Who doesn’t love a good food court? Most of us are familiar with food courts filled with fast food chains dishing out greasy pizza, burgers and sandwiches. Walk into any mall in America and you’ll find a Wendy’s, McDonalds, Subway, Sabarro, Manchu Wak and other traditional food court staples. In Sydney Australia, however, there’s a very different kind of food court at the Westfield Sydney Pitt Street Mall. On level five and six you can find just about any type of food you desire from anywhere around the world and there’s not a single McDonalds or Subway in sight!
Want a hot-dog? You’re not going to find a Nathan’s or Hot Dog on a Stick here; instead, you’ll find Snag & Stand – gourmet sausages and haute dogs. There’s a haute dog for everyone on the Snag & Stand menu. Try the traditional Aussie Wagyu Beef Dog served on a rustic roll w/butter, garlic mash, herbed gravy & sautéed onions. Looking for a little spice with your dog? Check out the Beef & Horseradish served with spicy horseradish mayo and beetroot relish or the Spicy Spanish Chorizo with sun-dried tomatoes, chipotle aioli, baby rocket and Spanish goat cheese. They also have the classics – the American Classic is a wood smoked frankfurter with American Yellow Mustard, Onion and Sweet Relish on a toasted Brioche Roll. It was a very good take on the American Classic I must say it was delicious.
In the mood for some dim sum? Check out Din Tai Fung outpost in Westfield. The original Din Tai Fung Taiwanese restaurant has been awarded one Michelin Star and ranked as one of the world’s Top Ten Best Restaurants by The New York Times. The food court out posts serves traditional steamed Pork Dumpling Xiao Long, Bao Steamed Shrimp & Pork, Shao Mai Fried Rice with Egg topped with Black Pepper Beef Cubes, Vegetable Wonton Noodle Soup with Spicy Sauce and Shrimp & Pork Wonton Noodle Soup to name a few. There’s always a long line here.
Looking for a great deli sandwich? Look no further than Reuben & Moore. Chef Michael Moore has brought the New York Deli to Sydney and offers up gourmet sandwiches, salads and hot rotisserie bar fare. Reuben & Moore is home to the famous Rueben sandwich and here Moore serves it with prime Wagyu beef, Swiss cheese, homemade dill pickles, sauerkraut and mild mustard & mayo on freshly baked rye bread. If you like the Rueben, trust me, you’ll love Moore’s version. It was amazing and made me feel like I was in any NYC deli enjoying a classic.
In the mood for a burger? You’re in luck, Charlie & Co Burgers is just the place. Justin North, of the renowned Sydney Becasse restaurant, has designed a menu that maintains the integrity of premium, top notch, fresh produce, all locally sourced to create a flavorful and juicy burger – and I can vouch for the flavor, it’s awesome. Probably the best burger in Australia that I found. I would suggest the Wagyu & Co. Burger made with Wagyu beef and topped with beetroot relish, pickled gherkin, lettuce, aged cheddar and aioli on a sesame bun. No visit to Charlie & Co would be complete with an order of Parmesan and truffle fries. Here’s a tip: 1 order is enough for 2-4 people, but ask for some extra aioli or sauce on the side.
Looking for a Middle Eastern favorite? Check out Dergah Grill which offers traditional and modern Turkish fare. I could have eaten at Degrah Grill at least a few times a week. A combination of a Gyro and Shish Kebab, the Donner Kebab was amazing and quickly became my favorite. The Donner Kebab layered thinly shaved beef, humus, lettuce, spices, onions and your choice of sauces in a pita which was then grilled so that all the flavors melted together. I’m hungry just thinking about it.
Have a sweet tooth? Stop by Becasse Bakery (you guessed it, also the brain child of Chef Justin North) where you’ll find a huge variety of beautiful and delicious pastries. You could also check out Cupcake & Company or Max Brenner Chocolate Shop where you can indulge in chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. I recommend the Peanut Butter Chockie – a frozen drink made of peanut butter, chocolate and ice.
Max Brenner Chocolate Shop
Other gourmet eateries in the Westfield food court include:
Cloudy Bay Fish Co. which displayed the most beautiful seafood from Australia and New Zealand – plus the staff uniforms added to the vibe.
Crust – a gourmet pizza bar with hundreds of gourmet and premium toppings cooked to order.
Guzman y Gomez – a fresh take on tacos, burritos and black beans. This Mexican Taquaria focuses on quality and flavorful food for people in a hurry.
Iku Whole Foods – Iku produces food as close to its natural state as possible and serves up brown rice sushi rolls, soy burgers and more.
9 Marys Modern Indian – 9 Marys hand grinds their spices and uses fresh produce to create modern Indian food.
Pie by Mick’s Bakehouse – traditional savory pies are produced by renowned baker, Michael Di Salvatore.
Ragu Pasta & Wine Bar – Ragu serves fresh pasta and antipasto with a large selection of wines.
Sassy’s Red by Chinta Ria – Sassy’s Red serves traditional home-style Malaysian food.
Spuds n Crepes – find sweet and savory crepes cooked fresh to order with your choice of filling and toppings.
Sushi Hon – serves up classic sushi rolls off of a sushi train and makes made to order Japanese dishes.
Thairiffic Noodle Bar – Thairiffic makes authentic Thai food, made-to-order noodles, curries and stir fries. The Pad Thai is delicious!
The food court is a place to find cheap and fast food. Sometimes it’s okay and sometimes it’s really bad. With an astonishing variety of quality outlets (many headed by famous chefs) the food court on level 5 & 6 of the Westfield Sydney Pitt Street Mall is a ground-break food court concept.