Australia has long played home to migrants from the Mediterranean coming Down Under. The swathes of Italians and Greeks who came in the aftermath of World War Two have left their legacy on the country and these days, this European influence is visible most clearly in the range of eateries found on the streets of Sydney. And with Quandoo on your side, you can find the best of Sydney's Mediterranean restaurants online and book in a matter of seconds, meaning there's no need to call ahead.
With Mediterraneans taking full advantage of the morning heat and sunshine their countries enjoy, breakfast at a street cafe, on the balcony or in the garden is a favourite treat for many Southern Europeans. That means you're in for a treat if you visit Mediterranean restaurants in Sydney, where places like Shuk on Mitchell Street in North Bondi serve up gourmet breakfasts ranging from light bites to more substantial choices to the start the day. Those who like eggs in the morning can opt for the shakshuka (poached eggs in tomatoes and chilli peppers) while those who fancy something sweeter can try beghrir (almond and cinnamon pancakes in a delicious honey glaze). No matter what you prefer, there's a lot of choice at this gem among Sydney's Mediterranean restaurants.
Tapas, which is believed to have been popularised in Spain in the 13th century by King Alfonso X of Castille, is everywhere at Mediterranean restaurants in Sydney. These spots are ideal if you fancy sharing a jug or two of sangria with your friends while sharing several small plates of delicious and fresh fare. Contact Bar & Kitchen on Crown Street, has a gorgeous collection of shared plates to try, including pan-fried scallops with textures of apple, lardons and mache; tuna tartare with chilli and avocado mousse and homemade salmon and razor clam raviolo with samphire and cherry tomatoes – the only problem will be having to make a decision!
One thing Australia and the Mediterranean have in common is a warm climate. With temperatures soaring during a Sydney summer, Mediterranean restaurants with their salads and light bites are the perfect choice for a bit of refreshment. Fitzroy Food Co on Fitzroy Street in Kirribilli has some delicious options and vegetarians can sample the roasted cauliflower salad with almonds and blue cheese, while meat lovers will enjoy the delicious grilled lemon chicken salad with avocado and rocket, washed down with a crisp white wine or sangria of course.