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Jul 1, 2014 07:04 PM

Daughter and finace in town for 3 days. What should they eat?

They've already spent 10 days in Melbourne, but mostly with unadventurous eaters. Where can they go for Aussie grub that they can't find anywhere else?

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  1. I know the mods loathe this but I'm cooking and am just going to link to this. Loads of info:

    12 Replies
    1. re: c oliver

      Looks like their food destinations in Melbourne will be determined by friends and relations. However, they will be spending three unencumbered days in Sydney and could use recs. They don't want very high-end, but would really like local ingredients.

        1. re: pikawicca

          There is a lot of information already here as @coliver has not very subtly intimated. We get lots of visitors from the US so I really would recommend you sit down and have a look at a few of the most recent threads.

          Be aware Sydney prices are expensive by most country standards and factor that into your thinking.

          If there is anything you want a view on then ask specifically, but otherwise it's difficult to help - it's a bit like going to the France board and saying "I want a nice meal in Paris"

          That said, can I ask where your daughter and fiance live/ are from? That might help us a bit.

          1. re: mr_gimlet

            pika and I are friends so I know she was cool with that :)

            1. re: mr_gimlet

              Specifically, they're looking for places that serve kangaroo, and local seafood (especially buggs).

              1. re: pikawicca

                Don't know if you saw this in your searching but sounds like those are things not worth having perhaps.


                1. re: c oliver

                  I've eaten both, many times. Delicious.

                  1. re: pikawicca

                    According to PhilD's post, sounds like that was in the past.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      I have just relocated back to Sydney so no really recent insights - but I have noticed Australian produce seems to be coming back with roo etc even on the shelves of big supermarkets. I believe some chefs are now using indigenous herbs, spices and produce in dishes - maybe the Noma foraging influence which was really the Aboriginal way to start with.

                      To save searching lots of threads the degustationasian has just written wonderfully about a range of places in Sydney. He mixes up high end, solid local and lots of bakeries and snacks. As a local reentering Sydney I plan to follow in his footsteps.

                      Here is the link - start from his post of June 11th which is the day one feedback - a fantastic example of great feedback:

                      I went to Nomad last week which was pretty interesting and mid-priced (but not inexpensive). Fix St James is very good for sampling local wine with French inspired bar food (very good), and Chaat Thai (various locations) is still very good. I will report back after meals this weekend when we plan to try some new ones. Lots of good new Fish & Chip places, we had great F&C at an old one Mohr Fish, but Fish Face is still good and The Fish Shop (Potts Point) is worth checking out.

                      1. re: PhilD

                        Thanks so much; this is really helpful!

                      2. re: c oliver

                        Roo was just starting to appear on restaurant menus when we lived there in 1989/90. I ordered it every chance I got (unless we were in Sydney, where I always ordered seafood).