TABLES SET FOR Parramatta TO BECOME THE EPICENTRE OF SYDNEY’S CULINARY LANDSCAPE

From Parramatta to Cabramatta, vibrant Western Sydney is fast becoming the epicentre of the city's dining and food culture with a number of recent big-name openings placing the west firmly on the culinary map.

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver just opened his restaurant Jamie's Italian Trattoria on Church Street, Parramatta this week. The restaurant joins other high-profile openings for Parramatta including The Emporium, a multi-level restaurant, bar, bakery and coffee roaster which opened in April, the latest outlet of Surry Hills' iconic Bourke Street Bakery which opened in early May, and a branch of Gelato Messina which opened last year, creating an interesting food precinct well worth a visit.

Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said: "Western Sydney has long been home to a range of exotic culinary gems, eat streets and festivals which transport visitors to all corners of the globe. The latest restaurant openings in Parramatta really cement this part of Sydney as a serious foodie destination," she said.

"Destination NSW continues to support a range of activities to promote the gourmet attributes of the city's west including events such as Parramasala, which is held in Parramatta and Harris Park in October celebrating international arts and culture with a focus on south Asia."Explore the global flavours of Western Sydney with these 10 must-do foodie experiences:

  1. Devour a huge bowl of Singaporean chilli crab at Temasek in Parramatta, located down a tiny alleyway just off bustling Church Street
  2. For Indian food, head to Wigram Street in Harris Park for the northern-style samosas of Ginger, the spicy Madras curry at Chutney and the crunchy chaat snacks at Billu's
  3. Join in the colourful celebrations of Parramasala in October, which features a program of parades, parties, exotic bazaars, food stalls, music, dance, poetry, film, street performances and more
  4. Devour the legendary charcoal chicken with garlic sauce at El Jannah in Granville, renowned for its authentic Lebanese food
  5. Dine with the locals at Smithfield's Candelori's which serves up rustic Italian food including Neopolitan wood-fired pizza and an astonishing 21 pasta dishes, with the pasta handmade fresh daily
  6. Auburn is the place to go for Middle Eastern Cuisine. Head to New Star Kebabs for a mixed shish plate where the meat is slowly cooked over coals then served on a stack of fresh Turkish bread; Mado Café is a must for dessert including Kazandibi rice pudding and Dondurma, Turkish ice-cream
  7. Savour the mystery of Shanghainese dumplings in Ashfield at Shanghai Night for pork buns filled with hot soup or New Shanghai for lamb and leek dumplings
  8. Lao Village in Fairfield is a 30-year old canteen serving fresh papaya salad with fermented crab and anchovy dressing, fiery dried beef and deep-fried quails with pepper sauce
  9. Be transported into a mini-Vietnam at Cabramatta for a multitude of Asian flavours: crunchy pork spring rolls at Phu Quoc, chicken banh mi at KK Bakery and the crisp skin chicken at local institution Tan Viet Noodle House
  10. Uncover Sydney's best multicultural dining hotspots is on a guided tour with experienced escorts from Gourmet Safaris, Ultimately Sydney or Taste Food Tours.


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