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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 3rd 2008
36 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 4, 2008 MB Looking forward to lunch ROBYN AINSWORTH FOOD Left: The fish and chips at Ocean Seafoods, Drummoyne, is particularly good. Above: Try the flavours at Pure Gelato, Croydon Park. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP222541 WHAT'S for lunch? This is the question I ask my colleagues every day, searching for some inspiration. My raison d'etra these days is to find a decent sandwich. Nothing too flash. Nothing overwhelming. And I reckon a sandwich always tastes better when someone else makes it, but I do have standards. One thing I can't stand is to buy a salad sandwich that is about 10cm thick -- think thick bread, four grated carrots, a tub of alfalfa, three tomatoes and seven cucumbers -- and the whole thing falls into your lap at the first mouthful. My quest ended a few months ago when we moved offices to Five Dock and I (and the whole office) discovered Rizzo's Deli. While you get lashings on the sandwich, it is not overwhelming. It's just an all- round good sanga like my dad used to make. Best of all you generally still have change from $5. But I can't live on bread and fillings alone, hence my original question. There are plenty of other good lunch experiences to be had in Five Dock, and while we can't limit the six of the best to one suburb, most people in the area appreciate the food at King's Corner Thai, which has stir fries, salads and soups made to order. Occasionally I'll lash out on fish and chips and the best two in the Inner West have to be Great North Seafoods, also at Five Dock, and the acclaimed Ocean Foods at Drummoyne. You'll pay more at Ocean Foods and have to join a rather long queue on weekends, but it is worth the wait. Great North is closer to the office and the grilled fish, chips and greek salad for under $10 is pretty damned good tucker. For something a bit spicy, it's hard to go past the Asian enclave in Rocester St, Homebush. Wok Inn, Janali, Thousand Spices and Golden Coronet all come highly recommended. A meal wouldn't be complete without dessert, and what better way to wash it all down than with one of a multitude of flavours from the award-winning boys at Pure Gelato, at Croydon Park. Eating out an all-round fare FIONA BRADY FOODIES rejoice: The Inner West really does have some of the best eat streets in Sydney. And to prove it, we took a little gourmet tour. First stop was Sydney's most authentic little Italy -- Ramsay St in Haberfield. Come here for great pasta and wood-fired pizzas and the most mouth-watering Italian pastries. (Stop at Pasticceria Papa for a coffee and cannoli). Other must visits for Italophiles are Five Dock's buzzing Great North Rd and Mayors Bay Rd in Concord, the al fresco dining capital of the Inner West. Then we head to our newest and trendiest restaurant precinct, the Bakehouse Quarter in North Strathfield. The refurbished Arnott's factory has some great dining options including a Lebanese restaurant, a steakhouse, an Italian restaurant and a very cool wine bar. For value for money and great Chinese food, you can't beat Ashfield. Dumpling fans should head to Shanghai Night for a fix of silky, succulent, juicy dumplings, served steamed or fried. Most of the restaurants are BYO too, another way to save your pennies. And the last stop on our whirlwind food tour of the Inner West was Burwood Rd, Burwood -- a cultural melting pot of cuisines. Come here for yum cha, teppanyaki, mezze, fish and chips, curry, pasta . . . You can eat your way around the globe. Burwood Plaza Amcal Chemist Level 1, Burwood Plaza Railway Parade Burwood Ph: 9744 9508 WINNER A great FRAGRANCE de Toilette $5 2033379i iww wk22
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