Sara Martin is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A biological sciences major, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester through the custom program at the University of California, Davis.
In this week's post, Sara shares her top 10 places for a take-away meal in Sydney.
To honor my 10th blog post, I thought it would be the perfect time for a top 10 list. These are the best places I’ve been in Sydney to grab take-away (food to-go). While most top-ten lists are ranked to show the best options, I couldn’t possibly rank these wonderful establishments. Each is wonderful for what they are, some better for budgets while others are simply indulgent.
LeVendi – Calamari and Chips
I have never had fish and chips so often in my life before coming to Australia. Not surprisingly, the fish in Sydney is always delicious but I found the calamari at LeVendi especially delectable. This beach-side café is the place to be if you’re near the Wollongong wharf. Grabbing some take-away while watching the waves is a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather.
Down n’ Out – Burgers and Fries
As a die-hard In n’ Out fan, I went to Down n’ Out ready to give it my harshest review. However, after finally getting to taste one of these diner-style burgers, I realized that I would have to put my foot in my mouth… of course, not before finishing the delicious shoe-string fries.
Icreamy – Flower Cone Gelato
Okay, so we all know that the presentation of dessert doesn’t change the taste… but the anticipation you get while watching the gelato masters make these beautiful cones definitely adds to the experience. This gelato was some of the best I’ve had in a long time and it was a lot of fun going with my new friends to compare different color-palates and flavors.
Pie Face – Meat Pies
Meat pies are a pretty common food here in Australia. I never had one before coming to Sydney but I’m so glad that I have been introduced to the world of these little savory pies. I originally was intrigued by Pie Face because of the funny name and the delightful scents wafting from the shop. Their pies have a perfect warm, buttery, flaky crust and a variety of fillings full of flavor.
Space Monkey – More Schnitzel, Please!
This café in Ultimo is my favorite place to go for lunch between classes. It is quick and they offer pretty reasonably priced meal deals every day. My absolute favorite item on the menu is the lamb schnitzel sandwich (the one meal that never lasts long enough for me to get a picture of it). The way they prepare the lamb leaves it juicy and packed with flavor. Pro-tip: ask for chicken salt on your chips, it is delicious!
The Australian – Kangaroo, Croc, and Ostrich… On a Pizza?
I have to give in and be a stereotypical tourist sometimes… one of my sillier goals when coming to Australia was to try kangaroo and crocodile. When my roommate mentioned a pizza place in The Rocks that serves these (and more) on pizza, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Again, I definitely recommend going with friends. We each ordered different pizzas and shared in order to get the full effect. Everything was delicious and I’m definitely going to miss kangaroo meat when I leave Australia.
Sushi House – Central to My Heart
If you’re like me, always trying to save your pennies but have an intense craving for sushi, I definitely recommend stopping by the Sushi House in the Central Station tunnels between the hours of 4-6 pm to stack up for dinner while the trays are discounted. They have a large variety of rolls and the sashimi is always tasty.
Fast Pho – The Cure for Everything
Having never tried pho before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, left weak and hungry for soup by a respiratory infection, I loaded up on enough pho to last myself an entire week. Judging by the collective reviews from my flatmates, this is probably the best pho in Ultimo and it’s surprisingly inexpensive; I managed to make an $8 bowl last for two meals.
El Pinoy Grill – A Paddy’s Market Treasure
I wish I didn’t have to limit my soy and onion intake because otherwise I would be enjoying this delicious pork adobo at least once a week. I like El Pinoy Grill because their meals are cheap but I love them because everything they serve hits the spot like nothing else. This is probably my favorite place to go when looking for comfort food.
Baja Cantina – The Best Mexican Food in Glebe
While I would recommend the chicken suiza (as seen, partially demolished by myself, in the picture below), my flatmates would agree that you can’t go wrong when dining at the Baja Cantina. Luckily the food re-heats well because their portions are huge! Almost everyone had left overs for take-away and it was a perfect next-day lunch.
Sara's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.