The Piazza – a food and entertainment precinct in Castle Towers shopping centre – has been called The Hills’ answer to Chippendale’s Spice Alley.
After an extensive six-month revamp, the shopping centre’s food hub in Sydney’s north-west is now open with 14 new, new-ish or newly branded retailers, including Noosa export Betty’s Burgers with its second Sydney diner, and another interstater, Melbourne’s Gami Chicken, which serves Korean fried chicken, kimchi pancakes and beers.
The first Sydney Gami, which opened in Central Park earlier this year, was met with an enthusiastic reception (long lines). Meaning “beautiful taste” in Korean, it specialises in ales and cooked-to-order Korean-style fried chicken made with RSPCA-approved birds. Gun:Bae lager is available on tap and is brewed exclusively for Gami by Melbourne’s Thunder Road Brewer.
The arrival of these two venues marks the final stage of The Piazza’s development, which recently welcomed Malaysian hawker retailer PappaRich, Kaito Sake Bar, Taste of Shanghai, The Bavarian, Guzman and Gomez and Tella Balls Dessert Bar.
The Holey Moley x Strike collaboration has been open since November; it delivers 18 holes of themed putt-putt, a cocktail bar, an 80-seat sports bar, bowling lanes, an outdoor beer garden and an escape room.
There’s hope The Piazza will add to the nightlife of the Hills district; most venues in it are open until 10pm on weekdays and some trade until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. “[The Piazza] is offering a quality of food and an authentic experience that [means] people from the Hills no longer need to travel to the CBD,” Castle Towers’ centre manager Eddie Paynter told Broadsheet.