Last month I attended a great event at the Electrolux showroom put on by the Japan Foundation, showcasing three female chefs from the Echigo Tsumari region in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Mayu Hasegawa highlighted seasonality and the medicinal nature of food in a wonderfully rich exploration of food and culture. She thinks that as home cooks, our role is to look after the health and wellbeing of our families. While you ponder that, here is a range of good value meals to suit all budgets available all over town this March.
The Deck: (Milson’s Point)
Dive in for a half price ($15/head) paella every Wednesday evening after 6pm, complimented by $5 Coronas and $15 sangria Jugs.
Essen Restaurant: (Broadway) New York’s Katz Deli produced the world famous Reuben Sandwich. Sydney’s now delivering it with house-made pickles and a Northern European touch using beef brisket that’s been marinating for weeks for $22.50 with beer and chips on Thursday and Friday lunchtimes.
Caffe Sicilia: (Surry Hills) For the month of March head in here to celebrate the first Sicilian almond blossoms with an Almond Menu ($55/head) including dishes like almond praline snapper fillet. Restaurant PR buff, David Wasserman “hasn’t stopped raving about it” so I’m heading down to check this one out myself.
The Restaurant at 3 Weeds: (Rozelle)
Leigh McDivitt is cooking at the top of his game, test my claim at Urban Food Market’s 100 Mile Meatup – an eight course degustation ($99/head) with matching wines on Thursday 14th March. Dishes include a sage and milk poached pork cheek with pork neck agnolotti and king prawn and cider gel.
Buon Ricordo: (Paddington)
The NSW Wine Festival is running until the 31st March, and includes Tour of the Regions Dinners at restaurants like this one. Dine Tuesday 13th March, sampling Armando Percuoco’s dishes for $150/head with host Lyndey Milan and three wine makers also laid on.
Bairro Português Petersham Food and Wine Fair: (Petersham) Try out a range of restaurants at the tenth anniversary of one of my favourite food fairs on Sunday 11th March. Expect to find Portuguese tarts, spicy chorizo, barbequed sardines, sangria and churros on offer along Audley and Fisher Streets, Petersham from 11am.
The Apollo: (Potts Point) Jonathan Barthelmess led Manly Pavilion to winning the SMH’s Best New Restaurant gong last year. Now he’s returned to his Greek roots with a new spot in Potts Point called The Apollo, currently open for dinner six nights a week. Dishes include pig’s tail salad with walnuts, sorrel, currants and pomegranate faro.
Tommy’s Beer Café: (Potts Point)
Keep your eyes on the beautiful old Prague site for a new outpost of Tommy’s Beer Café. Famous in Glebe for their buffalo cheeks and excellent potato pancakes, this is certain to become your go-to place for belly warming offerings in the drizzly season ahead.