The restaurants and bars down in Kingsford are a lot more lively than you’d expect of a weekday night. Perhaps its the nature of the area, filled with uni students. Or perhaps is because it’s a spot saturated with great eats. Regardless of the reason, it’s clear that the locals know where to go for a good bite. And Mamma Teresa’s seems to be a popular the pick, a cosy Italian restaurant sitting on the busy strip that is Anzac Parade.
Pesto Pasta ($14.50)
There’s a nice homely feel to the restaurant, the double sided menu offering a range of choices, although from what we can see it’s the pizzas and pastas that everyone’s here for.
We thought we’d try the pasta for entree, but if you’re a fan of pesto pasta, you’ll want to have this for a main. It’s a generous serve, but we have no trouble licking the bowl clean from the super creamy and moreish pesto sauce that coats the pasta.
Chicken Cacciatore ($23.90)
Walking into Vivaldi Kitchen feels like walking into a friendly home. And that’s exactly what it’s all about in this family run restaurant- hearty home style meals served with warm smiles. The online reviews for Vivaldi Kitchen are nothing short of amazing, and it’s not hard to see why!
Zucchini Flowers with 4 cheeses ($18)
You know you’re in for a good meal when you’re given two tables for a table for two.
I’ve only had Turkish food a handful of times and if there’s one thing I remember, it’s that it’s always a feast! And that’s the vibe we’re getting at Turka, which is filled diners with tables filled to the brim with delicious share plates. It’s a cosy Turkish cafe/meze bar located on the busy corner of Pacific Highway and Willoughby Road.
It’s a relatively new addition to the Crows Nest dining scene, one of the few Turkish restaurants in the area. And there’s plenty to choose from with an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. We’re eyeing the Turkish breakfast for our next visit, but we’re here first for dinner, a menu made of dips, cold meze and hot meze.
Engina – Artichoke Hearts
A name can say a lot about a venue, and DARE Delicious And Responsible Eating, definitely describes it well. It might not be the flashiest of cafes, but it’s one you will easily grow to love, from the homey vibes of the interior to the warm service and nutritious menu options.
I mean, just look at the attention to detail in their glass of water- does your local cafe that has water that looks so pretty it could pass for an expensive cocktail?
For the ultimate meat feast, you really can’t go past a Brazilian Barbecue.
I remember the first time I tried Brazilian barbecue and the excitement at the endless varieties of meat that was brought to our table. I’m never good at saying no, especially to good food so I left eating a lot more than I should have stomached. I’ve learnt to tone down a little now, and make good use of the ‘no more food’ sign, but the excitement and fun of Brazilian barbecue is still there, so I was super keen to check our Churrasco in Coogee- one of the top rated Brazilian Barbecue joints in Sydney!