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- Chinese Noodle Restaurant8 Quay Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 AustraliaThe ultimate in authentic no-frills Chinese cheapies, this spot serves amazing specialties like steamed pork-and-chive dumplings and wonderfully chewy Xinjiang noodles, among many others. BYO is only ... read more$1, and portions and quality are as good as anything the city has to offer.
- The Lansdowne2-6 City Road, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia***UPDATE: After having closed for months due to a fire, the reopened Landsdowne resto is no longer the budget dining deal it once was.The bar remains a decent place to chill out, however.*** With ... read moretheir cheap drinks, cheap bar snacks and meals, and down-at-the-heels ambiance, the Lansdowne remains a perpetual favorite for anyone looking to go out in Sydney without spending a mint in the process. Downstairs gets a grungier clientele, and regular bands and djs; upstairs is a bit of a quieter scene.
- Red Chilli Hotpot Restaurant15-21 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037, AustraliaFor those looking to dine on huoguo in Sydney (that is, the fiendishly spicy pot of cook-your-own boiling oil with meat, vegetables, and savories) Red Chilli in Glebe should be considered a first ... read morestop. Deservedly popular with Chinese diners, you can pick your specific level of spiciness in both "hot" chili and the strangely pleasant "numbing" chili. Affordable and highly recommended.
- Different Drummer Bar185 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW, AustraliaThis bar-restaurant with a tapas orientation and loads of cool should be considered a first-choice in Glebe for a happy-hour cocktail, when their heavy-handed mixes are two-for-one. There's always ... read moregreat music playing and bar staff are wonderful.Recommended for:Nightlife Lovers
- Thai On Wok193 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW, AustraliaServing Thai favorites cooked with fresh ingredients from their open kitchen on Glebe Point Road, Thai On Wok is unpretentious food done right. Lunch specials are particularly good value, but their ... read moremassaman curry is outstanding any time.
- Franks Pizza Bar137 Parramatta Road, Camperdown NSW 2050, AustraliaLocated in a what appears to be an old converted garage, Frank's represents the holy grail in Sydney dining: good food, served without attitude, at a reasonable price. The space is lovely, the staff ... read moreare friendly, and the pizza (I prefer the Capricciosa) is reliably tasty. It's BYO (no charge), and a large pie will set you back only $15. Hallelujah.
- ZanziBar Newtown323 King Street, Newtown NSW, AustraliaAn oasis in the concrete jungle of Newtown, Zanzibar's yucca-fringed rooftop is an excellent place for drinks in-season, whether on a warm afternoon or a balmy evening. Among the best of this ... read moreneighborhood's rooftop cocktail spots.
- Faheem Fast Food194-196 Enmore Road, Enmore NSW 2042, AustraliaClassic North Indian and Pakistani curries, naans, and biryanis are on offer here at this non-frills eatery past the King St / Enmore split. It's authentic subcontinental eating, right down to the ... read moresweating dude hooking flatbreads out of the tandoor clay oven, and they're open each day til midnight.
There's always a crowd here, from noon to the wee hours of the morning, and it's no secret why. Istanbul on King serves up hearty portions of kebab, pide, and other Turkish specialties, as cheap as ... read moreyou're likely to find food in Sydney. Lines in the late-night can be surprising.
- Emperor's Garden Restaurant211 Thomas Street, Sydney NSW, AustraliaWhile I've never eaten a meal at the attached restaurant, the cheap-and-tasty Emperor's Puffs here (4 for a dollar!) come hot off the presses all day long, their doughy outside and custard center ... read moreperfect for a snack or light dessert.Recommended for:
- Sea Bay Restaurant372 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, AustraliaFried pork dumplings, rich beef soup, and other Chinese specialties (from the handmade noodles of the north to the Uighur flatbread of the far western provinces) are what Seabay does, and they do it ... read morewell. Though there may sometimes be a wait for tables, this tasty and affordable spot is a regular go-to for eats in Chinatown.
- Ho's Dim Sim Kitchen429B Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000, AustraliaUber-cheap Chinese snacks like sesame balls, rice dumplings, and BBQ pork buns are the specialty of this Chinatown eatery, and they do it well. An excellent choice for a cheap and easy snack while ... read moreyou're out and about.
- The Old Fitzroy Hotel129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, AustraliaArguably Sydney's best "classic" pub experience, the chilled-out, congenial Old Fitzroy does decent meals and has a host of good beers on tap. More surprising, however, is the theatre space in the ... read morebasement, in which they put on regular productions.
- Maltese Cafe310 Crown Street, Sydney, NSW 2010 AustraliaA rarity in Sydney, The Original Maltese Cafe offers tasty pastitzzi (savoury or sweet butter-rich puff pastries) at a reasonable price. Tandoori chicken, original spinach and ricotta, and sweet apple ... read moreare all lovely, and the coffee isn't bad either. The $1.60 pricetag for each is also unheard of elsewhere in the city.Recommended for:
- Don Don2/80 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, AustraliaWith its excellent food, good prices, and fine Oxford St. location, Don Don is appropriately popular. Dinnertime on weekends (and some weeknights) will likely mean a short wait for a table in the ... read moresmall dining area, but it's well worth it for the fine donburi bowls (I favor the salmon sashimi), tonkatsu, and udon dishes. BYO.
Sydney, a thoroughly cosmopolitan city in one of the world's most beautiful natural settings, is a place that I usually like, and occasionally love. While certain elements of Sydney's ... read morebusiness-financial and hipster culture can be a tad pretentious, and the population often a far cry from "Australian-friendly", the wonder of Sydney's beaches, stunning waterfront, charming neighborhoods, and tasty (if expensive) restaurants and pubs make it a thoroughly lovely city to visit. See Circular Quay, Bondi, and the Opera House, but don't neglect hip spots like Newtown, Glebe, and the stunning walk from Bondi to Coogee, with a prospective stop for snorkeling in Clovelley's sheltered pool.
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