Friday, 25 February 2011

everyday eats 2011 launches

Having been so busy doing a whole bunch of PR and marketing lately, it's really nice to come back to the reason why I got into the food industry in the first place - food writing. Everyday Eats (formerly known as Cheap Eats) is a total bible for any Sydney-sider who wants to get the best from this city...without dropping a bomb everytime.

Us contributors were sent on a fantastical journey through Sydney by our fearless editor Angie Schiavone, in search of the best to write home about when it comes to affordable bang for your buck. The criteria for an 'affordable eat' is two courses for under $30...and in one of the most expensive cities in the world, a guide to these kind of gems is nothing to sniff at.

Here are three award winning establishments you should know about, and why (for the rest of the line up of winners, check out the book!

Best Bargain - Pondok Buyung

If you're starving, hangry even, this Indonesian treasure has you covered. It might not actually be 'all you can eat', but it's pretty close. The serving sizes are larger than life and sure to sate even the most voracious of appetites. Just $9 will get you a huge plate of rice, a couple of curries (there are about 20 to choose from, including winners like rendang, fish or eggplant)..and the tea is free. A low key dining win.

140 Anzac Parade, Kensington
9663 2296
Fri - Wed 10am - 8pm, Thurs 10am - 7pm
Cash only

Best Culinary Theatre - Chef's Gallery

The name don't lie. Set up so you can see into the kitchen, it may feel a little like a goldfish bowl for the chefs, but as a punter, it's modern dinner theatre. Watch all the action happening in the kitchen, like noodles being made by hand. Winners include the slow-roasted beef shin, but the steamed black sesame-filled buns with little piggy faces are too cute for words.

Shop 12, Regents Place
501 George St, Sydney
9267 8877
Daily 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm

Best View - The Crabbe Hole

There aren't many views more quintessentially Sydney-stunning than looking out over Bondi Beach from Bondi Icebergs. The Crabbe Hole is Icebergs' own little hole-in-the-wall cafe, serving up simple cafe pleasers like the P.L.T (Prosciutto, lettuce and tomato cemented together with a generous schmear of aioli) and cracking Little Marionette coffee, served up by baritoned barista with theatrical aplomb.
Try heading here during the week to avoid the Saturday morning crowds and pretend the view is all your own.

1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach
(part of the Bondi Icebergs building)
Daily 7am - 5pm

Thanks to Everyday Eats, we gave away 5 copies of the book to lucky FBi supporters on the show. To take part in FBi promotions in the future, make sure you sign up!