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You're even on to a good thing with snacks-to-go in this city. Here are our top picks of things to put in your lunch pail...


Kenzan @ GPO Kenzan @ GPO
You get a fish-filled rice cylinder and separate seaweed nori sheet for a wrap-it-yo-self sushi roll with extra crackling crispness.

Purple Peanuts Japanese CaféPurple Peanuts Japanese Café
Brown rice sushi! The trend started here and they’re still the kings of healthy sashimi and Japanese salads.

J Café J Café
Sushi, burger-style. Crisp tempura or raw spicy salmon is served sandwiched between two sticky rice disks.



GAS Eatery and Supplies GAS Eatery and Supplies
Beetroot, raisins, fennel and labne. Cumin, almonds, freekah and beans. All the good things make the Gas Middle Eastern salad parties pop.

Le Cellier Le Cellier
A massive medley of great gear, such as asparagus tips and dill in vinaigrette, serves two for $10.

Threefold Foodstore and Eatery Threefold Foodstore and Eatery
Heaving platters of nut and pulse-filled salads hit the bench daily. Pick three, or upgrade with a rabbit terrine.



Beatrix Beatrix
Follow their Facebook for the daily bread situation, but hope for the Bay of Pigs. It’s a pork-on-pork smash-up of porchetta (rolled roast) and leg ham with melting pecorino cheese kept sharp by zucchini pickles.

Silo by Joost Silo by Joost
Fat sambos with smoked cheddar, or corned beef on bread they made from scratch – they even mill the flour!

Earl Canteen Earl Canteen
Chicken, peas and crisps on a bun! So English. So awesome. We die.



Nama Nama Nama Nama
Ox-tongue rice paper rolls, pickles and pork char siu– that’s some premium pick’n’mix bento. Add miso for $2.

Don Don Don Don
Teriyaki chicken within spitting distance of the State Library lawn.



Soul Soup Soul Soup
Chances are it'll be zucchini, thyme, honey and lentil over plain pumpkin and it’ll also be at the fairly studenty price of $7.90.

Pho Chu The Pho Chu The
We can’t go past these guys for a fast pho fix, packing proper fragrant broth, tender beef, and a non-stingy thatch of herbs – ace.

Shimbashi Soba Shimbashi Soba
Springy buckwheat noodles for miso broth are made here daily and you get a free waiting snack of spinach dashed with dashi.


Updated on 6 Mar 2014.

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