Hop on a train & experience the best in the West, with hot tips on the best Cafés, KBBQ joints and more
You’ve booked your tickets. You’ve got a hotel nearby, maybe even flights, and all your mates are ready to join you for an epic weekend of CS:GO at IEM Sydney.
Instead of heading down to the closest fast food joint this year, make the most of what Western Sydney has to offer – from cafés that wouldn’t look out of place in Surry Hills, to KBBQ joints perfect for celebrating a Renegades win.
Home to a large Korean community (and authentic KBBQ), Lidcombe is the spot to hit for a great brekkie on your way to IEM. With trains running from Lidcombe to Sydney Olympic Park every 10 minutes, take your pick from the many modern Aus-Korean cafés before heading to the main event.
A new addition to the Lidcombe café scene, Bunker 64 has hit the ground running, serving up some of the best plates of food this side of Sydney. Hot dishes include the Grilled Angus Sirloin w/red wine jus, broccolini & cherry tomato ($28) if you’re after a bistro-quality lunch, or Southern Fried Chicken w/mac & cheese, gravy & bacon ($20) for a cheeky brunch that will get you through the day.
Open all hours, The Smelly Cheesecake offers up a reliably delicious coffee & cheesecake selection, with some brunch classics like the Cheese Corn Fritters w/avo, mascarpone & soft boiled egg ($16) - a perfect light brekkie. If you’re wondering where the name comes from, try a slice of their Blue Cheese Cheesecake.
The go-to Korean BBQ joint for any ESL Australia afterparty. Well-priced meats and plenty of outdoor seating make it perfect for a hungry group – with the added thrill of red-hot charcoal being passed over your table at the start of every meal.
Staying a bit further west? Auburn isn’t just a place for late-night kebabs.
Offering up some Turkish breakfast favourites alongside modern staples in a cool setting, don’t forget to ask for a complimentary Turkish tea to go with your gozleme.
Want the best falafel in Sydney? Look no further. Up until this year, that’s all this family-run business served (and it’s still the only thing you should order). A filled-to-the-brim falafel roll will set you back just $7.50, and leave you feeling a lot better than that doner kebab or snack pack.
Heading to IEM Sydney Groups Stage viewing? Here’s a couple of our top picks for the best burgers in Bankstown.
There’s not many places in Sydney that you can find a microbrewery, burger bar, and entertainment venue all in one spot – but the Basement Brewhouse at Bankstown Sports Club fits the bill. Check out their monthly special burger w/chips & a pint ($25) – this April it’s the Woodcutter, which should probably come with a health warning.
Try the camel burger.
A cheap & cheerful café serving up delicious, authentic Vietnamese food at low prices. Right on the train line.
No, it’s not Circa Espresso, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay Mulberry Tree Cafe a visit if you’re in Parra. Check out the Eggs Benny for a near-perfect rendition of the classic.
Auvers’ modus operandi is making food that looks like art – so if you’re looking for Instagram likes as well as a tasty brekkie, this is the place to be.
As you can see – it’s worth giving Western Sydney a shot when planning your IEM weekend. If you have any other hot tips, or just want to share where you ended up, shoot a tweet over to @GoGoGadgetCasts and let me know.
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