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Bécasse, Quarter Twenty One, Sassy’s Red, Din Tai Fung and More: Westfield Sydney Taste Tour

Author: Posted on: May 9, 2011 at 9:17 am

Bécasse

A small door quietly opens. I step through a dim forest-like entrance. Inside, a long narrow hall is lined with willow trees that change colour and foliage like the changing seasons.

Bécasse Westfield Sydney

Fairy lights lead the eye towards a bare forest. I have a glass of Ruinart Champagne in hand, and renowned Chef Justin North is my guide into his new Bécasse restaurant.

Bécasse Westfield Sydney

This could well be a dream or a fantasy, were it not for the weight of my camera and the quiet hubbub of our small group. We are on a Westfield Sydney Tasting Tour, a whirlwind dégustation of the final round of eateries that have recently opened on Level 5 of the food precinct.

Back to my dream, and Justin North leads us into the plush 24 seat dining room decked out in dark warm tones of purple and plum, ostrich skin covered tables and a luxuriant handbag stool, as often requested by his female patrons. Wall art depicts a tongue with tastebud receptors, their centre offers a peeping view into the kitchen.

Becasse
Bécasse Interior (clockwise from top R) willow-themed chandeliers, wall art with tastebud receptors, the hand bag stool, banquette seating

Bécasse Westfield Sydney
Chef’s Table

On the other side of the wall art, the chef’s table seats 6 people with a direct view of the kitchen with state of the art appliances.

Bécasse Westfield Sydney
Bécasse Kitchen facing the Chef’s Table

Bécasse Westfield Sydney
Bécasse Private Dining Room

Further along, a private dining room with exposed walls in heritage sandstone seats 12 guests.

The reincarnation of Bécasse from its Clarence Street location into Westfield Sydney has no markings of dining in the midst of a large shopping centre. Elegant, romantic and exuding class, it epitomises fine dining with a French inspired à la carte or dégustation menus in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

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Quarter Twenty One

Back into the realm of reality, the tour continues with Chef Justin North into his Quarter Twenty One which incorporates a 70-seat modern European restaurant, a fine food emporium with specialty wine store, a cooking school and the Bécasse Bakery.

Quarter Twenty One Westfield Sydney
Quarter Twenty One

Justin explains the meaning of the name Quarter Twenty One. Quarter, refers to the four components that make up Quarter Twenty One: the restaurant, the cooking school, the providore and the bakery. Twenty One refers to the purported weight of the soul being 21 grams as it leaves the body, a recurring theme in each component of the Quarter such as feed the soul, cook for the soul, shop for the soul.

Quarter Twenty One Westfield Sydney
Ready to take home products at Quarter Twenty One

The food and wine emporium includes pre-made meals, condiments, wine and cheese. I spot confit of duck, provençale chicken roasts, Café de Paris butter packs, pastas, fresh vegetables and oven-ready meals – convenience and quality produce right in the heart of the CBD.

Quarter Twenty One Westfield Sydney
Ageing meat and charcuterie at Quarter Twenty One

Quarter Twenty One Westfield Sydney
Quarter Twenty One Cooking School – Cook for the Soul

The Quarter Twenty One cooking school is located within the providore section, and can be seen through the glass walls by shoppers. The space is intimate allowing for 12 participants, and has state of the art equipment, including ovens and cooktops by Fagor, and cameras connected to a large television above the demonstration bench.

Quarter Twenty One Westfield Sydney
Quarter Twenty One Restaurant

Quarter Twenty One Restaurant is a modern European restaurant with a focus on sustainability and ethical farming with former Bécasse head chef, Michael Robinson, at the helm.

Quarter Twenty One Westfield Sydney
Chef Justin North

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Mero Mero

Leaving Quarter Twenty One behind, the tour continues with a brief stop at Mero Mero, a new eatery offering a range of panini, sweet and savoury pastries and their signature blend of coffee. But it is the tower of macarons in colourful glory that captures attention.

Mero Mero Westfield Sydney
Mero Mero

Mero Mero

We stop for a taste, and try the lime and cracked pepper and honey and sesame macarons.

Mero Mero on Urbanspoon

Snag Stand

Phillip Blanco, the Director of Snag Stand, welcomes us at the Snag Stand, an original concept that was inspired by Australian’s love for a good sausage. With the successes of T2, Mad Mex and Fire Fly Wine Bars to his name, this latest venture is already proving to be a success.

‘Haute dogs’ is what this artisan sausage grill is all about. The lean sausages are preservative and gluten free, using some of the best artisan butchers in Sydney such as Rodriguez Bros, AC Butchery, Rudi’s, Brot & Wurst and Pino’s.

Snag Stand Westfield Sydney
Phillip Blanco

Serving 15 varieties of freshly grilled gourmet snags including spicy Chorizo, Toulouse sausage and German Bratwurst, this is one popular stand that is meeting a high demand.

Snag Stand Westfield Sydney
(L to R) Pork and Fennel Italian on a toasted brioche roll, American Classic woodsmoked Frankfurter on a toasted brioche roll,
German Bratwurst on a rustic roll

I taste the chorizo sausage in a toasted brioche roll and chips with a range of dipping sauces.

Snag Stand Westfield Sydney
Chips with dipping sauces

Snag Stand Westfield Sydney
Snag Stand Board

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Pie by Micks Bakehouse

Pie by Micks Bakehouse  Westfield Sydney
Range of Pies

Niki Di Salvatore welcomes us to Mick’s Bakehouse which started in the town of Leeton as a small bread shop in 1990. Michael Di Salvatore is the proprietor and his pies have won several awards in the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show. Originally a wholesale operation, this is their first Sydney retail outlet.

Pie by Micks Bakehouse Westfield Sydney
Beef, Prosciutto and Blue cheese

The range of pies is extensive with fillings such as the popular Beef and Beer, Peking Duck, Kangaroo and Red Wine and Massaman Lamb.

Pie by Micks Bakehouse Westfield Sydney
Pies on Tasting

The pies are distinguished by their tops and shape, such as the Beef, Prosciutto and Blue cheese pie above with bull horns on top.

Pie by Micks Bakehouse Westfield Sydney
(clockwise from top) Lemon Curd Meringue, Niki Di Salvatore, mural

Pie by Mick's Bakehouse on Urbanspoon

Sabbaba

Moving on to Sabbaba, we are welcomed to a Middle-Eastern eatery with Israeli-style falafel with tahini and hummus. We also try their pita bread with baba ghanouj.

Sabbaba on Urbanspoon

Ragù Pasta and Wine Bar

Next stop takes us to Italy for a wine and cheese tasting at Ragù Pasta and Wine Bar with Founding Owner, Alessandro Fuscaldo. I recognise Alessandro from my first Westfield Taste Tour in November when he showed us around the desserts and gelati at Via Del Corso Pasticceria e Caffé.

Ragu Pasta and Wine Bar Westfield Sydney
Bar and Table Seating

Ragu Pasta and Wine Bar Westfield Sydney
The Bar

Ragu Pasta and Wine Bar Westfield Sydney
Alessandro Fuscaldo – founding owner, Red wine and Italian cheese tasting

Ragu Pasta and Wine Bar Westfield Sydney
A taste of Italy in the heart of Sydney’s CBD

Ragù serves up antipasti, freshly-made pasta, Italian wines, cheeses and it’s the kind of place that reminds you of a bar you discovered in your travels to a remote Italian town.

Ragu Pasta & Wine Bar on Urbanspoon

Din Tai Fung Dumpling Bar

Din Tai Fung Dumplings Westfield Sydney

Vera Handoko, the Manager at Din Tai Fung Dumpling Bar explains how the dumplings are hand-made to precision as we watch the experts roll out and shape the dough into perfect circles.

Din Tai Fung Dumplings Westfield Sydney
Dumplings made on the premises

Din Tai Fung Dumplings Westfield Sydney
Xiao long bao dumplings

She demonstrates the proper way to eat the dumplings without burning the mouth. She picks up a dumpling with her chopsticks, puts it on a spoon then makes a small hole in the dumpling to allow the juices to escape and cool down. After sipping the juices, she adds the ginger and dipping sauce and the dumpling is ready to be eaten.

Din Tai Fung Dumpling Bar on Urbanspoon

Sushi Hon

We move to Japan at Sushi Hon, an eatery that boasts the longest sushi train in a southern hemisphere shopping centre. The train loops around three islands, serving anything from Nigiri sushi, mini rolls as well as tempura and an a la carte menu. There’s a good range of Sake on display including tiny drums that remind me of our brief sojourn in Tokyo.

Sushi Hon Westfield Sydney
Longest sushi train in a shopping centre in southern hemisphere

Sushi Hon Westfield Sydney
Sushi bento box and individual tastings

Sushi Hon Westfield Sydney
Salmon sashimi

Sushi Hon Westfield Sydney
Sake drums and bottles

Sushi Hon on Urbanspoon

9 Mary’s Indian

9 Mary’s eatery originates from Perth, Western Australia and serves up a range of North Indian cuisine.

9marys Indian Westfield Sydney
Curries and North Indian cuisine

9marys Indian Westfield Sydney
Spicy stuffed mushrooms and chicken tikka

A brief stop has us tasting their spicy stuffed mushrooms and chicken tikka.

Nine Mary's on Urbanspoon

Thairiffic Noodle Bar

There’s a lot of action in the kitchen of Thairiffic Noodle Bar where rice dishes, Thai noodles and curries are served. Diners can also mix and match different combinations according to taste.

Thairiffic Noodle Bar Westfield Sydney
Bob Saravut, Chef at Thai Riffic

Thairiffic Noodle Bar Westfield Sydney

Thairiffic Noodle Bar Westfield Sydney
ThaiRiffic Dining Area

Thai Riffic Noodle Bar on Urbanspoon

Sassy’s Red

The last stop of the tour takes us to Sassy’s Red where we meet charismatic owner Simon Goh of Chinta Ria restaurant. Simon explains the concept behind this venture which is based on a Malaysian Coffee Shop serving a dose of nostalgia and inspired by jazz singer Sarah Vaughan.

Sassy’s Red Westfield Sydney
Sugar cane juice on ice – Sassy’s Red premises

Sassy’s Red Westfield Sydney
Lo Bak

Sassy’s Red Westfield Sydney
Brown paper packaging for fried noodles

Everything from the menu to the brown paper packaging and the take away bags is reminiscent of a bygone era. As he states on the menu, “It’s Nasi Goreng wrapped up in nostalgia. Sassy’s Red is comfort. And is food”

Sassy’s Red Westfield Sydney
Simon Goh of Sassy’s Red

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Sassy’s Red Westfield Sydney

Much like a peek through the frosted window at Sassy’s Red, our degustation tour on Level 5 comes to an end. The Westfield Sydney Food Precinct has come a long way since the days of Centrepoint food court. Now there is a gamut of eateries from fine dining to comfort food to take home gourmet meals. Just take the express escalator from Pitt Street Mall next to Sportsgirl, and you’ll find yourself amidst an international food precinct set to please discerning palates.

Westfield Sydney
Level 5 Food Precinct
Corner of Pitt Street Mall and Market Street
Sydney

Gourmantic attended the Westfield Sydney Taste Tour as a media guest.

Corinne

Corinne is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues.

She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards for 2013 and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List for 2013.


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34 Comments to “Bécasse, Quarter Twenty One, Sassy’s Red, Din Tai Fung and More: Westfield Sydney Taste Tour”

  1. [...] the second quarter of 2011, Stage 2 of Westfield Sydney will see the opening of two contemporary Asian restaurants Sassy’s Red… and Chat Thai on Levels Five and [...]

  2. Nicole says:

    Wow. So many fabulous restaurants, how would you ever choose one? Love the idea of a handbag stool! And also, a Din Tai Fung recently opened in Seattle, and I wondered just how to eat the dumplings with the soup inside. Now I know! Totally hungry now!

    • Corinne says:

      I’m not much of a dumpling fan but after this little lesson in how to eat them, I have a new appreciation. As for choosing, I love how there’s such an international variety that you wouldn’t get bored! Of course, the new Bécasse would be my first choice ;)

  3. Great recap, and lovely to meet you Corinne!

  4. TT says:

    Great review and extraordinary pictures as usual Gourmantic, everything looks so appetising, makes me want to sample and relish everything on offer.

    • Corinne says:

      Thanks for the compliment, TT :) They did a fabulous job with the tour, offering us a taste and tempting us to come back for more!

  5. Jools Stone says:

    Wow, those snags look good! I thought we had it good here in Edinburgh, but looks like you have some amazingly diverse and sophisticated food options in your back yard!

  6. Jasiminne says:

    I love the layout of Sassy’s Red, and especially the nostalgic wrapper used for the mee goreng and nasi goreng! And nothing beats iced sugar cane juice to quench my thirst :-)

    • Corinne says:

      It’s so well done, and meeting Simon Goh only reinforced his passion for detail in the design. The iced sugar cane juice was just the drink to end the tour on! :)

  7. It was a great tour wasn’t it? And I love that we seem to have focussed on so many of the same things at each food store!

  8. That’s a super detail review. Heard abt the quarter 21 and sassy red. Wonder how’s the pricing. Going there next week

  9. Buggles says:

    I am inspired to do a self-led tour soon!!

  10. Hi Corinne,

    What a great round up of all the offerings and your photos are really spot on!

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