Wintergarden opens in the CBD with the best food vendors in town

On 20 March 2015, a group of food bloggers and media were treated to a degustation lunch at Wintergarden – a food-court and retail haven in Sydney’s CBD.  This upmarket food court not only offers the city’s tastiest treats, but services and retailers to save you rushing around during your work day. The Wintergarden is open now so get down and explore this glasshouse of food and greenery as Sydney begins to cool down.

The Wintergarden houses nine food tenants, serving everything from sushi to slow-cooked lamb, as well a few other residents designed to make your life easier. There’s a dry cleaner, and shoe repairer, a newsagent and naturally – a barber.

Chur Express, one of Wintergarden’s most popular food vendor, makes burgers that are consistently voted one of Sydney’s best. Chur Express sold over a massive 350 burgers on their first day of trading! Try a laksa from CBD Noodles – its co-proprietor Seong was the first man to bring this town’s favourite soup to Sydney over 30 years ago! Japanese food vendor Sushi Hub bring you the freshest in traditional sashimi and salads, bento boxes, maki rolls, Nigiri and soup.

A wintergarden wouldn’t be complete without fresh fruit and vegetables. And that’s exactly what Top Juice provide; made-to-order green drinks, nutritional juices, smoothies and protein shakes. Indulgent yoghurt and chocolate dipped strawberries are also available for the almost-guilt-free treat!

For a taste of Central America, Los Vida offers the best of fresh and authentic Mexican food. For a caffeine hit Crema at the Garden coffees will awaken the senses. They also have sweet and savoury treats to tantalise your taste buds. Named after the oldest thoroughfare on Manhattan Island that connected the farmlands to the heart of the city, Bowery Lane offers homely, seasonal food amidst a New York style cocktail bar and diner.

Artisan bread-makers Sonoma supply Soul Origin with their scrumptious baguettes. Buy one of their fresh salads for a healthy lunch. The Wintergarden Deli also sells wild salads and rustic frittatas. Not to mention their famous Nutella frappe (pictured).

Explore the Wintergarden now at 1 O’Connell Street Sydney and take a journey into a new CBD experience. Relax and enjoy the best of Sydney’s freshest food vendors within this beautiful atrium.

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SHUK – North Bondi’s very own market place

Shuk, the bustling food hub at 2 Mitchell Street North Bondi, has become a favourite meeting place for locals and tourists alike. It is a corner café, bakery and deli, which offers the freshest produce and dishes from Isreal and the Mediterranean. On Thursday 20 November 2014, Shuk celebrated their first birthday party and I got invited me to sample a variety of their impressive dishes.

For 40 years this location served the area as the local corner shop, but the new owners transformed the space into an elegant 80 seat establishment, offering an incredible array of Israeli/Mediterranean delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

“The food we offer is inspired by what we grew up with in Israel, where the cuisine available is one of the largest melting pots on the planet, with food coming from a variety of cultures that migrated to the country from 130 different countries in the past 50 years. The menu is directly influenced by Arabic, Turkish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines,” says co-owner, Yoni Kalfus. Together with business partners, Erez Beker and Ariel Hefer, the trio are bringing their passion of food to life, sharing traditional Israeli dishes they learnt from their families back home.

A central feature of this establishment is the bakery, so everything is made fresh daily on the premises; bagels, pastries, muffins, pasta and, of course, their signature bread loaves including country sourdough, rye and fruit bread. The bread is stacked in abundance, in rustic boxes for all to see and choose from.

SHUK’s breakfast and lunch menus are bountiful with many delicious dishes to choose from, ranging from the traditional Middle Eastern speciality, shakshuka, eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chilli, peppers and onions ($16), to the sweeter beghrir, cinnamon and almond meal pancakes with honey-lemon glaze and halvah ($15).

Lunch favourites include the signature Lamburger with charred eggplant, harissa aioli served with chips and sage salt ($18) as well as house made gnocchi with cherry tomatoes, fresh mint, oregano and ricotta ($19).

SHUK is definitely making itself known to the Sydney dining scene, promising a treasure trove of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours.

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