Where to find the best Maltese food in Sydney

Whether you are Maltese or love the cuisine, you are probably on the hunt for a good Maltese food in Sydney. There aren’t a lot in the area but the few we seem to have are quite good. See our list below of our top cafes to visit.

1. Limestone Cafe

In the western suburbs of Sydney, you’ll find Schofields and you’ll also find Limestone Cafe. This Cafe opened a few years ago in the area and serves up some delicious Maltese food. We can’t go past the all day breakfast menu or their dinner option of Rabbit Spaghetti. They also have coffee and pastizzis for eat in or take-away. It is definitely worth the visit if you are not from the area as well.

Where can you find them? 119 Railway Terrace, Schofields
When are they open? Sun-Wed 5:30am-3pm or Thurs-Sat 5:30am-3pm and 5:30pm to 9:30pm

2. Pastizzi Cafe

The name of this place definitely gives away the type of food they are serving! Pastizzi Cafe is located in the busy inner-west suburb of Newtown. There are plenty of pastizzi flavours to pick from as well and large portions of ravioli and every other pasta you can think of. Oh and goodluck on finding a parking spot – I would get their early!

Where can you find them? 523 King St, Newtown
When are they open? Mon-Sun 10am-12am

Unfortunately, with only two options, that is the end of our list. There isn’t a lot of Maltese food in Sydney to pick from but both options above are great!

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Top 5 Spicy Restaurants in Sydney

Spicy food seems to be the craze going around at the moment. From YouTube videos of people doing the spicy noodle challenges to looking for your local cafe serving spicy food. We’ve complied a list of spicy restaurants in Sydney for you to visit next time you get the craving.

BYO fire extinguisher!!

1. Jean Chilli Chicken

Spicy food in a beer garden setting? Jean Chilli Chicken is the place for you. On there website, they even have a warning that their food is hot and to not say they didn’t warn you haha. I’ve been told the Cheesy Chicken Set has a nice slow burn, if that is what you are after. And if you are bringing friends who are not a fan of spicy food, do not fear. They have quite a large menu with a range of dishes with different spice levels.

Where can you find them? 115 Rowe St, Eastwood
When are they open? Mon-Sun 11:30am-11pm

2. Shalom Indonesian Restaurant

If noodles or curry are more your thing, try out Shalom Indonesian Restaurant. They have a large menu of noodles, curry, soup and more. Their spiciness comes in different levels, they have up to 5 levels and I have been told it is super spicy. Each dish has a number of chilli’s next to it on the menu. Their meals are halal as well!

Photography – Shalom Restaurant

Where can you find them? 4/299 Sussex St, Sydney (they also have Kingsford, Mascot and Sunnybank Hills stores)
When are they open? Mon-Sun 11am-10pm

3. Home Thai

I love Thai food so I had to add a Thai option to the list. I’ve tried this place myself and some of their dishes are super spicy! I’d recommend you order the Kao Rad Pik Sod, it contains, stir fried and fresh chilli and long chilli, garlic, onion, green bean and basil on rice. Seems like the perfect dish for any spice lover. This places gets busy too, so make a booking if you can.

Where can you find them? 2/299 Sussex St, Sydney
When are they open? Mon-Sun 11am-10:30

4. Belles Hot chicken

For a more southern style approach to the spiciness, Belles Hot Chicken is calling you name. You basically order from a range of chicken options on the menu and then select your heat level that ranges from 1-6. 1 being southern, which I have tried and wasn’t spicy at all. But from 2 medium, 3 hot, 4 really hot, 5 really f**kin hot and 6 sex panther. All I have to say is good-luck if you try any of those last ones!

Where can you find them? 5/33 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo (they also have a Haymarket and Forest Lodge store)
When are they open? Mon-Sun 11:30am-9:30pm

5. Ze Pickle

Generally speaking, spicy doesn’t come to mind when thinking of this place. But they have Suicide Waangs that are made with ghost peppers. Their menu even states – ‘Warning these wings are made with the hottest chillis on earth. By ordering you accept all responsibility and eat at your own risk.’ They images of these wings are bright red – again, good-luck to you if you try this haha!

Photography – Ze Pickle

Where can you find them? 6/17-51 Foveaux St, Surry Hills
When are they open? Mon-Sun 12pm-10pm

Good-luck to you and whatever you chose to eat!

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Alcohol-free Happy Hour in Sydney

Whether your new years resolution is to drink less in 2020, you’re pregnant or you are looking after your health, you may dread when you’re invited out for some drinks with friends. But it doesn’t have to be like that, more and more Sydney restaurants are adding alcohol-free beverages to their menus and happy hours. We’ve complied a list below, so you can suggest them next time you’re invited out for drinks. (Did you know: According to Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2018 alcohol consumption in Australia dropped to a 50 year low?)

1. PS40

PS40 cocktail bar is definitely one place to add to your alcohol-free night out. Instead of making your normal cocktails and removing the alcohol, PS40 look at it from a different angle. They focus on having the fresh, key ingredients to make up for the lack of alcohol and the flavour it adds to drinks. This is done through layer building of ingredients!

Where can you find them? Shop 2, 40 King St, Sydney
When are they open? Mon-Sat 4pm-12am

Photo by PS40 – Pina Kombucha

2. Bodhi

Now this place specialises in vegan tapas and mocktails. Some of Bodhi’s most popular alcohol-free beverages include the California Dreaming, which has lemon, vegan egg white and soda. And also the Riders in the Storm, made from apple juice, lime, passion fruit, mint, sugar and soda! Oh and the food menu here is amazing as well, even for your meat eating friends (they won’t be able to tell!)

Where can you find them? 2-4 College Street, Sydney
When are they open? Mon-Sun 11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm

3. Quays

Talking about equality – Quays have 10 cocktails and 10 alcohol-free mocktails on their menu. One mocktail they caught my eye is the Gin Martini, it has Seedlip garden, tonic and elderflower reduction and apple slices! Yum! So, if you want a place where you have the same amount of options as your alcoholic friends, this is the place.

Where can you find them? Upper Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks
When are they open? Fri-Sun 12pm-1:30 and 6pm-9:30pm or Mon- Thurs 6pm-9:30pm

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4. Alex & Co

Nestled in Parramatta, Alex & Co is a hot spot for drinks and food. Although they don’t have a huge alcohol-free range. They do have 4 decent options to pick from, one even making us laugh, the “I am Driving” Mocktail! It includes pineapple & raspberry with citrus, mints, cranberry and fizz.

Where can you find them? Shop 2/4/330 Church St, Parramatta
When are they open? 11:30am-12am

5. Black Bar

If you were looking for something high-class Black Bar has you covered. If you love your sour drinks the Pink Grapefruit is the one for you. It contains juice with elderflower, lemon and lime juice and bitters – sounds good right? And they will have your alcoholic friends cover too with interesting Liquid nitrogen cocktails.

Where can you find them? The Star, Level G/80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont
When are they open? Mon-Sun 12pm-3pm and 5:30pm-10pm

Enjoy your alcohol-free night out in Sydney!

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Food Influencers posting food authority nightmares

Our food blog/Instagram lives closely by our food bible – The NSW Food Authority and their list of named and shamed restaurants. The places on this list are almost ingrained in our heads to make sure we never promote them haha! But what surprises us is the amount of Instagram Food Bloggers that promote them and encourage people to go there. The Food Authority post an updated list every Tuesday.

Many restaurants look inviting from the front door but if you saw a dirty kitchen would you keep walking in? Below we are going to list reasons restaurants make their way on this list. You will be probably be quite surprised and there are some big name restaurants on there too.

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1.Cleanliness

This is a major one that comes up quite a bit. It can range from simply not maintaining the premises to the required standards all the way to not taking measures to prevent pests in the restaurant. There is also a separate warning for maintaining equipment and fixtures to a certain level of cleanliness. I’m not sure how true this is, but I’ve been told by people in the industry, that you have to be really dirty to be given this warning. So don’t think it is just a speck of dust on the counter haha!

2.Temperature Control/Contamination

There are actually restaurants that fail to store their food in temperatures that stop bacterial growth. Or they store it in areas that it can be contaminated by other foods. (eg cooked and raw foods together, chicken and fruit together). This also includes display cabinets not being the correct temperature and needing to have a temperature measuring device on site. Some places don’t even have this, that is what shocked us the most.

3.Hand Washing Facilities

This one is probably the most shocking to us. Failing to have hand washing facilities or easily accessible hand washing on the premises. Gross right? This warning/fine can also include not having hand soup near the hand washing facility as well. This is just getting worse! But it doesn’t stop there, there are even restaurants that don’t have warm running water at the sink.

4.Illegal Ingredients

This one is worrying if you have health problems that are caused by foods/preservatives. There are restaurants that have received warnings about having illegal ingredients in their food. (Eg. Sulphur Dioxide can set off asthema sufferers and was found in one restaurants food). Quite scary when you think about it.

5.No Licence to Operate

There are even places around that are operating and don’t have the required licence to have a food business. How does that even happen? If you are serving food you basically need a licence to inform the food authority you are operating. The only people except from this are NFP fund raising events.

We hope next time you’re walking past a restaurant or being influenced but a food blogger that you check to make sure you’re not getting food poisoning tonight. You can find the NSW Food Authority here: http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/offences

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The best of Sydney food trucks and where to find them

Where do I start! I love food trucks, I find they offer unique food options in convenient locations. Many of them move around so you just need to wait until they come to your area to give them a try! We’ve tested many of them out as food bloggers and we’ve made a list of our favourite Sydney food trucks below.

1.Duo Duo Icecream Food Truck

Lets start with dessert – Duo Duo icecream is to die for! It’s basically deep fried icecream on steroids with unique flavours and delicious toppings. We can’t stop going back for more. We find they are usually in Dulwich Hill, Strathfield, Burwood or Blacktown. They always post on their instagram where you can find them!

2.Bianco Group Food Truck

I’m always craving a good pasta, so of course we are going to try Bianco Group’s food truck. We found these guys at the Sydney Royal Easter Show! We tried the Gnocchi and Spaghetti Carbonara and topped them with a heap of parmesan. They only seem to do the food truck at the easter show but they have a restaurant in Brighton-Le-Sands.

3.Greek Street Food Truck

Other than Italian pasta, our other weak spot in greek food… especially feta. Our next top food truck pick is the Greek Street food truck and their Greek feta fries. You can’t go back to normal fries after you have tried these haha! They seem to move around to major events like the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Splendor in the Grass and more!

4.Happy Ending Burger Food Truck

These guys are rare to find as a food truck, other than their burger shop they turned up to the Sydney Burger Expo this year. To us, they were the best burgers at the expo. Only downside is you may only find them as a food truck once a year.

5.Pimp My Chimney Food Truck

We started on a high of dessert so lets finish on a high of dessert. Pimp My Chimney are basically a hot doughnut cone filled with soft serve! The good thing about these guys is that they are always popping in and out of suburbs all over Sydney. You are bound to run into them eventually!

We hope our list of our favourite Sydney food trucks has helped you pick one to eat at this weekend!

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Why does eating out taste so much better than at home?

Sometimes I think restaurant food tastes so much better than cooking for yourself. Maybe its because you simply didn’t have to cook it or there could be more to it. I’ve recently come across an article about why restaurant food tastes so good and here are the reasons why.

A trained chef

This one might be a obvious one, but if you been to years of classes to be a professional chef you would hope your cooking is better than the average household. Otherwise, who would bother coming to your restaurant? Understand flavours and cooking meals from scratch definitely make a difference and it shows! Imagine spending majority of your life cooking and it’s not any better the the average at home cook haha!

Fat, sugar and salt

We all know seasoning food is a must to make it taste good but you may be surprised how much a chef may season your meal. Salt will probably be added to your meal three times over the cooking process but a load of butter and sugar. As good as it tastes in the end… it would probably shock you to watch them do it! But that’s fine every now and then right??

Ambience

Just being out of the house makes a difference to your food experience. The feeling, textures, smells and sound of people around you are right it can make a good dish into a sensational dish. The presentation of each meal beats the lack of presentation and noisy kids at home. All with little effort from yourself.

Now it is time for you to go out and pick some restaurant food to eat! Have your seen our blog on pet friendly cafes and even have a dedicated pet food?

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Sydney restaurants open Christmas Day 2019

Maybe you aren’t a good cook or maybe you don’t want to worry about cooking this Christmas. Why not indulge in some of Sydney’s best restaurants open Christmas Day (2019)? We’ve done the research for you and you can find our list below:

Sofitel Sydney – Christmas Day Dinner

Sofitel are putting on a 4-course dinner prepared by their Executive Chef Eric Costille. They’ve listed their Christmas specials as duck, foic gras, pork belly and black pudding sausage. And don’t forget about dessert, where they have created a reinvention of the old Provence tradition of the 13 Desserts of Christmas!

Photography: Sofitel

The night starts at 5:30pm and costs $119 per adult πŸ™‚

Where can you find them? 12 Darling Dr, Sydney

Quay Restaurant – Christmas Day Lunch

If you feel like spending a little extra for Christmas Day, than Quay Restaurant may be more your style. To celebrate Christmas Day they are putting on a 4-course Christmas menu by their Executive Chef Peter Gilmore. On arrival you will also receive champagne and three canapes.

Photography – Quay Restaurant

They are taking bookings throughout lunch time and costs $450 per adult.

Where can you find them? Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks

INDU Dining

If you were looking for something more cultural, then INDU dining could be the answer you are looking for. All group bookings receive a special Christmas inspired package. This includes: Seasonal menu that is designed to share with Christmas inspired desserts and cocktails.

Photography: INDU Dining

They are taking bookings throughout Christmas Day and the Christmas Feast costs $75 per adult.

Where can you find them? 350 George Street Entry Via, Angel Pl, Sydney

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Maybe the beach is more your style… it is summer after all. Enjoy a grant feast of succulent seafood, cocktails and beach-side views with family and friends, it sounds pretty good to me. And if you drink too much they even have accommodation available haha!

Photography: Watsons Bay Hotel

They are taking bookings at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm and costs $299 per adult.

Where can you find them? 1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay

We hope you have a lovely Christmas, no matter how you decide to spent it! And that our article helped you find a restaurant to eat at on Christmas Day.

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You have 24 hrs in Sydney’s CBD!? Where do you eat?

The stress of finding the best places to eat in Sydney are hard enough when you live here, but when you are visiting for 24 hours, it’s a bit more of a traumatic process. We will save you the hassle and let you know from our experience which Sydney food we would eat if we only had 24 hours in Sydney’s CBD.

1. Breakfast/Morning Tea Food

  • You can’t start the day off without a meal and we wouldn’t go past The Tea Cosy, located in The Rocks. It’s basically the best tea and scones we’ve found in town. There are over 30 teas to pick from, ranging from your basics to some interesting I’ve never seen before but they all sound delicious! The scones are served fresh every day. There are also a variety to pick from, including sweet and savoury options (we love the cheddar scone with butter). They also have a large selection of jams including: Strawberry, Triple Berry, Pear & Vanilla, Fig & Ginger and they sometimes have special ones too!

Where can you find them? 7 Atherden St, The Rocks NSW 2000
When are they open? Mon – Fri, 10 am – 4 pm or Sat – Sun, 9.30 am – 5 pm

2. Lunch Food

I’m not sure about you, but I love noodles, hence why I have chosen Biang Biang as my next meal of your 24 hours in Sydney’s CBD. This place is hidden in a little alley in Chinatown, but is the perfect spot to relax away from the crowds. You can go for their classic Biang Biang Noodles with Chilli Oil if you can handle the spice or the Biang Biang Noodles with Beef if you like it medium. Otherwise there are more plain versions with stewed pork or minced meat and tomato. The meals are delicious and filling, especially if you love spicy food!

Where can you find them? Shop 39/1 Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000
When are they open? 12-10pm Mon-Sun

3. Dinner Food

Now to finish off the day with some dinner, there are so many trendy places to pick in the CBD. But I like one hidden underground at the Regents Place – Assembly Bar. It’s basically a bar and restaurant in one and the food is delicious! Name any pizza or pasta and they have it – my personal favourite is the Lamb Ragu. They also have vegan options and vegan cheese that can be added to any meal which is great! Oh and don’t forget the cocktail menu, its a hard choice which one to pick. They do have a chart to let you know which ones are sour or sweet which I love!!

Where can you find them? 488 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000
When are they open? 12pm-12am Tues-Fri or 4pm-12pm Sat or 12pm-10 Mon-Sun

We hope this has helped you pick which Sydney food you would eat in the CBD!

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You have 24 hours in Sydney CBD!? Where do you eat?

The stress of finding the best places in eat in a Sydney are hard enough when you live there, but when you are visiting for 24 hours, it’s a bit more of a traumatic process haha! We will save you the hassle and let you know from our experience where we would eat if we only had 24 hours in Sydney CBD.

  1. Breakfast/Morning Tea
    You can’t start the day off without a meal and we wouldn’t go past The Tea Cosy, located in The Rocks – it’s basically the best tea and scones we’ve found in town. There are over 30 teas to pick from, ranging from your basics to some interesting I’ve never seen before but they all sound delicious! The scones are served fresh every day and they are a variety to pick from, including sweet and savoury options (we love the cheddar scone with butter). They also have a large selection of jams including: Strawberry, Triple Berry, Pear & Vanilla, Fig & Ginger and they sometimes have special ones too!

Where can you find them? 7 Atherden St, The Rocks NSW 2000
When are they open? Mon – Fri, 10 am – 4 pm or Sat – Sun, 9.30 am – 5 pm

2. Lunch
I’m not sure about you, but I love noodles, hence why I have chosen Biang Biang as my next meal of your 24 hours in Sydney’s CBD. This place is hidden in a little alley in Chinatown and is the perfect spot to relax away from the crowds. You can go for their classic Biang Biang Noodles with Chilli Oil if you can handle the spice or the Biang Biang Noodles with Beef if you like it medium – otherwise there are more plain versions with stewed pork or minced meat and tomato. The meals are delicious and filling, especially if you love spicy food!

Where can you find them? Shop 39/1 Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000
When are they open? 12-10pm Mon-Sun

3. Dinner
Now to finish off the day with some dinner, there are so many trendy places to pick in the CBD but I like one hidden underground at the Regent Place – Assembly Bar. It’s basically a bar and restaurant in one and the food is delicious! Name any pizza or pasta and they have it – my personal favourite is the Lamb Ragu. They also have vegan options and vegan cheese that can be added to any meal which is great! Oh and don’t forget the cocktail menu, its a hard choice which one to pick but they do have a chart to let you know which ones are sour or sweet which I love!!

Where can you find them? 488 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000
When are they open? 12pm-12am Tues-Fri or 4pm-12pm Sat or 12pm-10 Mon-Sun

We hope this has helped you pick where to eat in Sydney!
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