By Train (25-35 mins from Central) From the City, take the Bankstown line (via Sydenham, not via Strathfield). From Granville & beyond: change at Lidcombe for City via Bankstown train. From Bankstown railway station: turn left after the ticket barriers and go out into the Plaza. Cross at the lights opposite the Commonwealth Bank. Turn right and walk down through the Plaza. After 200 metres, at the corner of Greenflield Parade and the Plaza, turn right. Walk 120 metres and you’ll see the Bankstown Arts Centre.
By Car (40 mins from the City Centre) From the City travel West on the M5:
• Take the Fairford Road exit
• RIGHT into Fairford Rd
• LEFT into Stanley St
• RIGHT into Restwell St
• LEFT into Greenfield Pde (turns into Olympic Pde)
Greenfield Pde Car Park (opposite Bankstown Sports Club) Raymond St Car Park (P7) Bankstown Arts Centre Car Park (limited spots)
Eating Out West
Whether it’s a pre-show meal, a special lunch trip or sweet treats, Bankstown has some of the best restaurants, cafes and delis in the west – and at great prices! So do yourself a favour and take time to allow for a meal on your next trip to a UTP event.
Here are some of our favourites for friendly service and fantastic food:
Amesia Continental GroceriesShop 40, Compass Centre, North Terrace
This fragrant spice emporium is dominated by the centre aisle piled high with pyramids of spice mixes and individual spices. There’s also a great range of Middle Eastern and Greek dry goods, olives, oils and pulses. The stall out front features seasonal delicacies, such as figs, apricots and grilled corn. A must for the dedicated cook.
Pho An Restaurant27 Greenfield Parade
The owners proclaim this Bankstown institution is the biggest pho house in the world, and many agree it’s the best. Vietnamese Australians travel from all over Sydney for a fix of their favourite pho. And in the tradition of Vietnamese restaurant signage – An’s famous neon sign reads So Pho, So Good.
Bankstown Lebanese Restaurant7 Greenfield Parade
A great little restaurant offering simple, traditional Lebanese food. Eat in or take away, it’s great value – the felafel roll is our top pick for an on-the-run, healthy budget meal ($4).
Loving HutShop 6, 18-20 Greenfield Parade (at /near Bankstown Sports Club)
Vietnamese/Chinese vegan restaurant around the corner from Bankstown Arts Centre. Has a good selection of fake meats, soups. We recommend the steamed wantons.
Coffee Boss357 Chapel road, Bankstown
Open until 4pm during the week and 3:30pm on Saturdays. Always buzzing. Serves Toby Estates coffee
El Bahsa Sweets288 Chapel Road South
If we’re talking institutions, the El Bahsa takes the cake – literally. One of the finest pastry shops in Sydney, then El Bahsa family are legendary sweet makers. Their pastries, biscuits and scented Turkish delights are irresistible – buy them by the kilo and spread the love.
Hai Yen61 Bankstown Old Town Plaza (ph: 9790 1608)
Great noodles, interesting stir fries and a highly recommended seafood hot pot. Unfortunately, not open at night, but well worth a lunch trip.
Olympic Continental Delicatessen and Butcher41 Bankstown Old Town Plaza
Originally opened by Peter Karpouzis in 1956, his daughter Joanne now runs this smallgood heaven. A smokehouse out the back still produces many of the smallgoods, including clobassi, frankfurts, kransky, ham and bacon. There’s also freshly butchered meats. Olympic leg ham has been a staple of UTP Christmas lunches for the last few years, while family members regularly place sausage orders.
Pho Pasteur295 Chapel Road (ph: 9790 2900)
Well, of course, you have to try the pho, but they also specialise in broken rice dishes, such as with spare ribs, and the prawns on sugar cane sticks are delicious. A bit more intimate than An Restaurant, the UTP team is divided between Pasteur and An in the “best pho” stakes.
Sindbad BakeryShop 4/2-10 Restwell St
This is our favourite Lebanese pizza shop. Delicious manoush, crust topped with Lebanese herb and spice mix, and lahmacun, topped with spiced minced lamb, sausage or haloumi. Breakfast, lunch or dinner. Mmmm…
Summerland (Lebanese Restaurant)457 Chapel Road (ph: 9708 5107)
(may need to book, especially Fri and Sat nights)
One of the best Lebanese restaurants in Sydney, a trip to Summerland is a bit more up-class than your average UTP outing – usually reserved as a treat for visiting guests. Lots of delicious food that seems to never stop arriving at your table. Take an empty belly and lots of friends.
Titanic Sweets Café49 Raymond Street
Open late, the Titanic serves, arguably, the best Spiced Arabic (Lebanese) coffee in Bankstown. They offer a wide range of pastries, their house-made ice cream and chocolates. Nargiles (water pipes) are also available.
But wait there’s more…
That’s just a small sample of what’s available. If you have time for a bit of grocery shopping, there are also vegetable and fish markets selling quality produce at prices that would make any IGA manager hang their head in shame.
Some information about restaurants above has been edited from the Bankstown Food and Restaurant Guide reproduced with kind permission of Bankstown City Council.