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Sydney is home to an astonishing variety of multicultural cuisine’s ranging from the exotic Middle East to gourmet Asian cuisine. In a short span of time, we have seen the transition from purely Anglo Saxon food to a dizzying variety of dishes mixed together with flavours from Italy, Thailand, France, California and Japan. And let's not mention the seafood! Surrounded by fresh blue water on each side, you can be sure that the seafood are fresh and affordable. But why take our word for it when you can come down and sample them yourself!
For cheap eats, look for store corners and food courts. If you want cheap and Chinese, the underground at Dixon Centre in Chinatown has a wide range of food ranging from Northern China to Indonesia at around $5-$6 a plate. The best seafood can be found any where close to the beaches. It is hard to suggest a good seafood place but you can try the Sydney Fish Market at Prymont or along Darlingharbour. The later is a little pricey but if you don't mind spending a little more, you will get an unprecedented view of Darling Harbour.
Mediterranean cuisine is a must if you come Downunder. You can find anything here from Lebanese to Spanish with Israeli, Tunisian and Greek for good measure. Try the kebabs with everything on it... you won't feel the same again. Close trade with Japan means great sushi and sashimi. For the best and one of the most expensive Japanese meals, try your luck at the Ukai at 176 Cumberland Street. After one night's meal, you'll either know the difference between a 'kaiseki' and 'sake' or not.
Though Sydney does not have a lot of Indian restaurants, we do have a huge number of South East Asian restaurants that are popping like mad all over the place. You can expect the dishes to be mostly Indonesian and Malaysian, but you will get your fair share of delicious cuisine’s from Thailand and Vietnam. Kensington is the place you want to be if you want to try authentic Indonesian meals. For something Vietnamese, we suggest you head for Burlington and Cabramatta to get the most authentic meals.
For something that's truly Aussie, we suggest that you consider kangaroo or crocodile meat. Some of the more upmarket restaurants will serve you these excellent dish for the moment but we predict this will slowly change as time goes by. (eating your national icon isn't exactly acceptable!) Other great Australian meals include the famous meat pies (squeeze a little ketchup on the top for flavour) and the damper. (sweet flour - eat with jam and butter)
No self respecting guide book on Australia will ignore the excellent pubs and bars in their eating guide section. From old style bars to the hip and trendy ones, these bars are open well into the night and offer an excellent chance to mingle with the locals. If you're heading to one of them, opt for Forster's Brew or Victoria Bitter for the cheaper version. Some of these bars will have restaurants that will serve until certain time. For the more trendy and upmarket bars, head down to Cockle Bay Wharf or any of the five star hotels.
Gaining international recognition for excellent in the quality of wine is the Australian wine. There are so many regions in Australia that produce its own variation of wine. The best wines can be found in Hunter's Valley. (Day trips to the Valley can include a lunch picnic accompanied by wine tasting) Since there are so many wines out there, it is impossible to list them all but we can suggest David Wynn Unwooded Chardonnay or Lindemans Hunter River Classic Release 1986 as examples of perfect wines.
When the Italians first brought coffee with them into Australia, Sydney was suddenly transformed into a chain of wonderful cafes. Complete with unique designs both Australian and Italian they provide an excellent opportunity for the average traveller to sit down, sip a cup of cappuccino and watch the world go by. Even if you are not a coffee drinker, don't be disappointed. These cafes offer other alternatives such as raspberry or orange tea. A light meal consisting of foccacia and Caesar salad. Most cafes will expect you to read off the backboard where the meals and prices can be located so after you're done, walk up to the counter and pay them.
We thought it was necessary to jot down a few things about all things caffeine in Sydney. If you're not familiar with the lingo, here's a rough guide. An expresso is a shot of strong black coffee. (also known as short black - first time coffee drinkers should avoid this at all cost!) A doppio is a double strength expresso. A cappuccino which is quite popular is an espresso topped with wonderful steamed milk, froth and powdered chocolate all served in a mug. A caffe late is a cross between coffee and steamed milk usually served in a glass. If you ask for flat white, this is usually a cappuccino minus the froth. The macchiato is an expresso with a 'stain' of steam milk and a skinniccino is made with skimmed milk. If you have kids with you, ask for the baby 'cino which is a froth-version of the grown-up cappuccino served in a cute tiny glass.