Level 5 Westfield, Pitt St Mall, Sydney CBD

>> February 12, 2012

The new Westfield Sydney is about a 10-15 minute walk from my office.  I'll admit that some days, the thought of walking there makes me sigh because I'm feeling too lazy.  Then on other days, I think of the lovely options on offer at this food court compared to the mundane options surrounding my office and I pull on my walking shoes.

The prices are a bit steeper than your usual lunchtime food court offerings.  You can easily spend $15 - $20 here and you'll find that there aren't as many options below $10.  As such, I try not to come here too often but have still managed to sample most of the eateries located on Level 5.  Here is a small selection of what I have tried...warning, this is a long post!

Reuben & Moore



Reuben & Moore has become well-known for its Reuben sandwiches.  However it is not their Reuben sandwich which has won me over but instead, their Picania roast beef rump.  The roast beef is lightly coated with a pepper rim, served with duck-fat potatoes and caramelised vegetables.  Gravy?  Absolutely.  Their roasts are served in your choice of a roll (generally around $12.50) or on a plate with the sides shown above (generally about $16.50).   This is not a lunch for the light-hearted.

Update:  I ordered the Picania roast beef rump last Friday lunchtime and it was bad!  I don't know if it was a newbie at the stove but the beef was cold, there was hardly any gravy, the potatoes had been overcooked and the pumpkin tasted like it had been drenched in salt.  Unsure if I am willing to try it again - it was a disaster.

Reuben & Moore also serves cold cuts and sandwiches on the other side of their store. Shown above is the Alaskan King Crab open sandwich.  It was okay - not amazing.

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Charlie & Co. Burgers


The exterior of Charlie & Co reminds me of American burger joints.  When it first opened, I was extremely eager to try their wagyu beef burger but it wasn't as good as I had imagined.  The beef patty seemed quite plain and although large, didn't seem like it was worth the $16 price tag.

On the other hand, the parmesan and truffle fries ($8) are a tempting treat that I have returned for a couple of times since.  As soon as you open the box of fries, the smell of truffle oil wafts up to tantalise your senses.  The parmesan is scattered sparingly over the fries but I still recommend sharing these with someone so you don't end up scoffing down the whole serving and feeling incredibly guilty afterwards. Just sayin'.

Charlie & Co Burgers on Urbanspoon

Snag Stand

Continuing on with the American theme, we have the relatively new Snag Stand.  Specialising in gourmet hot dogs, there is wide selection to choose from and the hot dogs are served in that ubiquitous American paper case - you know, the kind they eat hot dogs from at baseball games in the American movies!




I have only tried Snag Stand once and tasted the Pork & Fennel Italian sausage with caramelised onions and shaved parmesan on a toasted brioche roll.  It was good, but I queried whether it was worth the $9.90 price tag.  That afternoon, I was not particularly hungry yet I managed to eat the hot dog in about four bites.  I guess you are paying for the premium sausage rather than quantity.

Hot chips from the Snag Stand are made from Tasmanian Russet potatos and in comparison to their pricer snag companion, these are a bargain at $3.90.  They have a few different sauces to choose from (extra $1), including herb aioli and truffle aioli.

Snag Stand on Urbanspoon


Din Tai Fung




Din Tai Fung is my failsafe option at this food court.  I know that the xiao long baos are delicious and their soup noodles are too.  Don't be daunted by the long queue - it moves quickly and like most places in the food court, they give you a buzzer to come back when your food is ready.  Here's a tip - when waiting in line, grab an ordering card and pen to study the menu and fill out your order.  When you get to the register, hand over the card and the cashier will repeat your order back to you to check.

Four xiao long baos will set you back $5.80 and it's easy to rack up a high bill.  My favorite noodles are the Braised Beef Noodle Soup ($12.50) shown above - the noodles are silky smooth and the beef broth is always warming on a cold day.

Din Tai Fung Dumpling Bar on Urbanspoon


Sushi Hon



Sushi Hon serves ready-made sushi and it also has a sushi train partially hidden from the rest of the food court.  Some of their ready-made offerings are visually appealing like the box pictured above.  However, I have found that there is nothing special about the ready-made sushi.  If I feel like sushi, then I'm more likely to get it from another food court for a lower price.
 
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Pie by Mick's Bakehouse






The first time that I went to Mick's Bakehouse, I didn't realise that half the pies on display are cold and for you to take home and heat up.  It's the ones that are in the hot warmers that are to eaten in the food court!

The menu here is very simple - the pies cost about $6 and you can add on sides like mashed potato, gravy, mushy peas etc for an additional cost.

I tried the Lamb Shank pie and the Surf and Turf pie.  No complaints but I wasn't bowled over either.  My favorite lunchtime pie remains the Beef Pie from Central Baking Depot on Erskine Street.

Pie by Mick's Bakehouse on Urbanspoon


Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar



To me, Crust Pizza is just normal pizza that is served on a nice plate with a fancy salad on the side.  It's good for when you're in the mood for pizza.... that is all I have to say about it... it's a bit boring!


Cloudy Bay Fish Co.




Cloudy Bay Fish Co does a really good prawn cocktail salad.  I know that the photo above is actually of another dish, but my recommendation is for the prawn salad (apologies for the lack of photo, it has always been gobbled up too quickly!)

Another thing I have noticed about Cloudy Bay Fish Co is that you may have to wait a bit longer for your dish compared to other places.  One of my workmates always gets her lunch from this place, inevitably it is the salmon shown above and it takes forever to come out.  I think it's because their kitchen is also pumping out meals for the dine-in customers sitting along the side of their bar.  Just a word of warning if you're coming here during a weekday lunch hour - the dish shown above takes about 15 minutes to come out! Yes I timed.

Cloudy Bay Fish Co. - Westfield Sydney on Urbanspoon

Via del Corso



Via del Corso is in the middle of the food court and offers a variety of sweet treats including gelato, cakes, pastries, handmade chocolates and macarons.    

The lemon meringue pie was a bit too acidic for my liking, my face screwed up with every bite.

Becasse Bakery



Mille Feuille ($7.90)



Vanilla Bean and Passionfruit Cheesecake ($6.95)



Another dessert option is the Becasse Bakery. Located near Quarter 21, the bakery showcases a range of breads, pastries and cakes.

The Mille Feuille was really good, one layer of light cream and the second layer of vanilla bean custard. It disappeared quickly as we gobbled it up. I would definitely get it again, it was that good.

The Vanilla Bean and Passionfruit cheesecake was lighter than it looked.  There was a thin crumbly biscuit base at the bottom and a shiny passionfruit glaze over the top.  I probably wouldn't get this again because there are too many other things to try at this bakery!

BĂ©casse Bakery on Urbanspoon

6 comments:

Tina@foodboozeshoes February 12, 2012 at 9:03 PM  

Wow - you've been to most of the places! Shame about the crab sando - it looks SO good. And I honestly think Sang Stand has some of the best chips in this town! :)

Rita (mademoiselle dĂ©licieuse) February 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM  

A great round up! Especially for people like me who don't work in the city so I've only tried a couple of these so far =(

Mobblees,  February 13, 2012 at 7:34 PM  

Thoroughly enjoyed that extravaganza of a post Retrodaze - I now have a good visual of all the lunches. Also want to try out that Mille Feuille next time I'm around there.

retrodaze February 13, 2012 at 10:13 PM  

Hi Tina: I really like the chips at Snag Stand too! I like the different choices in sauce and the chips are always piping hot.

Hi Rita: Yes haha, I've made my way around the food court over the course of many lunchtimes! I've also tried Sababba, Wrap 'n' Roll, Thairiffic and...Chatime (not sure if Chatime counts but I really enjoy a refreshing bubble tea at the end of lunch). I like the pad thai at Thairiffic, which comes in a generous serving but I've found Wrap 'n' Roll to be nice Viet food but very overpriced.

Hi Mobblees: I think you will like the Mille Feuille - you'll have to remember to save some stomach space next time. Or maybe you could get it as a dinner dessert!

Anonymous,  February 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM  

Just visited Charlie & Co. this afternoon after like 10 months. They had a afternoon meal deal on, which was a burger, side of fries and drink/local beer or house wine for 20.00.
had a wagyu burger, it was a lotta better compared to the one I had 10 months ago.
And the waiter actually pointed out that I can 30% off the Becasse Bakery item using the receipt.
was a pretty shweet deal

retrodaze February 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM  

Hi Anonymous: Thanks for your comment - that is a sweet deal indeed! Probably not so good for my stomach now that I know you can get 30% off a dessert as well!

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