A drive to out to Macarthur region is a fantastic way to escape the big smoke and experience the South West Sydney food scene with farm gate shopping, gourmet markets and wineries to visit. Last week I discovered yet another food gem out this way, this time on the road between Liverpool and Camden, I had dinner at the new Gregory Hills Hotel. 

1606 Luis de Torres in Rhodes gives a Korean twist to modern cafe favourites with some European influence thrown in for good measure. They are open for breakfast lunch and dinner with the formative two menus available all day long. On our evening visit, we had breakfast for dinner, or as we like to call it, brinner!

Sydney Chef Justin Park’s new cafe, The Dining and Co, is tucked away where you would least expect to find it. The surprise location is Avon Street in the leafy residential part of North Ryde. With Campos coffee and delicious cafe food practically on their doorstep, this place has already become a hit with the neighbours.

Behind the doors of North West Sydney’s Epping Club is a place of opulence and sophistication. It is home to one of Sydney’s newest fine dining restaurants, Rawsons, run by executive chef Nick Whitehouse (ex flying fish and MasterChef the Professionals Contestant). Rawsons offers diners an exquisite dining experience, but with a surprisingly affordable price tag, making it the perfect place for a long lunch.

Based in the booming area of Bella Vista, Jazzveh is an Italian woodfired pizza restaurant in a beautiful location. With most of the seating on a sheltered verandah overlooking a lake with lush trees and a water fountain, it is a relaxing place to browse the dinner menu. This family owned and run restaurant has been a local favourite for the past 7 years due to its popular food options and friendly service. We called in for dinner and decided to try a pasta, pizza and salad.

 

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver took the world by storm when he hit the road with his powerful food revolution! He raised awareness about the increase in diet related diseases which are epidemic in many countries including Australia. As he travelled around he noticed that people were cooking less with fresh ingredients and relying more on convenience style food. This alarmed him because eating a lot of these foods can have a negative effect on our health. Jamie offered a solution; he thought that if he could teach people some basic cooking skills, and show how cheap and easy it is to cook from scratch, then everyone would be healthier. This inspired him to establish the Ministry of Food, a special teaching kitchen where you can learn how to cook just like Jamie. Western Sydney has a Ministry of it's own in Wetherill park.

Imagine your kitchen table filled with homemade, hummus, grilled vegetables, olives, pickles, assorted cheeses, zatar, dips, fruits, nuts, cold meats, and artisan breads. You graze on this delicious spread with a glass of good wine while enjoying the company of your family and friends. It was this scenario which inspired Western Sydney sisters Marcel and Vanessa, to combine their love of food and celebration into the unique food venture, Let's Graze.

Over the past decade, we’ve watched Lidcombe evolve to become an exciting dining hubs. There are loads of restaurants to choose from, predominately Korean, but recently there’s also been more cafes open up in the area too. This is always extra exciting for us, because it means a new spot to enjoy our favourite meal, brunch. We recently visited The Smelly Cheesecake for the first time, intrigued by the name and the beautiful shop front.

It's that time if the year when food festivals are happening all over Sydney.  It kicked off just over a week ago with the biggest food festival of them all, The Good Food and Wine Show, which takes place each year in Western Sydney! It was held close by at the showground in Olympic Park. The showground is the perfect location because this event is huge. There's over 200 food and wine exhibitors, a line up of celebrity chefs, food and wine masterclasses and thousands of visitors who attend each year. 

If you follow us on Instagram, there’s no doubt you would have seen our regular photos of coffee stops or weekend brunches at Chow Bella in Lidcombe. Chow Bella is one of our favourite local cafes due to the delicious food, great coffee and friendly staff. Sean Miskin is the man behind Chow Bella. In 2010 he left his career as a chef in the hotel and hatted restaurant scene to take on, what was at the time, a small and humble coffee shop in his local neighbourhood. Since then, he has relaunched Chow Bella as a large, vibrant café with an ever evolving menu giving Lidcombe locals a reason to visit. We recently stopped by for lunch to try some of the new and exciting dishes now on offer.