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Old February 7th, 2012, 02:35 AM   #21
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So if they are operating a food truck site at the Customs House Forecourt .. and there is a 24 hour cafe (City Extra) just 20m in front of the square, yet the trucks can not operate until nearby cafes and restaurants close ...

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A fleet of 10 food trucks has been chosen to deliver on something Sydneysiders told the City they want - more quality food at all hours.
A food truck is a mobile eatery that travels to different locations in the city. A panel of food experts chose the successful operators in a selection process that included a cook-off challenge.

The 10 successful operators will serve up exciting new food options including modern Australian from a former Tetsuya’s sous chef, steamed yum cha, and veggie burgers from a truck shaped like a barn – complete with herb garden on the roof.

The operators chosen are:
• Agape
• Al Carbon
• Bite Sized Delights
• Burger Theory
• Cantina Mobil
• Eat Art Truck
• Let’s Do Yum Cha
• Taco Truck
• Tsuru
• Veggie Patch

More than 30 hopeful operators lodged applications when the City sought expressions of interest last year, following extensive consultation on the city’s night-time economy.
The hopefuls went through a rigorous testing process that included looking at their business plans and background, and compliance with health and waste management codes.

The last step was a taste test, where contenders had an hour to cook meals from their proposed truck menu and were judged on the taste, their overall concept and their complete menu.

The operators can now fit out their trucks, which will start to hit the streets in coming weeks.

The City is lodging development applications for 13 sites across the Local Government Area where the trucks can operate. Likely sites include Belmore Park and Customs House Forecourt and Sydney Park.

The 10 operators will be the only ones with permits to use the sites, and they will be required to move between locations during the night. The trial will run for a year, and a detailed analysis will follow.

Opening hours will depend on the location and when existing restaurants and cafes close. A smartphone app being developed by the City will soon provide a real-time map, links to food truck menus and other details.
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Old February 7th, 2012, 05:28 AM   #22
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Old February 8th, 2012, 11:30 AM   #23
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So if they are operating a food truck site at the Customs House Forecourt .. and there is a 24 hour cafe (City Extra) just 20m in front of the square, yet the trucks can not operate until nearby cafes and restaurants close ...
Yep, go figure!

I agree with papervag that the concept is over-regulated. Why not let the consumer decide on the best food and not limit it to 10 food trucks in specific locations at specific times. Hopefully the trial is opened up after this 12 month period.
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Old February 8th, 2012, 11:34 AM   #24
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Isn't it possible for the other shops and the food trucks to just co-exist? They do in just about every other major city.
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Of course they can! If it costs $9.50 to buy a burrito from a food truck, they aren't even offering a substantial difference on price. A regular burrito costs $10.50 at Guzman Y Gomez and $10.90 at Mad Mex, and for that you get air conditioning a seat and a table.
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Old February 9th, 2012, 11:38 AM   #26
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Isn't it possible for the other shops and the food trucks to just co-exist? They do in just about every other major city.
Yes but every other major city is not an over micro-bureaucratic wannabe nanny-state. This was the same council who had to be overridden by the state gov because they wanted to enforce a compulsory 12am closing time for ALL new drinking establishments, bars, nightclubs, taverns ..

I think council believes everyone civil has goes home by 12am hence the food trucks are for the post-civil night time crowd
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Where in Sydney is this Singapore Takeout place going to be operating?
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Old February 12th, 2012, 06:36 PM   #31
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A laneway in Parramatta has recently been transformed into a cafe known as Circa Espresso - something I would more have expected to see in Surry Hills or Melbourne.

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Old February 13th, 2012, 07:33 AM   #32
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A laneway in Parramatta has recently been transformed into a cafe known as Circa Espresso - something I would more have expected to see in Surry Hills or Melbourne.
Wow, now that is one cool cafe. It looks like it has a really good feel to it. I would love to see more of that in Sydney. We have sooo many of these nooks all over the suburbs, to have places like this adds real character.
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I went to Thaitown this evening and had a wander. Anyone recommend any good places to eat?

Also a friend recommended Gumshara in Eating World - anyone else eaten there?
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Old February 13th, 2012, 12:58 PM   #34
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I went to Thaitown this evening and had a wander. Anyone recommend any good places to eat?
Chat Thai is the best, but there is always a big queue...

http://www.chatthai.com.au/
(Their website doesn't work with IE. You need Firefox or Chrome. Weired!)


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Also a friend recommended Gumshara in Eating World - anyone else eaten there?
Yes, a copule of times. Their ramen soup (pork bone broth) is way too rich for me though... some people love it, but not for everyone. I prefer Menya or Ichiban-boshi ramen.
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Thanks for that

Where is Menya?

On a completely unrelated aside, I noticed that the Dymocks store between Ivy and Martin Place has closed. How cool would it be if a few understated basement restaurants/bars opened there?
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They're actually marketing the old Dymocks space as a restaurant/bar option - see artist impressions on their website...
http://www.350george.com.au/the-building-retail.html
Also love the Ballroom on the 5th floor - would make a great supper club, especially for post-performance at the Recital Hall.

Kind of related to that - have heard from a couple of little birds that Merivale is looking to open a patisserie. If this is true, I would imagine it would be in the Palings Lane/Ash St precinct.
But then, Armani Dolci have been on a bit of an expansion drive internationally lately, and this precinct would be perfect for them, considering it is just behind their 2 stores. There was a DA lodged for food service tenancies opening on to Angel Place underneath the Armani stores a year or 2 ago, but with no specific proposed tenant mentioned...

And talking about Thai Town, also try Suk Jai up on Pitt St (between Campbell & Goulburn), especially for Som Tum w/ salted egg, and the dish with the raw prawns you dip in the lime juice with lemongrass and chilli (can't remember the name of that dish). But, IMHO, Spice I Am on Wentworth Ave is the best, especially if you like chilli - I'm addicted to their Prik Khing Pork Belly (crispy pork belly dry fried in red curry paste and kaffir lime), Lemongrass Salad w/ Prawns, and even their Massaman Curry...

Gumshara Ramen is best left til the cooler months - it reminds me so much of being in Tokyo in the middle of winter, so nourishing and warm, but so thick, you can feel the collagen from the pork bones sticking to your lips.
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Surryhills, you always pop up at the right time with promising news!

I am not particularly familiar with the Palings Lane/Ash Street/Angel Place precinct however I did check it out on the weekend. The council patted itself on the back for the bird cages/noises but, like Kimber Lane, it has potential to be much more than just a 'oh that's nice' glance before one continues on one's merry way. I thought pop up wine bars after 6/7pm would do well, particularly with Ivy and the City Recital Hall nearby. Maybe also an espresso cafe.

Thanks for the link for 350 George! It is such a classy building and Sydney deserves a classy outcome. Whereas Ivy is all glitz, 350 George could be a nice contrast and give the architectural grandeur of Martin Place a nice little neighbour.

I didn't realise there were entrances at the rear - perfect set up really! The tenancy could be split up to enable front door restaurant access and rear door bar access. Also might be worth pointing out Laduree and Heston Blumenthal have been rumoured to be interested in opening in Sydney - nice spot for them both!

I like your idea on the Ballroom being a Supper Club, would do well with its neighbours (at least with the City Recital Hall). Armani Dolci would be another great addition to the precinct - Armani might be holding off to see what happens with the rest of the precinct?

Thanks also for the recommendations for Thai food. A friend actually recommended Suk Jai so I've got a few places to eat my way though. I've heard a lot about Spice I Am, will get there one day also!
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The vacant space under the Recital Hall (facing the back of the Armani building) is being taken over by the China Doll/China Beach operators - they had a DA in for fitout and outdoor seating recently.

That precinct tends to be pretty quiet on weekend days, but during the week, there is lots of activity centred around Felix and Ash St Cellar. If the George St/Martin Pl retail area develops further, we might see greater activation there during the weekends...
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I went to Thaitown this evening and had a wander. Anyone recommend any good places to eat?
Thanon Khao San - They even have a tuk tuk and a street sign from Khao San Road in there and its open until 3am on Thurs-Sat
http://www.thanonkhaosan.com.au/home.htm

Also Sky, if you are somewhat of a foodie and are interested in discovering Sydney's food offerings, I highly suggest you read a food blog called Grab Your Fork.

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Hey Sky, if you're in Pyrmont then go to Cherry Bean cafe because they do a mean bacon and egg roll !! It's in a classic art deco building across from Pyrmont bridge. Tops bacon!

http://cherrybeans.com.au/
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