30 June 2016
International food artist Lee Samantha recently visited Sydney from Malaysia as a guest of Destination NSW and Air Asia X, here are some of the Sydney foodie hot spots she visited during her stay.
The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria
Holistic cafes are popping up everywhere around Sydney but The Grounds of Alexandria truly strands out. They roast their own coffee beans, the ingredients on the menu are sourced from their own organic kitchen garden and the cafe is encased in a rustic, industrial and heritage-listed warehouse in Sydney’s west. Enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner among its lush olive trees, roaming farm animals and huge bread oven.
Carriageworks Farmers Market, Eveleigh
Carriageworks Farmers Market, previously known as Eveleigh Farmers Market, is an award-winning authentic farmers’ market held every Saturday in the heart of Sydney City. Every Saturday, over 70 NSW and ACT farmers and artisan food producers pack their trucks with the fresh, seasonal, and homemade produce they grow, rear, or make. Being a foodie and food artist, Samantha wasted no time purchasing fresh local produce and enjoying the wide range of food and drink options available.
Kopi-Tiam Spice Alley, Chippendale
A hidden foodie gem tucked next to Central Park in Chippendale, Kopi-Tiam Spice Alley features cobblestones, fairy lights, and a seemingly endless lane of Asian food stalls. Indulge in Malaysian, Thai, Chinese cuisines and more in this little alley.
Koi Dessert Bar, Chippendale
Koi Dessert Bar is set inside the hip Central Park development at Chippendale and its two-tiered space is divided into a ground floor patisserie-style cafe and a lounge and bar area situated above. The Asian-inspired menu offers savoury and sweet fine dining dishes and impressive cocktails. Samantha also got to meet Reynold Poernomo, a MasterChef 2015 favourite and Koi Dessert Bar’s co-founder, and learned how to plate their signature dessert, Moss.
Bennelong, Sydney Opera House
Situated inside Sydney Opera House, Bennelong‘s 99-seat dining room is more spectacular than ever after a multi-million dollar makeover. The exposed ribs of the building are on display alongside stunning Sydney Harbour views. Choose from celebrated Chef Peter Gilmore’s three-course a la carte menu or the ‘Cured & Cultured’ menu. Don’t miss the delicious and photogenic Sydney Opera House inspired pavlova that Samantha had.
Sydney Fish Market, Pyrmont
Sydney Fish Market allows visitors to experience an authentic working fish market. It is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the world’s second largest seafood market in terms of variety outside of Japan. Buy some seafood for dinner or do as Samantha did, come for lunch to enjoy a delicious fresh seafood meal on the wharf overlooking the water.
The Blue Mountains make for the perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, adventure seekers and foodies alike. Less than two hours from Sydney by car or train, the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is one of Australia’s most spectacular natural parks. Foodies will love the buzzing cafe scene, award-winning restaurants and the region’s beautiful local produce, so of course Samantha had to pay a visit.
Inspired by the stunning views of the Three Sisters, Samantha quickly got to work doing what she does best and recreated the Three Sisters, Vegemite on toast style.
Samantha arrived in Sydney just in time for the Vivid Sydney launch, the largest light, music and ideas festival in the world. This multi-award winning annual event featuring an outdoor ‘gallery’ of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world’s most important creative industry forums and, of course, the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails. Follow the Vivid Sydney website and social media accounts to plan your trip for Vivid Sydney 2017.
Check out more photos from Samantha’s trip on her Facebook page here.