Taste & Travel Tuesday: Petersham, Australia: Sydney’s Portuguese Suburb

Petersham is a little suburb in the Inner West of Sydney that is known for having a high Portuguese population.  Because of this, it has become a popular location for Portuguese style restaurants featuring some of the best eats from Portuguese chicken to Portuguese tarts.  Trust me; Portuguese is just one type of famous food in Australia, and you will want to experience it by visiting these Petersham establishments while Down Under.

Petersham Charcoal Chicken

chicken mojo

It’s nothing fancy, but Petersham Charcoal Chicken does what it does – makes glorious Portuguese barbecued chicken – at a high (er… tasty) level.  The chicken (or the “chook” in Aussie lingo) here is so delicious that I often request a pick-up if anyone I know is passing through that area.  Of course, you can get pork sandwiches and other fare at this establishment, but the main draw will always be the chicken.

O Pescador

mussels at o pescador

O Pescador is a Petersham restaurant that focuses on seafood delights with a Portuguese flair.  It is here that you can get some prawns, salt cod, mussels, squid and pipi’s – all with a side of the Portuguese potatoes; but chorizo is also an option on the menu if you’re not a fan of seafood.


Silvas is a traditional Portuguese restaurant serving up all the classics from spicy Portuguese charcoal chicken to salt cod and meat espetadas (the giant swords of meat) with fries, potatoes or a savory rice mix.  You can sit down here and order a few drinks with your meal that is perfected to a high standard and all at a decent price.

Sweet Belem

Sweet Belem

I am convinced that once you have a Portuguese custard tart from Sweet Belem, you will never buy one from anywhere else in the world.  Sweet Belem is the bakery shop in Petersham that has perfected the custard tart, so the filling is never too eggy and the crust is always the right crispness.  Even if you only want one at the moment, you’ll be regretting it if you don’t also grab one to go.


About Brooke:  Brooke is the WhyGo Australia resident blogger, sharing her discoveries as an expat Down Under with the world.  Sydney is now her local stomping grounds where she scopes out all the best locations for eats and drinks, including where to get good Mexican food.  You can follow along on Twitter @WhyGoAustralia and Facebook.

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