It’s convenient, can be eaten one-handed and tastes good, all at the same time. We present Sydney’s best food-on-a-stick! Sweet or savoury, this trend is more common than you think. From souvlaki and yakitori to apples, waffles and ice cream, all the food groups are covered, one hand at a time.
Love Dem Apples
Apple on a stick, sounds healthy, right? Well, not exactly because these apples are dipped in caramel and other colourful toppings but boy do they taste good. First they select the finest crisp apples, wash them, and then dip them in their home-made copper kettle caramel, mmmm. Then they coat them in all sorts of flavours, from Tim Tam to rocky road, cookies and cream and even pretzels. This food on a stick can be delivered Australia-wide and prices range from $7-$12 per apple.
Love Dem Apples, 454 Cleveland St, Surry Hills, 9698 7110. (See featured image above).
Tokyo Bird’s Yakitori
Japanese cuisine is one we can rely on for tasty food on a stick. Yakitori is a Japanese cooking style based around charcoal grilled bite-sized pieces of meat. Tokyo Bird in Surry Hills specialise in yakitori and Japanese whisky. They have six different types of chicken yakitori (all $8) as well as other food on a stick including pork belly ($8), quail eggs ($7), scallops ($9) and wagyu ($12). For the vegetarians you can order cherry tomato, miso eggplant and shitake yakitori (all $6 each).
Tokyo Bird, Shop 2 226-228 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills, 8880 0788.
House of Crabs Chocolate Waffle Stick
Sadly The Norfolk no longer make their chicken-waffle sticks but they’ve added a pretty good replacement, this time of the dessert category. Head up to House of Crabs for chocolate + waffle + stick = genius! Melted chocolate oozes out from the inside the waffle stick ($8) so it’s probably best you don’t wear your favourite white t-shirt.
House of Crabs, Level 1 305 Cleveland Street, Redfern (above The Norfolk), 9699 3177.
Kefi’s are notorious in the inner south-west for their Greek fare. They are so popular that sometimes there is a line out the door to order their gyros and souvlaki. But this is no ordinary Greek eat. The souvlaki’s here are so juicy and are made to order, that you’ll be waiting 15-20 minutes. Their souvlaki comes on sticks, but you can also order a whole meal and get pita bread, tzatziki, chips and Greek salad to create your own wrap. Pork and chicken are $4.50 and lamb is $5 per stick.
Kefi’s Souvlaki, 1/231 Kingsgrove Rd, Kingsgrove, 9554 4442.
Premium gelato or sorbet on a stick, anyone? This interactive, unique experience allows you to choose a gelato or sorbet from their large range. Then decide if you want to top it with a chocolate sauce, before coating it with sprinkles, shaved coconut, Oreo bits, peanuts, salted pretzel and other seasonal toppings. Similar to Magnum’s pop-up build-you-own ice cream flavour, this one is here to stay. The price ranges around $4.50, depending on your toppings.
Stix Desserts, 620 Crown St, Surry Hills.