Beef burger and chips $5.00
There are some places you go to because of the fabulous food. There are others you go to for the stellar service. And then there are those that are simply cheap.
The Lansdowne Hotel has the budget market down to a pat. Its $5 menu is its biggest drawcard. The banner out the front is three metres high, and it has always had a strong following with uni students. Head up the stairs that remind you of school, place your order at the bar, and grab a seat in the mess-hall filled with long wooden tables.
The cutlery for your meal arrives in hermetically sealed plastic. One the one hand it feels like you're sitting on an airplane; on the other the chaotic din makes it feel like school camp.
Our group orders a selection from the $5 and $10 menus -- there's a $15 menu too for those that are really out to paint the town red.
Barramundi with salad $10.00
The barramundi is apparently moist and tender. The difference in size between the $5 and the $10 meals is quickly apparent. The burger and the steak are both modest in size with a sparse handful of chips.
Steak and chips $5.00
Tandoori pizza $10.00
I've gone for the tandoori pizza which is a little dry (both the chicken and the base) but it's relatively filling with a generous topping, and the yoghurt provides some much-needed refreshment.
Cheap, cheerful and great for large groups or starving students.
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The Lansdowne Hotel
2-6 City Road Chippendale, Sydney
(corner of City Rd and Broadway)
Tel: +61 (02) 9211 3107
Open Monday to Saturday 12:00 noon-10:00pm
The restaurant is upstairs; meals must be accompanied by a paid wine, beer or soft-drink.
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