Tantalise your taste buds at Sydney’s hottest suburban food hubs

June 14, 2016 | Media

Saporium - Daily Telegraph June 2016

In classic road movies, it’s always a turn off the highway that leads to trouble. But in contemporary Sydney streets, a quick detour from the main drag could lead to foodie heaven. It’s the suburban back roads that can now lay claim to some of the best eating hubs in town, the newest of which is The Saporium in Rosebery.
It was created under the supervision of Peter Mystriotis, who wanted to mimic some sites he’d seen on holiday.

“The name is a combination of sapor, which mean flavour or taste in Latin and emporium, which is Greek for trading or market place,” he says. “The idea extends from travels around Europe, mainly. I’d seen the food markets there and the way people shop and it’s a daily way of life — especially places like France, Italy and Spain.”

With a Kingsmore Meats, Wholefoods House, Welcome Dose Coffee, 5th Earl, Zeus Street Greek, and The Choc Pot on site, Mystriotis hopes The Saporium will provide a destination for a day of indulgence for the family — rounded out with classes run by Vive Cooking School.

We’d like to think people will get in their car and make a day of it. You can go for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and grab your fruit and veg and groceries, and there’s your food for the weekend. The cooking school has a wide range of classes.”

Saporium Mastermind Peter Mystriotis



HUNGRY? Head to this warehouse setting and take your pick from eat-in treats at The Choc Pot, 5th Earl and Zeus Street Greek or stock up at Welcome Dose Coffee, Wholefoods House, Kingsmore Meats and Grain Organic Bakery. If you want to take things up a notch, book a spot at the Vive Cooking School — they also have classes for kids. Parking is on-site too.

61 Mentmore Ave, Rosebery, saporium.com.au

Saporium produce, Rosebery. Photo: Bob Barker.

Saporium produce, Rosebery. Photo: Bob Barker.


WHILE Three Blue Ducks hasn’t quite feathered its new nest in the spot previously occupied by Kitchen By Mike, it is operating as a pop-up until the fully-fledged restaurant is unveiled. Meanwhile, you can feast on some of the city’s finest in this old soup factory site with Blackstar Pastry and Da Mario all hanging out in same complex.

36 Morley Ave, Rosebery

Pizza Di Mario at The Cannery

Alberto Iannotto makes a Partenopea pizza at Da Mario Restaurant in Rosebery


IT’S the tyranny of choice in Chatswood these days. Do you stick with old faves or go all out on an odyssey into the new? Luckily, The District has curated some excellent eateries to grace with your presence if you’re still stumped.
You’d be remiss not to check out Michelin-starred dumplings at Tim Ho Wan, say konichiwa to a bowl of Ippudo’s ramen which is built on a broth of rich, steaming beauty or check out Chum Tang’s Thai delights.

436 Victoria Ave, Chatswood, chatswoodinterchange.com/district/


YET another food hub in Chatswood, Hawker Lane means there’s more than one group of casual dining options for the ravenous, this time nestled inside a shopping mall — but don’t let that deter you.
If you love Sichuan spice, try China Chilli, embrace the beautiful steamed parcels made on site at Din Tai Fung or relive old Saigon style food at Madame Nhu.

1 Anderson St, Chatswood, westfield.com.au/chatswood/dining


IT’S not just the inner suburbs that can lay claim to warehouse chic — try Penrith’s High St for your next eat street. Henri Marc delivers excellent cafe treats and Reuben Hills coffee.
Not far from their doorstep is High St Depot, which has also nailed brunch dishes and caffeinated offerings with Single Origin coffee. For night-time dining, check out tapas at Ross Dobson’s The Union — take it from the top of the menu and work your way down through the snack-sized dishes.

All on High St, Penrith


ONCE the unloved portion of King St, Enmore’s end of the road now hosts some of the city’s hottest dining spots. If you’re a newbie to the area try Osteria di Russo & Russo’s trattoria style eatery for killer Italian, or go Stanbuli’s modern approach to Turkish cuisine.
If you’re a cheese fiend, all the fromage will be found at The Stinking Bishops, and for those who want to keep it strictly old school try the low key but undeniably tasty Sultan’s Table.

Various locations, King St, Enmore


WHERE once an ill wind blew through Chippendale it’s now home to some of the hippest venues for food lovers, with a huge amount of choice for intrepid diners.
There’s the Kensington St precinct, which includes Kensington Street Social and the whimsical Silvereye, or Spice Alley (pictured) for hawker-style eats. Further afield, ester and Brickfields have established themselves as the suburb’s mainstays — with plenty of other dining options to be discovered for the adventurous and gastronomically inclined.

[Written by Victoria Hannaford, published in The Daily Telegraph]

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