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Lifestyle : Sydney, The Harbour City 2011
1HERSA1 S002 Scenic Flights, Romantic Beach Picnics and Fly and Dine packages to Sydney's best secluded waterfront restaurants. Call now and embark on a unique journey with Sydney Seaplanes. www.seaplanes.com.au Contact: 1300 732 752 or 02 9388 1978 Email: email@example.com YOU'LL LOVE TO LEARN TO SAIL SPECIAL OFFER 02 9326 2399 www.pacificsailingschool.com.au Only $99 for 3 hours Try Sailing on Sydney Harbour To celebrate 25 years of passionate and proud brewing at The Lord this October we are going retro in Nelsons Brasserie with dishes sourced from old menus of the 80's,90's and 00's Thursday and Friday lunch enjoy a dish from our retro menu and an Ale* for $30.00 *glass red or white instead of ale available upon request www.lordnelsonbrewery.com AG4422066AA-071011 2 Friday, October 7, 2011 smh.com.au Best of the battered bites Carli Ratcliff finds five of Sydney's most sublime spots to savour harbour-side fish and chips. Happy daze . . . the seasonal pleasures of food, sea and sun at Sydney Harbour. We have John Lees to thank for fish and chips. The Englishman, who is believed to have opened the first fish and chip shop on the outskirts of Manchester in 1860, probably never imagined the impact his humble idea of battering and deep frying his catch would have on the world. More than 150 years later, fish and chips remain a family favourite. The smell instantly signals the arrival of summer and here are five sparkling spots by the harbour to place your order and lay out the picnic rug. Mongers, Manly Across the road from the ferry terminal, in Rialto Square on Wentworth Street, lies Mongers. Hand-cut chips with the skin still on are gluten-free and here they're accompanied by house-made mayonnaise. Fish can be grilled or coated in a light tempura batter, while salt and pepper prawns are flash-fried in their shells. It's all packed in chic, enviro- friendly boxes. Head to Manly Cove beach, beside the ferry terminal, where you can sit on the sand and look out to the Heads. Location Shop 4, 11/27 Wentworth Street, Manly. Phone 9977 1777. Transport Sydney Ferries to Manly. Parking Manly council car parks. Sydney Dance Lounge cafe, Walsh Bay In the pier that houses the cream of Australian theatrical and dance talent sits Sydney Dance Lounge cafe. The cafe supplies lunch to actors from the Sydney Theatre Company (upstairs) and the hungry dancers who emerge sweaty and starving from the nearby dance studios. It is also open to the public. Fish and chips are on the menu, as is salt and pepper calamari and a grilled fish burger complete with thick- cut fries. Sit in and watch the passing parade of talent, or take your order outside to the end of the wharf, where you can enjoy views of the Harbour Bridge and across to Luna Park. Location The Wharf, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. Phone 9241 5021. Transport Walk around the harbour from Circular Quay. Parking Metered parking along Hickson Road. Nielsen Park Kiosk and Shark Beach Kiosk, Vaucluse Newly renovated Nielsen Park Kiosk, just metres from the sand, has long done a swift trade in fish and chips, sandwiches and salads to take away. The renovation has streamlined the ordering and queueing system so you should have your picnic in your hand even sooner. In summer, Shark Beach Kiosk, located on the sand at the eastern end of the beach, will open on weekends, offering fish and chips for lunch and sunset dinners. Sit on the grass under the Moreton Bay figs or on the sand and let the kids have a paddle. Location Nielsen Park, Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse. Phone 9337 7333. Transport Sydney Buses to Nielsen Park. Parking On-street parking limited. Flying Fish and Chips at the Star, Pyrmont Chef Peter Kuruvita's restaurant, Flying Fish, is a stone's throw from the newly renovated and renamed casino complex, the Star. Now, Kuruvita is boxing up fish and chips at his second outpost, Flying Fish and Chips in the Star's Cafe Court. Kuruvita says, ''It's essentially a fish and chip shop but with a few Flying Fish flourishes.'' Among them, crayfish with chilli and shallots; Balmain or Moreton Bay bugs with black pepper and curry leaf sauce; and a crab and avocado sandwich. Wander across the road to Pyrmont Bay Park, stretch out on the grass and enjoy the view across Pyrmont Bay to the city. Location Level G, Cafe Court, the Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont. Phone 1800 700 700. Transport Sydney Buses, shuttle buses and light rail to the Star. Parking The Star car park, entry via Pirrama Road. The Cloudy Bay Fish Co., Bennelong Point Situated on the lower concourse of the Sydney Opera House, the Cloudy Bay Fish Co. serves fish and chips with a difference. ''There is a big demand for grilled fish,'' says owner John Susman, who sources the day's best catch. It might be mahi-mahi, flathead or silver dory. Special plates include poached kingfish, roasted king salmon or a classic prawn cocktail, which can be served with a salad or as a ''po' boy'' (in a long roll with lettuce and mayonnaise). ''Customers order takeaway and find themselves a picnic spot in the sun,'' Susman says. Sit quayside and watch the ferries come in, perch on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, or stretch out on the grass at the nearby Botanic Gardens. Location Lower Concourse, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Phone 0450 099 888. Transport Sydney Ferries or Sydney Buses to Circular Quay. Parking Wilson Parking at the Opera House. A Herald Special Report Editor Angela Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Tina Musumeci, 9282 1003, email@example.com Readerlink 9282 1569 SPECIAL REPORT
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