizzling, ta.
Bodhi — Vegan yum cha, fake meat still doesn’t taste like real meat but their dumplings have brought me back.

*******A nod of deep respect to The Irish in my life*******
Curry cheese chips.

42 — Homemade lamb roast, bag lunch the next day; hospitality at its finest.


The dust is clearly marked, vintage 2005.

The dust is clearly marked, vintage 2005.

That’s Bippi in the background. And that’s my best Australian mate, Rusty, in the foreground. He says a clichéd “G’day”. You can also see Franco the “Koala Bear” who is attached to my keys; we go everywhere together except that Franco doesn’t know that I ate his girlfriend’s rump during a dining experience mentioned earlier in this post.
Stanley Street Merchants
When ordering scallops seared is an operative word; raw scallops are less good than raw oysters. (The first time I’ve seen finger limes, Nancy!)
British Indian Tapas
Continentally confused. Where is this restaurant from? Where is this waitress from? Do the Vietnamese eat chickpeas? And, sorry, can we have a doggy bag??
The Twin Italians Two completely unrelated restaurants from the same motherland. The best bit? The awkwardness as you sit on the veranda discussing which one is better.

The Twin Italians
Two completely unrelated restaurants from the same motherland. The best bit? The awkwardness as you sit on the veranda discussing which one is better.

An interesting sidebar: Australian customer service is generally poor because the country (mostly) doesn’t tip (due high wages). And so, for those of you who’ve eaten with me in this country, I sincerely thank you for your water glass.

You can all see where this post has taken me, predictably… towards dinner time. And yes, to answer your no doubt lingering question, I’m off to read something intellectually demanding like a menu.
Bon Appetit,

8 Responses to “A food lover’s guide to Sydney”

  1. Peggy skemp June 3, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    This is the only blog i always read, because its FUNNY and well-written. Keep being fascinating!

    • Sammi Travis July 5, 2014 at 4:31 am #

      Peggy! I’m so going to miss seeing your gorgeous face this month as I’m sure it’s going to be FULL of light and laughter.
      Love you so much. Thanks for your feedback.
      sammi 🙂

  2. Andrew B. Travis June 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    I’m getting hungry just reading. I had Addies’s for dinner the other day. Oh, help me out and maybe one or two others of your readers. I have a few questions and an interesting fact:

    1. What is Tucker? Is it Koala rump?
    2. “ta”? What does “ta” mean?
    3. ” (The first time I’ve seen finger limes, Nancy!)”? Huh? I don’t get it, Nancy.

    Interesting fact: My mom used to buy me goldfish (fish, not crackers) at a store that was one of a famous and popular chain of stores called Woolworth’s. Can’t seem to find a Woolworth’s here any more.

    One more thing. I forgot to mention that I loved reading your “menu” as I always love reading your autobiographical posts.

    Oh, and what Peggy said.


  3. Andrew B. Travis June 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    Oops. My bad. I didn’t read the caption under the first photo. I know what tucker is now. Thank you. 😦

  4. Russell Poole June 3, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    I pity the water glass in Sammi’s reach.

  5. Jerry Pitts June 8, 2014 at 4:09 am #

    Well Sammi eating all that rue didn’t seen to put any weight on you ! running around with that Koala Bear and Rusty seems to keep you tuned up and running smooth. Keep having fun and as Angie would say Live, Love, and Laugh together for as long as you can !!!

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