Whether it’s some of the finest dining the country has to offer, or a hole-in-the-wall experience providing wonderful cheap eats, Sydney has a wide variety of styles and flavours to treat anyone’s tastebuds. And from Bondi to Barangaroo, there’s also plenty to suit your wallet.
"Five points" refer to New York City's five boroughs, and this North Sydney spot is all about U.S.-style hamburgers with all the trimmings, one named after each borough. For example, the Bronx Burger is a medium rare patty between two slices of American cheese, sweet onion jam, sour pickles, and iceberg lettuce. The Queens chicken and meat-free Staten Island burgers are also considerable favourites of the fast food loving crowd. And don’t forget a side of crunchy beer-battered fries and dessert of chocolate milkshake with the added scoop of ice cream on top! Sometimes you may have to stand in line, depending on the day and time, but many Sydneysiders will tell you - it's well worth it.
Just a ten-minute drive south of the harbour in the Surry Hills neighbourhood, this cosy three-year-old spot offers some of the best ramen (top) in New South Wales - and not just any ramen, but kogashi (meaning "charred” in Japanese), with a dollop of miso paste and deglazing of chicken broth gives the ramen a smoky, hearty aroma - and the texture of the slurp-friendly noodles is pretty enticing, too. The gyoza and edamame here are also cooked to perfection, while the peculiar half-and-half Asahis are a thirst-quencher like no other.
Vietnam's crusty banh mi sandwiches are a favourite of many across Sydney, and not many do it better than this Vietnamese bakery in southeastern subrb Mascot. From the soft yet crunchy roll, they then throw in three types of meat (Vietnamese devon, along with cured and barbequed pork), a handful of greenery and some mayo and pate to provide a diverse flavour you won’t soon forget. The lines outside the bakery are a testament to the popularity of Hong Ha’s delicacies, which also include chicken and meatball rolls. Chewy rice paper rolls are on offer as well, which can be combined with a can of soft drink for a cheap-as-chips lunch you’ll definitely want to come back for.
The Harbour City loves its seafood, and there may not be a more decadent - yet environmentally sustainable - place to get some than this tiny, narrow establishment in Paddington. Chef Josh Niland, dishes out a wide variety of the sea’s finest delicacies, with heavy hitters such as Murray cod with rosemary and artichokes and bass groper curry with lemon zest. Even their brunch menu samples the sea, with the likes of smoked eel on pikelets. We’re not even scraping the surface here; suffice it to say that Saint Peter demands your attention if you love your seafood.
All these spots are accessible by car, so why not take the hassle out of finding a car space as well, by making sure you get there with Parkhound. The spaces are cheap and easy to book, so you can focus instead on having a wonderful meal!