Eat your way around the world in 50 metres
27 Oct 2015
The summer holidays are looming, but after one too many online shopping blowouts and a birthday weekend that somehow wiped out your emergency fund, it looks like you’ll be stuck at home this year. Even scrolling through other people’s Facebook photos of Mediterranean sunsets won’t distract you from the fact that you’ll be spending the holidays catching up on Orange is the New Black, instead of lying on a beach in Bali. Lucky for you, you can eat your way through at least three continents in the space of 50 metres at Westfield Garden City’s dining precinct! Add some international flavour to breakfast, lunch or dinner – or just stay all day and break it up with Christmas shopping. The Palms | Mediterranean If it’s a poolside resort with cocktails and tanned bartenders you’re dreaming of, The Palms is the place for you. You may not find attendants offering beach towels, but you will find delicious Mediterranean fare and refreshing drinks with plenty of spirit. Take a seat overlooking the pool and tuck into grilled haloumi, lamb ribs and spicy meats from the charcoal grill. 8 Street | Asian You’ve been given the task of choosing a dining spot and your one suggestion is ‘I don’t care, as long as it’s Asian.’ Mission accomplished at 8 Street! With more options than days left until Christmas, this hawker style market offers a whole world of indecision, from oodles of noodles to fluffy bao buns stuffed with pork belly. Motto Motto | Japanese Motto Motto’s Japanese dishes will have you saying ‘more, more!’ Keep it authentic with classic teriyaki chicken or spice things up with eats like the Wagyu beef roll. The quirky venue is licensed, so you might want to grab a fruity cider, or you can stay stone cold soba and just stick to noodles. Vapiano | Italian Carb lovers and cheese fans alike should jump on their Vespa (or just get in the car) and head Vapiano, where Italian fare is given plenty of Australian flair (read: parmesan). It doesn’t get bruschetta than a big bowl of creamy carbonara, but you might want to get up close and personal with a rosemary potato pizza. Yum Cha Cuisine | Chinese You won’t be left wonton more after an epic yum cha feast at Yum Cha Cuisine. Head in for lunch and you can eat your fill of dumplings and spring rolls, until you can’t even squeeze in a sip of green tea. If you’re too busy shopping for lunch, just save yourself for dinner and their deep fried king prawns in coconut butter sauce. Hatch & Co. | Modern Australian For modern Australian that goes down the hatch very well, Hatch & Co. merges a multitude of international influences on one tasty menu. Stop by for baked polenta with chorizo and poached eggs for breakfast then head back for a dinner that starts with braised pork tostadas and flatbread with beetroot hommus, and finishes with rich pork ragu. Ph by Pho Hung | Vietnamese Need a meal to help you pho-get that your cousin is backpacking their way through South East Asia? Get a bowl of crispy skin chicken noodle soup in front of you and you won’t even remember their name. From vermicelli salads and rice paper wraps to rare beef and brisket pho with flavoursome broth, this is some soup-er Vietnamese. Mad Mex | Mexican The folks at Mad Mex are mad for Mexican. Have your burritos and enchiladas any way you like it, with a completely customisable menu that means you can have triple jalapeños if you want. The crispy/soft taco war holds no casualties here, with the option of either, plus a white corn taco we’re not really belongs on which side. An around the world trip with no jet lag or packing required? Sounds like tasty holiday to us! Words by Moira Kennedy and Ranyhyn Akui Keeping the G&G up to date with all the latest tasty tidbits requires a lot of double lattes and espresso martinis, so we occasionally need to give out some sponsored love. But rest assured that we only work with businesses that we think are really nifty, as the sponsor for this post is!