Every food enthusiast knows the best way to get to know an area is to visit its culinary icons. The family-run grocery store where they know everyone’s name. The bustling coffee shop with a queue out the door. The cake shop that sells your favourite treats (hello SeaSweet Patisserie).
Merrylands’ eclectic food scene is one of the suburb’s many charms, often flying under-the-radar as a top Sydney food destination. The Western Sydney suburb less than four kilometres from Parramatta is secretly teeming with food options – from longstanding institutions to new and noteworthy openings.
We asked Merrylands locals for a few of their top culinary picks in town, here’s what they said.
Named after Rue da La Mono, streets found in Paris and Beirut, this family-owned restaurant and café specialises in authentic Lebanese charcoal chicken and meat. The platters are a great way to sample a little bit of everything. For a lighter option, try the Fattoush Salad served in a bread bowl. Finish off your meal with a sweet treat – we suggest La Mono’s Turbo Ashta, a Lebanese dessert made from clotted cream. Learn more about La Mono or view their menu here.
With all-day breakfast being served until 4pm on weekends and 5pm on weekdays, you can enjoy their wholesome Shakshuka or Buttermilk Pancakes at any time of the day. If you’re looking for lunch options, the healthy but hearty Mase Bowl (soba noodles, kale, sweet potato, tomato, avocado, edamame beans, Japanese dressing, and grilled chicken) is a go-to. Learn more about Mase Café or view their menu here.
The range of local and imported European delights make this deli a must-visit, as do their freshly made sandwiches, rolls, and burgers. The game plan: sit down with a Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich and cappuccino. Finish with a milkshake, then take home some hot Spanish salami, a jar of ajvar (Serbian roasted red pepper relish), and a jar of dill gherkins. Learn more about Mia’s Deli Café or view their menu here.
This family-owned Italian pizzeria has been operating for over 25 years, serving authentic homemade pizza, pasta, salad, and desserts. Come for Vincenzo’s Special pizza (tomato base, cheese, ham, olives, mushrooms, and capsicum) and Bolognese made with their Nonna’s meat sauce, but be sure to stay for the Nutella Cheesecake. Learn more about Vincenzo’s or view their menu here.
A short drive from Sydney’s second central business district, Parramatta, and conveniently close to Merrylands train station, Mason Lane is set to become one of Western Sydney’s landmark day-to-night dining destinations. Food outlets are nestled between supermarkets and local retail stores, making the area the new social centre of Merrylands. Grab your morning coffee and breakfast, meet with friends for lunch, or unwind over dinner with loved ones.
Mason Lane is inspired by the local cuisine and hospitality of the Merrylands community, while incorporating modern flavours and an exciting atmosphere. With so many vibrant food options in one suburb, there’s hardly a reason to go elsewhere to eat! Learn more about Mason Lane here.
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