Harry's Cafe De Wheels
Nothing screams "Sydney" quite like late nights in Wooloomooloo downing any kind of messy yet perfectly satisfying pie, pastie or hot dog from Harry's Café de Wheels. Although it has recently been described by 'The Bachelor' contestant Laurina Fleure as being a "dirty street pie", the likes of Colonel Sanders, Elton John and Frank Sinatra (just to name a few) are plastered on the sides of the cart - smiling with utmost approval at what locals and tourists alike proclaim to be "Sydney's best pies".
The most well known item on the menu is a pie that is so good that it is named after the Café de Wheels founder, Harry 'Tiger' Edwards himself. 'The Tiger' is a far cry from the soggy sorts of pies found at service stations (or "servos" - if you insist on speaking fluent Australianese). It consists of a freshly-made flakey pastry with a filling of you choice (beef, curry, cheese and bacon, chicken, vegetarian...) topped with creamy mashed potato, mushy peas and a pool of hot gravy. It is the most absolutely perfect comfort food and so authentically Australian!
Although 'The Tiger' is Harry's signature dish, its pretty hard to go past a 'Hot dog de Wheels' - a soft white hot dog bun jam-packed with mushy peas, chilli con carne and garlic onions and a Viennese smoked frankfurt topped with cheese and drizzled with a mild chilli sauce. It is this quirky yet delicious combination of tastes and textures that make Sydney beat New York street hot dogs at their own game!
There are also plenty of other mouth-watering menu items that range from sausage rolls and pasties to desserts. Last night I strayed away from my usual order of a hot dog or a pie and ordered a crusty roast beef roll after having massive food envy as one was being passed over the counter to another customer. Big chunks of perfectly cooked beef over mushy peas and mash in a crusty white roll and smothered in gravy.... Do I even need to say how good this was?
We sat on stools at the side of the cart and stared at the reflection of the glistening city lights on the harbour... just kidding, that is a complete lie! It is hard to acknowledge the picture-perfect harbour side location when ther is a mountain of Harry's goodness sitting in front of you! We didn't speak a word as we savoured every last mouthful, leaving stained with gravy and a trail of pastry flakes behind us, I think its fair enough to say that I would choose Harry's Café de Wheels over Harry Styles any day!