Sometimes it can be a challenge to decide where to eat in Sydney. With numerous restaurants and cafes sprawled across the city, where do you simply begin?
For me discovering cheap eats Sydney spots are often the best and one area that does this exceptionally well in the ‘Harbour City’ is Haymarket.
Better known as Sydney’s Chinatown, Haymarket serves up a tantalising dining experience without hurting your wallet. It mostly offers Asian cuisine of course, but there are spots that do have western-style menus.
Here is a list of my four best Haymarket cheap eats Sydney:
1. Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine
A firm favourite of mine is Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine offering fresh and delicious Hong Kong dishes in a modern and open two-story balcony venue. Upon arrival you notice white coat chefs stuffing, folding and serving plates after plates of dumplings, peaking duck buns and more.
A few standout dishes served at Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine include the wonton noodle soup, peaking duck buns, roasted pork and duck with rice and sautéed green beans with pork mince.
The service is great and the atmosphere is relaxed and warm. It’s often busy and packed inside, so I recommend going early (before 7.30pm) and on a weekday to avoid queues.
Address: 10A Dixon Street, Sydney
Cost: from $6.80 (entrée), from $11.80 (mains) and from $5 (dessert)
Open: 11am-2am (7 days)
2. Holy Basil
Hidden inside the Shark Hotel is Holy Basil – a captivating and authentic Thai and Laos restaurant. As a 2014 Good Guide nominee, this restaurant serves distinct dishes packed with fresh herbs and spices, all delicately balanced.
Such tasty dishes include the Thai fried rice, anything with roast duck eg. roast duck curry; chicken chili basil and garlic sauce stir fry; and their homemade curry puffs and spring rolls.
My favourite dish however is easily the deep fried ice cream. Holy Basil is well known for this dish and it would be a shame not to try this when dining.
Holy Basil boasts a casual and warm atmosphere and its service is efficient and friendly.
Address: 127 Liverpool Street, Sydney
Cost: from $8.90 (entrée), from $11.90 (mains) and from $13.90 (dessert)
Open: 12pm-11pm (7 days)
3. The Burger Project
Renowned chef, Neil Perry who runs the award-wining restaurant Rockpool in Sydney has also gone into the burger business with his latest enterprise, the Burger Project.
This American style burger joint uses quality local grass fed beef patties, made fresh daily. Staying true to its American theme, a good shake and fries is necessary and the Burger Project delivers.
As you order your meal at the service counter, the above menu board is lined with a variety of burgers to choose from such as: Classic, American Cheese, Chili Cheese or the Aussie.
Overall, the Burger Project offers a tasty, fresh, quick and affordable meal.
Address: Level 1, 644 George Street, Sydney
Cost: burgers range from $8.90-$13.90
Open: 11am-9pm (daily)
4. N2 Extreme Gelato
An awesome place to visit for dessert is N2 Extreme Gelato. They take ice-creamery to a new level – adding a novelty factor to their business. The staff are dressed like scientists with their lab coats, glasses and liquid nitrogen in hand, as they pour this element into their ice cream mixers.
It’s got a quirky, hip and young atmosphere with music pumping and a dark grungy feel inside. An additional thing that gives N2 Extreme Gelato an edge is its unique ice cream flavours they create. Each week they have new flavours to try – giving a different experience each time.
Some of their flavours include ‘Double O Cheesecake’ a cheesecake gelato with cookies smashed through, a cookie centre, white choc top and chocolate ganache syringe sitting inside. Also other flavours are the chocolate s’more, red velvet cupcake, butter popcorn and apple pie with pork crackling.
You can even submit your own ice-cream flavour idea for them to produce.
Address: 43/1 Dixon Street, Sydney
Cost: around $6-8
Open: 1pm-11pm (7 days)
Have you dined at any of these cheap eats Sydney spots? What are yours?