Sassy’s Red, Westfield Sydney

by lex on May 19, 2011

Sassy's Red

Sassy's Red

While Sydney fashionistas have been delighting in the new Westfield shopping centre in Pitt Street Mall, the foodies have been drooling over level 5; the Westfield Sydney City ‘food court’ known as “Food On Five”. On my first four visits to the food court (I don’t get out of the office for lunch too often) I had been unable to go past Justin North’s Charlie & Co. burgers. Although tempted by all of the other new dining options, I’d been working my way through the Charlie & Co. menu (should really blog about it!). Then before I knew it the second half of the food court had opened and everyone was raving about even more places I “just had to try”.

Dylan and I had been extremely disappointed with Ragu Pasta & Wine bar last week (although we didn’t blog about it, we thought the Ragu was rather bland and sadly not the pulled beef variety but the minced variety, and the Carbonara was scrambled egg mush), so we knew we had to get to Sassy’s Red which we’d been considering when we dined at Ragu last week.

Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang ($11.00).

I don’t have very much knowledge of Malaysian food at all, I’ve dined at The Malaya a tonne of times but always order the same dishes. I might be in the minority here never having had Nasi Lemak before, but as soon as I read the description on the menu I thought I would have to give it a go. Hmm the rice was cooked in coconut cream? Really? I didn’t taste ANY coconut, it tasted like steamed rice to me, what a disappointment. The beef rendang was lovely but there were only a few pieces of beef in the serve and I thought it could have been a bit more generous. I don’t like vinegar so the accompaniments were all over to Dylan, who tells me he rather enjoyed the pickles. While a little disappointing I can see the potential of this dish and will have to try other versions around town.

Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang

Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang

Chinta Laksa with Chicken ($12.00).

The Sassy’s Red take on laksa isn’t bad, but it also isn’t as good as I’d hoped. To be honest, I was expecting more of a wow factor and was a little disappointed. The soup was quite watery and weak, no where near as rich as I like, and there were a lot of noodles which we could never get through. I would much prefer the laksa from David’s Asian Kitchen (up at Martin Place) which has a beautifully rich depth of flavour.

Chinta Laksa with Chicken

Chinta Laksa with Chicken

I still need to make my way through the rest of the Westfield food court (like no other food court I’ve ever seen before) but I’ve got to say I really don’t know how people afford to eat there every day. The place is constantly packed with hundreds of people swarming around but the prices are not cheap and so far I’ve been let down by both Ragu Pasta & Wine Bar and Sassy’s Red, with only Charlie & Co. really living up to the hype.

Sassy’s Red
Malaysian by Chinta Ria
Level 5, Shop 5002, Westfield Sydney
188 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 8072 8072
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Tina@foodboozeshoes June 21, 2011 at 10:26 am

Shame it didn’t meet expectation. I haven’t been for lunch yet. However, I loved Ragu when I went – pasta and the antipasti..!


Lex June 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Hey Tina, I’ve heard such good things about Ragu I am going to have to try it again. What pasta did you have? 🙂


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