Review: Per Kilo (Sydney CBD)

Last time I went for lunch with Sebastian in the city I noticed this little place announcing South American food very, very close to my office. It took as a while to get to it but finally made it.

Per Kilo is essentially a canteen where you pay by weight. Unlike some canteens in Lima, these guys use paper plates so you don’t end up paying for the heavy crockery.

Per Kilo

They do have a menu with prices per item but eating “per kilo” is the way to go for people like me, who like variety on their plate.

Per Kilo: Menu

Per Kilo: Menu

Per Kilo: Menu

Per Kilo: Menu

In the veggie/sides station they have some regular salad items (beetroot, mixed leaves, coleslaw, tomatoes, cucumber, roasted eggplant, etc.), guacamole, pico de gallo, condiments, etc. In the mains station they have beans, chilli, empanadas, potatoes, fried plantains, fried yuca (cassava), Spanish omelette, paella, etc.

Per Kilo: Veggies

Veggies, sauces

Per Kilo: Meat, beans, etc.

Meats, beans

I piled up my plate with veggies, fried plantains, one empanada, Spanish omelette and meat from the grill (chicken and minute steak). As it happens often, my lunch was bigger than Sebastian’s and we paid accordingly.

Per Kilo: Sebastian's plate

Sebastian’s plate ($14ish)

Per Kilo: My plate

My plate ($18.80)

The only reason I had an empanada on my plate was that the dough was gluten-free (made from corn flour). Not the same thing to what we’re used in the South of the continent (Perú, Argentina, Chile) but nice.

Per Kilo: Empanada filling

Empanada filling

Per Kilo
35 Erskine Street
Sydney NSW 2000
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13 thoughts on “Review: Per Kilo (Sydney CBD)

  1. Thanks for sharing this, hadn’t heard of it and it looks great! It also prompts a question – have you found places in the inner west to buy plantains and cassava?

  2. Thanks for sharing this, it sounds great! And prompts a question – have you found places in the inner west/cbd to buy plantains and cassava?

    1. It wasn’t that bad actually. My friend’s comment was that everything needed more chillies but I explained that Colombians don’t eat spicy. IMO it tasted like budget-friendly home-style food.

    1. From what I tried I’d say average freshness, comparable to any salad bar out there. I must say I didn’t try most of the hot stuff (lots of beans there!) but the place gets full so must be good.

  3. What a great concept. The food looks fresh and tasty. It brings back fond memories of uni days; I often had lunch at the uni sandwich and salad bar which was priced by weight. I’ve always wanted to try fried plantains, will definitely give this place a go.

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