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Shae Killey4 years ago

For those hungry people who don't have time to travel

One of the best things about travelling the globe is getting the opportunity to experience all the different flavours that are unique to that part of the world. Unfortunately, not everyone has tens of thousands of dollars spare just to travel and taste one-of-a-kind foods. Don't worry, we've saved you the trouble and found 4 restaurants in Newcastle where you can experience foreign flavours in your own backyard.

#1 taste of China

Whether it’s Cantonese, Sichuan or Anhui, the Chinese cuisine is most often rich in spicy flavours and known for their use of traditional cooking methods such as frying, steaming, stewing and baking.

Sinofood Chinese Restaurant 

Traditional Chinese spices, Sinofood Chine Restaurant - Newcastle
Traditional Chinese spices, Sinofood Chine Restaurant – Newcastle

The staff at Sinofood Chinese Restaurant are experts when it comes to perfecting the art of a Chinese fine dining experience. They are Newcastle’s premier authentic Chinese restaurant who serve you flavourful food fast, affordably and with a smile. Located on Beaumont Street west of Newcastle, all the locals know to come to this restaurant if you want some delectable Chinese food served in generous portions with plenty of spice. Whether you want to get a taste of everything China has to offer at one of their Yum Cha style breakfast and lunch sittings or you’d prefer to head down after work and indulge in some more wholesome spicier Sichuan and Shanghai dishes, make a booking at Sinofood Chinese Restaurant and you won’t be disappointed.
Where: 47 Beaumont Street Hamilton NSW


#2 taste of Spain

The Spanishhave spent centuries perfecting everything from sensational sangria, to perfect paella and tapas. Herbs like cayenne, paprika, garlic and saffron all dominate the Spanish cuisine culture.

Bocados

Traditional Spanish dish, Bocados Spanish Kitchen - Newcastle
Traditional Spanish dish, Bocados – Newcastle

Take a trip to Spain without leaving Newcastle. Bocados puts a contemporary twist on all the traditional Spanish flavours we know and love. This Spanish kitchen specialises in tapas style cooking that will fill your stomach as well as letting you taste an extensive range of Spanish flavours. This lovely restaurant is BYO wine only, but fully licensed which means you can wash your meal down with a choice of specialty beers, Spanish wines and sangria to top off your Eurpoean experience. Whatever you do, be sure to share a ‘Spanish Plate’ with your friend or partner, which includes jamón, anchovies, olives, chorizo, manchego cheese and artichoke.
Where: 27 King Street Newcastle NSW 


#3 taste of Italy

Australian culture is very fond of Italian food, so much so that the dishes like the chicken parmigiana and other pasta meals are a common staple at many pubs. Food elements like basil, pesto, cheese, tomato and pastries are common with Italian cuisine.

Grifone Il Ristorante

Wine to go with your meal, Grifone Il Ristorante - Newcastle
Wine to go with your meal, Grifone Il Ristorante – Newcastle

Do you like to indulge in an Italian style meal from time to time? Look no further then Grifone Il Ristorante. These masters of Italian cuisine will make you feel like you’re sitting in Venice as you tuck into your choice of pasta or other Italian dishes. Located on The Boardwalk, you can soak up the views of the harbour while you enjoy an affordable fine dining experience. Their menu includes a range of European delights, but be sure to try their one-of-a-kind Pesce Spada dish, which is Swordfish loin marinated in fresh herbs, grilled and served with roasted kipfler. Bring your family and friends down to enjoy a little taste of Italy in the heart of Newcastle.
Where: 1 Honeysuckle Drive Newcastle NSW


#4 taste of Thai

Thai food is full of spicy flavours and is heavily influenced by coconut infused curry dishes. Thai dishes are often accompanied by rice and include a mix of chilli, garlic, coconut and other fresh (not dried) herbs and spices.

Sticky Rice Thai Restaurant 

Coconut infused flavours, Sticky Rice Thai Restaurant - NewcastleA
Coconut infused flavours, Sticky Rice Thai Restaurant – Newcastle

Located a short walk from the Shortland Esplanade, The Sticky Rice Thai Restaraunt started from humble beginnings as a coffee shop before new owners took over and made it into a Thai inspired food oasis. When eating at a Thai restaurant it would be rude not to indulge in one of their flavourful coconut infused curry dishes. Whether you choose green, red, yellow, panang or massaman it doesn’t matter, you’ll be treated to some of the best tasting curry meals in the area, all at an affordable price. If you’re going to choose from one of the chef’s specialty dishes then be sure to try the chilli jam soft shell crab, which will leave your tastebuds wanting more. Regardless of what dish you choose make sure you mix it in with a bit of sticky rice – after all it is the Sticky Rice Thai Restaurant.
Where: Cnr Scott St & Zaara St Newcastle East NSW

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