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The city of Wollongong, Australia is often overshadowed by Sydney, its northern neighbor. But thanks to a healthy helping of small-town charm and a dedicated, multicultural community, ‘the Gong’s’ dining scene has made a name for the seaside city. Enjoy our top 10 list of the best restaurants in Wollongong.
Look hard for His Boy Elroy, the entrance to this hipster hideaway is a single, glossy, wooden sliding door hidden along one of Wollongong CBD’s streets. With everything from hotcakes to burgers to burritos to cocktails, the only thing more vibrant than His Boy’s menu is its décor. Its retro vibe with a hint of New York City street style is reinforced by a massive black and white mural featuring the cartoon character ‘Popeye the Sailor Man,’ created by local designer Jeremy Ham. The mismatched dinnerware and the uniform of the baristas evokes the spirit of the 1950s. The scene is simultaneously ‘Grandma’s house’ and ‘Brooklyn thrift store chic.’
His Boy Elroy, 1 Globe Lane, Wollongong NSW, Australia, +61 2 4244 8221
Sandygoodwich is all about two key elements; fresh food and a friendly environment. If you’re interested in seeing where its cured meats, preserves, pastries, chutneys and pickles come from, all you have to do is peek into the kitchen. If you like to sample them for yourself, try classics such as the Reuben, made with house-cured pastrami, house sauerkraut, pickles, mustard and cheddar; or the slow-braised pork sandwich with chili jam, mayonnaise, mustard and rocket. If you’re looking for an option that’s a bit more adventurous, skim the chalkboard menus around the dining room to find delicacies such as slow-roast lamb sandwich with pomegranate glaze, smoky eggplant, cucumber labna, tomato and rocket.