Penrith and then Brighton
Any recommendations for me? I am from Toronto Canada and will be spending about five days in Penrith and then another 5 days in the Brighton-Le Sands region of Sydney. I won't have a car and on most evenings I will have very little time to travel for dinner. I haven't seen very much at all on these boards about those two areas.
Any help is appreciated!
That is, unfortunately, because there isn't much to write about in either location. I've stayed in Brighton a few times, its pleasant enough and there are plenty of greek-style taverna places to eat at. You won't starve, but people don't travel there for the food.
I must agree with Mr.G, I think you would be hard pressed to choose two other suburbs with such a lack of quality food. Penrith is on the far western side of Sydney half way to the Blue Mountains and suffers from being this far out. Brigton-le-Sands is close to the airport, in-fact the beach overlooks the main runway, there are lots of Mediterranean restaurants along the sea front, including lots of Greek and a few Lebanese but these are cheap and cheerful and/or function centres catering for big parties. In the next suburbs the best bet is probably "Blackwater" in Sans Souci, and there is also the Concordia Club in Tempe which is a German social club.
Best advice is to head into town (from Brighton) and check out Surrey Hills or Newtown, probably by taxi. And from Penrith take a train to Parramatta where there are a few good places it is approx 25 mins by express (70 mins to the central Sydney)
I can't help you with Penrith, but Brighton has lots of cheap and cheerful choices, and is something of a restaurant magnet for that part of town (there's not a lot around there, it must be said!). Go Greek, with perhaps a gelato for desert, and you will be fine! Take it onto the beach after your dinner and enjoy the lights of the docks and planes coming in to land - its actually quite nice!