The not so new Westfield has been opened for almost a year now. New stores are still opening and the food court is bigger than ever. The extension to the level 5 food court was unveiled last week. It’s still on the fancier side, you won’t find KFC, or Mc Donald’s or anything like that but you will definitely find some delicious funk-alicious food!
I came here one lunch time and noticed the snag stand, which looked to be one of the most popular stores, selling gourmet sausages and hotdogs.
There are about 15 varieties of gourmet sausages including Toulouse sausage which is served with aoili and salad on a toasted brioche roll, the American classic woodsmoked frankfurter and many more.
The price ranges from $7.90 to around $10.90 – which is quite a lot for a hot dog but I have to admit, it was quite tasty! You can also get bun-less hot dog which was exactly what I felt like! The Toulouse sausage with salad ($10.90) – sounds very plain but I have been eating way too much carbs lately and feeling super duper bloated! Two delicious pork sausages which were wonderful, a little bit on the salty side, but the salad was a wonderful complement. I thought it was a little pricey for a hot dog, but I can see the attraction. With the bun, you only get one sausage though. I am definitely keen to try other sausages; a friend tried the turkey sausage and thought it was ‘pretty good’.
‘The Mother’ and I came back on the weekend to check out the other stores. He went straight to Din Tai Fung, they have finally opened one in the heart of the city, and I am impressed that everything is still made by hand on the premises!
He ordered the xiao long bao ($5.50) for FOUR xiao long bao’s – WOW! Now I thought that was expensive, but ‘The Mother’ really enjoyed it. If it was me though, FOUR would NOT be enough! I would probably need three times that. Mind you, the xiao long bao he ordered was just the ‘standard’ one, if you wanted crab, it is slightly dearer at $9.50!
He also got the mango pudding ($5.80), unfortunately, it wasn’t the best mango pudding. The one at yum cha is definitely better. I thought the mango pudding was too firm and superior sweet.
He also got a drink, lychee mint juice ($5.80) and this was beyond superior sweet! Even ‘The Mother’ couldn’t finish it all and he HAS a sweet tooth!
The last time I was here, I was attracted by the sign ‘Fried Chicken’ which was by Sassy’s Red, who also owns Chinta Ria.
Fried Chicken with rice ($10.00), five small deep fried chicken pieces. Unfortunately the chicken was a little dry for my liking, however, I must admit, I did enjoy the flavours.
I also got a serve of Loh Bak ($6.00), made with chicken and wrapped up with bean curd skin then fried. It was better than I thought but complimentary chilli was a little disappointing.
I noticed they had laksa, nasi lemak and some rotis. A diner next to us had the nasi lemak, I have to say, it didn’t look as good as I had hoped. He was Indonesian and I overheard him say that it was ‘so so’. I also noticed that they had teh tarik, will definitely have to try this next time!
My ‘uncle’ had the Pie, by Mick’s Bakehouse. Apparently Mick started out as a small bread shop in Leeton in 1990. I was keen to try their meat pie but he warned us, told us that the pie was not great. The pie and pastry was cold and he certainly did not enjoy it.
The other side of the food court, Cloudy Bay Fish Co, they have premium seafood again at a price. John Susman is the supplier of this fine seafood place. Huge cuts of salmon and tuna, diners can order rolls, salads of roast salmon, braised tuna and fish and chips.
I wanted something healthy, so opted for the king salmon salad ($16.50). It was a generous serving, the king salmon was served at room temperature, and the salad was refreshingly light and stupendous.
Reuben and Moore – I think they changed the name, it used to be Eat, Deli and Kitchen from memory. Michael Moore is the man behind this, and his reuben sandwich is known to be one of the best in town. Apparently this is Michael’s first venture, more casual, very different from his revolving Summit Restaurant on top of Australia Square.
At Reuben and Moore, you can order meats with rolls or just the meats itself with baked vegetables and chips. There are also pre-made sandwiches and salads. I opted for the slow roasted pork leg meal ($16.50) with apple vanilla jam, fennel and romessco sauce – again it wasn’t cheap, rolls are slightly cheaper, from memory it was $11 but it was one hell of a pork! Tender succulent pork with sweet apple vanilla jam and roasted vegetables – YUM!
It’s definitely not a cheap food court. I am definitely keen to try Sushi Hon, it’s not only a takeaway store but also sushi train. Sabbaba looks great too, different types of sandwiches and bagels. I am sure we will be back. Not to mention the magnificent Becasse Bakery – I had to refrain to get one of each of everything!
I did however got some sweets for Mother’s day lunch. To all the Mother’s out there – Happy Mothers Day and I hope you are spoilt rotten!
GA’s rating Snag Stand: 7 / 10
GA’s rating Sass’y Red: 6 / 10
GA’s rating Din Tai Fung Dumpling Bar: 7 / 10
GA’s ratings Cloudy Bay Fish and Co: 7.5 / 10
GA’s ratings Reuben and Moore: 7.5 / 10
86 – 100 Market Street