Top 10 Halal Eateries In Sydney You Have To Try For Your Next Australian Vacay


Nasreen Nasir •  Sep 24, 2016

[UPDATED 7 June 2019] Sydney, set on its scenic harbour, has a pretty awesome (and tempting) halal food scene! To help you with planning your trip, we've made a list of 12 halal eateries that you should have on your itinerary ;)

Credit: GiphyNote: The eateries listed in this article are mostly found in Sydney's CBD and Central areas. If you head out to the surrounding areas of Lakemba and Auburn, you'll find plenty of halal eateries too. [P.S. Explore Sydney with our 6D5N Muslim-friendly itinerary!]

1. Rashays Harbourside

With a few outlets in Sydney and its surrounds, Rashays is a well-known restaurant where you can get halal burgers, pastas, pizzas and other Western delights. Its outlet at Sydney's Darling Harbour is the only one located in Sydney's CBD.

Credit: @myculinerkhu on Instagram One of the must-try dishes here is their steak as they are one of the few places in Sydney which serves halal steak. Take your pick from their Wagyu Scotch Fillet or their Sirloin and T-Bone, and savour it as it melts in your mouth ? If steaks are not your cup of tea, then take delight in their beef burgers which consist of Angus beef, fried egg and cheddar cheese that'll absolutely satisfy your meat cravings.
Credit: @rashays.carramar on Instagram What's great about Rashays is that they serve all-day breakfast so you can have Eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, hashbrowns and sausages anytime you like! Afterwards, finish off your meal with their decadent desserts like waffles with nutella, sticky date pudding or try pavlova, a meringue-based dessert popular in Australia and New Zealand. Halal status: Food is halal-certified, Alcohol served in establishment. Address: Harbourside Shopping Centre, Level 2, Shop 430b/2-10 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia Opening hours: 10.30am - 10.30pm (Mon - Thur), 10.30am - 12am (Fri), 9am - 12am (Sat), 9am - 10.30pm (Sun) Contact No: +61 1300 013 000 Website | Facebook | Instagram[P.S. Going for a road trip? You'll need these 8 tips to guide you along as you drive around Sydney and New South Wales!]

2. Ogalo City Sydney

One of the amazing things about Sydney is its melting pot of cultures and here's where you can also try halal Portuguese-styled BBQ chicken and burgers.

Credit: Ogalo on Facebook What makes the chicken so yummy is that the marinated chicken is barbecued on a healthy grill, retaining its natural flavours and leaving it spicy, savoury and sweet-sour all at once.
Credit: @foodxplosion on Instagram But their grilled chicken isn't all that you should try. Ogalo serves mouthwatering chicken burgers too which has been highly raved by customers. Grilled chicken breast fillets are put together with melted cheese and grilled onions. For those who want something sweet, get the Pinegalo Burger which has a slice of pineapple in it ? The best part is, Ogalo is opened till late at night too, perfect if you're hungry in the middle of the night. Halal status: Halal-certified (by Australian Federation of Islamic Councils) Address: b/127 Liverpool St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia Opening hours: 10.30am - 11pm (Mon - Wed), 10.30am - 2am (Thur), 10.30am - 5am (Fri), 10am - 5am (Sat), 11am - 11pm (Sun) Contact No: +61 2 9264 0660 Website | Facebook | Instagram

3. Sydney Fish Market

Save your tummy for some good seafood and head over to the famous Sydney Fish Market. It's the largest market of its kind in the Southern hemisphere!

FIsh Market
Credit: Sydney Fish Market Walk around the supermarket, witness the colourful delights and smell the freshness that of seafood that will make you drool. Varying from prawns, lobsters, oysters, salmon, sea urchins, and many more, this is definitely a seafood haven.
Credit: llee_wu on Flickr Not to mention that the seafood you find here is really fresh too. You can purchase your own seafood and ask the stalls to help you prepare them in any way you like. Alternatively, some stalls sell freshly cooked seafood platters too.
Credit: @whatelaineeats on InstagramHalal status: Seafood options available. The stalls here sell mostly seafood but do check with the stall owners if any alcohol or meat is used in the preparation of the seafood and dine at your own discretion. Address: Corner Pyrmont Bridge Rd &, Bank St, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia Opening hours: 7am – 4pm daily (varies according to shops) Contact No: +61 2 9004 1100 Website | Facebook | Instagram

4. Ipoh on York

Missing a taste of home? Then head over to Ipoh on York for your fix of halal Ipoh cuisine. It's located on the bustling York St so it's super convenient too!

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Credit: Ipoh on York Facebook Some of the highly recommended dishes here are their delicious laksa and Ipoh Char Kway Teow. If you're craving Hainanese Chicken Rice and chicken curry, you can savour them here too ? Halal status: Meats sourced from halal-certified suppliers Address: Shop 2, Lower Ground, 89 York Street, Sydney, Australia Getting there: Head to Circular Quay station and disembark at the St James Station. Operating hours: Monday to Friday, 10am - 8pm, Sat, 11am - 3pm, closed on Sunday.

5. Lal Qila

Lal Qila is a renowned restaurant in Sydney serving authentic Pakistani and Indian cuisine. Located in the nice neighbourhood of Surry Hills, Lal Qila has an ambience to match too.

Credit: Lal Qila on Facebook Indulge in a variety of soft naan bread and curries here, like their yummy butter chicken. Their kebabs are also marinated and grilled perfectly with spices, yoghurt and vinegar, while the lamb biryani and chicken karahi are both highly recommended too. Halal status: Halal ingredients used Address: 351/353 Cleveland St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia Opening hours: 5pm - 10.30pm (Mon - Sat), 5pm - 10pm (Sun) Contact No: +61 1300 525 745 Website | Facebook

6. It's Time for Thai

Thai food is always a good idea and now you can enjoy it while in Sydney too! Located near the University of Technology Sydney and the Woolworths Haymarket (where you can find halal products!), head here to fix your Thai food cravings ?

Credit: @lisa_ru_0810 on Instagram With generous portions and affordable prices, you won't have to burn a hole in your pocket when dining here. Take your pick from Seafood tom yum, stewed beef noodles, chicken BBQ set, green curry, basil chicken and more. They also serve a range of other dishes like chicken laksa and roti canai too! Halal status: Halal ingredients used Address: 767 -769 George St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia Opening hours: 11am - 10.30pm Contact No: +61 2 8668 4676

7. Shalom Indonesian Restaurant

If you've been in Sydney for a few days but already craving food back home, Shalom Indonesian Restaurant is the place to go! It's constantly ranked as one of the best Indonesian eateries in Sydney and Indonesians who reside in Sydney frequent this eatery too.

Credit: @foodyooooo on Instagram There's a wide range of Indonesian dishes in their menu but the Ayam Presto Kremes (smashed fried chicken) is known to be a crowd favourite! Take your pick of sauces to go with the chicken and rice. We hear the Shalom sauce hits the spot ?
Credit: @jewel_janesis on Instagram If you're craving the traditional Indonesian favourites, then go for their Gado-Gado, Satay and Soto Ayam. The dishes here are guaranteed to make you thoroughly satisfied ? Halal status: Halal ingredients used Address: shop 3/4 /299 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (Mon - Sat), 12pm - 10pm (Sun) Contact No: +61 2 9264 1144 Website 

8. Neptune Palace Restaurant

Chill at the CBD and grab lunch at Neptune Palace Restaurant, an award-winning Chinese and Malaysian restaurant located in the heart of Sydney's Circular Quay. Of course, you can’t resist that right?

Credit: @neptunepalace on Instagram With so many items (almost 150!) on the menu, you might not know what to order but regulars have recommended the Kapitan Fish, Mongolian Lamb, Venison with honey black pepper sauce and nasi goreng so make sure you get your fill of these!
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Credit: Neptune Palace AU The restaurant also specialises in seafood and it serves a wide variety of Malaysian and Singaporean staples such as the chilli mud crab, salt and pepper prawns and more. Halal status: Halal meats and ingredients used, alcohol served in establishment. Address: Gateway Building, Level 1, Pitt Street entrance, Corner of Pitt and Alfred Streets, Circular Quay NSW, Sydney Australia 2000 Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 12pm - 3pm and 5pm - 10.30pm. Contact No: +61 2 9241 3338 Website | Facebook | Instagram

9. Mamak

Missing mamak food back home? Fret not, Sydney has its own mamak eatery too, and it's award-winning! A lot of customers have mentioned that the quality and authenticity of the food here is comparable to (or even better than!) the mamak eateries back home.

Credit: @luke99chang on Instagram The roti canai here is fluffy and served with mouthwatering fish curry while the satay is grilled perfectly and served with awesome peanut sauce.
Credit: @arlyn_w on Instagram Mamak also serves other Malaysian favourites like Nasi Lemak and Mee Goreng too! Halal status: Halal ingredients used Address: 15 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia Opening hours: Monday to Thur, 11.30am - 2.30pm, 5.30pm - 10pm, Fri, 11.30am - 2.30pm, 5.30pm - 2am, Sat, 11.30am - 2am, Sun, 11.30am - 10pm Contact No: +61 2 9211 1668 Website | Facebook | Instagram

10. Volcanos Steakhouse

This is the only restaurant on this list that is not located in Sydney Central but we had to include it as many of you recommended it to us! Located in Parramatta about a 35-minutes' train ride from Sydney's Central station, a trip here will be worth your time ?

Credit: @phatphoodies on Instagram The must-try dish here is, of course, their steaks! Those of you who are meat lovers will appreciate the different cuts from rump to ribeye, t-bone and scotch fillet. You can even indulge in wagyu when dining here ? They have a great selection of tender beef and lamb ribs too, perfect if you need something to share with your crew.
Credit: @as_if on Instagram If steaks are not for you, then try their beef burgers instead which come in big portions. The Volcanic Lava Beef Burger and Pulled Beef Burger are both highly recommended! #HHWT Tip: Do remember to make a reservation before you visit as the restaurant tends to be quite packed. Halal status: Halal ingredients used Address: 311-313 Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia *They have another outlet at Bankhouse too. Opening hours: 11.30am - 10pm (Sun - Thur), 11.30am - 11pm (Fri - Sat) Directions: From Central Station, take the T1 line and alight at Parramatta station. Contact No: +61 1300 787 737 Website | Facebook | Instagram

With these 12 options, now you know that there are so many halal eateries in Sydney's CBD (and beyond) which are just waiting to be discovered! If you need help with planning your trip to Sydney or Australia, don't forget to check out our travel and food guides ? [P.S. Visiting Melbourne instead? Make sure you check out these 13 Muslim-friendly restaurants!]