Friday, 11 May 2012

the inbetweeners

Late night eats, mid afternoon snacks - it happens all too often that in between those definite times of the day we've come to know as mealtimes, you get a little here are a few places you can get great food in those in-between hours. It's no surprise many of the hot suggestions happen to be in Chinatown...Asians know no boundaries when it comes to when to eat.

Linner - The Fish Shop

Occupying the space that held the beloved Lotus in Potts Point for so many years, Merivale have made over the space, inspired by Cape Cod, Nantucket and other New England classics. It's about simple food treated with a little finesse - pots of prawns with house made aioli, Blue Eye fish fingers, Spencer Gulf king prawns, cuttle fish, chips, cocktail sauce and whole pickled japalenos (aka. fish and chips) and fish burgers with bacon and chilli. The Fish Shop is open from 12noon to 11pm, making it a great place to stop off for a quick snack and a cold beer.

22 Challis Avenue Potts Point

Supper - Golden Century

If you're stuck for what to order, just recite the following to the waiter:

- XO pippies with crispy noodles
- Marinated duck tongues
- Hot and sour soup
- Fujian fried rice
- Roast duck
- Salt and pepper squid

..and you're on your way to super fun happy mealtimes. Open from 12 noon till 4am, there are no pesky breaks in the middle to reset the table between lunch and dinner, so this place qualifies as a bonafide in betweener. Add a couple of longnecks of Tsingtao and it's pretty much the perfect meal everytime.

393-399 Sussex Street  Haymarket NSW 2000
(02) 9212 3901

Chat Thai

A Thai classic in Sydney, Chat Thai may be opening absolutely everywhere, but the original and the best is situated in Thainatown. Open from 10am - 2am, this place is a never-fail classic so far as unconventional eating hours go. Early lunch, late dinner, and everything in between. Winners include kai dtun - steamed egg custard with chicken and salted duck egg yolk, pad prik king - crispy pork belly with wild ginger and red curry paste and the classic spicy green papaya salad, som tum.

20 Campbell Street
Haymarket, Sydney 2000
9211 1808


Keep an eye out for Sydney's new food trucks, including The Veggie Patch, focusing on organic vegetarian food, which means that in between snacks can still be nourishing! 12 midday - 2am, check out their Facebook for updates on whereabouts:

Gardel's Bar for smoked chicken wings and chilli dogs with your negroni
Porteno Restaurant
358 Cleveland Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010

The Dip for all manner of dawgs, crazy desserts and bangin' burgers

Lower Level
55 Liverpool Street
Sydney, NSW 2000