Whether you’re craving Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese or just a good serving of Pho, Ashfield has it and its most likely found on Liverpool Road. This Ashfield strip is famous in the Inner West for authentic Asian eats, from the fanciful to the cheap and authentic. So here are the best establishments to visit when you desire a dish from the eastern world.
With a nod to its name the restaurant features modern Shanghai cuisine with a varied menu of noodles, soups, rice and vegetable dishes. Don’t leave without trying their specialty soup dumplings - there’s an exotic range on the menu including pork and Chinese cabbage - while the crab meat Xiao Long Bao is an absolute must-order.
273 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
This is one of the most popular dumpling houses along Liverpool Road, and for good reason. With a focus on fresh produce and innovative dishes, the restaurant brings authentic Chinese flavours to Ashfield with Northern Chinese cuisine dominating the menu. We highly recommend the pan-fried pork buns and Xiao Long Bao.
264 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
You’re in good hands at Manmaruya, and by good hands we mean owner and head chef Hideki Goto who have decades of experience creating Japanese cuisine. The Japanese noodle house is the owner’s favourite solely because of its expansive dining area, but the dishes are exceptional too, think gyozo, ramen, sushi, sashimi or a bento box.
217 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
Decent Vietnamese on Liverpool Road is found at Pho 234. As the name attests, the Vietnamese eatery does a mean pho (order the rare beef noodle soup) ranging from $12 to $15. It’s an authentic cheap eat, so when you’re in the area and a Pho craving calls, consider this your most satisfying pitstop.
234 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
A local haunt, Ashfield Cafe is all about authentic Malaysian cuisine. So, whether you’re craving chicken satay, nasi goreng, curry or a laksa, it’s all here with an affordable price tag. Housed in a nondescript corner store, it’s easy to miss (or misjudge) but live like the locals do and pop in for a dish - or four.
2 Hercules Street, Ashfield
An Ashfield institution, Shanghai Night was one of the first dumpling houses to cement itself along Liverpool Road. Still drawing a crowd, Shanghai Night’s steamed and fried dumplings come in generous portions of 12 and 18, while their combinations are more exotic than the stock standard (read: beef and leek, lamb and onion). Try their pan-fried pork bun with shallots, or forever regret it.
275 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
In search for a cheap Thai eat that doesn’t lack flavour? Thai Number One is an award-winning restaurant with an affordable menu which is, most importantly, fast. Be it for a night in or a quick bite out, when it comes to pad thai, laksa, or a green curry, this restaurant does it well. The fit out is basic here, leaving the dishes the main attraction.
12 Charlotte Street, Ashfield
This new(ish) addition to Liverpool Road is impressing locals with its authentic Japanese dishes. From exceptional sushi to udon noodles, Shinsen’s menu doesn’t just please diners but the accompanying price point does too. A dinner box will set you back just $12.50 and of course they do takeaway.
215 Liverpool Road, Ashfield