My friend Phong and I once decided that we’d have to go try out different restaurants in Sydney. We’re both interested in the restaurant and hotel industry and it was a shame that we hadn’t been making the most out of our time here in this multi-cultural metropolitan. At work I’ve heard about quite a few places and always thought I’d have to go there some time, but that never happened.
So we decided to take some action and go to the city on a Saturday evening. It was quite silly to go out for dinner on a Saturday without any bookings, but we were willing to take our chances. Phong said he felt like some German food and wanted to go to Loewenbraeu – how creative I thought, but since Germany was having a World Cup match that night and Phong needed some experience with German dining anyway, I agreed. Apparently everybody had the same idea with us, because when we arrived there was a massive line in front of the restaurant. So we went on our search for the perfect place to dine. We considered the Passenger Terminal, especially Doyle’s, and then Wolfie’s Grill, but I felt it was too touristy, so we went back to The Rocks, skipped Pony, Sake and a few other cute little cafes and bistros as we still “had time”. We even went to the concierges at the Four Seasons and the Marriott; the concierge at the Four Seasons suggested Pony and Sake straight away when I asked for something “fun and spontaneous”. However we agreed to make our way to Longrain in Surry Hills, recommended by the Marriott concierge as a fun place for some Thai food. Walking all the way there and then not getting a table until an hour did make us a bit hungry. I was still being restless and eager to find the place, but after a while my poor friend was starving, and so was I. We landed in Sussex Street and saw a small sushi shop at a street corner – not exactly a breath-taking place, but we didn’t mind anymore. Turned out Sushi Rio was a cool shop indeed; the most creative fusion sushi rolls were passing us on the train. My favourite was the lobster salad sushi, but Phong hit the jackpot by ordering some scallop and beef sushi from the menu – they melted on your tongue and were an absolute bliss. A quite affordable and definitely fun place to go when you’re craving for sushi – I’ll be back some time. :)
Green tea latte - a taste of heaven.
Places I would like to check out next:
1. Café Sydney
2. Sake at The Rocks
I know they’re pretty flashy places, but they seem to be highly spoken of. Any other fun recommendations?