- Food & Booze
Food Tour Fit For A King
With Prince Harry no longer single and George barely out of diapers – our hopes of ever becoming royal are slowly diminishing.
When the reality sets in that you may forever be common, treat your tastebuds to a noble feast up on King Street. From bahn mi to bruschetta, chicken or cheese boards, King Street has everything you ever wanted in a royal – without the paparazzi or polo.
If you seem to have a Bahn Mi shaped hole in your life, Banoi is here to fill the gap. Pop in for lunch and wrap your mouth around their freshly baked baguette rolls stuffed with authentic Vietnamese fillings. Or grab some of their pho-nominal dinner options, all cooked fresh to order.
The combination of cheese and carbs permanently places Italians as the world’s smartest people, but if you feel the need to test that theory – Il Verde will surely cement the above claim. Brie amazed every Tuesday and Thursday as they seduce you with an entrée, pasta or gnocchi stirred in a wheel of melting Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, wine and dessert for only $45 per person.
Steamy and scrumptious – accurately describing both Ryan Gosling and the menu at Fat Dumpling. Packed full of punchy flavours and juicy meat, the pork xiao long bao can easily be demolished by one – and lucky for you there is no judgement included when you get more to take home for Netflix and chill-ed dumplings.
When your bank doesn’t give you a loan to travel the world and eat, Super Combo’s range of international burgers will more than suffice. Their Japanese inspired Hadoken burger is overflowing with a thick beef patty, caramelised onion and parmesan crisp generously drizzled with a smoky mushroom sauce – certainly leaving you with something you shiitake ‘bout.
If an avo-latte isn’t your cup of tea and taking out a mortgage to buy smashed avo on toast seems a bit extreme – Sushi and Nori will grant your avocado wishes without the hefty price tag. Salmon and avo, tuna and avo, prawn and avo, crumbed chicken and avo, the list really goes on. Rolled in store, the sushi here is made from the freshest seasonal ingredients – meaning the menu is continually changing to provide diners a great selection.
For a casual afternoon bevvy paired with Mediterranean meal, The Lamb Shop ticks all the boxes. Packed full of traditional Greek flavours and of loads of feta, get your hands on the char grilled lamb ribs, flash fried calamari and hand cut chips that are sure to make your drink – and life – 100% better.
Mornings are a trying time, fuelled mostly by petrol station coffee and Berocca, however there’s one thing will put a skip in your morning step – breakfast. The George Bar and Bistro’s croque monsieur, starring homemade béchamel sauce, gruyere cheese, ham and Dijon all coated in a buttery crusty bread is enough to get anyone out of bed before midday.
“Winging it” may be one of the smartest things to do on King Street as it will lead you right to the door of Hello Chicken. Crispy, crunchy chicken pieces doused in sweet and spicy sauces will have you happily crossing the road to get your fix.
Life doesn’t get much better than being able to roll out of bed at 11, don your free slippers and bath robe and binge watch Foxtel series that are yet to be released to Netflix. The Rydges Hotel on King Street is where you can do all this and be treated to some amazing food for less than a 20. Head downstairs to the Paddock Bar and graze on the amazing pulled chicken pizza with smoked bacon – just make sure to put on proper clothes.
Also located inside the Rydges, Six Acres Restaurant has a menu boasting the kinds of food you would have expected at Kim Kardashian’s first wedding – think freshly shucked Sydney Rock oysters, Hervey Bay scallops and Darling Down beef carpaccio. So whether you’re looking to impress your date, finding an excuse to wear a Zimmerman ensemble, or making mum paying for dinner worthwhile – Six Acres Restaurant has got it all.
Because pizza always trumps a Pippa Middleton body, dumplings win over being a Duchess and Ubers are cheaper than horse and carriage – getting your royal fix on King Street may just be better option than Buckingham Palace after all.