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. Best of all? Not a single one of them is in a food court.

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Kitchen by Mike

The best place in the Sydney CBD 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.

1 Bent Street, Sydney
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Chat Thai Circular Quay

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.

Level 5 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney
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Continental Deli, Bar and Bistro CBD

The lunch menu spans everything from mortadella sandwiches and cheese toasties to hearty bowls of spaghetti – and it all comes in below $25.

167 Phillip Street, Sydney
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Mary's Circular Quay

The most iconic burger place in town now has a location smack-dab in the middle of the city. And the entire all-day menu can be made vegan.

7 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay, Sydney

The Sambal

Hearty Indonesian dishes, served to you quickly.

Shop A 432 Kent Street, Sydney
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Bar Luca

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

52 Phillip Street, Sydney

Malay Chinese Takeaway

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.

Shop 1 50-58 Hunter Street , Sydney

Rockpool Bar & Grill

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.

66 Hunter Street, Sydney
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Yakiniku Yokocho

Every option from the lunch set at this Japanese barbeque house is less than $20.

9 501 George Street, Sydney
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Bentley Restaurant & Bar

One of Sydney's best restaurants runs a (relative) steal of a weekday lunch special: $65 for two courses, $75 for three.

27 O'Connell Street, Sydney
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Bopp and Tone

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.

60 Carrington Street, Sydney
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Long Chim

$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.

Corner of Pitt Street and Angel Place, Sydney

Matteo Downtown

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

20 Bond Street, Sydney

Brooklyn Boy Bagels

Sydney's best bagels can be found right here. Get one heaving with lox or pastrami on your lunch break.

Shop 6, Level 1 1 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay

Bacco Osteria e Espresso

In addition to the regular all-day menu, there's a killer line-up of paninis at lunch time.

Shop 1 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney

Tontaro Ramen Honten

Some of the best ramen in town, with bowls starting from $15.

339-345 Sussex Street, Sydney

Boon Cafe and Jarern Chai

Inventive dishes from the team behind Chat Thai.

1/425 Pitt Street, Haymarket

Marlowe's Way

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

Tankstream Way, Sydney

Mr Wong

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

3 Bridge Lane, Sydney
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Din Tai Fung

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

Westfield Sydney 188 Pitt Street, Sydney
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Flyover Fritterie

A hole-in-the-wall that's perfect for a fix of Indian fritters and chai.

1 Temperance Lane, Sydney