Imagine it: you fight your way through the packed foyer, find your seat and settle in to enjoy the show. Just as the curtain begins to lift, your stomach gives a loud rumble. Now you remember – you skipped lunch.

Don't risk an empty stomach ruining the performance. At these spots you can catch a quick meal or snacks before the show, or take your time for a full de-brief afterwards.

Mamak - Haymarket

Roti, skewers and sambal in a flash. It's open late, too.

15 Goulburn Street, Haymarket

El Loco

This fiesta is a nice counterpoint to sitting still for several hours.

64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills

Din Tai Fung

Handmade dumplings served quick-smart – an excellent choice pre-show.

Westfield Sydney 188 Pitt Street, Sydney

The Local Bar CBD

Wine, charcuterie and great service. The perfect start to any night, really.

161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Nomad Up The Road

A cellar-door experience in the city.

85 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Bodega x Wyno

What better pre-show dinner than tapas?

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills

Goros

Kick on with sake and karoake.

84/86 Mary Street, Surry Hills

Golden Century

Open late every night, so you can discuss the show for hours.

393-399 Sussex Street, Sydney

Chat Thai

Thai classics served fast.

20 Campbell Street, Haymarket

Paramount Coffee Project

Fuel up for a matinee with top-notch coffee and food.

80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills