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Cheapie Lunch (Under $20)

Gyradiko

This may seem hard to believe, but one of the best gyros/souvlaki I’ve ever had was from an unassuming little shop in Christchurch, New Zealand called Dimitri’s Greek Food. Never before or since have I had a wrap with such fluffy bread, such juicy meat, or such a perfect mixture of sauces. And although I haven’t held out hope for one that’s just as good, I will admit to keeping my eye out for something that can potentially match up. So when I heard that Gyradiko does one of the best gyros in Sydney, well, call me intrigued.

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Malay Chinese Takeaway

In preparation for my Thailand trip, cheap and cheerful has been the name of the game recently. Luckily, even in a city as expensive as Sydney, there’s still plenty of delicious food to be had for the penny-pinchers if you know where to look. And Malay Chinese Takeaway has been one of those places since 1987. Malay Chinese Takeaway is pretty much exactly what it promises to be – a canteen-like establishment specialising in the Chinese-influenced Malaysian dishes. The laksa is their biggest drawcard, the 13 different variations bringing in punters from all across the CBD and beyond. Laksa aside, there’s also a fair selection of fried noodles, curries, and stir-fries for those who prefer something a little less soupy.…

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Shanghai Night Chinese Restaurant

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I last had to write a guest post for the blog. A fair bit has happened since then – we moved to Sydney, I got a new job, and we got engaged!! But in these times of change, if there’s anything we can rely on to remain constant, it’s simply got to be our shared love of dumplings (...oh, and each other I guess). It’s this shared love that saw us venturing out to Ashfield to get some good old-fashioned dumplings at Shanghai Night Chinese Restaurant. The venue is a little difficult to find; not because it’s out of the way, but because you might get a little confused when you stand outside…

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Holy Crumpets

After a stunning, but incredibly rich dinner at Cheek the night before – followed by a proposal from my now fiancé! – I was in the mood for something a bit more simple and wholesome for breakfast. I had read about Holy Crumpets a little while back, and being a big fan of places that focus on getting just one thing perfect, I was more than happy to forego hotcakes at Higher Ground to give these crumpets a try. Tucked under an awning just around the corner from Melbourne Central, you’re guaranteed to miss this little hole-in-the-wall if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Seating consists of just a couple of benches, and if you’re not paying attention, it’s…

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Bush

With the relatively limited budget I have these days for going out to eat, it’s not often that I come across a restaurant that truly excites me. The cheaper places often tend to be rather same-same, whilst the more interesting places usually have prices that fall outside of what I can justify on a day-to-day basis. So with that said, it was doubly exciting when Bush opened – firstly because it just seemed like a really cool place, and secondly it was a cool place that I could afford to go to that very day if I wanted to! In the end, it took me about a month to actually make my way there; that may not sound very prompt,…

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Abb Air Thai Cuisine 1982

Last week, I finally bit the bullet and dropped a couple weeks’ salary on flights and accommodation for a trip to Thailand at the end of the year. This proved to be an excellent move, as it’s given me something to look forward to and obsess over for the next couple of months, providing a sorely-needed reprieve to the huge amounts of study I’ve been (and will be) doing. And did I mention? The hotel I’ve booked apparently has a blinding breakfast buffet included in the room rate, complete with noodle station, omelettes made to order, dim sims, and freshly-squeezed juice! Just that alone is enough to get me hyped for my trip!

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