Holiday Foodsteps: Hurricane's Bar and Grill and Chocolateria San Churros, Harbourside
When I mentioned that I'd be visiting Sydney for the first time in November, food recommendations started pouring in - "ribs!" "macarons!" "the fish market!". I have to admit that for awhile, we only had restaurants on our itinerary. Of course, we did eventually strike a balance and do our share of non-food-related sightseeing, but with lots (and lots!) of happy food memories in between.
We discovered, to our pleasant surprise, that our hotel was really just a stone's throw away from Darling Harbour, so it was one of the very first places we visited. We spotted Hurricane's Grill and Bar pretty much as soon as we entered Harbourside Shopping Centre and were excited to be able to start striking items off our "must-eat" list.
Harbourside Shopping Centre
Shops 433-436, Level 2
Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia
Ribs, that's the name of the game here. It was pork all the way for us, despite the restaurant offering customers a choice of beef, lamb and pork. Sticky, sweet-smokey ribs worth getting your hands dirty for. While I still reminisce about those amazing Chicago Rib Shack ribs, still sitting at the top my my rib list, Hurricane's did help me get my fix, and for that I am grateful.
The mixed salad, our attempt at balancing out all the pork.
Mussels cooked in creamy garlic sauce, a nice (creamy, as advertised) prelude to the ribs.
You'd think that we'd be too full to move after a huge rib meal (and we were, to be fair) but holiday stomachs are different creatures altogether and you know what they always say about dessert - there's always, always space for it.
Chocolateria San Churro
Shop 107/109 Harbourside Shopping Centre
2-10 Darling Drive
Darling Harbour, New South Wales
We'd seen this brightly lit outlet with the colourful interior on our way into the shopping centre - one of those warm, inviting dessert places that draws you in no matter how much you try to resist.
We wanted something to share as we didn't think we could handle whole servings individually and the Chocolate and Churros Tapas seemed to fit the bill. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, a nibble here and there, and 7 satisfied grins.
And that's how I knew, on the very first night, that I was going to like Sydney very much.