Sydney Food Gleanings – the Inner West

August 22, 2012

If you are in that part of Sydney known as the Inner West, these are some of my favourite places to eat.  Go on… make a day of it.

Illawarra Road, Marrickville

A simple menu of poached eggs on toast and ploughman platters that changes depending on what seasonal produce is available.  Every time I eat something from Cornersmith, I find myself going home and trying to recreate it – beetroot pickle, pear and ricotta muffins, and quince and clove ice cream.  I think that’s the best compliment I can give this place – the food inspires you to create and to keep eating well.  Try to ignore the hipsters.

Bourke Street Bakery
Mitchell Street (off Victoria Road), Marrickville

More laid back and less crowded than the Surry Hills original.  They have different breads on different days, which encourages our household to mix up our bread buying routine.  My favourite take home treat is the sour cherry and fennel bread.

Addison Road Organic Food Market, Sundays – 8am-3pm
Addison Road, Marrickville

Great chai.  I have a friend who makes a breakfast gozleme here a weekend ritual.  My favourite thing to do is to get a delicious fruit ice block or the really fresh corn fritters and sit on the grass and watch the miniature horse rides.

PHD Vietnamese Restaurant
Illawarra Road, Marrickville

Considered by most to be the best Vietnamese restaurant on this strip.  Especially the Pho.  I’m rating Queyen Restaurant next door lately, too – great vermicelli rice noodle salads.

Zhenghao Restaurant
Enmore Road, Enmore


The only place so far in the Inner West where I’ve found xiao long bao.  The fried lamb dumplings are really just incredibly good.

Black Star Pastry
Australia Street, Newtown

This is where you go in Sydney when you want to buy someone a birthday cake, okay?  This one had sugar balls, roses, figs, quince and pistachios on top.  That many toppings on a cake is just pure decadence.

Everleigh Farmers’ Market, Saturdays – 8am-1pm
Carriageworks, Wilson Street, Everleigh

You can eat for free here with all the different tastings on offer.  Don’t be shy.  The smoked trout with pickled red onion is my favourite.  You will meet all the dogs and see all the flowers.  It’s that kind of market.

Big Brekky
Stanmore Road, Petersham

Their french toast is so big I have nicknamed it cake toast.  Great corn fritters and a fantastic big breakfast that has merquez sausages, potato gratin and a pear relish that I just want to order as a side on everything.


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