Best meals for under $20 in Sydney

Chat Thai

There is Thai and then there is Chat Thai. With lines queuing at all hours outside their Haymarket restaurant, it’s no surprise that their Westfield addition is equally popular. Our pick: red curry of roasted duck with pineapple and holy basil $20.

Level 5, 500 George Street, Westfield Sydney

Hugos Bar Pizza

Hugo’s Bar Pizza is a cool bar and pizzeria catering to Sydney’s young socialites. Situated below Hugo’s Lounge, one of Kings Cross’s hottest nightspots, this restaurant is a funky nightspot that serves some top notch pizza. Our pick: Margherita pizza with roma tomatoes, fresh buffalo milk mozzarella, parmesan and basil $20.

33 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross


Tucked in the far corner of a courtyard beside Christine Manfield’s Unviersal, Phamish is constantly abuzz with in-the-know locals craving their famous Peking duck pancakes and salt and pepper squid. BYO too, this place is a winner. Our pick: Chilli and kaffir lime leaf prawns $20.50; salt and pepper squid $18.50.

Republic 2, 50 Burton Street, Darlinghurst

Barrio Chino

A Mexican food revolution has hit the Sydney dining scene and leading the way is Barrio Chino. Tucked away on Bayswater Road in Kings Cross, the glam young duo behind Potts Point’s Fei Jai, Peter Lew and Nicole Galloway, offer Mexican street food in a dining table style. Our pick: A selection of Mexican delights; baja fish taco $6 and beef brisket taco $6 and grilled sweetcorn with chilli and lime $5. ($17).

28-30 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross

Wilbur’s Place

Another one from the Bourke Street Bakery Boys, Wilbur’s Place offers casual lunch and dinner menus that are simple and healthy. This hole-in-the-wall is located on Llankelly Place in Potts Point. Our pick: Brisket Ragu with mushrooms, orecchiette, gremolata and bread crumbs $19.

36 Llankelly Place, Potts Point

The Argyle

Despite its prime position in the heart of the historic Rocks, The Argyle is among the most affordable restaurants in the area. With a suave and sexy fit out, complete with soft-lit VIP sections, open courtyards and an industrial-sized bar, The Argyle also serves fantastic pub grub. Our pick: Wagyu burger with BBQ sauce and fries $18.

18 Argyle Street, The Rocks, Sydney CBD

Sushi on Stanley

Lines queue along Stanley Street at all hours with people eager to snag a table at this tiny Japanese joint. Value-for-money is what it’s all about at Sushi on Stanley, where the meals are huge and the sashimi as fresh as you would get at the fish markets. Our pick: Dinner box with chicken teriyaki, salmon and avocado California roll, miso soup, rice and salad $12.

85 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst

Anna Lisle


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