Posts Tagged ‘westernsydneysecrets’

Chef’s Art, Parramatta (Closed)

Two restaurants side by side. One doing a bustling trade, so I pick that one.

Every table has a plate in panfried pork buns, the bottoms golden from the cooking process. There are some interesting things on the menu, including roti, pumpkin noodles, and Xiao long bao (steamed dumplings with soup inside).

I am overruled in my menu choices, so we have seafood fried noodles and dumplings with pork and chives.

And… It’s pretty good!

The seafood fried noodles have prawns, squid and fish balls throughout. Our request for ‘a touch of chilli’ is met with a burning mouth, but not watering eyes.

Stir Fry Noodles

The dumplings arrive first, 10 gleaming boiled jiao zi, with a slightly over salted filling. This is tempered by the black vinegar positioned on every table.

Pork Dumplings

The staff all speak Mandarin Chinese, and the menu is english & chinese. If you can grab one of the female waitstaff, they are on the whole more helpful.

I’ll be back to try those other dishes that caught my eye.

42 George St
Parramatta New South Wales 2150
(02) 9689 3246
Wed-Mon: 1100-1500, 1700-2200.
Closed Tuesdays.

Note: Restaurant closed in 2015


The Artisan’s Apprentice Bakery (Closed)

I wish I could say that I discovered this place. Unfortunately I looked at the hand painted signs at the front of The Connector Arcade, I even ventured as far as as the shop itself. But then without actually looking at the product, I decided against trying it.

Then about a week later they had a write up in Good Living. Dammit.

The range varies on a daily basis, and you need to turn up after 11am to see the full range for that day. Bread snack products go in and out of fashion – I had a delicious seeded mustard, pumpkin and onion tart once; a few months later, tarts are no longer on the menu because people are longer buying them. I still dream of that mustard tart.

The sourdough is really dense and solid, a meal on its own. You can imagine sitting in a beer hall in King Arthur’s time and carousing with beer in one hand, hunk of bread in the other; or pouring dripping all over to make dinner.

My favourite loaves have been:
– lavender and honey
– marinated mushroom and onion
– dark chocolate and cherry

The last loaf is a celebration loaf, created to celebrate their inclusion in the Sydney Magazine’s top ten sourdough’s list. Yay them!

The picture shows a date and orange peel loaf on the left, caramelised beetroot on the right.

You can also make advance orders for your loaf of choice. Not only that, but they are right near the train station.

The Artisan’s Apprentice Bakery
Shop 9, The Connection Arcade (right up the end)
162-172 Church Street, Parramatta.
0428 924 576.
Mon-Fri: 0600-1800;
Saturday: 0800-1400

Post-post note: Unfortunately, the Artisan’s Apprentice shut for Christmas 2013, and never returned.