Sunday, 16 March 2014

Surry Hills weekday lunches

Working in Surry Hills means that there are a ridiculous amount of lunch options within walking distance. I am seriously spoilt for choice, and here are some of my regular lunches and recommendations for the area:

For something a bit different, I sometimes check out the Sydney Food Trucks website to see if any are in the area. Veggie Patch Van will be parked in Belmore Park for lunch occasionally, which is a short walk from work.

Veggie Patch van



Zucchini burger

A nice patty made with zucchini, chickpeas and feta, served with caramelised onion, beetroot relish, dill, mayo and homemade ketchup. Not a bad choice for a healthy burger option, though hard to guess when they might be in the area.

Veggie Patch Food Van on Urbanspoon


Classic vietnamese

A popular lunch time option, which can often lead to a decent queue during lunch peak hour. This pork baguette is served with pickled carrot, radish, cucumber, spring onion, coriander and soy dressing. Super tasty and filling!

Taste Baguette on Urbanspoon
Roast beef with onion rings

For those with a bit more leisure time at lunch, Single Origin is a great option to sit down and grab a bite to eat. There is also a coffee sideshow and I often swing past in the morning to grab my coffee.

Toasted banana bread with coffee butter

This banana bread is out of the best I've tasted, and the coffee butter adds a beautiful caramelised flavour. 

One thing that I can never resist when getting my morning coffee are the gorgeous seasonal muffins on display, I've had a fair few over the past year or two:

Strawberry & yoghurt

Blueberry & cream cheese

Banana & passionfruit

Do yourself a favour and get one of these delicious, freshly baked muffins!

Single Origin Roasters on Urbanspoon


Pork belly sandwich

Devon Cafe is a further walk, but always worth it for something a bit more special. Crisp pork crackling always goes down a treat.

Banana and nutella muffin

This muffin is a meal in it's own right, super rich and decadent, loaded with banana and lashings of nutella. Fabulous!


Devon Cafe on Urbanspoon
Roasted vege sandwich

If it's sandwiches you're after for lunch, The Sandwich Shop is a great little hole in the wall on Albion street. This sandwich is chock full of delicious roasted vegetables, including favourites like zucchini and pumpkin. This is my favourite sandwich, tying in with the chicken schnitzel. 

They also do a great chicken, vegetable & quinoa soup during winter too.

The Sandwich Shop on Urbanspoon



Another favourite is Fish Place, famous for their fresh fish and healthy side salads. 

Smoked ocean trout with side potato salad

Fish Place on Urbanspoon
Mad pan brekkie 

Boston beans, spiced pork sausage, hash brown, poached egg and roast sweet onion


Mad Spuds cafe offer some heartier options for those winter months, such as baked jacket potatoes.


Mad Spuds Cafe on Urbanspoon
If giant sandwiches and value for money is your thing, then head to Malibu sandwiches, located in an alleyway on Foster street. It's a tiny store front, with a constant queue out the door - best get in early! The sandwiches are simple, but the sandwich ingredients have a homemade touch. 

My chicken, vege and avocado. It is a monstrous sandwich, basically the size of my head. You can pretty much halve it and split it between two lunches.

Malibu Sydney on Urbanspoon
Surry Hills is spoilt when it comes to thai options, one of my favourite lunch options that I keep going back to is Shortgrain canteen - the casual, lunch-time tuckshop of Longrain restaurant. 

Fresh, light flavours never fail to impress.






Shortgrain Canteen & Shop on Urbanspoon

4 comments:

Mr C @ The Food Diary said...

So many options in Surry Hills! I wish I worked near there :(

Annie said...

wish i live or work in surry hills! so many delicious food to try over there. been having cravings over brunch these days

Tina said...

I wish all these places were around when I worked in Surry Hills... Taste was the only one there back then.

Bernard Tsang said...

That banana bread with coffee butter wow. Can only imagine how good that combo would be! But seriously awesome post on surry hills lunches. So much choice!