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
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Another favourite is Fish Place, famous for their fresh fish and healthy side salads.
Smoked ocean trout with side potato salad
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.
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.
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.