The only thing better than a delicious lunch is a delicious lunch that won’t leave you heavy and food coma-y afterwards. This may be quite a challenge when you find yourself in the CBD, but as always, we’ve got your back. Here are some great restaurants and cafes in Sydney’s CBD to get a good feed without weighing you down.
Fish At the Rocks
Fish At The Rocks is always a winner when it comes to getting your seafood fix in Sydney, and what better time to get your fill than at lunch?! The good news is, being healthy doesn’t have to mean a can of tuna. For those who want to keep it light but interesting, the grilled blue eye cod fillet has your name on it, which is served with parsley and cracked wheat salad, polenta, and tomato raita. No afternoon slumps in sight.
In a very grey and corporate corner of the CBD, Bowery Lane shines as a beacon of cool vibes and great food. The steaks with mash and jus are great and the burgers are a knockout, but they also have salads that will make you friends for sure. The smoked hickory salmon salad with hazelnut, radish avocado, cucumber and iceberg is fresh and rich and made even better by the sesame vinaigrette. If you pray at the church of quinoa though, the poached chicken salad is what you’re after, with radicchio, spinach, green beans, quinoa and smoke yoghurt.
It’s common knowledge that the Japanese are ahead of the game on many things. Case in point, the teishoku (set meal) style lunches at places like Yayoi. Yayoi is one of the best Japanese restaurants in the Sydney’s CBD and will have you feeling full and satisfied without feeling weighed down and sleepy. Yep, this place ticks all the boxes.
We all know the goodness that is MissChu, so it’s no surprise she’s popped up on a list for where to go for a healthy lunch. From a delish bowl of pho to a stack of fresh Vietnamese rice paper rolls, you can count on a trip to the CBD Tuckshop being super tasty and almost guilt free. What more could you want?!
The Cut Bar & Grill
The Cut is the kind of old school bar and grill that power lunches were made for. Plus, it’s delicious. Of course the steak is great but if you’re after something a little lighter, the Petuna salmon with black guinoa, radish and cucumber is a winner.
This Sydney CBD sushi train is a favourite with office workers and the perfect place for a quick bite by yourself or dinner with a small group. Not only is the nigiri on point at Sushi Rio, but you can also grab a bunch of other great dishes like the raw salmon don or sashimi on ice. What a crowd-pleaser!
Foodie heaven may just be Pei Modern, with its playful and delicious menu guided by the culinary heavyweight Mark Best. It’s hard to go past the yellowfin tuna with watermelon and ginger, or the beetroot with quince and dandelion for a fairly healthy lunch that feels like the ultimate indulgence. You could probably add a glass of wine from all the calories you've saved. #logic.
Located on Kent Street in the heart of the CBD, Sydney Italian restaurant, Bertoni is churning out healthy, freshly cooked meals to the hoardes of suits flooding its doors. Come for the coffee but stay for the delicious paninis, salads, soups and other delicious, Italian inspired dishes.
Image credit: Anita Wilhelm for Pei Modern