11 November 2010

8 new eateries now open in Westfield Sydney Food Court (9 Nov 2010)

Cnr Market and Castlereagh St Sydney NSW 2000

Shiny new food court in Sydney

The recently opened Westfield Sydney now brings 8 new eateries on the level 5 Food Court Sydney Room although it's a little strange noticing Sugar Fix (level 1) is listed under Fresh Food on their map directory. As you enter via the highly mirrored escalators it's hard not to notice and be partially dazzled (and blinded) by the bright illuminated wall lighting — beam me up, Scotty! The food court has a fair amount of seating amongst the dark paneled decor and seems to be popular amongst the city office workers at the moment. The eye catching display of desserts and gelato on offer from Via del Corso is certainly one for me to revisit and try. I have my eye set on the fruit tart ($5) although a single scoop of gelato comes at a premium price of $5 — you'll get two scoops of quality gelato from Messina for this price. Top Juice has some wonderful looking fruit salad that looks set for competition with David Jones Food Hall and their chocolate coated strawberries are decadently sized — although I'm suspecting it's actually the same owners.

I wonder how the higher priced Wagyu Beef Burger ($18 eat in) at Justin North's Charlie & Co compares to his Plan B Wagyu Beef Burger ($10) but at least you can now order Fries ($6) or even Parmesan and Truffle Fries ($8) as a side. Eat Deli Kitchen seemed to be one of the more popular eateries when I visited. I must compare the Wagyu Salt Beef Reuben ($11.75) to Katz's Delicatessen Pastrami on Rye I recently tried in NYC which was sliced beautifully thin and so moist and tasty. Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar had plenty of pre topped pizza offerings by the slice which are cooked to order. The other successful franchise Guzman y Gomez is tucked away in the corner and didn't seem to have as much interest as all the other new eateries. Dergah Grill was offering kebabs although I'm always reluctant to buy falafel that isn't freshly cooked to order like Jasmin, Sabbaba or Yummba which currently has an eatery in the Westfield Bondi Junction. It looks like there's some nice seafood options to be had at Cloudy Bay Fish Co which I'll have to take a closer look at the menu next time.

PROS: Brand new and clean, Service seemed eager to please, Something new to try, Seems to be focussed on quality ingredients, Seating available
CONS: Need to go up to level 5, Can be more expensive than other food courts, Limited outlook view
MUST TRY: Something from every eatery in due course

Welcome to the brightly lit escalators of mirrored surfaces — don't forget your sunglasses.

Dergah Grill
Dergah Grill - Westfield Sydney on Urbanspoon

Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar
Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar - Westfield Sydney on Urbanspoon

Cloudy Bay Fish Co.
Cloudy Bay Fish Co. - Westfield Sydney on Urbanspoon

Eat, Deli Kitchen
New York-style deli sandwiches and hot roast meals
Eat, Deli Kitchen - Westfield Sydney on Urbanspoon

Charlie & Co. Burgers
Charlie & Co Burgers on Urbanspoon

Via del Corso
Deserts and gelato bar
Via Del Corso Pasticceria E Caffé - Westfield Sydney on Urbanspoon

Guzman y Gomez

Top Juice
Fresh fruit, salad and yoghurt
Top Juice - Westfield Sydney on Urbanspoon

Directory map
8 eateries listed for the food court

What's Sugar Fix doing on the Fresh Food section? And why's Top Juice not there? — Soon to be corrected I'm sure :-)

View of Hyde Park from the food court corner area


BGDino said...

Hmmm I'll be in the city this weekend, looks like something I'll definitely have to check out!

Ellen said...

I think I like the Wagyu burger at Charlie & Co more than Plan B. It just felt more satisfying (for a burger). Oh and you have to try the Parmesan and Truffle fries! The Herb fries weren't as good.

As for finding seating, definitely go after the lunch hour rush. I got there around 1.30pm today and the crowds thinned out pretty quickly as I waited in line to order.

YaYa said...

Heartily agree about the escalators dazzling your eyes, designed to confuse the average punter and keep you in the stores for hours spending $$$! You HAVE to try the Reuben sandwich, exy at $13.50 but it's the best tasting corned beef you'll ever try and having eaten in a NY Deli, it's actually better than the ones you get in NY. Charlie & Co's facebook page states they are open to 6.30 on weeknights so I rocked up last night at 5.30 and there are no queues! I found the $8 truffle fries a bit overcooked though.

Jim said...

Not sure about this new Westfield shopping centre. Maybe I was expecting a lot but it somehow feels like it falls short of being spectacular. Been there three times now but still not really impressed. Food was only okay but very expensive, so not good value for money.

Simon Leong said...

hi BGDino, I think everyone will have to check it out at least once to see what's on offer.

hi ellen, I'll definitely have to try the Charlie & Co one then. the Parmesan and Truffle fries are on my wish list too. thanks for the heads up about the herb fries and when the best time to get a seat is.

hi yaya, all shopping centres are designed to confused the shoppers so they get stuck in a maze. it's very evil. although i do like the simplicity of Eastgardens in Maroubra. I have the Reuben sandwich on my wishlist — have to do it once at least.

hi j bar, i'm expecting the food to be a bit more expensive than other food courts but hopefully the quality and service will make up for it. not somewhere i'd probably eat every day though unless i was made of money which sadly i'm not :-)

penny aka jeroxie said...

Finally visited Westfield. What an amazing spread and a crazy quality food court.

Simon Leong said...

hi penny aka jeroxie, so much more to choose from now since I first visited when it opened.

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