Quick and tasty Sydney cheap eats are all around. Throughout the city, you can seek out famous Aussie specialties like meat pies and lamingtons. The city’s dim sum scene also seems to be thriving, as I consumed more than my fair share of dumplings and pork buns in just a few days. For coffee lovers, a “flat white” is a fine way to start your day. Here are 12 nibbles I noshed while roaming around Sydney.
1. Corn fritters at the Rusty Rabbit
The Rusty Rabbit is a cute and cozy daytime eatery in Darlinghurst. I thoroughly enjoyed my corn fritters with smashed avocado, smoked salmon, a poached egg and fried capers. And they also got me with their well-displayed love of all things superhero.
2. Lamington at Flour and Stone
All the sweet things at Flour and Stone looked terribly tasty, but I had to try their panna cotta lamington (Australian sponge cake with coconut and cream/berry jam). Look at this beauty—you know there is absolutely no way that it’s not super yummy.
3. Riley St Garage
Riley St Garage isn’t so much a Sydney cheap eat as it is a meal to be slowly savored and enjoyed with friends, family and fellow foodies. Like tapas, their dishes are designed to be shared, and the presentation is top-notch. Each plate was creatively constructed and most were quite tasty, but the burrata was my favorite.
4. Parma and chips at Schnitz
Schnitzel, chicken parmigiana, katsu… whatever you want to call it, if it’s a breaded and fried cutlet, I’m in. Schnitz (multiple locations throughout Australia) has a dozen variations of schnitzel on its menu and one day I would like to try them all.
5. Baked BBQ pork buns at Tim Ho Wan (CLOSED)
I was gonna write about how glorious the baked BBQ pork buns at Tim Ho Wan are, but it appears that the Hong Kong-based dim sum chain has recently shuttered all of its outposts in Sydney. This saddens me, but the article does mention that they are exploring the possibility of future Sydney sites, so perhaps those buns will one day make a triumphant return.
6. Flat white at Mecca
Sydney has a strong coffee culture and no shortage of cafes where you can get your daily fix. Recommended order: the flat white, which is an Australian spin on a latte, though there is some debate as to whether it originated in Sydney or in New Zealand.
As a relative coffee novice, I had fun just ordering my flat white at Mecca in the Sydney CBD. It’s a satisfying cup, and it’s got some looks too.