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Your guide to Western Sydney’s cultural food spots

From a fellow foodie - Jostina Basta explores some delicious cultural food spots close to home....
An incredible variety of cuisines from around the world can be discovered in your neighbourhood, writes Jostina Basta.

With Western Sydney’s incredible and unique diversity come perks – an array of different and mouth-watering cuisines. If you’re anything like me, your food choices depend on your mood. Not wanting a salad but also feeling like a delicious healthy option? Sushi. Feeling like a comfort meal? Italian pasta. Feeling like putting on 2kg? Snack packs.

Broaden your palate with some delicious cultural food joints around Western Sydney – somewhere you can head to after a study session, class, or if you’re lucky, order on UberEats while on Zoom.

Ethiopian
Gursha, Blacktown
@gurshaethiopianrestaurant 

If you want to feel like you’ve been served with a flavour-packed authentic, home-cooked Ethiopian meal – this is your joint. Don’t be afraid to eat with your hands as you devour their curries, stews, and other delicacies with an Ethiopian flatbread called Injera.

Recommendation by restaurant: Tibs (Beef or lamb). Includes tender beef sautéed with rosemary, onion and green pepper served with hot or mild red pepper sauce.
Mood: Homemade comfort.

Lebanese
Jasmin1, Auburn, Chester Hill, Bankstown, Leichhardt
@jasmin1_leichhardt

Jasmin’s is your local go-to if you want to try mouth-watering Lebanese cuisine with generous servings and affordable prices. To top it off, you can enjoy some hot, sweet black tea while recovering from a worthy food coma – it’s free of charge!

Recommendation by restaurant: Mixed plate ($20) Includes one lamb, kafta and tawook skewer or grilled chicken pieces served with hummus, baba ghannouj, garlic dip, falafel, tabouli and bread.
Mood: Best food coma ever.
Greek
Mythos Yeeros Souvlaki, Minchinbury
@mythosyeerossouvlaki 

This food truck is surely a hidden treasure you’ll find just off the Great Western Highway.

Embrace the authentic Greek experience as you enjoy a generous serving of their succulent gyros – a staple in Greek cuisine. If you haven’t yet tried it – first of all you’re missing out, and secondly, think of it as a Greek kebab. Their toasty, fluffy pita is packed with some juicy lamb, pork or chicken, chopped vegetables and topped off with their iconic tzatziki sauce and chips. A must-try!

Recommendation by restaurant: The lamb, chicken or pork yiros wrap meal, which includes tomato, onion, tzatziki and chips inside the wrap, with a side of medium chips and a can of drink or water.
Mood: Flavour-packed goodness.
Mexican
Senortoro, Blacktown
@senortoro_

There’s not much to say, other than that you need to take a quick browse of their Instagram page and you’re likely to be sold instantly. The long line-up for their Birria tacos, consommé and quesadillas are worth the wait for this family-owned food stall, located at the Drive-in Markets located at Blacktown every weekend.

Recommendation by restaurant: The Combinacion, which is the choice between the Queso or Birria tacos partnered with their Birria Consume. This is a popular beef stew to dip the tacos in for extra flavour. 
Mood: Good food for a good mood.
Indian
Chatkazz, Harris Park & Bella Vista
@chatkazz_australia 

Harris Park is a well-renowned hub for great Indian food, Chatkazz being one of the many delicacies you’ll find there. You may find a crazy line-up once upon arrival, but their Indian street food dishes are well worth the wait. With their all-vegetarian menu, you’ll be impressed by the wide variety of options they have to offer, and incredibly flavour-packed dishes.

Recommendation by restaurant: Server could not narrow down with the incredible variety offered. However, some popular dishes include the Paneer Butter Masala, the Paneer Biryani or the Gobi Paratha. 
Mood: Spices to spice up your life.
Afghan
Kabul House, Merrylands
@kabul_house

If you’re looking for some of the best Afghan food in Sydney – this place is your go-to. You’re likely to become a regular once you experience their tasty authentic dishes, affordable prices and generous servings. Do your tastebuds a favour and check out this local gem.

Recommendation by restaurant: Server said “everything,” but narrowed it down to the mixed kebab, which is a set of three skewers of mixed kebab, coupled with rice, sauce and salad.
Mood: An unforgettable culinary experience.