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Oh! Calcutta!
Price: A $50 Wine: A $32
Despite the vaudevillean name, Oh! Calcutta! won the Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Best Indian Restaurant’ award, 8 years in a row (from 1995 to 2003).

Why? A captivating menu of unusual dishes from Afghanistan, North India, Pakistan and northwestern China, the best local produce and exotic meats from camel and goat to kangaroo and crab, stylish mosque meets-minimalism design, and a charming host.
Address: 251 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
Telephone: (02) 9360 3650
Facsimile: (02) 9331 3701
Website address: www.ohcalcutta.com.au
 
Oscillate Wildly
Price: A $40 Wine: B.Y.O (corkage A $3 per person)
Oscillate Wildly offers a high quality dining experience at absurdly cheap prices. Tucked away just off the boho bustle of King Street, Newtown, this small art deco dining room serves up modern Australian fare, such as wild barramundi with pancetta and red wine butter, and some of the best value desserts in town. The service is expert, even if the 1 waiter is rushed off his feet at times.
Address: 275 Australia Street, Newtown
Telephone: (02) 9517 4700
Facsimile: (02) 9517 4733
Email address: oscillatewildly@ozemail.com.au
 
Thai Pothong
Price: A $35 Wine: NZ A $20
King Street, Newtown seems to have more Thai restaurants than Bangkok does but Thai Pothong is the largest and the best for value. Standards, such as chicken cashew nut and tom yung soup, are as good as they come, the service is swift and helpful and the restaurant is filled with the constant buzz of people who know they are eating well at a very reasonable price.

The restaurant has a graceful East Asian style, with soft lighting flattering a collection of Thai antiques, pretty parasols and flower arrangements.
Address: 294-298 King Street, Newtown
Telephone: (02) 9550 6277
Facsimile: (02) 9519 8050
 
Wasavie
Price: A $40 Wine: B.Y.O (corkage A $3 per person).
A cherished Japanese restaurant with a Francophile bent, Wasavie boasts sashimi served with a ‘hot rock’ for self service searing, and a slice of caramelised pork belly so tender you can dismantle its juicy flesh with chopsticks.

There is also a range of delicious dessert mousses. Like many of Sydney’s new gastro budget eateries, Wasavie does not take bookings after 7.00 pm. It is closed Mondays.
Address: 8 Heeley Street, Paddington
Telephone: (02) 9380 8838
Facsimile: (02) 9380 7955
Email address: wasavie@saqura.com