06 August 2007

Sydney in top ten for great food

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Sydney has been named in the top ten best cities in the world for food lovers in a poll just released by Forbes magazine.

Along with the usual suspects such as Paris and Bologna, Sydney has been chosen by Forbes food writers as the tenth best "foodie city" in the world – good news for any gourmet-in-training looking to gain an Australian visa!

A great foodie city must have "a good mix of restaurants - some with an international reputation and that are true classics, others that are excellent but that people may not have heard of", says Martin Rapp, senior vice president of leisure at Altour International, a New York and Los Angeles luxury travel consultancy.

It also has "food markets that sell produce as well as local products, such as oil and cheeses and good artisanal bakeries".

A cultural melting pot, Sydney benefits from fantastic fresh produce and foods from around the world.

Forbes recommends a sleek restaurant called Longrain for Asian style dishes like red curry of kingfish with wild ginger snake beans.

Bills 3 is a chain that has a cult following for its breakfast specialties like ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter.

Trendy Chinese restaurant Billy Kwong is renowned for home-style dishes like star-anise flavored tofu and scallops with XO sauce.

The popular Sydney Fresh Food Market in Flemington is a collection of over 800 vendors selling produce and gourmet products like flavored honeys and locally made chocolates.

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