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What is the Best Cheap'N'Cheerful Restaurant in Subiaco?

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published May 14th 2013
Where to Eat in Subiaco Without Breaking the Bank
There are a lot of fabulous restaurants in Subiaco, but sometimes you want cheap and cheerful, not fine dining.

Here are some of the best cheap and cheerful restaurants in Subi: perfect for a large group who want to enjoy their meal, without re-mortgaging the house.

To make it on this list it has to meet the following criterion:
Open for sit down dinner at least six nights a week
Suitable for groups of six or more
At least 50% of the mains have to be $25 or under
You should be to walk out without spending more than $30pp (not including drinks)

Restaurants have been grouped together into:
Japanese and Asian
Pubs and Bars
Burgers and Pizza

How to eat dinner in Subi and not break the bank


Satsuki Japanese, images courtesy website

Satsuki Japanese
Yes, the mains are under $25 but you'd need more than one to satisfy. This is shared food at its best with a selection of hot, cold, deep-fried and grilled dishes. Probably not suitable for very large groups, the food here is beautiful.

Where: Shop 1, 50 Subiaco Square

Zen Japanese
This is a real hideyhole, and would be great for smaller groups (up to six). Definitely not for larger groups. There are plenty of dishes under the $25 mark, but some of the seafood, steak and sashimi break our budget. One of my favourites.

Where: Shop 2, Seddon St, Subiaco (behind the markets)

Han's is the quintessential cheap'n'cheerful. The food is fresh and generous and you can get plenty of dishes for $30. They offer banquets at very reasonable prices (min 4 people) and there is now an all-you-can-eat buffet every night for less than $25pp. Bargain. Great for groups.

Where: 3/29 Station Street, Subiaco

With those large communal tables, surely this place must be perfect for big groups. With a menu that touches on all sorts of Asian cuisines and a kids-eat-free policy, this is one place that will give you change for icecream afterwards. It's not posh, but it meets our cheap'n'cheerful requirements.

Where: Subiaco Square, corner Roberts and Rokeby Roads

Jimmy's Noodles and Rice
A down to earth, Asian restaurant of mixed cuisines. Its décor is pretty basic but if you're looking for a place to get a group together and eat for less than $30, then this meets the criteria.

Where: Shop 4, 375 Hay St, Subiaco
Web: n/a


Steak sandwich at the Village Bar

Village Bar
This is a great option if you're not sure if you want to snack while you drink or actually sit down and have a meal. It also works well for large groups, as the room is spacious with various areas available for 'private' functions. With regular cheap nights (such as $10 curry night), the majority of the mains are under $25 and if you're willing to splurge, they offer a set menu for $35pp (min 5 people).

Where: 10/531 Hay St, Subiaco

The Vic
The majority of the pub-grub mains fit in the $25 budget, and if you keep an eye on their website you will find regular specials such as free soup with every main. Fine for larger groups, there are indoor and al fresco options. Best to avoid on footy days.

Where: 226 Hay St, Subiaco

Paddy Maguires
It's an Irish Pub but the menu is pure Aussie Bar food. With plenty of booths for groups up to six people, practically everything on the menu is below $25. If you have a large group they offer a number of platters and don't charge a venue fee.

Where: 328 Barker Rd, Subiaco

Fire and Ice Bar
This is a bar that serves good food, and it just squeaks in with the 50% rule, but it does have regular 'Tight Ass Tuesday' and cheap members' nights specials. Good for more casual, stand-up drinking type evenings. Great if you love footy.

Where: Subiaco Square Road (next to train station)

Pure Bar
You can either choose a selection of tapas dishes ($6-$15 each) or from their small (but worldly) mains menu. Salad dishes are all under $20 and there are $15 burger and beer specials on Wednesdays. This is a bar, so traditional sit-down tables are limited, but there are multiple levels that are available for hire for larger groups.

Where: 331 Hay St, Subiaco

Llama Bar
This almost didn't make it because only 2 of its five main courses came in under $25. But then again it has a bunch of cheaper entrée and starter options. This is a bar, so the focus is on drinking and dancing, but there is food, and most importantly cheap steak nights which I think renders it eligible for cheap'n'cheerful.

Where: 1/464 Hay St, Subiaco


amarin thai
Amarin Thai, image courtesy website

Amarin Thai
With almost all of the mains under $25 (and many under $17) you could easily get a group together, order a selection of curries and noodle dishes to share, some rice on the side and walk out with a full stomach and some change in your wallet. Great for larger groups, they even offer banquet meals starting at the very reasonable price of $27.50pp (min 6 people).

Where: Upstairs at Crossways Shopping Centre, Corner Bagot and Rokeby Rd

Sawadee Thai
With four separate dining rooms and an al fresco area, Sawadee provides private space for small groups. Great for share food, and the majority of the mains come in under $25, Sawadee is at the high end of Rokeby Road.

Where: 279 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco

Lanna Thai
This Subiaco institution makes it, but only just. There are plenty of delicious mains dishes for under $25 but plenty more for $25 (especially seafood). It caters for larger groups, and is definitely the type of place you order a selection of dishes and share. It would be easy to break the $30pp budget though.

Where: Shop 9, 375 Hay St, Subiaco


Metro Indian, image courtesy of website

Metro Indian
Indian cuisine is all about big groups and sharing food, and Metro fits the bill perfectly. The majority of mains are under $25, but if you are willing to spend a tad more they have $35/$40 banquets (min 4 people) that will fill you up for the next week, and you don't have to think about what to order.

Where: 6/420 Hay St, Subiaco

Buddha Bar
Sure you can get your gang together and order a bunch of curries (most of which fall under $25) but if you have a really big group, why not book the entire place out and choose from the selection of cocktail platters and banquet options. All curries are half price on Mondays and Tuesdays, and on Sundays there is a $29 all you can eat option.

Where: 88 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco


Jus Burgers, image courtesy website

Jus Burgers
Jus makes some of the best burgers you will ever eat and they certainly fall within our budget. The only issue is that seating large groups would be nigh on impossible and you can't book. Would be a great cheap'n'cheerful for a small group of six.

Where: 1 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco (rear)

It's cheap, it's cheerful, it's roomy and its burgers are pretty fantastic. Need I say more?

Where: Subiaco Square, corner Roberts and Rokeby Roads, Subiaco

Woodpeckers Pizza
There's not much on the menu that is over the $25 budget, and the beauty of pizza is that it is perfect for sharing. The round tables make it difficult for larger groups, but this is certainly an option for a small group to have a feed and still not break the bank. Reviews are mixed.

Where: 372 Hay St, Subiaco
Web: n/a


Santa Fe Tequila Bar
This very friendly Mexican joint has a number of options well below the $25 cut-off (though you may need to buy a few dishes). It can be a bit squishy, but that's part of the fun. For larger groups you can have a private function out the back in the garden.

Where: 315 Hay St, Subiaco
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Why? Big groups small budget = sometimes you just want cheap and cheerful
Where: Subiaco
Cost: Mains under $25
Your Comment
What an informative list. Great article, Shannon.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2918 days ago
That's quite a list you have there... I love sharing food with other people - a table filled with lots of dishes to sample.
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2874 days ago
10/10 informative. We chose The Village Pub before a show at The Regal and got an additional 15% off already amazingly priced food bill by presenting our tickets. Wouldn't have discovered this hidden treasure if it wasnt for this list.
by khpma (score: 0|2) 561 days ago
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