Some of you may have gone to the Taste of Sydney festival a few weekends ago at Centennial Park to get a taste of what some of the top restaurants in Sydney have to offer. One of the beautiful things about the festival was the fact that you could experience food and talent that might normally set you back a few pineapples (that's 50 buck notes to you) on a shoestring budget.
Fortunately the flip side to the current economic freak-out is that there are lots of amazing restaurants in Sydney that are rolling with the punches by offering some great value meals at the moment.
Are we talking less than silver service or cheaper dishes because you’re paying less? Not at all, in fact they are not only great value but represent an equally as creative and pleasurable an experience as you’d expect from the (quote unquote) normal menu.
Tips? Call ahead and make a booking to secure a table. And enjoy!
- Bentley Bar – The very talented Brent Savage and team are known for their always inventive creations involving soils, gels, mousses and more. $50 lunch special including their famous smoked eel parfait with white soy and seaweed salad. A two chef hatted restaurant lunch for $50? What’s reason do you have NOT to go? www.thebentley.com.au
- Assiette – French fare may prove rich on all sides but Friday lunch at this chic Surry Hills destination, 3 courses at this chef hatted restaurant will set you back just $30. Including dishes like confit of chicken leg with polenta and field mushrooms, it’s worth taking a long lunch for. http://www.restaurantassiette.com.au/
- La Sala – Situated in that very trendy pocket of Surry Hills which also houses China Heights Gallery and Spence & Lyda interiors, you could easily burn a hole in your wallet faster than you can say “Missoni beach towel”. Fortunately a bar special of pasta, green salad AND a glass of wine will only set you back 20 bones, so you can afford to spend a little more on that Numskull painting you've had your eye on. (What? Rudd bonus, people!) http://aihgroup.com.au/la_sala
- Dank Street Depot - Has made Nana chic cool again with its early dining special: The Early Dinner Club. 6.00pm seatings on Friday and Saturday nights will see you enjoying a platter-style feast prepared by Jared Ingersoll and his team, including a glass of wine for $35. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place. http://www.danksstreetdepot.com.au/
The hit list:
320 Crown St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
8 Albion St Surry Hills, NSW 2010
23 Foster Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010.
Dank Street Depot
1/2 Danks Street (Cnr Young St), Waterloo, NSW 2017
(pics are by me, food by The Bentley Bar)