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Where are the Best Cheap Eats in Melbourne?

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by Vanessa (subscribe)
WeekendNotes Chief Editor / Chief Writer / PR & Communications.
Published July 9th 2011

We all have a favourite Melbourne restaurant or cafe which falls under the 'cheap eat' category, after all, 'cheap' food doesn't always taste, well, cheap.

One particularly popular 'cheap' Melbourne establishment which comes to mind is Samurai, a Japanese restaurant located at 804 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn. This establishment is always busy; it doesn't matter if it is midweek or the weekend, it is always populated with customers seeking a quick and affordable meal.

The restaurant itself, in a past life, was probably a home and as a result Samurai has a main dining area and kitchen on ground level, and if you venture upstairs there are several dining rooms. Samurai has an extensive menu, which includes entrées, mains and desserts (milkshakes) priced from $4 up to $15. The best value for money is the dinner box, which includes your choice of soup, entrée, main and drink/dessert for $14.

Samurai is a great place to go with a group and pick a selection of dishes to share. The food is decent, given the price, and the service is adequate. It is not a fine dining experience, but if you are looking for good value for money, you should give Samurai a try. It is a very popular restaurant in Hawthorn, which is open for lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday. You can opt for takeaway as well.

Other cheap Melbourne eateries include The Vegie Bar in Fitzroy, Naked For Satan in Fitzroy and Brother Baba Budan in the CBD.

If you know of a great affordable eatery in Melbourne, please let us know by leaving a comment below.

We look forward to your suggestions.
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The obvious suggestion - Lentil as Anything. Eating healthy food, supporting a good cause - can't get much better than that.
By Sam van Zweden - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 12th of July @ 11:09 am
japanese in power st nr corner of burwood rd,western side
By hmcam - reader
Tuesday, 12th of July @ 02:55 am
Veg Out Time, on Chapel street and fitzroy street
By Victo84 - reader
Tuesday, 12th of July @ 12:44 am
The shanghai noodle bar and shanghai dumpling bar, both in tattersalls lane, china town are great.
Laminated tables and help yourself cutlery, plastic mugs and tea from a huge pot.
The kids will like it.
Food is cheap and fast.
By Lesley Mitchell - senior reviewer
Friday, 15th of July @ 10:22 am
Deffo Sophias of Camberwell, cheap, generous, tasty, clean, great friendy fast service. Try it out everyone.
By Anonymous
Friday, 29th of July @ 01:52 pm
Hoo Haa Bar and Restaurant on Chapel Street in Windsor awesome $15 meals Tues - Thurs every week.
By yokoh - reader
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