Be a Tourist at Home – Barrangaroo – CBD

I was quietly delighted when Izzyhaveyoueaten suggested Barrangaroo for our latest culinary adventure. I would have been overwhelmed by choice. Once again I clung to Tina's coattails and learnt what good food research delivers.

For the full food story head over to izzyhaveyoueaten. But here is a precis ... first we went to the Turkish restaurant Anason a small, delightful on the harbourside restaurant. We had haloumi in lavender oil and honey; the Cauliflower and Octopus dishes were truly delicious.

We then moved on down the harbour to Lotus where the Pork Buns are a must try, our delightful waiter, from Indonesia said he thought the best food could be found in West Sumatra ( apart from Lotus at Barrangaroo )... noted.

We collected a few donuts to go ... for the sweet tooth partners at home and finished off with a coffee at Short Stop.

Barrangaroo is definitely a food destination, the place felt deserted until lunch and then it got a lovely low buzz about it, weekends would be crowded.

The Canteen had a true egalitarian feel, crowded with high vis workers sharing good food with the white collar workers. There is also a wonderful bookshop called Title.

If you are travelling from Newtown get off at Wynyard and follow the signs.

Did you know ....

Barangaroo is named after a powerful Cammeraygal leader of the Eora Nation at the time of European colonisation.

Barangaroo, the Cammeraygal woman from whom Barangaroo the place takes its name, was a considerable influence in the days of the early European colony. From the Eora language group, she was one of the Cammeraygal clan who lived in and around the north harbour and Manly. Independent and strong, she had her own way of dealing with the early settlers.

The first written account of her in 1790 described Barangaroo as being in her early 40s, worldly, wise and freer of spirit than the settlers expected of a woman - at least the English women of the time.

Her first husband is said to have died of small pox, which decimated the clan around Sydney after European settlement. Her second husband was Bennelong, a Wangal man and one of the best known Aboriginal people from Sydney's early days.


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