An Eating Guide for UNSW (COFA) Students

 

I won’t even start on why there has been silence on here for three months. Too much and not enough space to regale you with details – let’s leave it at that.

I have just completed my first year at UNSW and am a little bit wiser and lot happier now that summer vacation (yes, summer, we’re the land down under, remember?) has begun. Let me tell you though, I still don’t know exactly how to feel about a Christmas in shorts. More on that later. So what follows is a modified version of a draft I made three months (!!) ago and did not finish.

Without further ado, my picks for The Top 10 Meals Under $10 for fellow UNSW A&D peeps.

  1. Indian Home Diner, Oxford St – Though the food here is far from authentic, and not Indian in my book, it is cheap as! Special offer for COFA (previous name for UNSW A&D) students gets you a naan wrap that’s mildly satisfying taste wise, but calms an aggressively growling stomach for $5. (I’d stay away from the overly bright gravies though, they look radioactive to me.)
  2. Art House Kitchen, Cnr of Oxford St and Greens Rd– For mild hunger, try the $4 banana bread which comes with salted butter, for a delicious mingling of sweet and salty flavours in your mouth. Sandwiches and panini options abound too. Also, awesome and huge plate of fries for $6 and a plate of crispy potato wedges for $8 – these are huge enough to be meals, people.
  3. Origami Cafe, Flinders St. – a hole in the wall cafe that I walked past several times without noticing! Well, it was my loss because the food here is delicious, portions BIG and the prices perfectly suited for a student budget. It’s small but I have never had an issue finding a seat or a tummy pleaser.
  4. North Indian Cuisine, Oxford St – Yes, the name is uninspired but the food is authentic. This is comfort food, North Indian style. My favourites are the Channa Dal, Goat Curry and Palak Paneer which you can choose to devour with naan or very flavourful and rich rice.
  5. Don Don, Oxford St – On the opposite side of the road to the above, one block down Oxford Street is another Japanese hole in the wall. Good food, large servings again and pretty popular for lunch and dinner.
  6. About Life, Crown St – For your organic fix at an affordable price is About Place’s salad bar. Fear not, it isn’t just greens and beans, there’s substantial goodness too – both the vegetarian and meat variety. Pretty good selection too, with a variety of hot and cold drinks.
  7. Coco Cubano, Taylor Square – They’ve undergone a paint job and gone from black paint to cheery white and yellow but the food and drink remain as delicious as ever. The chicken burger wins every time! If you have morning class, go here for an early (or late) lunch and people watch from this great vantage point.
  8. South Dowling Sandwiches, South Dowling St – Not a place I can honestly say I’ve frequented but I did eat here once. Why it makes it on the list is because of all the people who rave about it, and the queues I have witnessed every time I’ve passed the place. Apparently the Chilli Chicken is the crowd pleaser here.
  9. Satang Thai, Quay St – Going a bit further afield, there’s this establishment in Haymarket. The lunch menu is considerable cheaper than the dinner and comes in pleasingly large servings. Pretty busy during lunch but they do have a lot of seating and you can never go wrong with the Pad Thai.
  10. Podomoro, Ultimo Rd – I am a firm believer of sharing so here is a place I had to dig around to find as most people are intently fixed on the opposite side of the road, namely, Market City. I go here for the Ayam Bakar and sambal as I have to stay away from coconut but the menu looks delectable.

I definitely need to put this out there that none of these places are the definition of luxury. Some are literally just a place to eat and leave, at others you can lounge about over your food. But there are two things that are universal – good food and student friendly prices. Go forth and enjoy, fellow students. 🙂

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