[Sydney, Australia] There was a time in Sydney when shopping malls close early before sunset (they still do) and it was almost impossible to find decent supper food after 9pm.
Not anymore. While previously it was the restaurants at Chinatown that opened till the wee hours of the night, there are more varied and exciting late night dining options. Though many of which are still Asian-cuisine oriented.
Do note for the Chinese restaurants, dim sum is usually served day time, while night time you would find more wok-fried and seafood dishes.
Here are 21 Best Supper Places In Sydney For Late Night Dining.
Pitt Street near Sydney’s CBD is the unofficial Korean town, where BBQ restaurants, fried chicken eateries, grocery shops and cafes at found at every corner. Madang is known to be the best there. The BBQ Modeum (AUD$58, portion for 2 pax) is a value-for-money set to get, with BBQ items of bulgogi, ox tongue, chicken, pork, king prawn, octopus and mussels.
The Sparrow’s Mill
Shop 3, 116-120 Liverpool Street,CBD, Sydney, NSW
Tel: 02 9264 7109
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 12am (Mon-Fri), 12pm – 11pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Also known as “The Incredible Chicken”, popular for its Snow Cheese Fried Chicken (AUD$18 for half, $34 for whole). You can also try the Soy Sauce Gangjung (AUD$17 for half, $32 for whole), crispy fried chicken smothered in savoury soy sauce.
NaruOne Korean Restaurant
375 Pitt Street, CBD, Sydney, NSW
Tel: 02 9261 2680
Opening Hours: 11am-10pm (Sun-Mon), 11am – 3am (Tues-Sat)
Korean restaurant known for its Korean Fried Chicken, located below ground level. Mixed reviews online though.
Shop 2, 26 Goulburn Street, CBD, Sydney, NSW
Tel: 02 9269 0222
Opening Hours: 10am – 12am Daily
Decent Korean BBQ and hotpot restaurant. Pretty popular among the Koreans – we see many students around. BBQ Dinner Set goes for AUD$110, while the Hotpot Dinner Set is at AUD$100. Korean MTVs playing non-stop add to the mood.
Dae Jang Kum
35 Goulburn Street, CBD, Sydney
Tel: 02 9211 0890
Opening Hours: 11am – 4am (Mon-Thurs), 11am – 6am (Fri-Sat), 11am – 2am (Sun)
A Korean Restaurant named after that hit K-drama series “Da Chang Jin”. The mood was not as vibrant as some of the rest we visited. Food was not too impressionable, but quite affordably priced though.
Mizuya Japanese Restaurant
Basement, 614 George Street,CBD, Sydney, NSW
Tel: 02 9266 0866
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 12am (Mon-Thurs, Sun), 11:30am – 2:30am (Fri), 11:30am – 2am (Sat)
Feels part modern Japanese restaurant, part Karaoke bar. Loved the booth seats. A variety of Kushiyaki, Salads, Sushi, Sashimi, Rice Dishes and Cakes.
One of the hippest places to dine in Sydney is this Thai restaurant. Super packed all the time. My tip, come AFTER 10pm, BEFORE the musical opposite ends. Plus, there are always supper items at a cheaper rate. The menu is extensive, anything from Todt Mun Goong Prawn Cakes (AUD$14.90), Som Dtum Green Papaya Salad ($12.00), Gaeng Keaw Gai Green Curry Chicken (AUD$14.00), Dtom Yum Goong (AUD$19.00), Padt Thai (AUD$13.00), to Sticky Rice and Mango (AUD$8.00).
Shop 1-2, 299 Sussex Street, CBD, Sydney, NSW
Tel: 02 9261 5058
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm Daily
Authentic Thai dishes, big portions, industrial chic setting. And yes, fiery spicy food. What’s there not to love?
Yok Yor Thai Food Factory
Shop G06, 323 Castlereagh Street, CBD, Sydney 2000, NSW (entrance on Campbell Street)
Tel: 02 9280 0013 / 02 9280 0001
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 1:30am (Sun-Thurs), 11:30am – 2:30am (Fri-Sat)
Thai cooks in construction gear. There are over a hundred food, dessert and drinks offered. That is an extensive Thai menu, including some not too common Isan-style street food. Go for the Kuay Teaw Rua Boat Noodles (AUD$8.90 for large and AUD$4.90 for small) and Green Curry (AUD$9.90).
For Malaysians and Singaporeans missing a piece of their home, Mamak offers familiar favourites of Mee Goreng (AUD$12), Nasi Lemak (AUD$9), Nasi Goreng (AUD$12), Satay (AUD$9 for half dozen, AUD$16 for dozen), and Roti Canai (AUD$5.50). Don’t miss the Roti Bom (AUD$9) – crispy on the outside, as though there was a layer of caramelised sweetness, rather thick and almost flakey-fluffy on inside.
615 George Street, CBD, Sydney, NSW
Tel: 02 9281 1875
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily
Classic old restaurant near Chinatown, known for its Salted Chicken (AUD$10.50 with tomato fried rice) and Special Sliced Beef with Rice Noodle Soup (AUD$10.50). The kind of place you would walk past many times, but may not have the urge to walk in immediately. Can get pretty crowded though.
Shops 433-436, Level 2, Harbourside Shopping Centre, 2-10 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
Tel: 02 9211 2210
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm Daily
Juicy, glorious, fork-tender, and perhaps the best tasting ribs you can find this late in Sydney. Oh the sauce. Comes in beef, lamb or pork. Between AUD$35-$38 for half, AUD$47-49 for full slab.
Harry’s Cafe de Wheels
Shop GK 02, Capitol Square, 730-742 George Street, CBD, Sydney, NSW
Tel: 02 9281 6292
8 Other Locations: Woolloomooloo, Parramatta, Princes Highway, Campbell Parade Bondi Beach, 849 George Street, Orange Grove Road Viscount Place
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon-Tues), 9am – 12am (Wed-Thurs), 9am – 3am (Fri-Sat), 9:30am – 10:30pm (Sun)
Harry has been around since 1945. If pies, sausage rolls and hot dogs are your thing. Best known for its Tiger Harry’s Favourite Pie (AUD$7.20) with mushy peas, mash and gravy, and Chilli Dogs and Chips (AUD$9.90)
50 Hunter Street, CBD, Sydney, NSW
Opening Hours: 4pm – 3am (Mon-Thurs, Sat-Sun), 12pm – 3am (Fri)
Cool vibes, occasional live music, and Pizza By The Slice ay AUD$6. A wide variety of red and white base pizzas from Margherita (AUD$18), Hawaiian (AUD$20), Salami (AUD$22) to Formaggio (AUD$20).
Pancake on the Rocks
4 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
Other locations at Harbouride Shopping Centre Darling Harbour, 3 George Street North Strathfield, 4 Hyde Parade Campbelltown, and Beverly Hills Corner Of King Georges Road & Stoney Creek Road
Opening Hours: 24 Hours
A well-known pancakes institution in Sydney. Opened 24 hours, 7 days a week. Modern Australia food, brunch and desserts., Good for groups of people. If you are thinking of having breakfast items Buttermilk Pancakes N Scrambled Eggs (AUD$10.95) or Eggs Benedict (AUD$13.95) at the wee hours of the night, you know now where to go to. We remember that the food used to be better though.
61 York Street, Sydney, NSW
Tel: 02 9299 2719
Opening Hours: 4pm – 12am (Mon-Wed), 12am – 2am (Thurs-Fri), 4pm – 2am (Fri-Sat), Closed Sun
Small vintage style bar selling bar bites of burgers, Mexican style starts, sides and salads
22 Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point, Sydney, NSW
Tel: 02 9035 8888
Opening Hours: 12pm – 1am (Mon-Fri), 10am – 1am (Sat-Sun)
New Orleans style cuisine, short walk from Kings Cross Station. Bar bites, pub grub and food for sharing. You may want to try the Seafood Platter (AUD$34) with pan seared marinated squid, grilled king prawns, fried fillets and hand cut chips, or the slow-cooked then char-grilled BBQ Pork Ribs (AUD$25).
Level 4 & 5, Citymark, 683-689 George Street, Chinatown, Sydney, NSW
Tel: 02 9281 3388
Opening Hours: 10am – 3pm, 5pm – 1am Daily
Super old school Cantonese restaurant, where dim sum trolleys are still pushed around, and we can imagine a very traditional Chinese wedding dinner taking place here. Service is typical – which means you may get told off if you don’t make your orders clear. Part of the charm I suppose.
Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine
10A Dixon Street, Haymarket, CBD, Sydney NSW
Tel: 02 9264 3888
Opening Hours: 11am – 2am Daily
Chinese food and old school dim sum (Don’t you love the auspicious phone number?). You can get your filling of Prawn Dumplings, Siu Mai with Pork and Prawn, Steamed BBQ Pork Buns, Xiao Long Bao, and Pan Fried Pork Dumplings (all at AUD$6.80, $1-2 more during supper times). The variety is wide, and goes on to Peking Duck (AUD$65), BBQ noodles (AUD$9.80), Congee (AUD$10.50) and Chicken Laksa (AUD$13.80).
Golden Century Seafood Restaurant
393-399 Sussex Street, Sydney
Tel: 02 9212 3901
Opening Hours: 12pm – 4pm
If you are feeling more extravagant, this Chinese restaurant offers live seafood such as Steamed Lobster with Supreme Sauce, Sliced Live Abalone Steamboat, 3 course Live King Crab, Honey King Prawns and Braised Scallops with Fresh Asparagus.
Superbowl Chinese Restaurant
41 Dixon Street, Chinatown, Sydney, NSW
Tel: 02 9281 2462
Opening Hours: 8am – 2am
Typical Hong Kong style restaurant to get your Prawn and BBQ Pork Fried Rice (AUD$15), Oyster Omelette (AUD$26.80), Seafood Combo Tofu Hot Pot (AUD$26) and an extensive range of Chinese dishes. Many come for late-night congee.
Disclaimer: These are just some of the 21 supper places in Sydney, most around the CBD area, which I will eventually increase to 30. Let me know if there are more worth to try.