Gateway Food Court, Sydney
Gourmet food on a Cheapeats budget at Sydney’s Gateway Food Court. Perfectly positioned across from the ferries and Circular Quay and with a range of food choices to have you returning literally morning, noon and night!
The term “food court” conjures up images of second-rate junk food outlets in shopping malls – everything that this classy food outlet collection most definitely is not.
I discovered Gateway in my search for Australian celebrity chef Neil Perry’s Burger Project. Burger Project is Perry’s mission to create gourmet burgers from local, authentic ingredients. In effect, good food that is also good for you. The meat is from Tasmanian grass-fed cattle, and you can watch the chefs in the kitchen carve up the beef to create their own mince. Definitely worth trying if you are in the mood and in the neighbourhood for a good burger (there are other Sydney outlets too). Read the previously published full review of Burger Project.
The collection of other food businesses in Gateway will have you planning your next visit and your next meal. I had breakfast one morning at Urban Orchard, specialising in natural whole foods. The Veggie Scramble of sourdough toast w/ roasted field mushrooms, basil, spinach & scrambled free-range eggs came in under $10. Much better value than an over-priced hotel breakfast. There was a steady stream of office workers picking up their fresh juices and breakfasts to take to their desks.
Other places that piqued my interest were the Four Frogs Creperie and Schnitz, dedicated to making the best schnitzels in the world.
Sydney’s acclaimed Din Tai Fung restaurant, known for its award-winning dumplings (plus other food) has a location here, and there are two different sushi restaurants.
Levels one and two have restaurants that are stand-alone rather than being part of the open food court. Two of them are Popina, an Italian/Middle Eastern fusion restaurant (!), while Jimmy’s Recipe brings Malaysian hawker-style cuisine to Gateway. Its Laksa is highly rated. The Burger Project is on level one.
Check out the Gateway Directory for information on all the food businesses.
I was also impressed that sweet treat patisserie Zumbo has a shop next to Gateway. Located on street level, right beside an entrance, their jewel-like desserts and sweet creations are hard to resist.
So Cheapeats travellers to Sydney, rejoice! While not all the Gateway restaurants will fall within our Cheapeats budget, many of them do. Explore and enjoy!