My Sydney secrets: Pepe Saya

18 March 2015


Pepe Saya Butter Company owner Pierre Issa shares his Sydney food secrets.

Favourite brunch spot: Icebergs at Bondi Beach. The view, the care taken in the kitchen and the service are the perfect combination to make your weekend what it really should be.

Sydney’s best snack: A manouche, or Lebanese pizza, from Arncliffe Bakery on Wollongong Road. It’s sure to satisfy in any weather.

My sweet indulgence: Pasticceria Papa’s baked ricotta cheesecake served with mascarpone and raspberry coulis.

My favourite picnic spot: I like to hit the David Jones food hall for a basket of goodies (cheese, bread, smallgoods and chocolate strawberries) and then head over to Nielsen Park on the foreshore in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. There’s a kiosk for the forgotten essentials, such as coffee.

Best restaurant for a big night out: Rockpool Bar & Grill – it’s got it all.

Sydney’s best food bargain: The new Vic’s Meat Market at Sydney Fish Market.

My favourite food market: Carriageworks Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday at Carriageworks, Eveleigh, by far.

Best dining with a view: I had the pleasure of eating at O Bar and Dining on level 47 of the Australia Square building and it was awesome, with a 360-degree view of the city. A real eye opener.

Favourite place for a romantic dinner: Aria, right beside Sydney Harbour at Circular Quay.

My favourite deli/providore: Family-owned Pino Dolce Vita in Kogarah, for handmade smallgoods. It’s a step back in time.

Best coffee spot: In Sydney it’s hard to choose just one: Single Origin Roasters in Surry Hills; Kitchen By Mike in Rosebery, and Cornersmith in Marrickville.

My culinary inspiration: Mike McEnearney, chef and owner of Kitchen By Mike, inspires me whenever I eat at his canteen-style restaurant. Every time I eat his food, I wonder how he’s made it taste so good. Wow.

Favourite NSW winter produce: Pumpkin – either roasted or made into a soup.

Favourite multicultural eats neighbourhood: Arncliffe, in Sydney’s south. I visit every week for my manouche and Lebanese bread.

Why I love Sydney dining: The variety and the talented chefs, combined with the produce we have available here, is mind blowing.

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