Parramatta Lanes, Parramatta

21 October 2012, 17:41

OH HAI! How was your weekend everyone? I spent my weekend baking banana bread and then um eating it all. Mmm. But on Friday night I was out in the hood enjoying Parramatta Lanes! For the first time ever, as part of the Crave Sydney Festival, Parramatta’s hidden laneways are all prettied up and transformed with each area set to a theme.

Helen and I trained in straight from work and followed the sounds of the Cope Street Parade’s lively tunes from the station to Darcy Lane. We passed by 3 Ropes café but had to give it a miss as coffee any time past 5pm means no sleep for me lol. Rounding the corner past the strawberry plants in vertical pipes we were greeted with the sight of the band playing on the roof of the La Toosh tram which sold savoury and sweet French crepes. Also at Darcy Lane was wood fired pizza from Antonio Sabia of Puntino Trattoria and wraps filled with slow cooked meats from Pinbone.

But it is the Gourmet Rotisserie that we only have eyes for! Look at that crackle!!! Surprisingly we were asked if we wanted crackle to which we asked if that was a rhetorical question but it seems some people are crazy watching their diet. I said we’d gladly eat their crackling portions if they had any extra but the lady laughed and changed the subject..

We carefully lowered ourselves as gracefully as possible onto the low deck chairs to eat before diving into the Porchetta Pannini ($15) with the glorious crackle and was jam packed with tender pork nubbins infused with herbs (and hmm is that thyme I detect?), shavings of fennel and schmears of onion marmalade topped with peppery rocket leaves. It is the perfect sandwich and one I will most likely return for this week!

In need of a drink we made our way past the library and across the street to Batman Walk which had a Parisian theme. Not really wanting desserts at this stage we gave Café Sotto and Circa Bakery a miss promising to return later.

Red Cow Lane is next with Bar Coco serving coffee and gelato on the back of a Vespa and a converted rickshaw showing video art projections.

We head through the car park and reach Erby Place which had gorgeous colourful lanterns strung up on the Jacaranda trees along with origami cranes around the gardens. It was a fun and chilled atmosphere with plenty of milk crates scattered around but best of all more food stalls! Lan Lan’s dumplings caused quite a queue, Japanese restaurant Temichi serving bbq’d chicken skewers and Ma’Leisia with the best value dinner of Nasi Lemak boxes.

The Bali Chicken Nasi Lemak ($10) came with a huge mound of fragrant coconut rice which gave respite from the borderline oh crap it’s spicy sambal. The tender chicken is pretty generous in portion and we fight over the crunchy ikan bilies and roasted peanuts. Ma’Leisia will be replaced with Jackie M this week serving Roti and Char Kway Teow.

Grasshopper Bar is one of my fav places to go to after work for tasty cocktails so it was no surprise that they were a smash hit with the crowd with plastic jam jars of cocktails ($12) and refills ($10).

Parramatta Lanes is by far the best event I’ve been to for Crave Sydney and I’ll definitely be visiting again this week when it returns this Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October, from 4pm until 9:30pm.



  1. looks awesome :)

    Fiona    Oct 21, 06:25 PM    #

  2. Oh man I sure hope it’s bigger and better next year, this all looks so yum!

    Tina    Oct 21, 07:46 PM    #

  3. I LOVED this event and we’re going back next week too. It was so fun + relaxing wandering the laneways and I really enjoyed that it was packed with crowds. Well done Parra!

    Miss Piggy    Oct 21, 09:09 PM    #

  4. …and who says NO to crackling. I mean that’s just silly! I stood and watched to make sure I got HEAPS!

    Miss Piggy    Oct 21, 09:10 PM    #

  5. I was wondering what all the Parra Lanes are about. It looks pretty good! Working out v good food on Thurs night, tough choice.

    Food is our religion    Oct 21, 09:19 PM    #

  6. Couldn’t think of a better way to unwind on a Friday night! And that crackling! So glad I saved mine for dessert :)

    Helen (grabyourfork)    Oct 21, 09:47 PM    #

  7. Yes yes yes to Crackling! Might check Parra lanes this week. Did you see Batman at Batman Walk? :P

    Ramen Raff    Oct 21, 11:59 PM    #

  8. I was around the area on Thursday night and was meant to check it out but I got too full at temasek and needed to be taken home. Hahahahaha. I love the idea of this, not only is there food but there’s also the entertainment.

    Tina @ bitemeshowme    Oct 22, 09:04 AM    #

  9. So goood. Sounds like you had a good weekend to me hehe. Love those cute cocktails in the jam jars!

    Christine @ Cooking Crusade    Oct 22, 09:43 AM    #

  10. It was awesome. I ventured out on Friday night – we hit Grasshopper first then Batman & Darcy. The baked goods in Batman were amazing. Looking forward to a pork roll next week. I consider myself lucky to live & work in parraimatta if this is what is happening.

    — Claire    Oct 22, 10:07 AM    #

  11. You better have eaten all that banana bread topped with peanut butter and dulce de leche! It’s the only way.

    Hannah    Oct 22, 11:02 AM    #

  12. how wonderful! seems to be even better than the heavily congested noodle markets! would love to check it out if i have time this week :)

    Vivian - vxdollface    Oct 22, 11:05 AM    #

  13. looks pretty cool! I get the same “oh crap its spicy” reaction when I eat sambal too – so hot but so delicious!

    Jacq    Oct 22, 11:15 AM    #

  14. I was there on Friday too – so so good! Really enjoyed the cocktail area, nicely done. Topped it off with dessert at wowcow – yum!

    Kat    Oct 22, 11:57 AM    #

  15. I love the look of that sandwich and hope it tasted every bit as good as it looked. I also love that drinking from jam jars has become so trendy that someone is now manufacturing them from plastic! Ha!

    gummi baby    Oct 22, 03:16 PM    #

  16. OMG that Rotisserie looks so deliciously good!!! :D
    All I looked at was that crackling, thinking, I wonder if they got some!! :9
    A lot of self control here, swallowing as I type with that photo embedded in my head right now!

    cassie @ next stop food    Oct 22, 03:39 PM    #

  17. I can’t sleep if I have coffee after 5pm either! Was there much vege foods? :) I love this sort of thing and we get a bit ripped off in Sydney! Looks like so much fun. It’s been ages since I’ve been in Parramatta. That cocktail is calling my name. I know it’s only Monday.. Don’t judge me!

    Cass @foodmyfriend    Oct 22, 03:41 PM    #

  18. ahhh I wish I could go! But a little out of my way. Thanks for the insight!

    Would kill for the crackling and that Nasi Lemak

    food porn=er    Oct 22, 07:01 PM    #

  19. can’t wait to visit! looks amazing!

    milkteaxx    Oct 22, 11:43 PM    #

  20. how cute are all the little set ups! I have done nothing for the Crave Food Fests this year. I am too busy working BIG SAD FACE. all these fun (and not to mention yummy) posts makes me so envious!

    catty    Oct 23, 05:16 PM    #

  21. Wow I had no idea this was on! Looks fantastic…

    Potato Princess    Oct 23, 08:14 PM    #

  22. How cool is this. Loving the look of it all.

    the hungry mum    Oct 23, 09:55 PM    #

  23. Oh that all looks like so much fun! I love a festival! The Langans are so cute and the food just looks amazing. lol, I can’t drink coffee after lunch or it keeps me awake, cocktails in jam jars is a great substitute :)

    Gourmet Getaways    Oct 24, 06:05 AM    #

  24. Love how they spruced up Parra for this! So much food on offer and so vibrant, looked like a lot of fun.

    Excuse Me Waiter    Oct 24, 09:32 PM    #

  25. Not that many of the crave events really seemed appealing this year, but this looks like so much fun!

    karen missklicious    Oct 26, 11:42 PM    #

  26. Hey Suze, ParramattaLanes was fun, im glad you noticed the plants in pipe ladders at Darcy st. My studio made those especially, and although the plants were herbs and veg the idea of strawberries could be a good next project – so would you eat them… ? : ) Simon

    mpathesii    Oct 27, 01:27 PM    #

  27. I love the look and feel of it. That crepe tram is one of my favourites – they had it at the Sydney Fringe Festival outside the Factory in Enmore recently. You’ve now made me crave a pork roll! How good does that look?!

    Amanda@ChewTown    Oct 28, 03:03 PM    #

  28. loving the lanterns too! reminds me of the noodle markets :P

    tastyfoodsnaps    Oct 30, 07:47 PM    #

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