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Sydney’s new CBD food precinct

Sydney’s new development at Darling Square is likely to become the big food hub for the CBD, adding a lot to the area between UTS, Haymarket and the Powerhouse Museum.

It’s made for being a food precinct with all those residential and business buildings for 2500 CommBank employees, 3000 residents and 1300 students.

And it will have some big names in food and coffee.

One is Melbourne's arcade-gaming and burger pioneer 8-bit with its smoked paprika-dusted potato gems and free Space Invaders machines.

Getting into Sydney will be a first for the cult Melbourne eatery.

And chef Shayne McCallum is excited about the move. New territory and a new market.

"The menu will be the same as our three other Melbourne stores, but we will mix it up and do something different for the Sydney launch," McCallum told Concrete Playground.

"Although each store is an evolution of each former store, we will always have the design of the arcade games we loved back in the day."

And 8-bit will be joining another outfit from Melbourne, Belle’s Hot Chicken.

The precinct will also get Marrickville Pork Roll and poke specialists Fishbowl to draw in more foodies.

And they will be joined by Edition Coffee Roasters.

It will be a big move for Edition, venturing out from Darlinghurst for the first time.

It will serve coffee and of course the Japanese-Scandi dishes that have given café its own brand and reputation.

"I think the most exciting change will be going from a modern cafe menu to focussing more on all-day dining," Edition Darling Square chef Jack New told Concrete Playground.

"We'll have a gas kitchen, a yakitori charcoal grill, a much bigger Scandinavian-inspired pastry section and an alcohol list, all of which will characterise our darker, sexier sister venue at Darling Square."

Sydney’s new food hub is being developed by Lendlease.

Some residents and workers have already moved into the building. The retail and food precinct is expected to swing open its doors by May 2018.

13th September 2017