We get it. When you're hungry, you're hungry. And when that stomach is grumbling the last thing you want is to wait around for some decent food. On weekends it can be particularly hard to find a good place to eat that you don't need to make a reservation or have to wait for hours for. It's a pain that goes a little something like this:
You: "Hi there, we'd like a table for 4."
Waitstaff: "Sure, but it will be about a 1.5 hour wait."
Your stomach: "Nooooooooo!"
You then walk dejectedly to a bar to have a drink while you wait, which could turn into four depending on how long it takes. And we all know alcohol on an empty stomach isn't the best idea.
Fear not, disorganised and somewhat impatient food lovers, we've put together a list of some of Sydney's best restaurants where you don't need a reservation and the wait is minimal. Enjoy!
Vacanza | Surry Hills
Having opened in 2012, two years after its sister restaurant in Bronte, Vacanza is the place to go for tasty, tasty pizza. Owner, Nick Gilbert ventured to Southern Italy to learn the traditional art of pizza making and has brought it to your doorstep – Thanks Nick! Boasting a range of classic Italian-style pizzas that are simply to-die-for, we can't think of anywhere we'd rather go to soothe our last minute cravings. Sure, you may have to wait, but it's never that long.
Bangkok Bites | Bondi Beach
Situated in the heart of Bondi is Bangkok Bites, a mean combination of good food, drink and ambience that will make you feel like you're on the streets of one of the busiest cities in Thailand. The food is hearty, authentic and bursting with flavour. Bangkok Bites really is the perfect place to grab a bite and wind down after having one too many after a day at the beach!
The Botanist | Kirribilli
Looking for somewhere to go for post-work drinks and tucker? Look no further than The Botanist, one of North Sydney's best-kept secrets! The menu is quite the mixed bag featuring everything from traditional pizzas to an extensive range of share plates, sliders and… TACOS! Yes you heard right, all of the best food combinations that, when fused with a good cocktail, go down a treat! The must-try dish is the southern fried chicken with aioli & sweet corn slaw sliders, the perfect late night snack!
Old Town Hong Kong | Chinatown
Fancy an authentic pork bun? Well, Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine in Dixon Street has them. And lots of them. As well as buns, they also serve a range of dumplings and other delicious Chinese dishes. Plus it's open until the early hours of the morning (2am to be exact) every day of the week! Make sure you try the Peking duck steamed buns, they are ah-mazing!?
Firefly | Neutral Bay
If you love share plates and a good drink or two, then Neutral Bay's Firefly has got you covered. Make sure you try the crisp salt-and-pepper squid, fried haloumi with chunks of watermelon and zucchini fries (yum!) and wash it all down with their signature whisky sour or wine by the glass. Firefly is open until 11:30 Monday to Friday and is the perfect pick-me-up to brighten those mid-week blues.
GoodTime Burgers | Bondi Junction
Claiming the "Freshest Fun Between the Buns", Bondi Junction's GoodTime Burgers brings all the things you love about authentic diner food to Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. GoodTime is sure to be a Great time if you love your burgers, fries and drink. It also holds the latest license in the Eastern Suburbs, open until a ripe hour of 4am Monday to Saturday and midnight on Sunday. So get your party shoes on, avoid having a big lunch and head down to the ground level of The Eastern for GoodTime!
Zushi | Surry Hills
Chef Lee from Zushi brings 27 years of sushi-making awesomeness to Crown Street in Surry Hills – and boy does it show. Encouraging a tapas style dining experience, the authentic Japanese restaurant boasts a range of sushi favourites as well as Zushi signature dishes. They'll even match a sake or wine to your meal – how cool is that?! Open until 10pm daily, Zushi is a top place for a post-work evening bite.
Chur Burger | Surry Hills
Burger enthusiast or not, we're sure you've heard of the "Chur". Located on Albion Street in Surry Hills, it is one of Sydney's biggest burger hotspots! At just $10 a bun, Chur's gourmet burgers are nothing short of amazing. We recommend the pulled pork, BBQ sauce, red slaw and fennel mayo burger. Don't forget to top off your "Churger" with their signature garlic, lime sweet potato fries and a shake to get the whole Chur experience.
Pho Pasteur | Chinatown
Fe Fi PHO fum! Pho Pasteur in Sydney is BIG on Pho. Nestled in Haymarket, Chinatown this tiny authentic Vietnamese restaurant has created quite a big buzz amongst a mix of uni students, suits and passers by. As you can imagine, Pho is always a popular choice and is available in the standard beef and chicken variations, with optional upgrades to "special" that generally involve tripe and tendons. It is open until 9:30pm daily and always delivers on last minute dinner satisfaction.
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