Welcome to the 2013 edition of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Under $30. Yep, it’s Everyday Eats with a new name, reflecting our fabulous new website goodfood.com.au, the Good Food section in Tuesday’s SMH, and our flagship, Good Food Guide.
What hasn’t changed is our focus on highlighting eateries serving great food, at $30 or less for two courses or a number of share plates. The 2013 guide has 550-plus new reviews, including more than 100 places not previously featured. To help you find the ideal cheap eat, we’ve included symbols and indexes for places that offer BYO, takeaway or home delivery, that open to midnight or beyond, that are kid-friendly, or serve up seriously good vegetarian food.
It’s been another terrific year for Sydney’s frugal food lovers, with the shift from fine dining to cheap-and-cheerful continuing. Under $30 eateries are going from strength to strength, with a few of our firm faves opening multiple new venues; Al Aseel and misschu, to name a couple. Fairfield, in Sydney’s west, has a few really exciting new eats, while across town, Bondi’s foodie cred has skyrocketed with a raft of top new dining spots.
The obsession with determining Sydney’s best dumpling/pizza/ramen/ burger/gelato, and so on, continues (we’ve declared a few of our picks – see Awards, page 10). Our appetite for dumplings, in particular, has reached new heights, although we’re still arguing over whether we should refer to xiao long bao as buns or dumplings!
Social media has helped restaurants keep in close contact with diners, creating a real community vibe, while the term ‘foraging’ for some now means twitter-stalking and flash-mobbing Sydney’s food trucks. The Good Food Under $30 team is loving (or should we say ‘liking’) the buzz and joining in via Facebook and Twitter, which we’ll use to keep you up to date on the latest news, such as closures and new hot-spots: Daily Noodle Fast Food and Little H (though not Bar H) are included in this guide but ceased trading after our deadline. A few recent openings we’re loving that missed the boat are Warren Turnbull’s Mexico Food & Liquor at Surry Hills; Santa Barbara at Potts Point (by the crew who brought us The Norfolk et al); and Sefa Kitchen, serving mod’ Middle Eastern food, at Bondi.
We’d love to hear about your top spots, too, and wish you happy eats, always!
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