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Arthur’s Pizza
Price: A $32 Wine: B.Y.O (corkage A $1.50 per person).
Nothing satiates the hunger after a day’s shopping in the chi-chi boutiques of Paddington like a huge traditional pizza or pasta at Arthur’s Pizza. All the classics are served here, along with unusual combinations such as duck sausage with potato and provolone. If Arthur's Pizza is full (and it often is) staff are prepared to come and fetch patrons from the pub next door when a table becomes free.
Address: 260 Oxford Street, Paddington
Telephone: (02) 9331 1779
BBQ King
Price: A $32. Bottle of beer: A $6
Peking duck hangs in the window and it is Peking duck that attracts the crowds to the authentic and somewhat tatty BBQ King on the northeastern border of Chinatown. Open until 2.00 am, the menu includes a superb suckling pig and plenty of out there Chinese delicacies. Beautiful decor should not be expected, although a great meal can.
Address: 18-20 Goulburn Street
Telephone: (02) 9267 2586
Facsimile: (02) 9267 2001
Bill & Toni’s
Price: A $20 Wine: B.Y.O (free corkage)

The word ‘institution’ doesn’t really cut it for this cheery East Sydney trattoria that has been offering schnitzel, pasta, meatballs and not a whole lot else for a quarter of a century. Big baskets of bread and orange cordial are free, whilst coffee in the downstairs café is probably the best and most potent in Sydney.

Address: 74 Stanley Street, East Sydney
Telephone: (02) 9360 4702
Chinta Ria The Temple of Love
Price: A $40. Wine: A $25
An enormous Buddha forms the centre piece to this large scale Malaysian eating experience in Cockle Bay Wharf. A shrine to good, inexpensive laksa (a spicy sour soup) and noodles, the restaurant serves them up in a carnival like environment of chattering diners and steaming woks.
Address: Level 2, 201 Sussex Street
Telephone: (02) 9264 3211
Facsimile: (02) 9264 1411
Website address: www.cocklebaywharf.com/chinta.html
Harry's Cafe de Wheels
Price: A $4 per pie. Wine: Unlicensed.
Not a restaurant, but a waterfront meat pie stand, Harry’s has been serving the Aussie staple of pies with peas, mash and gravy to sailors, hoodlums and late night party casualties since 1945.

Consequently, it has become a tourist attraction, decorated with photographs of famous visitors, including, strangely enough, Colonel Sanders. And the pies? Bloody good tucker, mate. Harry’s is open until 4.00 am Friday and Saturday.
Address: Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
Telephone: (02) 9357 3074
Email address: inquiries@harryscafedewheels.com.au
Website address: www.harryscafedewheels.com.au
Price: A $50.
Wine: A $20.
Sometimes you want the Sydney cuisine without the Sydney attitude. That’s when a trip down Parramatta Road to this cosy bistro is a welcome interval. A former corner shop opposite a sleepy park, decked out with a mish mash of old chairs, Manna has adept staff whose laid back welcome puts you in exactly the right mood for lightly seared scallops topped with crunchy string chips.

Follow it up with a classic prawn, garlic and chilli linguini and round it off with a tangy ice cream terrine and you will likely agree that Manna is a godsend. Manna is closed Mondays.
Address: Corner West and Station Streets, Petersham
Telephone: (02) 9568 4644