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Fairfield area guide

Restaurants, cafés, shopping, arts and events in Fairfield

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If you don’t know what you feel like eating, head to Fairfield where pretty much everything is on the table. In this multicultural hub in Western Sydney you’ll find Assyrian, Iraqi, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Filipino and South American people, with the majority of Fairfield’s residents born overseas and speaking a language other than English. This is very good news for curious gourmands. Feel like some larb and sticky rice? No problem. Got a hankering for some chargrilled chicken and a Vietnamese coffee? Sorted. Craving dulche du leche stuffed shortbread? Fairfield has got you covered.

The best restaurants in Fairfield

Lao Village
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Lao Village

There’s one dish that everyone loves at Lao Village. The crunchy fried rice ($9) is everything you could want in a meal: a mountain of rice, slices of Lao-style ham, shallots, peanuts and golden shards of crispy rice bits that everyone ends up scrabbling over. Simple honest food is the order of the day – there’s nothing glamorous about Lao Village. A security flyscreen door opens onto a dining room that is bare walls, tiled floors and tissue boxes on every table. The menu runs for 31 dishes, each helpfully accompanied by a photo and nothing over $14. Som tum papaya salad is always a highlight. The Thai version ($8) is a mix of shredded green papaya, tomato wedges, dried shrimp and peanuts pounded with a dressing that balances hot, salty, sweet and sour. The Lao style version ($8) is its feistier cousin, a dark and salty concoction that uses anchovies and fermented crabs. Mop them both up with sticky rice ($2.50), served in miniature woven bamboo baskets. Get your protein fix from fatty Lao pork sauages, Lao beef jerky, barbecue ox tongue or a huge slab of barbecue liver (all $9). And don’t forget the quails ($10/$14) either, deep-fried so the skin is crisp and you can crunch down on the bones with ease.

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La Paula
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La Paula

What is La Paula? A Chilean bakery and café that specialises in empanadas and dulce de leche sweets. What's it like? Step through the nondescript shopfront and you'll find a festive interior strewn with Chilean flags and giant crepe-paper rosettes and streamers in patriotic red, white and blue. You'll hear a constant soundtrack of Spanish dialogue as locals pick up takeaway orders of sweets from the bakery, or sit down for a quick snack whilst watching Chilean cable TV. What should I order? Empanadas are the specialty: a stuffed pastry that comes baked or deep fried. Empanada de Pino ($3.70) is the most traditional, filled with beef mince, onion, olive and boiled egg, but you'll also find tuna, chicken, ham and seafood. Empanada de Queso ($2.60) is particularly good, deep fried until its special blend of cheeses is deliciously gooey. What else? The lomito pork sandwich is Chile's answer to fast food. A towering lomito completo ($7.80) gives you the lot - tender pork slices, tomato, sauerkraut, lettuce and lashings of mayonnaise in a soft white bun. Chacarero is the beef version: a combination of thin slices of steak with tomato, mayonnaise and sliced green beans that sounds odd but surprisingly works. You'll also find completos hot dogs (from $3.50) that are amped up with tomato, sauerkraut and mayonnaise. Everything tastes even better with the addition of palta (avocado). Wash it all down with mote con huesillo, a summer drink of sugar and cinnamon served with c

Green Peppercorn - Fairfield
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Green Peppercorn - Fairfield

There may be a second Green Peppercorn above the Civic Hotel in the city, but for a serious Laotian and Thai spread people still flock to the original Fairfield venue in the Fairfield Hotel for marinated dried beer, barbecued ox tongue, coconut chicken soup, papaya salad, larb and green chilli and basil mussels.

La Tratt
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La Tratt

La Tratt offers a little bit of fine-dining Italian flair within Fairfield RSL. So fine, in fact, that it won 2011's national Restaurant and Catering award for Best Restaurant in a Pub/Club/Tavern. If you've long presumed RSLs are places where schnittie-'n-schooners are the norm, be sure to check out this delightful, posh surprise.

Things to do in Fairfield

Powerhouse Youth Theatre

Powerhouse Youth Theatre

Powerhouse Youth Theatre is a youth theatre company with a focus on professional development for young creatives and telling Western Sydney stories through hybrid works of storytelling, physical theatre and visual art and performance. PYT have an in-house ensemble of theatre-makers who produce a show each year, and they also partner with organisations including Griffin Theatre Company, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Blacktown Arts Centre to produce ambitious offsite projects – such as FUNPARK (Sydney Festival 2014), Tribunal (Griffin Theatre Company 2016) and Women of Fairfield (C3West, 2016).

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