Our best value eats of 2019

The next installment of our ‘Best of 2019’ is our favourite value or cheap eats for 2019. Whilst we love fine dining and a glass of champers, you don’t always need to spend a fortune to have a great meal. Our overview below is quite varied with cuisines and we have found many places offering great food on the cheap.

We will start with an everyday item that most will eat on a daily basis, a staple in our lives; bread. Iggy’s Bread Down under is located in Bronte and we will pop in at every opportunity to grab some of their delicious product, whether it be a pull apart roll or bagel to snack on, or our personal favourite; the spelt sourdough that brings us baked joy for the week.

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INfact, there are a few bakeries on our list including Bourke Street Bakery, who do the best sausage rolls around and they have many convenient locations. Hong Ha in Mascot is a Banh mi institution that we have frequented for close to 30 years and their chicken roll is hard to beat, especially when the hot roll is fresh out of the oven, crisp outer crust, fluffy cloud like inner and packed to the brim with fresh ingredients. Whilst you will have to join the long line, it is worth it. Marrickville Pork Roll is another great place to get the best pork Banh Mi around.


One of our all round favourites for a cheap eat is Charcoal Kingdom in Rockdale, where we visit almost once a week. They do Lebanese Charcoal Chicken and the marinade on the fresh BBQ chicken is out of this world, add the pita, pickles and garlic sauce and you have the perfect combo. Add a salad, some of their amazing fries and you’ll thank us later.


A stalwart for us is Suzuya, our go to Japanese. We also visit here once a week and love the vibe, the absolutely delightful staff and amazing food. In talking to the staff recently, we realised that we have frequented this place for 6 years now. The food is tasty and the portions are generous. We recommend trying their sashimi salad, a huge plate full of cabbage, carrot, seaweed and topped with super fresh sashimi. Their agedashi tofu is also the best we’ve tried.


Bellbird dining (inside the Casula Powerhouse) has also made our list for a couple of years now. They have their own garden, meaning each dish incorporates super fresh ingredients and their menu is seasonal depending on what is growing. The chefs show great technique and care in their preparations.


The MCA cafe at the top of the Museum of Contemporary Art has an amazing view of Darling Harbour and you’d be surprised to hear that their cafe menu is very reasonably priced. A good mix of menu options from Banh mi to fish and chips, salads and kids meals too.


A new comer to our list, yet New Star Kebabs has been operating for over 25 years.  This Kebab shop in Auburn is new to our list has amazing Turkish foods, using fresh ingredients in their dip platters, iskender, shish plates and more and they also provide huge portions.


We loved Thai food and some of the value eats we’ve found include Boon cafe in Thai Town, Haymarket, for they do quality Issan cusine. Nearby to Boon is Spice I am, also another favourite of ours.


We have also added a Mexican Deli in Dulwich Hill to our list. Rosa Cienfuegos’ Tamaleria and Mexican Deli is super authentic and brings back memories of our visit to Mexico with quality tacos, tamales and burritos.


Our go to for dessert is Ciccone and Sons, for their gelato is arguably the best and flavours change regularly. They do some quality sundaes and a cracking cannoli.


Another one for dessert is Ibrahim’s in Rockdale conveniently across the road from Charcoal kingdom, they do quality baked goods including baklava. Their fataya is to die for, crisp pastry and a thick baked custard filling.

These are the kind of places you can go for a snack, a cheap dinner or dessert without emptying the wallet too much. Take a visit for yourselves, and enjoy!