First published on 6 Mar 2009. Updated on 11 May 2011.
Best for: Shallot pancake
It's cheap, it's simple, it's a salty, green onion-encrusted northern Chinese favourite sliced and served finger-scorchingly hot. This is a tiny little outlet and you may find yourself lining up for a while (they also do fresh hand-pulled noodles) but stick it out - it's worth it.
Din Tai Fung
Best for: Soup filled dumplings
The dumplings are world famous (Jackie Chan lines up for 'em). The trick here is to not stuff the whole thing in your gob for fear of second degree burns. Instead delicately bite the top off and let the soup cool. The pork and shrimp dumplings are sensational too.
The Bagel House
Best for: Blueberry bagel and cream cheese
There's a big range of bagels (their cinnamon and raisin are also right up there on the boiled-then-baked-Jewish-bread list) but the raw sugar-crusted blueberry with a big schmear of cream cheese is our idea of morning tea heaven.
Dixon House food court
Best for: Sugarcane juice
Drinking a cup of sugar juice sounds a bit like mainlining crack (we can stop any time, y'know, really we can). Watch as whole sticks of sugarcane are pushed through the machine that spits up the mangled remains of the plant on one side and spurts juice from the other.
Ichi Ban Boshi
Best for: Tokyo ramen
Rich broth, slippery noodles, thin slices of roast pork and lines down the escalator. Take a number, pop your name on the list and share a table for quicker service.
Sayong Curry and Laksa
Best for: Fried koay teow
Don't bother with the noodles sweating it out in the hotbox. Instead, order off the menu. Flat rice noodles are stir fried with bits of chicken, fish cake and prawns and dark soy. It's not an everyday type of lunch (unless you have aspirations to grow to the size of a house) but it's certainly tasty.
Best for: Yum cha
The staff here are nice and, unlike some others we know, don't throw rice rolls at you when you ask for dumplings. Flat rice noodles rolled and fried and served with sweet sesame paste, prawn dumplings and pork wrapped in beancurd are highlights.
David Jones Food Hall - The Carvery
Best for: Roast beef & gravy roll
Forget the oyster bar or the wok tossers, the tastiest option here is to order the thick-cut, pipin' hot roast beef roll and ask for extra gravy. There's relish and all sorts of other frills on offer but it's best to play it straight.
Best for: High tea
Dainty little cakes, chocolates, smoked salmon and cucumber finger sandwiches and bottomless tea offered every day with a selection of 40 different types of tea for the drinking.
GPO Cheese Room
Best for: Cheese plate and a glass of wine
The cheese selection is more about quality than quantity. Best to choose a few different ones, order a half bottle of fancy wine (we love the Sancerre) and get some cured meats on the go, too.