EAT STREET GLADESVILLE

With its pic­ture- post­card views and the ar­ray of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional treats and cuisines on of­fer, it’s no won­der this river­side sub­urb is a haven for food­ies

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER - WITH JENIFER JAGIELSKI IN­STA­GRAM @SYDNEYEATSTREET

MERCATO E CUCINA

FROM pas­tries to pizza, there is quite a se­lec­tion to be had at this ver­sa­tile venue. Ev­ery­thing from the fresh bread in the bak­ery sec­tion to the take­away lasagne meals in the deli sec­tion is made on site. The real Ital­ian essence though comes from the kitchen. Head chef Mat­tia Por­cel­lato has brought in chefs from var­i­ous re­gions of Italy and, although well ex­pe­ri­enced in his own right, he ad­mits that even he learns from their spe­cial­ties. For Mat­tia though, the foun­da­tion of the menu is from his grand­mother’s kitchen where she taught him that the best flavours come through sim­plic­ity — not just through fresh in­gre­di­ents but also by con­nect­ing with the food by us­ing your hands to soak chunks of bread into sauces or the open shells to sip the broth of a mus­sel soup.

297 VIC­TO­RIA RD

BANJO PATER­SON COT­TAGE RESTAU­RANT

IF Clancy wasn’t drov­ing, we’d prob­a­bly know where to find him. The Banjo Pater­son Cot­tage Restau­rant is a beau­ti­ful sand­stone house the Na­tional Trust clas­si­fies as Rock­end — once the home of great Aus­tralian poet Banjo Pater­son and his grand­mother Emily Bar­ton. Built around 1836, for the past 32 years it has been a restau­rant and func­tion venue. Man­ager Robert Le­mon­jian has been about the place for 25 years and has worked with the chef to en­sure the menus is as im­pres­sive as its his­tory. The food is mod­ern Aus­tralian with some dishes that are es­pe­cially Aussie, such as the ten­der and lean kan­ga­roo steaks rubbed with Korean spices.

‘IN THE PARK’ END OF PUNT RD

CHOCOLARTS

THERE’S no su­gar-coat­ing Arthur and Es­ther Lazarou’s choco­late ob­ses­sion. They held off pur­su­ing it for nearly 20 years be­fore Arthur left a ca­reer in IT and to­gether they opened ChocolArts. He liked cook­ing and loved choco­late, while Es­ther had a pas­sion for desserts, so they took cour­ses around the world and read ev­ery book pos­si­ble. Bel­gian choco­late is the foun­da­tion of their cre­ations, but it’s their per­sonal touch that makes ChocolArts truly unique. For ex­am­ple, a mint choco­late that uses fresh leaves from their gar­den, honey from their own bee­hives and Dain­tree choco­late from North Queens­land. With 62 types of cho­co­lates on of­fer, you are guar­an­teed to find some­thing here that treats your taste­buds.

207 VIC­TO­RIA RD

BAYVIEW HO­TEL

IT’S easy to see why this Vic­to­ria Rd pub has been pop­u­lar with lo­cals and friendly im­ports for nearly 140 years. A sleek yet ca­sual venue, it’s an en­ter­tain­ment hub for all sorts. The menu is a true stand­out how­ever, with the kitchen boast­ing a crew from fine-din­ing back­grounds; ex­pe­ri­ence that has en­abled them to push pub food to the next level. Head chef Greg Bookallil has in­cluded dishes such as duck con­fit and crispy pork belly that fea­ture sea­sonal of­fer­ings from his on-site herb gar­den.

166 VIC­TO­RIA RD

DOS SENORITAS

IT’S fair to say you won’t go hun­gry at Dos Senoritas. The au­then­tic Mex­i­can restau­rant de­liv­ers on qual­ity and quan­tity, from chips and salsa on ar­rival, na­chos ap­pe­tis­ers to hearty bur­ri­tos, en­chi­ladas and fa­ji­tas. All you need to do is sip a mar­garita to feel like you’ve been whisked away to Guadala­jara, the home of chef Domingo. Ar­rive on the right night and you’ll even be treated to harpist Vic­tor Valdes, who ser­e­nades din­ers with tra­di­tional Latin tunes.

2/ 3- 7 COW­ELL ST

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