Picture this. You’re hungry with only ten dollars in your pocket. You turn to your mate and ask what he wants to eat. He shrugs and then asks you, “I don’t know, what do you want to eat?” And with the same remark of uncertainty and indecisiveness, you return his answer with the same annoying shrug. This exchange goes on for another ten minutes before you both surrender and settle for Maccas. This doesn’t have to happen of course. I can save you with my Cheap Eats Around Sydney guide list. Don’t worry, I’ve been poor before.
Dove And Olive (Surry Hills) http://doveandolive.com.au/
For affordable hipster pub-style food, Dove And Olive is the cheapest by far. For only $9.90 you can grab: 2 for 1 Chef’s specials on Mondays, schnitzels on Tuesdays, ‘Rump Day Hump Day’ steaks on Wednesdays and delicious cheeseburgers on Thursdays.
Soda Factory (Surry Hills) http://www.sodafactory.com.au/
Who in their right mind would sell gourmet hot dogs for only a dollar? Well the Soda Factory does…every Tuesday night. Grab your mates and head down to Soda for a cheap feed and a great atmosphere. Regular hot dogs cost only $10 on normal days and for only $8 you could grab yourself a basket of chilli fries!
Mappen Sydney (Sydney, CBD)
For an adorable authentic Japanese lunch or dinner, Mappen takes you on a journey to the streets of Japan. In the heart of Sky View Shopping Plaza, Mappen sits in the centre as a cafeteria-style self-serve noodle bar. They offer a range of delicious udon and soba noodles served with a broth of your choice and a variety of tempura side dishes to add to your tray. All dishes usually range between $5-$15, on average under $10. Seating is communal but it’s all worth the taste and price! I highly recommend adding an ontama (their signature poached egg) with your noodles!
Top Choice, Market City Food Court (Haymarket)
$10 is all you need for a good Asian stir fry. Top Choice offers an array of different Chinese-style stir fry selections served on a sizzling plate, with all choices accompanied with rice. It’s ridiculously cheap, filling and hits the spot.
J’s Kitchen (Cabramatta)
Eating a steak doesn’t have to be so expensive. J’s Kitchen located in Cabramatta has built itself a reputation for serving ridiculously large portions for an unusually low price. For only $10 you can get a large steak or any other selections such as schnitzels, calamari and kranskys, all served generously with chips and salad. Bonus – all of their drinks only cost only a dollar. Now that’s a steal!