Fresh Asian Fusion to Takeaway or Eat In

Western Sydney has always had a wealth of take away options from a variety of cultures, so it’s good to see that there is still room for fresh new options opening up in our local suburbs.

Great decor and atmosphereThe Foodie offers new Asian fusion flavours to the Stanhope Gardens area, which has enjoyed great Thai and Chinese restaurants for some time. Described as Viet Fusion, The Foodie combines the well-known Thai and Chinese cuisines with Vietnamese flavours.

Located in the southern end of the Stanhope Gardens Shopping Centre, it’s hard to ignore the fragrant smells that waft throughout the surrounding area, making it hard for shoppers to walk past without investigating further. This would explain the steady flow of customers seen during the Centre’s main opening hours.

The Foodie does offer seating that is inside and away from the hustle and bustle of the Shopping Centre, which provides some peace and quiet to relax and enjoy your meal. The ambience is very modern and appealing, and cleverly designed so that you’re not distracted by the busy kitchen. However as the amount of seating is limited, The Foodie is more popular for takeaway.

All food is made fresh to order, so if you’d prefer not to wait, you can order online through their website which is powered by Menulog. The advantages of doing this are, your meal will be cooked while you travel to pick it up, there is no extra cost for ordering this way, and once you order seven times, your next order is free!

I’ve been one of those enticed by the aromas while walking past, and have enjoyed watching my meal being made fresh from the range of ingredients in the glass windowed ‘salad and vegetable’ bar, at the front of the store.

The flavours are unique to anything I’ve tried before, and each dish provides an enjoyable new surprise.

Beef Noodle SoupThe Pho Bo is a surprisingly sweet beef noodle soup with a ‘coconut-like’ flavour. The fragrance hits you immediately with hints of star anise and cinnamon amongst the caramel-ly richness. The distinctive flavours would appeal to many palettes – including those who don’t normal enjoy soup, as the beef adds substance, the noodles are filling and the bamboo shoots give that added crunch to make this a well-rounded dish.

From their signature dishes I highly recommend the Char Grilled Lamb Chops. Marinated in soy, five spice and hoisin sauce, the sweet, salty and spicy flavours make for a highly enjoyable
combination. The Lamb is well done but still tender, and the
accompanying boiled rice helps to balance the symphony of tastes that these spicy chops offer.

Char Grilled Lamb Chops Marinated in soy, five spice and hoisin sauce and served with boiled rice

 

Calamari with fried shallots and garlic and sweet chilli dipping sauceMy absolute weakness however is The Foodie’s Salt n Paper Squid and Prawns. The super-crispy, spicy batter is done to perfection and then sprinkled with fried shallots and garlic for that added flavour hit. Served with a sweet chilli dipping sauce these are incredibly addictive, and although the large serving is great for sharing, the reasonable price means you can buy enough so you don’t have to!

The Foodie is Stanhope Gardens’ newest Take Away sensation, offering great original flavours at value for money prices that will attract people from further afield and keep the locals coming back
for more.

The Foodie
70/2 Sentry Drive
Stanhope Gardens NSW
P: 8883 2242
W: www.thefoodieasian.com.au

Open: Monday to Friday 11am to 10pm, Saturday 10am to 9pm, Sunday 10am to 8pm