The dynamic gourmet landscape of Sydney’s Inner West reflects the area’s multicultural character. So today, I’m expecting to discover new and exciting places and to sample food from around the globe.
I am fortunate to be a guest of Ultimately Sydney, and their guide Rohan. Our first stop is an Italian Deli in Five Dock where loaves of different shapes and sizes of bread fill the window. Raineri’s is a local deli and as I enter, I hear a customer speaking Italian. It must be comforting to be able to buy products from ‘the old country’ around the corner from where you live.
We help ourselves to samples from prepared platters of cold meats, cheeses and bowls of olives and I chide myself for having eaten breakfast. The green breakfast olives are moreish. So too are slices of sour dough, sprinkled with salt and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
After Five Dock we visit a Lebanese sweet shop. Cellophane wrapped mixed platters of baklawa and chocolates line the shelves and display cabinet. The sweet nutty baklawa that I have with my small cup of strong Turkish coffee is fresh and delicious.
In Marrickville, where there is a strong Greek influence, I learn that more and more Vietnamese are moving in. We visit a butcher and feast on fresh Vietnamese rolls. The deep-fried spring rolls accompanied by hot refreshing Vietnamese tea are delicious.
In Petersham Belem custard tarts are on the menu. They too are moreish. We visit Australia’s first Urban Winery where we sit down at a long table between the oak barrels to taste six wines (red, white and rose) from the collection.
Our final destination is Young Henry’s. A craft brewery tucked in a corner of Newtown. I try out sample sizes of beer and cider off my own tasting paddle. I love the casual setting and can’t wait to come back with friends.
Driving around inner Sydney suburbs this morning has been fun. I really have been exposed to the culinary delights of multicultural Australia, appropriately finishing off with wine and beer made right here in suburban Sydney.
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