Sydney may be Australia’s ‘glamour capital’, a vast metropolis home to a stunning harbor soaked in the sun’s rays for most of the year, not to mention an army of super fit, #cleaneating social influencers who seemingly live their entire lives in lycra! However, this city also knows how to let its hair down and yes; it does have a sense of humour when you consider some of the following weird and wonderful food trends Sydney has to offer.
Here’s just a few of these novel indulgences to set your tastebuds racing and your Instagram feed buzzing ahead of Halloween 2017 (assuming you’re one of those people who loves to take pics of your meals).
Beginning our list with a suitably Halloween-themed dish is the truly weird Chapulines being served up by the good folk of El Topo, hidden in the retail and entertainment hub of Bondi Junction. Featuring a salivating combination of crickets (yes, you read right) served with chilli, garlic and lime in an old school Mexican ceramic bowl, this is one dish you can brag about to friends of yours with not so strong stomachs! Oh and for an added bonus, the décor of this place is full on Mexican Day of the Dead style, complete with skulls and colourful wallpaper.
“Wow, was my first impression. The atmosphere was vibrant and fun and the food as well as service matched this fun place. The food was delicious and cannot fault it, only that some of the servings were a bit small. Will be back though”.
Coat of Arms Pizza
What could be more Aussie than half emu and half kangaroo meat served on a large pizza base with bush tomato? That’s exactly what tourist favourite, The Australian Heritage Hotel is offering with their appropriately named Coat of Arms Pizza. Not so keen on eating our national emblems? You’ll be pleased to know they offer plenty more ‘normal’ menu options, including Aussie Beef Burgers, Fish & Chips and Tandoori Chicken Pizza to give just a few examples.
“This place is cool because it feels really Aussie and has heaps of native food to eat. Yes, by native I mean crocodile, kangaroo and emo featuring on pizza. As a result I think this is a cool place for tourists”.
From deep roots in the row-lined suburban streets of NYC to the kettle-boiled and hand-rolled goodies delivered fresh for the people of Sydney, Brooklyn Boy Bagels sure have a knack for making this delightful snack. And like all masters of their craft, they also know which rules to break, including the one that says bagels should look brown and rather predictable. Enter the visually arresting Rainbow Bagel, you’ll either fall in love at first sight or go back to your regular coloured incarnation!
“Delicious bagels! Find them at a market near you 🙂 Tried a fair few (they have so many options!) and particularly love the pumpernickel bagels, so tasty”.
Nestled in the heart of the harbour city is One Tea Lounge & Grill, home to the audacious Ramen Burger and its close cousin – the intriguingly titled Matcha Baoger. As the name suggests, the Ramen Burger is a delicious combination of two of your favourite food items, the traditional hamburger and a delicious bowl of Ramen Soup – although in this case you’ll be chewing on crunchy ramen rice for the obvious purposes of practicality. If that doesn’t get your tastebuds going then there’s always the second option of soft pillowy matcha baos combined with wagyu beef, matcha mayo & sriracha chill sauce in the Matcha Baoger.
“I tried the ramen burger and cookie shot. I like the ramen burger, it was cute for (a) picture. And the ramen is crispy outside… the beef patty (cooked) perfectly…”
“Stoners Delight Part 3”
Fancy the well-heeled residents of Potts Point allowing these foodie shenanigans to go on in their neighbourhood! Since opening at the start of the decade Ms. G’s has been adding a daring touch of street food culture to one of Sydney’s most exclusive harbour-side locales. They’ve only upped the ante ever since, with exhibit one being their delightfully named ‘Stoners Delight Part 3’ – a decadent combination of doughnut-flavoured ice cream, peanuts, crispy bacon, mars bar brownie, raspberry, pretzels, potato chips and deep fired Nutella. As far as weird and wonderful foods go, this one is a real mouthful.
“I’ve fallen in love with this restaurant! Amazing, outstanding food! The service is great! Staff are so friendly. Words don’t do this place justice, you must see and eat for yourself!”