As most international visitors to Australia are gleefully aware, our pathetic exchange rate significantly increases the size of the bulge in your trousers. That means US$40 instantly converts to an impressive AU$53. What did you think I was talking about? =)
AU$53 is ridiculous money for any budding backpacker, so I instead stuck to a self-imposed budget of AU$40 / $US30.20. And it was dead easy. We're definitely spoilt for cheap eats in Sydney.
There were almost too many different options I could have pursued. A half-price Japanese degustation at Rise for only AU$35 / US$26.45. A breakfast of scrambled eggs by Bill Granger for AU$11.80 / US$8.90. A staggering Lebanese banquet from Rowda Ya Habibi for AU$25 / US$18.90.
But I figured that whenever I travel, I like to stick to one area of town during the course of the day. And if you are limited to one day somewhere, you want to stay close to the town's major attractions. And eat in places where you can stroll in wearing your sneakers and polar fleece without anyone batting an eyelid.
So welcome to AG's foodie's tour through inner city Sydney.
Click on the pics for a more detailed post on this month's visit.
Bon Appetit or, as we say Down Under, grub's up!
Every backpacker needs a hearty breakfast to mop up any excesses from the night before. Dig into the Big Breakfast from Una's on Broadway:
Bacon, sausages, eggs, rosti, toast and tomato AU$9.20 / US$6.95
Then it's a 15 minute stroll down the road to Sydney's buzzing fish markets. This is a foodie adventure in itself with an impressive display of Australia's enviable variety and freshness of fish, crustaceans and assorted molluscs. Once you've poked the trussed-up live mud crabs, admired the live lobster tanks and watched, entranced, by the speedy Gonzales oyster shucker, pick 'n' mix your own lunch from individual fishmongers.
Grilled dory fillets with salad and chips and can of soft drink from Peter's AU$9.90 / US$7.50
We also shared a tray of yellow fin tuna and Atlantic salmon sashimi from Claudio's between three people. Firm, tasty and achingly fresh sashimi cannot be beaten! Sashimi cost per person: AU$6 / US$4.50
Feed the gigantic pelicans, check out Sydney's Star City Casino and meander down to Darling Harbour and Chinatown. Grab a cocktail bun or a handful of Emperor's puffs if you need a sugar fix and then waddle down the road and hop on a bus for the two-minute trip to Surry Hills, home to one of Sydney's most eclectic and cosmopolitan mix of eateries.
Put a little spice into your evening with a banquet of flavours and textures from Maya Masala.
Share a starter of pani puri chaat;
Dig into an onion rawa paneer dosa;
And finish off with a sweet and syrupy Indian dessert.
AU$14.20 / US$10.75
Total cost for the day:
AU$39.30 / US$29.70
You can then make a casual meander north to walk off your dinner (or you could get the bus), ending up at Circular Quay--my favourite way to end the evening for any international visitor...
Strolling around Sydney's beautiful twinkling harbour by night, admiring the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Awww pretty. Licking a rapidly-melting ice cream cone is optional, but needless to say, certainly enhances the sensory experience =)
Contented sighs all 'round.
Check out all the international entries for Dine & Dish #4: Be Rachael Ray for a Day. The round-up will be published by this month's guest host Sam, coming soon to Becks&Posh.
Related GrabYourFork posts:
Breakfast at Una's on Broadway
Lunch at Sydney's Fish Markets
Dinner at Maya Masala
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