The series of food halls in Sydney belong to iconic department store David Jones. Similar to the likes of Harrod's in London with it's own elegance and style. In Australia, David Jones have a food hall in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth; while in Sydney there are two - one in the city (Market Street), and another one at Westfield's in Bondi Junction.
The Oyster Bar at the Bondi Junction locale
Only quality ingredients are used in their fresh food products. Such ingredients are sourced from both local and international providers. For example, when figs are not in season, their figs are sourced from America - the same included for their chocolate dipped figs treat.
A rare find. You don't know what cool things you will find in food halls. Just get yourself in the mood to lose yourself and have fun.
The food hall at Bondi Junction is smaller than it's Sydney City counterpart. Needless to say, there are a few differences. The food hall in Sydney City has a sushi bar with freshly made Tempura Prawns ($9.95) in front of your eyes. There are a few items you can take home. Top picks include the small Sashimi salad ($8.50), and the Seaweed Salad ($2.50). At their Bondi Junction food hall, the range of Japanese food treats are more extensive. For example, gyoza items feature more prominently on the menu.
Fresh fruit at Market Street
In terms of seafood, at the Bondi Junction food halls; on some lucky occasions you can have for lunch a slice of fresh, grilled fish with chips for only $5. At the moment (as at the time of writing this) you can enjoy a quality piece of barramundi with chips for $10. In Market Street, a piece of basa fillet with salad and a small portion of sauce of your choice will cost $10.
Herbs are now available at the Sydney City locale. Situated right where the adults gourmet fairy floss used to be.
In terms of sit down experiences, the Moet and Chandon Oyster bar features prominently at both Sydney based food halls. If you want a greater choice of bars to sit down and enjoy a quality lunch or dinner; you're better off venturing to Market Street. The food halls at Market Street (additionally) has an espresso, meat, panini, noodle and an antipasto bar.
So spoilt for choice with our food halls in Australia
Other fresh food and take home treats are fairly comparable. In Market Street, there is a greater selection of hand made chocolate treats by the Belle Fleur Chocolate Company, of which are more well known for their chocolate shop in Rozelle since 1998.
Hand made chocolates by Belle Fleur
The chocolate dipped fruits are hand made on the premises daily at the Market Street food halls. Each chocolate dipped strawberry at Market Street costs $3, while at Bondi Junction they're only $2 due to the smaller size. In addition to the plain white, milk and dark chocolate varieties; if you wish you can enjoy this treat with either an almond, apple crumble, pistachio or coconut topping. At Christmas time, milk and dark chocolate dipped strawberries are also available with a 100's and 1000's coating. On Valentine's Day, pink chocolate dipped strawberries are available for sale. After 5pm every Monday to Wednesday, you can buy a five or six pack of mixed chocolate dipped fruits for only $10. They're still okay to consume that same evening. A great dessert alternative.
The easter stock usually arrives in early February
The Sydney City food halls also has a Miss Chu. At times, their Pork Banh Mi rolls ($10) run out quite quickly against their vegetarian varieties for the same price. After 5pm every Monday to Wednesday, you can buy either four peking duck pancakes, or four rice paper rolls of your choice with a special hot sauce for only $10.
Cheese and turkish delight. Heaven.
At Food Halls, the prices are above comparable items at the supermarket in many cases, however the quality is impeccable.