Best Lunch in Sydney CBD

Updated 6 months ago

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What makes a good CBD lunch spot?

It could be that you're meeting a prospective client and you need somewhere central and impressive to dine. Or you could be a time-poor worker looking for a place with reliable food and fast, efficient service. Or maybe you're just a tourist in the centre of Sydney looking for the kind of restaurant that Sydneysiders eat at day in, day out.

Whatever the case, there's a spot in here for you.

  • The best place in town to have lunch. The sheer quantity of quality lunch options at this part-canteen, part-restaurant is staggering. There's pizza by the slice, healthy bowls of grains or salads, freshly carved rotisserie chicken and much more.

  • Get one of the "one-plate wonders" if you can't decide. You get a variety of different things from the menu on one plate with prices ranging from $15 to $23.

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  • Beer, boilermakers and barbeque – plus 40 beers on tap.

  • Traditional northern-Chinese food such as rou jia mo, which here are twice the size of your hand.

  • Nasi Goreng, bakmi and flat whites.

  • One of the best burgers in Sydney has a location smack-dab in the middle of the city. And the entire all-day menu can be made vegan.

  • Hearty Indonesian dishes, served to you quickly.

  • Sydney's other favourite burger is also an excellent lunch choice.

  • If you manage to get a spot at this icon (queues can be hectic), you'll be rewarded with some of the best har mee (prawn noodle soup) in Sydney.

  • This place is virtually synonymous with the term business lunch. It's where Sydney's movers and shakers have dined for two decades, and it isn't likely to change soon.

  • There's a $25 lunch deal which runs from Monday to Thursday. Past dishes on the menu have included minute steak, squid ink spaghetti and chicken cotoletta.

  • $25 here will get you a main and a soda. Not a bad deal for Thai cuisine from the world’s most lauded Thai chef.

  • Try a pizza from the extended range here, or one of the generous bowls of pasta.

  • Inventive dishes from the team behind Chat Thai.

  • Choose from a home-style menu of Italian classics, from a menu which changes daily.

  • The dim sum – fried or steamed – here are available at lunch exclusively (they only appear on platters at dinner).

  • This is still one of the best places in the city for lunchtime dumplings.

  • Pull up a chair at the former Chiswick at the Gallery site for mid-week and weekend brunch, long lunches, and extraordinary views over Sydney Harbour.

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