Happy Chef

266 King Street Newtown, New South Wales 2042

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02 9550 3423
Opening hours Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 11am-10pm; Thurs & Sun 11.30am-10pm
Features Licensed
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Payments AMEX, Mastercard, Visa

If you like your meal fast with big servings and no frills, then Happy Chef ticks all the boxes. The abrupt service matches the ‘get-in, get-out’ vibe, but that hasn’t stopped this cheap eat from becoming a Newtown favourite (it just adds to the charm). Scour the back-lit pictures above the counter and point to your desire among the mix of Malaysian, Chinese and Indonesian dishes on offer. The laksa is popular, but for a spice-hit, go for the fried Sichuan eggplant. Grandma’s tofu is the culinary equivalent of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, proving to be a wonderful sweet mess of pork, chilli and (of course) silken tofu. Happy chef equals happy customer!