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Sydney CBD’s Best Express Lunches

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One of the hardest decisions that any Sydney CBD worker has to make is what to have for lunch.

Midday is coming and you’re now deciding what to have for lunch – there are so many options! You’ve probably been to that same spot for the past year and feel like a change. Something different to please your taste buds. Well, allow us to help you make that decision. Below you will find our favourite spots for quick lunches in Sydney’s CBD, whether it’s a swift sit-down degustation or a freshly made takeaway.

Mordeo Pasta Bar

Perhaps a stuffing of Italian fare is just what you need to shake up your day. Mordeo Pasta Bar in the Deutsche Bank ground floor food court is perfect for a sit in lunch or a snappy takeaway. It’s a little more fancy than simple “spag bowl”, expect saucy beef ragu and creamy mushroom carbonara mixed with house-made pasta.

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126 Phillip St, Sydney


Whether you’ve got extra time for lunch or want to plan a work meeting with clients, make the most of it at Tayim. Stroll to The Rocks and experience the rich flavours of the Middle East. Impress yourself and your clients with their new $45 set menu which includes shared mezze starter and a main of your choice. A glass of wine is also included.

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34 Harrington St, Nurses Walk, The Rocks


Have you just finished a gruelling group project and want to celebrate? Aria is your go-to. Reward your group with a set menu lunch choosing between one, two or three courses which includes signature grilled beef and fresh seasonal produce. It’s owned by celebrity chef Matt Moran, so you know it will be good.

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1 Macquarie St, Sydney

Saké Restaurant & Bar

Certain iconic dishes are a go-to for Saké diners so a Favourites set menu for $60pp has been established to speed up the lunch-time ritual. Available Monday to Thursday, the menu includes hiramasa kingfish, steamed prawn dumplings, miso-glazed glacier 51 toothfish, house salad, spicy tuna hand roll and green tea ice cream to finish, served with a glass of wine or beer.

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12 Argyle St, The Rocks


Fishbowl serves up classic Hawaiian food, express style. They’re so keen on swiftness that they only take card transactions. The food is quite fresh on taste and is easy on the calories. Working towards a lean summer body? Don’t suffer with boring salads, head to Fishbowl.

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Various locations around Sydney

Flyover Fritterie

Here’s the ultimate in healthy lunch eating. Flyover Fritterie is completely vegan and gluten free friendly, serving up crunchy chickpea flour and vegetable pakoras (fritters) that are made to order. They also do salads and fritter burgers. It’s the tastiest Indian street food eatery that will make your lunch all the more special.

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1 Temperance Lne, Sydney

The Cut Bar & Grill

Fact: time is precious when you’re under the pump, so don’t miss The Cut Bar & Grill’s weekday express lunch, which is designed with time-constrained customers in mind. A real-life steak-steal at $45pp, the menu features charcoal-grilled, 250-gram Rangers Valley hanger steak with maître d’ butter, fries, salad and a glass of red wine.

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16 Argyle St, The Rocks

Piccolo Me

Takeaway never tasted so good. Piccolo Me serves up arguably one of Sydney’s best coffees along with plenty of delectable treats for your upcoming lunch. Think hearty burgers with fries, tossed salad bowls and filled croissants. Each of the six CBD cafes sells slightly different menus than the others, but be sure to leave room for dessert.

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Various locations around Sydney

Feature image: Supplied by Aria