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By Lauren Vadnjal
September 22, 2016
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A Rundown of All the Food You Can Eat at Tramsheds Harold Park

Spoiler: it's a lot.
By Lauren Vadnjal
September 22, 2016
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It's been a while since Tramsheds Harold Park opened its doors to the public. If you haven't had a chance to check it out — we understand, life can get in the way  — it really is well worth a visit. The revamped heritage-listed Rozelle Tram Depot features a European-inspired market hall lined with bespoke retailers, from butchers and bakers to fried chicken and fresh pasta makers. Basically, it's enough to make your eyes weep with sweet, sweet happiness tears (and maybe some of anxious indecision).

Each of the retailers — which include some of Sydney's biggest food names, as well as some newbies — have created a stunning space to serve their nosh, with most offering takeaway as well as produce to take home and cook. There's a supermarket, a nail salon and a gym, but the food is where it's at. It's open seven days a week for brekkie, lunch and dinner, so there's ample opportunity for gorging.

To help you out on your culinary journey, here's a rundown of all the things you should eat and drink. Go.cp-line

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BUTCHER AND THE FARMER

Quasi celebrity chef Jared Ingersoll (ex-Danks Street Depot) is behind this one, and considering his last few ventures — helming the kitchen at Hunter & Barrel and Barrel and Beast pop-up — were focused on meat, it seems like a natural progression for him to open a butcher. Although this isn't your ordinary butcher. You can head in to pick up some top-quality cuts of meat, but it's also a huge all-day 300-seat restaurant which serves up whole animals roasted over coal as well as an impressive charcuterie and pickle selection. Butcher and the Farmer also has a private dining option which is inside a motherflipping tram.

Open for: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What to eat: wood-smoked brisket with pickled cucumber and jalapeno cream.cp-line

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BEKYA

This is something a little bit different for Tramsheds: Egyptian food. Bekya is doing an Egyptian-Middle Eastern menu in a mezzanine-like area filled with greenery. The venue slings homemade Egyptian flatbread, and you've got to try the koshari which is a beautiful mess of lentils, rice, macaroni, chickpeas, tomato salsa and fried onions. It's delicious.

Open for: lunch and dinner.

What to eat: koshari.cp-line

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GARÇON

Garçon is a new cafe from The Little Marionette team. It sits at the entrance so you can enter either through Tramsheds or without entering the venue proper, so it's your go-to for a takeaway or sit-in coffee — it has some really awesome amphitheatre-like cushioned seating arrangement around the coffee roaster. Best part is, they'll turn into a bar at night serving espresso martinis.

Open for: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What to drink: espresso martini. 

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FLOUR EGGS WATER BY A TAVOLA

If you've been to A Tavola in either Darlinghurst or Bondi, you'll know what to expect here. But, like the name suggests, the main focus at Tramsheds is pasta. The venue has a pretty epic pasta-making setup on display to everyone walking past, and you can both sit down for a bowl of the good stuff, or take it away to cook at home.

Open for: lunch and dinner.

What to eat: orecchiette with cauliflower, mint and breadcrumbs.cp-line

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BODEGA 1904

Bodega has some of the best seats at Tramsheds. We mean that quite literally — the custom-made stools that line the bar are really, really nice. This is an offshoot of Bodega in Surry Hills, and the teams from the restaurant and Porteño have created a tapas menu that's very well-suited to the whole Tramsheds vibe. Plus, there's a wine store.

Open for: lunch and dinner.

What to eat: mussels steamed in saffron and lime with potato and roti.cp-line

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OSAKA TRADING CO.

This one comes from the Tokyo Bird team. Like the Darlo restaurant, Osaka is doing some killer Japanese cocktails and bar food. Serving up a potentially life-changing scallop with sweet soy butter and a really, really good gin yuzu cocktail with smoked honey.

Open for: lunch and dinner.

What to eat: grilled scallop with soy butter, onion and leek.cp-line

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FISH & CO.

Tramsheds' very own fish and chippie. All the fish here is wild-caught using sustainable fishing practices, and you can eat in take away or buy your own fish to cook at home. Definitely get the beer-battered fish with the rosemary chips.

Open for: lunch and dinner. 

What to eat: fish and chips (duh).cp-line

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GELATO MESSINA

Nothing new here, folks — just another notch in Messina's Sydney domination belt. The gelateria does all the regular scoops as well as cakes.

Open for: lunch and dinner.

What to eat: you already know. cp-line

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MAMA'S BUOI

This is Mama's Buoi's third Sydney outlet (with restaurants already in Surry Hills and Crows Nest) and this one is doing pretty much the same thing, serving up casual Vietnamese food and Asian-inspired cocktails.

Open for: lunch and dinner.

What to eat: pulled duck pancake with pineapple. 

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BELLE'S HOT CHICKEN

Okay, everyone knows Belle's. The fried chicken masters have opened another Sydney venue, no complaints here. On offer, all the standard finger lickin' chicken as well as a slew of natural wines and ice-cold beers — both of which do a great job of cutting through the rich chicken and refreshing your palate.

Open for: lunch and dinner.

What to eat: The Baller Bucket complete with sixteen wings and your choice of four sides.cp-line

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REDLINE KITCHEN & TAPHOUSE

If you're looking for a brewpub, look no further. Redline Taphouse and Kitchen is the new venue from chef Joe Slakey (Flying Fajita Sisters), which boasts ten rotating taps, a menu of Southern-style American eats and an outdoor beer garden to boot.

Open for: lunch and dinner.

What to drink: beer, of course. cp-line

Images: Steven Woodburn.

Published on September 22, 2016 by Lauren Vadnjal

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