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sydney best value eats

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looking for best value eats for a solo diner traveling throughout australia for 10 mths who is looking to sometimes slurge, but otherwise looking for the unique quality food and ambience establishments that make any particular city the city that it is. At this very moment, i find myself near the botanical gardens in sydney and wonder where to grab dinner tonight?
also is there a good mag/weekly paper like the Time Outs of NY or the Black Book Mags that give me good tips on dining, etc.?

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  1. The Old Fitzroy pub http://www.oldfitzroy.com.au/ in Woolloomooloo is reasonably close to the Botanic gardens and has good cheap, Thai food and has a theatre downstairs.

    The busy Lebanese and Indian restaurants on Cleveland street, Surry Hills are good value.

    If you are doing the Bondi to Coogee cliff walk, pick up a piece of strudel at the Gelato Bar at Bondi Beach and then stop off at one of the cafes at Bronte, not the kiosk on the beach.

    Govindas in Kings Cross is a Hare Krishna restaurant / movie theatre. It provides filling if not very interesting food and has a movie theatre where you sit in armchairs and on day beds. A movie / meal deal is less than $20 and they show a variety of movies.

    Newtown has lots of good value restaurants. Stanley street in Darlinghurst has good Italian restaurants that cover most budgets.

    Tuesday's Sydney Morning Herald has a Good Living section that has a number of restaurant reviews. There is also an annual Good Living Guide.

    1. There's a few fantastic cheap places in Chinatown. The Chinese Noodle Restaurant in the Prince Centre, Quay St is wonderful and cheap. Great noodles and dumplings. Next door is Menya Japanese, also cheap and tasty.

      The website eatability.com.au has almost all the restaurants in Sydney with user reviews. You can search based on price, location and many other factors.

      I second the suggestion for Indian in Surry Hills. I especially like Sagar on Cleveland St and Maya which is across the street. The Turkish place Erciyes, also on Cleveland is excellent as well.

      Newtown has many many Thai restaurants. Almost all of them have a lunch special for around $7. It is a fun, vibrant part of the inner city to walk around in as well.

      Good luck and hope your visit is great!

      1. When you arrive in Sydney purchase The Good Food Guide and Cheap Eats.
        Any place of note will be in either publication.