Phase One of Westfield Sydney now open!
A couple of days ago, I was invited along to a press tour of the shiny new Westfields Sydney food court, although I wouldn’t call it a food court at all, as there is no kfc/maccas/subways in sight! You can still find the ‘food court’ at the bottom of Myer. The new Westfields Sydney houses the ‘Sydney Room’ on Level 5 which is a beautiful and bright area with much deliciousness. My first thought when I walked off the escalator was ‘wow, this is fancy!’
Charlie & Co. – Parmesan & Truffle Chips
First stop was Justin North’s, Charlie & Co. burger bar. We are quickly handed glasses of bubbly and listen whilst Justin explains his desire to open up a burger bar selling the best quality burgers after the huge success of the wagyu burgers at his restaurant, Plan B. He talks about sourcing the best quality meat and making the brioche buns fresh everyday. We are given a bowl of beautiful parmesan & truffle chips to nibble on and then the cutest burger are placed in front of us (I was *squeeing* inside!). Seriously good meat, loved the beetroot, pickles and buns. Charlie & Co. is also a licensed area so you can pop in after (or before/during, if you’re that way inclined) work for a burger and a drink.
Charlie & Co. – Mini Wagyu Burger
The menu consists of many different types of burgers to cater for every taste – from the serious meat eaters to the vegetarians. The most popular burgers so far were ‘the wagyu & co’ and ‘the federation burger’. Most burgers range from $12 – $16 ($2 extra for dine-in). It’s definitely not your average burger!
Eat, Deli Kitchen
Eat, Deli Kitchen – Reuben Sandwich
Next stop is Eat, Deli Kitchen where we meet chef Martin Moore and get a taste of the already infamous ‘reuben sandwich’. The reuben sandwich consists of wagyu salt beef, sauerkraut, pickles, cheese and mustard on rye bread. The meat is carved to order, which does create a bit of theatre whilst you wait for your sandwich! Moore says he received the highest compliment the other day when a customer wrote on a napkin ‘this is better than Katz’s Deli’ in New York. That’s a big call, I think. After a bite out of my sandwich, it does come very close. The meat is so wonderfully salty and tender, it definitely does remind me on NYC! You do get a whole lot more meat when you buy the sandwich, the above picture was just for us to get a taste. There’s a whole range of hot and cold dishes and campos coffee available at Eat, Deli Kitchen.
Cloudy Bay Fish Co.
Cloudy Bay Fish Company is John Susman’s first retail venture. He has been a supplier of sustainable Australian & New Zealand seafood for over 20 years. At this outlet, there is a variety of different types of fresh fish and seafood which you can choose to have in a roll or in a salad. He is planning to have fish cakes and fish pies in the hot food section soon.
Guzman Y Gomez
Guzman Y Gomez named after founder Steven Marks’ two best friend’s in New York. He tells us the story of how he could not find any decent Mexican food when he came to Sydney, so he decided to open up his store; he imported the best chilli’s and raw ingredients from Mexico as well as employing a bunch of Mexican staff. Everything is made fresh to order and they can pretty much customise to whatever you want, there’s also a range of condiments on the side for you to choose from.
Via Del Corso
Via Del Corso is named after a street in Rome and has all manor of sweet delicious things from gelato to cakes and cannoli – yum! The gelato cabinet was designed by the makers of Lamborghini and Ferrari. The door actually slides open at the front, to make it easier for cleaning (and for taste testing!). At the push of a button, the lid opens and we are given free reign of samples of the gelato – chilli chocolate was a favourite and my all time favourite – hazelnut, did not dissapoint.
Via Del Corso
Top Fruit – Harbour Cocktail
Top Fruit is the much loved fruit bar selling all kinds of beautiful, seasonal fruits, yoghurt, smoothies and of course chocolate dipped strawberries. We are given a range of fruits to try including the intriguing chocolate fruit, jackfruit and dragonfruit. We are then given a ‘harbour cocktail’ which is a mix of mango, strawberries, banana, ricotta cheese and rose syrup – I could not get enough of this! The combination was to die for and I’d happily have giant bowls of this everyday!
Top Fruit – Chocolate Dipped Strawberry
We are also given a chocolate dipped strawberry to take home! Oh my, fat juicy strawberry dipped in milk chocolate. How can you go wrong?!
A couple of other outlets at the Sydney Room were Crust pizza (where pizza is ready made fresh and ready in 2 minutes), and Dergah Grill where they make their bread fresh on site and serve traditional Turkish fare. There are a number of other outlets planned to open between now and the end of 2011.
Sky Phoenix – Egg Tarts
After a tour of the Sydney Room, we head up to Level 6 for yum cha at Sky Phoenix. Despite being stuffed to the brim, I persevere for research purposes. After we are seated a whole range of dumplings in steaming bamboo baskets are placed on our table. And you can’t leave yum cha without having an egg tart! The flaky pastry of the, still warm, egg tart was the perfect ending.
Make sure to check out the new Westfield Sydney Level 5 & 6 food areas. It’s definitely something new and something that our city has desperately needed.Westfield Sydney Cnr Pitt St Mall and Market St Sydney NSW 2000 Tel: (02) 8236 9200 www.westfield.com.au
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