Good Food: 10 tips for eating at hatted restaurants on a budget

burrata and shellfish oil dish from Automata

Ugh. Budgets. The wet blankets of good times. Like dietary requirements and sunrise. A spell of penny-pinching doesn't have to mean Mi Goreng and bread dipped in something runnier than bread for every meal, though. You can still eat out and you can eat out well.

Here are 10 tips for dining at Good Food Guide hatted restaurants when you want your eight-textured chocolate cake and a house deposit, too.

Pull up a stool

Many hatted restaurants will have a bar that offers an exclusive, cheaper menu. Leading the counter charge in Sydney is Rockpool Bar and GrillBentleyAutomataIcebergsRestaurant Hubert and Momofuku Seiobo while Cafe Di StasioLumeTonka and Cecconi's Flinders Lane will sort you out for killer bar snacks-cum-dinner in Melbourne. Brisbane locals can hit Stokehouse Q for its bar menu minute steak or Nickel, Fortitude Valley for prawn cutlets and prosecco.

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