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In the heart of Pitt Street’s Thai town, the Chat Thai family dynasty has established Sydney’s first Thai grocer/cafe.
Grapes on the ceiling. But also dumplings, hand-pulled noodles and BYO booze on the footpath outside. This beloved Haymarket joint is inspired by the cuisine of north-western China.
A wildly popular Chinese chain in the middle of the CBD, repping the spicy flavours of Sichuan. The tome of a menu here is telling of the huge portions you get here.
One of the few places in the centre of town where you can try Nanjing specialties. If you’re into duck, this is the spot for you.
A Haymarket diner that offers a rare chance to try genuine Uighur cuisine. The menu blends traditions from both Central Asia to the west and Chinese cuisines from the east.
For fast-paced, real-deal Thai.
Tied with Marigold in the CBD yum cha game. It can be a tad expensive but the premium is warranted – the quality of food, speed of service and deep history is undeniable.
Subtly sweet French pastry with an Asian flair.
A high-end restaurant chain serving Peking duck and north-eastern Chinese specialties you can’t find elsewhere. The lavish dining room alone is the worth the visit.
A cafe with a dual identity: Western cafe staples plus Indonesian mee goreng and coffee.
One of the few spots in Sydney to try genuine northern-style Thai food.
Ramen worth sitting in a food court for.
Affordable Malaysian food with a range of flavoured roti. If you don't get in before the lunchtime rush you can expect to queue for a while.
This is the home of the Xiao Mian. It’s one of China’s great single-dish meals, which is simply wheat noodles in a tart, spicy and tingling soup. The absurdly good meal deal gets you a bowl of it, with a side and a can of soft drink.
Southern-style pho, chargrilled meats and raw beef from one of the inner city’s first Vietnamese chefs.
The brand’s first Australian outlet is a gigantic-hotpot joint. With robots.
It’s all in the name at this Dixon House eatery. Crisp, bronze Peking Duck hangs in the kitchen window, which you can try san choy bao-style or on pancakes.
Start with silky wontons, move onto a chilli-laced fish soup and finish with glutinous rice cakes coated in brown sugar. This is one of Haymarket’s must-try Sichuan spots.
A swish and enormous restaurant with an exceptional yum cha service. It’s a contender for best yum cha in the CBD, but it's also one of the newest in the pack.
Spanish wine, chorizo burgers and ringside seating at this pretty burgundy-coloured eatery.
A Chinese-Macanese hotpot restaurant aiming to elevate the steamboat experience. You can find this opulent eatery in Haymarket’s 1909 dining precinct.
A Japanese matcha house with curries, sundaes, lattes and more, made with powder from the mountains of Shizuoka.
Korean barbeque that’s all about premium meats, side dishes and soju.
A restaurant by the host of the world’s biggest TV dating show serves spicy Sichuan noodle soup and dumplings.
Play “Donkey Kong” with one hand while you hold a Fatal Fury in the other.
Thai food that pulls no punches.
Red Pepper and Sparrow Mill serves Korean-style chicken.
Fiery dried chillies, mouth-numbing peppercorns and searingly hot oils are standard at this Haymarket restaurant. The offering is as extensive as it is spicy.
A flash cocktail bar in a dingy Chinatown alley that comes with fried things on sticks, including … spaghetti.
Authentic, late-night Thai.
A restaurant in Haymarket specialising in southern Thai cuisine.
A no-frills Chinese restaurant serving the favourites and then some.