6 Places to eat near UTS, and what your choice says about you

Just starting at UTS? Need a few ideas on where to grab a bite? Worry not, we’ve got you covered. From gourmet delights to simple snacks, let’s go on a journey around UTS to find the best sustenance for a poor, starving uni student.

1. Brainwave Cafe

Brainwave Cafe

Brainwave Cafe

Where is it? 

You can access Brainwave Café through a little nook in the road just across the street from UTS Building 3. Whilst hidden away from the naked eye, Brainwave is certainly not the kind of place you’d expect to find in a random alleyway.

What’s the menu like?

You might be surprised when you see Brainwaves menu, with such signature delights as Popcorn Pork, “Stinky” Wings (That’s not a typo), Asian Marinated Crispy Chicken Burgers, and even a banh mi hot dog, along with your usual affair of café food. Whether in the mood for the pengest chicken burger in town, or just a cheap coffee to get you through that 9am lecture, Brainwave is always going to be a nice choice.

What does it say about you?

You’re a bit of a hipster, but not the bad kind. You’re the kind of hipster with some cash to throw around, but you don’t rub everyones face in it. You’re likely to shout the coffees every now and then, and you probably bring gluten free snacks to class for everyone to share.

2. Uni Brothers Two Kebab Shop

Uni Brothers Two Kebab Shop

Uni Brothers Two Kebab Shop

Where is it?

You can find the Uni Brothers Two Kebab Shop in the food court of UTS Building 1 (The Tower), just past the Underground Bar. Just be mindful of when you go, there’s usually a line at lunch time.

What’s the menu like?

Your usual kebab shop affair. For every ounce of grease soaked into the chips, there’s two ounces of grease soaked into the meat. You’ve got your Kebabs, burgers, snack packs, pide, gozleme, and pizza. You can’t ask for much more in a kebab shop.

What does it say about you?

You’re most likely a creature of habit. You like to stick with what you know, and what you know is how to chow down on a greasy meal fit for a drunken king. Back when the snack pack craze was big you went on a trek to find the best snack pack in Sydney, you visited kings, you visited Metro One, you’re a genuine snack pack veteran.

3. Sushi Hub

Sushi Hub

Sushi Hub

Where is it?

Sushi Hub can be found on George Street. If you approach UTS from Central, you’ll find it on the way.

What’s the menu like?

Craving raw fish, sticky rice, wrapped up in seaweed with a few veggies? Sushi Hub has you covered. With varying assortments of fresh sushi rolls, colourful bento boxes, and a sit-down sushi train out back, Sushi Hub is a sushi lovers dream.

What does it say about you?

You may or may not have a very strict diet of fish and rice, or perhaps you’re just obsessed with Japanese culture (I don’t blame you). Just be careful that your obsession with anime and manga doesn’t bleed into the real world.

4. Penny Lane Bar and Cafe

Penny Lane Bar and cafe

Penny Lane Bar and cafe

Where is it?

You can find Penny Lane on level one of Building 11, but be warned, it’s very popular, and it can be hard to find a table for a group of people at the best of times.

What’s the menu like?

Yeah sure Penny Lane has pizza, burgers and a big lunch menu, but the real deal is the $5 House wines and beers available all day every day, making Penny Lane a dream for the day drinkers out there.

What does it say about you? 

You’re either extremely social, an alcoholic, or both. The good kind of alcoholic though. The kind that doesn’t cause trouble for everyone else, you know? The one with just enough strength to stumble into an uber at the end of the night with your friend that passed out.

5. Din Tai Fung Dumplings

Din Tai Fung Dumplings

Din Tai Fung Dumplings

Where is it?

Across the road from UTS you’ll find the Central Park Shopping Centre, inside you’ll be able to find Din Tai Fung in the food court.

What’s the menu like?

Whilst Din Tai Fung is best known for its handmade dumplings, you can’t have dumplings without noodles and soup, and boy does Din Tai Fung have a delectable selection of noodles and soup.

What does it say about you?

Loving a good dumpling is nothing to be ashamed of, but you can’t find anyone to be your dumpling buddy, and your friends always want to dine at cheap, tacky fast food restaurants. Don’t worry, keep at it, eventually they’ll come around. Alternatively, you can’t find a good Pho restaurant and this is your next best option.

6. Donut Time

Donut Time

Donut Time

Where is it?

Donut Time can be found on the opposite side of the Central Park shopping centre from UTS. You can get there by entering the centre and taking the escalator down. 

What’s the menu like?

Diabetes. The menu is like diabetes. Massive, mountainous sugar treats await you at donut time, ranging from the salted caramel filled “Veruca Salt”, to the chocolate bathed “Ferrero no Share”, and even the fruity and elegant “Teaches of Peaches” as a vegan option. Oh, and there’s milkshakes, but nobody gets those.

What does it say about you?

You are lead through life by your sweet tooth. Each non-dessert meal is just a detour towards your next sugary treat. What’s that? Sugar is bad for you they say? Block it out. Don’t listen, they’ll never come between you and your love of sugar.

Bottom Line:
There’s tons to eat around UTS, far more than what has been outlined in this article, it’s up to you to explore the city in search of the perfect meal, but a couple of tips can’t hurt, right?


Author: Patrick Tanswell

Patrick Tanswell is a Second Year Comms student majoring in Creative Writing, and part of the UTSoc Publications team. His triumphs include winning a Yu-Gi-Oh Regional Tournament in 2008, eating 3 chicken burgers in a single meal, and sneaking an entire bottle of Jägermeister into World Bar.