If you’re planning a trip to Sydney, you’re no doubt busy researching Sydney apartments and hotels, hot spots and attractions, and how to get around the city. Of course, we all know what the best part of visiting a new city is, and that is sampling the local food! Now, there have been hundreds of articles written on Sydney’s top restaurants—the likes of Tetsuya’s, Rockpool and Quay are much-lauded, and rightly so. However, while you might like to indulge at one of these establishments once or twice during your visit, most people can hardly afford to make them the staple of their diet while they’re in town. For this reason, we’ve put together a list of three of Sydney’s best affordable restaurants so that you can tantalize your taste buds without hurting your wallet!
Sushi Choo—Ivy, CBD
The Ivy Entertainment complex on George St in the city is a super-club, taking up an entire city block. Along with bars and nightclubs, it boasts shopping, a hair and beauty outlet and, of course, some great restaurants. While it is generally pretty up-market, one restaurant that offers surprising value for money is the beautifully-designed Sushi-Choo Japanese restaurant…providing you show up at the right time! Weekday lunchtimes and dinnertimes are a bargain, with all-you-can eat from the sushi train for just $20. Miso hungry!
Flying Squirrel Tapas Parlour, Bondi
The funky, vibrant location on Bondi Road suits this tapas parlour’s ambience down to the ground. Owned by a Canadian expat who brought a focus on service and knowledge from Vancouver’s cutting edge food scene to Australia with him, the Flying Squirrel offers exciting, innovative tapas dishes for reasonable prices in a great setting. Getting a table can sometimes be an issue so be sure to book for big groups or turn up early for smaller ones, and make sure you try the garlic prawns in tomato sauce with extra dipping bread. You’ll be in heaven.
The Book Kitchen, Surry Hills
For a great breakfast in a beautiful café, head to the Book Kitchen in Surry Hills. Sunday mornings see locals lining up around the block for its incredible and innovative breakfasts, and with casual tables surrounded by walls filled with cookbooks (which are also for sale) it’s one of the most relaxed venues for a leisurely breakfast with friends. It’s also a great starting point for a day of sight-seeing in the city, and with the hearty, delicious fare on offer, you’re sure to have enough energy to keep going well into the afternoon!
If you’re staying in serviced apartments in Sydney, then you’ve got the option to cook yourself, but with so much quality food on offer it would be criminal not to head out and sample the delights on the city!