Best ‘Grab ‘n Go’ Spots of the Inner West
The Inner West has the most kinetic, evolving and beguiling restaurant scene in Sydney. The neighbourhood is a hub for original restaurants boasting all manner of cuisines, from Vietnamese to Turkish and all the taste sensations in between. And if you don’t feel like dining out but still want to sample some of the Inner West’s best restaurants, it’s also an amazing place to score superb takeaway.
COW & THE MOON, Enmore
Enmore’s Cow & the Moon is the place for gelato in the Inner West. That’s to be expected from a restaurant that was named the World’s Best Gelato Makers in 2014 during the Gelato World Tour title in Rimini, Italy. There are 25 flavours to try, including some unusual but delicious combos like strawberry balsamic vinegar and pannacotta or fig and marscapone. And if dairy isn’t your thing, they also have a wide range of delicious and completely vegan sorbets.
Open Sunday to Thursday 8.30am to 10.30pm and Friday and Saturday 8.30am to 11.30pm
181 Enmore Road, Enmore ~ 02 9557 4255 ~ www.cowandthemoon.com.au
BLACK STAR PASTRY, Newtown
Black Star Pastry is famous as the home of the ‘most Instagrammed dessert in the world’, the Strawberry Watermelon Cake. But if you live in the Inner West, you know it as much more than that. Pastry chef and owner, Christopher Thé makes all his pastries by hand, using seasonal ingredients and marrying flavours that are as surprising as they are unforgettable. Try the Lemon Myrtle Chiffon Cake that showcases the Australian native in a traditional sponge, or the ‘Delicious Cake’ created in honour of Delicious Magazine’s 10th Anniversary and featuring coconut cake and toasted meringue. Oh, and did we mention there are savoury delights and great coffee too?
Open daily 7am to 5.30pm
277 Australia Street, Newtown ~ 02 9557 8656 ~ www.blackstarpastry.com.au
MARRICKVILLE PORK ROLL, Marrickville
Bánh mì – this diminutive white roll filled with any combination of pork, paté, mayonnaise, fresh and pickled veg and spicy chilli has been commanding devoted eaters since Marrickville Pork Roll opened for business in 2008. The queues may snake out along the block from this little nook of a shopfront on Illawarra Road, but don’t let that put you off. The usual time from order toeating is about 60 seconds.
Open daily from 6.45am to 5.30pm
236A Illawarra Road, Marrickville ~ 0479 000 445 323
THAI POTHONG, Newtown
Thai Pothong is a grandfather of Inner West restaurants having first opened its doors to customers over 20 years ago. But the food remains contemporary and utterly delicious. In fact, Thai Pothong is consistently touted as one of the best Thai restaurants in Sydney. The menu is long and varied, but with items like Golden Egg Pastry Tartlets, Betel Leaf Prawns and Four Season Fish, you really can’t go wrong. Best, you can order online for pick up. Easy and delicious.
Open Monday to Sunday 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10.30pm, Friday and Saturday 6pm to 11pm and Sunday 5.30pm to 10pm
294 King Street, Newtown ~ 02 9550 6277 ~ www.thaipothong.com.au
CUCKOO CALLAY, Surry Hills
Signature pink and dog-friendly, Cuckoo Callay embodies all the quirky goodness of the Inner West. And the Surry Hills venue, with its sunlit interiors and broad windows, is widely known as one of the most pleasant places to eat in all of Sydney.
This might be a café but don’t expect typical café food. Instead the food is highly technical and hand crafted. Think French toast with caramelised white chocolate and fairy floss, or mac & cheese with a 63˚ poached egg. Bring your dog for the housemade maple bacon dog treats and while away the morning with other Inner West dog lovers.
Open Monday to Friday 7am to 4pm, Saturday 8am to 4pm and Sunday 8am to 3pm
413 Crown Street, Surry Hills ~ 02 8399 3679 ~ www.cuckoo-callay.com.au
HAKIKI TURKISH ICE CREAM, Newtown
Turkish ice cream must be experienced to be believed. Handmade by husband and wife team Nev and Zeyneb Bagriyanik using a pulling and stretching technique, this ice cream is a blend of cow and goats milk and uses a while orchid root called salep to give it texture, stretchiness and chewiness. In fact, it is served with a knife and fork. The flavours are highly unique as well. Try grape molasses and tahini, or melon and feta if you’re feeling adventurous.
Don’t forget to try the Turkish delight and baklava, which are also all made by hand. Finish with a thick Turkish coffee to get you through the inevitable post-sugar rush slump.
Open Sunday to Thursday 11am to 10.30pm and Friday and Saturday 11am to 11.30pm
63 Enmore Road, Newtown ~ 02 8040 1676 ~ www.hakiki.com.au