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House Canteen

This all-day eatery offers baked goods, Pan-Asian eats and late night cocktails over the course of 12-plus hours.
By Alec Jones
November 21, 2023
By Alec Jones
November 21, 2023

Capturing Sydney iconography while dining can be considered touristy, but you can't deny the appeal of a meal in the shadow of Harbour City symbols. There aren't many places where it's possible to see both the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge from your table, but one is House Canteen.

It is ideal for a laidback feed by the harbour or to pre-game a show at the Opera House. The menu shifts throughout the day from coffee and baked goods in the morning to hawker-style Pan-Asian street food from lunch till late.

The early bird gets the worm, and in this case, said worm is the bakery menu — including the likes of coffee, cold-pressed juice and tomato and aged cheddar croissants. There are also sweeter treats like jam doughnuts, seasonal fruit danishes and orange almond slices.

A visit later in the day will see street-food-style goodies become available, ranging from light snacks like prawn crackers with chilli salt or sticky chicken with shallots and sriracha to larger meals like mixed sashimi, crispy pork belly with Chinese broccoli and shiitake or brown rice poke bowls with mixed vegetables.

From 9.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, a late-night menu is available and offers dumplings, bao buns, grab-and-go sushi, and a wide range of cocktails to complete your evening. No matter the time of day you arrive at House Canteen, a proper feed is all but guaranteed.

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