Sydney CBD’s Best Cheap Lunches – Part 1…..
This café is so narrow and discreet behind its flawless glass façade that you might miss this York Street gem. With an array of sandwiches and other treats to choose from, you will end up making return visits just like me. The salad options change daily and range from zucchini and mint, or Moroccan chickpea, you can also team these with one of their many quiches or wraps. Or, if you are on a health kick, you can grab a “Detox Box” with steamed chicken and broccoli.
Malay Chinese Takeaway
The lines to get in and the buzz inside are a good indication of how amazing the laksas are here. Although you might be seduced by the tantalising stir fries and curries in the hot box, I suggest you order one of their in famous soups. You can choose between vegetarian or a range of meats. My favourite is the king prawn with tofu. The soups are huge, generously served and messy! With the flavour comes a lot of oil, so avoid them if you are on a diet, but there is nothing better than a Monday laksa lunch in my opinion!
Tucked into a narrow space a stoned throw away from the Pitt Street Mall, Sushi Tei is an unassuming gem. The drab décor and fit out might have you thinking over wise, but the food is not to be underestimated. The menu is full of old time favourites like sushi rolls, miso, gyoza and sashimi. Find a friend to go on a lunch date with an order all of the above, you will be pleasantly surprised by the food and the price of these perfect plates!
Menya Noodle Bar
Noodle shops are a dime a dozen in Sydney’s CBD, but this was if a favourite among many who join the daily rat race. If you want to dine in, get there before 12 hits because the lines are longer than a thousand noodles, but always worth the wait. You can pick from a number of soups, miso and soy are without questions the best. Team these with some chilli beef and you will be wishing your lunch would never end.
There is a reason this famous chain restaurant is as popular as it is. Since opening at Westfield pigs have been flocking there since day one. Chat Thai is home to some of the best that in the city, it is the perfect place to break up the day, if you have time to wait of course. The menu is amazing, and the food is even better, including the desserts. But the standout dishes would have to be the prawn in glass noodles or the duck with gravy and rice. Deeeelicious!
Loaf and Devotion
What is better than a bit of pun and food for a lunch? Loaf and Devotion will invite you in with their alfresco dining and scattered yellow stools on York Street. With the self-proclaimed “best pulled pork sandwich in Sydney” – they are obviously confident about their food, and they have a right to be. If pulled pork isn’t your thing they still have plenty of other options including pesto chicken with avocado or the parmigana with napolitana sauce. If you’re after something sweet to finish off the meal, Kelly’s Brownies are the perfect sweet treat for an afternoon in the office.
Nook Urban Fresh Bar
This little nook is a breath of fresh air amongst Sydney’s concrete jungle. With Cartons of fruit and veg lining the parameter you will be drawn in for a healthy juice injection, or a morning coffee. The A-frame menu on Clarence Street plastered with the day’s specials will have you returning for lunch for their NY Rueben of fish sandwiches and gourmet salads. Sit back, relax and enjoy an hour out of the office in this colourful little urban oasis.
David Jones Food Hall
David Jones Food Hall is my idea of heaven – a huge decadent hall with sprawling cabinets, shelves and plates filled with beautiful gourmet food. It is not uncommon for me to get lost in there for hours flirting with the produce and leaving with bags filled with food and my bank account looking dire. But if you in one of those moods where you can’t decide what you feel like, DJFH will either confuse you more. Sushi, seafood, noodle bar, deli, Italian, sandwiches and takeaway meals are all there in the plentiful. I have tried them all but I seem to always find myself at that noodle bar where you can watch them cook your noodles right in front of you.
As the name suggests, the sandwiches are splendid. This little known, colonial cottage can be found at the foot of the Harbour Bridge at Millers Point. They menu is limited, but they make their sandwiches with love and a smile. There are suggested sandwiches on the menu, or you can opt to BYO (build your own) choosing from any bread you like and whatever fresh ingredients tickle your fancy, but in my option you can’t go wrong with a good old fashion ham, cheese and tomato.
Guzman y Gomez Mexican
These little Mexican cantinas are popping up all around the country, and it is no surprise as to why. Quick, cheap Mexican food that tastes amazing? What better way to celebrate a lunch fiesta? You can select from burritos, nachos, hard or soft tacos or burrito bowls and salads and team them with the meat or bean of your choice and a range of salsas depending on how hot you like it. I can’t go past the beautiful shredded beef burrito bowl (like a burrito, without the tortilla, and in a bowl!) with spicy salsa and guacamole on top. Perfecto!