I always find cheap eats articles a little disappointing. Nothing surprises me. I’m not sure if it is my unrelenting passion for anything edible, or my years as a battling uni student, but there is rarely a suggestion that I haven’t already tried 25 times, or that isn't bordering on just a bit average.
We have all racked our brains, wallets, stomachs and taste buds to bring you what we believe to be Brisbane’s best 10 eats for under $10. They are pretty amazing (even if I do say so myself) and we hope that you might be able to enlighten us further, so our list can just keep growing…
Presenting 10 eats for under $10… Round one.
You can get any number of to-die-for salads piled into a large container or onto a gorgeous vintage plate (which will yield you a good solid bowl and belly full) for $9. All of the salads are incredible, but the quinoa, orange and pumpkin is pretty outrageous, as is the green bean, baked ricotta, barley and fennel. I would venture to say the best lunch under $10 in Brisbane.
Where: 65 James Street, Fortitude Valley.
Contact: 3852 6426
Trang: I know this is nothing new, but a huge, generous bowl of richly flavoured beef soup piled with soft rice noodles, fresh basil and crunchy sprouts is seriously good for the soul.
Where: 59 Hardgrave Rd, West End
Contact: 3255 1610
The Brunswick Social:
A plate of generously sized pan fried pork dumplings for $8 is hard to beat after six million cocktails in the early hours of Saturday morning…
Where: Lot 11, 367 Brunswick Street
Contact: 3252 3234
Absolutely the most fun and atmospheric option, Flamingo is a bright and outrageous little café hidden on Winn Lane. It has a vague rockabilly, hipster groove and serves up a generous array of home made treats. The homemade sausage roll, or avocado, tomato, basil and labna on toast for $8 is second to none. Expect some wild profanity and a big cheeky grin from the open kitchen.
Where: 5B Winn Street, Fortitude Valley
King Ahiram Lebanese: Amazing falafel kebab for $3.50. So cheap I could cry… And stupidly delicious. That is all.
Where: 88 Vulture St, West End
Contact: 3846 1678
Is it just me or has the once cheap and cheerful breakfast option suddenly become as expensive as a decent evening meal? Sisco is Brisbane’s saving grace. Bircher muesli riddled with coconut and drowning in luscious vanilla yoghurt and stewed rhubarb for $9 is pretty hard to go past… Though the massive plate of perfectly cooked scrambled eggs with sourdough for $9.50 wins me over every time.
Where: 500 Boundary St, Spring Hill
Hosokawa: Tofu salad – the black sheep of Japanese dining. There is just something about crunchy shredded radish and cucumber with piles of fresh tofu smothered with sesame dressing. It may sound a touch creepy vegan but I promise it is amazing, especially for $8.50.
Where: Shop 3 / 53 Racecourse Rd, Hamilton
Contact: 3868 3762
Not just one but two hot dog sliders with duck, pork and fennel sausages, braised cabbage & goats cheese… for $10. There is always a time and place for pub fare. Like when you are at the pub, for example.
Where: 64 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Contact: 3358 2799
Kuan Yin Tea House: If you are a fan of fake meats then this place is certainly for you. If you just love food in general than you have to try their okonomiyaki. Hard to explain, but it is a big fat cabbage and egg pancake with a generous slick of sweet soy sauce and Japanese mayo. Ok, I know that doesn’t sound appetizing, but please just take my word for it, you will be terribly content and dreaming of that damn sauce for hours. (The bubble tea is pretty good too.)
Where: 198 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
Contact: 3252 4557
I bet you didn’t think Tank would make the list! Happy hour of an afternoon (5pm- 6pm) equals $10 cocktails at Tank… Surely a cocktail can be considered a meal? These bad boys certainly cover all of the food groups.
Where: North Quarter Lane, Ground Floor Santos Building, 31 Tank Street
Contact: 3003 1993
So… who have we missed? Which fine (yet cheap) establishments are your favourites and absolutely MUST be on the list next time around?
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