Need a feed past midnight? It can be hard to find good food after the witching hour, and when you do the last thing you need is a hefty fee tagged onto that $6 slice of pizza. Luckily for night owls, these eight late-night eateries have got your back. They don’t charge a dime for ordering burgers, pizza, pork buns or fried chicken using your plastic money. What legends.
You can smell the roasting pork all the way down Oxford Street. There are hotdogs, chilli cheese fries and salted crackling on offer, but the roast rolls are what to go for. When we visit, the shop’s absolutely packed with dudes, including four huge policemen. In fact, there’s a ‘manwich’ on the menu boasting ‘twice the meat, and half the salad.' We order one, and struggle to finish it despite the tender, sweet fatty hunks of roast pork and shards of golden crackling on a chewy white roll with pickled carrot, cucumber and as much chilli as you can handle. Late night eats will never be the same after you’ve had one.
BL Burgers is situated on a busy stretch of Oxford Street, and they're in the right place for late night eats. There are six burgers plus a special on offer, but we say order the Blame Canada. It’s a thick, pink-centred beef patty topped with crisp, maple-glazed bacon, double American cheese, poutine (fries and cheese curds soaked in gravy) and maple aioli. We would strongly suggest you get a fried cheese patty in there too. It’s a massive piece of mozzarella crumbed and fried, and it oozes into the burger the way only melted cheese can. In for a penny…
When was the last time your local offered a plate of four juicy lamb chops? It was probably sometime in the early ’90s, but thankfully the new era at the Unicorn hotel is kickin’ it old school in the kitchen. Here your chops come with a slice of buttered white Tip Top bread, a fried egg for an extra three bucks, house-made mint sauce and a light, clear gravy. The counter meal has a new king. The tunes are rock, the food is excellent without being fiddly, and the doors are open to anyone who fancies a schooner.
The orange neon signage and lacklustre shopfront may not look like anything special, but anyone who’s tried an Indian kebab from here knows that this Oxford Street late-night haunt is a very special place. Pick your naan (go on, live a little and get the cheese naan), then with metal tongs they’ll smash together pieces of grilled chicken tikka with either aloo chop (fried potato) or an onion bhaji. Finally, pick your curry sauce (butter chicken, vindaloo, Rogan Josh or korma) and watch them fold it up into one of the tastiest wraps you’ve ever had.
While the music is thumping upstairs, this hotel, pub and bar pumps out Mexican-influenced counter meals back downstairs, where the lights are low and the good times come thick and fast. Saddle up in a leather-clad booth and tuck into the vegetarian burger – a hunk of stretchy halloumi comes sandwiched with pickles, mayo and a hearty slow roasted flat mushroom. Even though it’s meat free, it’s a mighty, messy and super-tasty burger. The rest of the menu is focused on ribs, grilled meats and tacos, all of which will fuel the rest of the night’s escapades suitably.