29 Jul 2020
The 11 cheapest takeaway meals in Darling Harbour
Are those juicy iso-burgers and Friday night noodle feasts starting to burn a hole in your bank account? Takeaways are definitely an essential service right now - but after a while, the bill adds up. Eat well and spend less with takeaway under $20 from these local Darling Harbour restaurants. (Prices correct at time of publication)
Fishbowl serves fresh, healthy poke-style bowls packed with good stuff. Our favourite is the O.G, which features salmon sashimi, shallots, kale, beets, red onion, seaweed and a bunch of other delicious fillings. And the best thing? You can pick one of these bad boys up for just $12.90 takeaway.
Harry's Cafe de Wheels
Back in the late 30s, a fella called Harry was frustrated over the lack of decent late-night snacks in Woolloomooloo. Fast-forward 80-plus years to today and he’s opened a dozen casual late-night eateries around Australia, including one Harry's right here in Darling Harbour. Grab a pie or hotdog takeaway for just $5.90.
Harry's Cafe de Wheels
Hopper Kade’s speciality - hoppers - are a traditional Sri-Lankan street food that are sort of like crepes made out of rice and coconut. These little beauties are filled with fiery curry, fresh pickle, sambols (chilli sauce) and ‘slaw. Grab a meal featuring two filled hoppers for just $16, or pick up a roti filled with curry and pickles for just $12.
IIKO Mazesoba serves a special type of broth-free ramen featuring thick, springy noodles and toppings like chilli oil, vinegar, nori and runny egg. Their original mazesoba with juicy, tender pork chashu is an absolute steal at just $14.90, but we reckon it’s worth spending an extra $1 to get the fried chicken version with Kewpie mayonnaise.
We’re dreaming of the day when we can sit in the lively surrounds of Nakano Darling and sip a warm sake. But for now we’ll stick to super cheap takeaways like crispy chicken karaage for $7.50, mentai mayo BBQ pork udon for $12.50, and pork gyoza bento for just $13. As if that wasn’t cheap enough, order during May and show staff this Facebook offer to receive 5% off your total bill.
If you’re on the cost-cut, go for Goobne’s Galbi or Volcano fried rice for just $18.95. The Galbi is simple but delicious including chicken, egg and sweet crispy rice, while the Volcano features ungodly amounts of hair-raising chilli. These are big meals, so chances are you’ll have leftovers for lunch tomorrow! Find them on UberEats and Deliveroo or call and pickup to save on the delivery fee.
If you want to lay back on the couch in your trackies and have donuts for dinner, we support that 100%. Shortstop Donuts do too - they’ll deliver fried doughy happiness to your door for just $5 if you live within 20km of their Darling Harbour shop. Donuts are $5 each but these little beauties are worth their weight in gold.
There are few things more comforting and delicious than freshly baked bread. Taste still bakes their own fresh every day and creates delicious rolls, like the classic Vietnamese banh mi with crispy pork, pate and pickled carrot ($8 takeaway). If you’re after something a bit more traditional, go for the roast pork sammy, with brie, rocket and crackling ($11.50). Call ahead to take away and go around lunch time when fresh bread is baked every 15 minutes.