Sydney Road is dotted with restaurants and cafés, featuring a diverse range of cuisines. All have their charms, but here are our favourites from the Brunswick section of this iconic street.
Alaysa, 555 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Just had to start with this one, as Alaysa is something of an institution in Brunswick. While much in the suburb has changed around this wonderful restaurant, Alaysa has pretty much stayed the same. And everyone is glad it has. The menu is an extensive range of Turkish food but regardless of what you order, everything is always fantastic. The house-made bread and dips are a must every visit, but be careful, because the servings at Alaysa are substantial, and it’s easy just to fill up on just an entrée. Without doubt, one of the best value restaurants in Brunswick
Basco, 307 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
This wonderful bar is unique in its food offering – shared plates inspired by Asian & Latin America flavours – but the wonderful service and passionate staff are what keeps business booking. The menu and specials’ board provide plenty of variety and there is great value in the ‘Feed Me’ Banquet, which allows you to sample what they have to offer. Basco has a casual atmosphere and a very friendly ‘vibe’. Tequila based cocktails are a specialty, but the rest of their bar menu is well worth a try too.
Tom Phat, 184 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
A diverse menu of south-east Asian flavours, Tom Phat is well regarded for its friendly and efficient service. If you can’t make up your mind with the menu, try one of the “Let Us Feed You” options – not only great value but allows you to sample the best of the best on the menu. You can’t go wrong with staff recommendations either. Tom Phat offer a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes which all have their own unique flavours and will not disappoint. Happy Hour is all night on Monday (5pm – 7pm Wednesday to Sunday) so you it’s easy add a cocktail to accompany your meal.