20 Dinners In Sydney Under $20

By Phoebe Chen
8th Aug 2014

From highfalutin ingredients to your prosaic burrito, hatted establishments to a roving canteen truck, we've gleaned a crop of twenty dinners for $20 or less. No need to forgo quality for price in this list of cheap eats in Sydney.

1. The sweet roasted duck pie from The Pie Tin brings together tender, slow-cooked duck with immaculate, golden pastry for $7.80. Finish off with a hefty slice of Oreo cookie dessert pie, $7.50.

2. For those with healthier inclinations, there's the seared Atlantic salmon and greens with wild rice and quinoa for $14.50 at MissChu.

3. For a welcome pairing of two illustrious ingredients without the exorbitant price tag, try the duck and porcini ragu parpadelle with a fresh panini roll at Gastronomia Espresso Bar, for a mere $12.

4. The signature dolsot bibimbap at Bibim, to mix. is a classic take on the Korean hot stone rice bowl, with a medley of vegetables, your choice of marinated meat and kochu-jang sauce for a stint in flavour nirvana, $14.

5. The #3 spicy tonkotsu ramen at Ryo's Noodles is a pork bone-infused broth with slices of roast pork and an egg for $13.50.

6. The famed breakfast dish of Tunisian origin makes a warming dinner with a Spanish twist at Café Shenkin. Eggs are poached in tomato sauce with onion, capsicum and sausage in the chorizo shakshuka with pita for $19.

7. Malabar's lamb shank roganjosh marries tender lamb with a fragrant spice profile. Fennel seeds, onions browned in cardamom, tomato and cinnamon, are all slow-cooked in yoghurt for $20.

8. Simplicity reigns at Paddington Inn's 250g rump steak with fries for $18.

9. The amalgam of cream, mushroom and truffled salami in the Pillitteri fettucine at Bruschetteria 102 distils luxury ingredients into an $18 dish.

10. Bridge St Garage's Gaucho Burger features a hearty Angus and Wagyu patty, provolone, radicchio and a side of hand-cut chips for $19.50.

11. The Pot pie at Yulli's is a bric-a-brac of pan-Asian flavour, with a medium spice massaman curry, chickpeas, zucchini, pumpkin and Japanese eggplant for $17.50.

12. Dig into flaky Malaysian flatbread with the murtabak roti at Mamak for $12, with a chicken or lamb filling, curry dips and spicy sambal sauce.

13. The Wagyu beef burger at Moo Gourmet Burgers sandwiches Tasmanian brie, caramelised onion, wagyu beef and an array of vegies between two crisp buns for $16.50. Pair with a milkshake or a side of beer battered onion rings.

14. Brave the queues at Kepos Street Kitchen for the burrata cheese, croutons, fennel, harissa, $18.

15. Middle Eastern fare is the go-to for meat and spice equilibrium. Try Sefa Kitchen's duck Maryland with spiced Persian prune sauce, $19.

16. The Poke salad at Paling's is fresh and rife with Japanese influence. Sashimi tuna, cucumber, marinated mushroom, oak leaf and tangy ponzu is available for $19.

17. Zeus Street Greek are the new purveyors of rustic Greek street food. The signature Zeus souvlaki stars slow-cooked lamb with Aegean slaw, smoked eggplant, onion and parsley for $10.50.

18. Freemantle octopus and crispy pork are cooked under a wood fire grill and served with green apple and kale at Papi Chulo for $19.

19. The sea's Food laksa from vegan and vegetarian specialist Green Gourmet is a creamy concoction of coconut milk, vegan kelp prawns, nori tofu & fresh mushroom, $16.80.

20. Wolf down a burrito on the go from Cantina Movil. Citrus dressing, pinto beans, Monterey Jack cheese and fresh coriander dress up a chipotle beef base for $11. Grab a cup of chili corn for $5.

Image credit: Zeus Street Greek

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