Hearty serves and authentic tastes of Malaysia and Singapore. I recommend the Kaya Toast for breakfast, Roti Parata for lunch, and mini seafood hotpot paired with a Tiger beer for dinner. At 3 convenient locations: 108 Bourke St, CBD, 114 Lygon St in Carlton, and Shop 3/409 Victoria Street, Abbotsford.
Feast on nutritious vegetarian Indian cuisine such as chickpea curry, lentil soup, and mixed vegetables. Payment is based on a honour system where you pay what you can by placing it in the collection tins located around the place. Located in Abottsford Convent, St Kilda, Footscray, and Preston, you will be greeted by welcoming volunteers and fellow diners, and be able to enjoy communal dining where you're sure to make new friends.
3. Sushi at QV
My favourite type of take away. A selection of sashimi and Californian rolls for around $7 between 4-5pm at close of business, or $10 any other time. Sushi places are a dime a dozen in the CBD. You can find them in Bourke Street Arcade, along Swanston St, and just about every other street corner. But I recommend the one at QV for their end of the day specials, and quality produce. Collect dinner, then head next door to Dan Murphy's and pick up a bottle of bubbly, and enjoy your meal at one of many Melbourne's city parks and gardens.
Queen Victoria, Dandenong, Prahran, and South Melbourne Markets are all worth visiting. Here you will find a variety of hawker style food for a cheap price, and be able to enjoy live entertainment for free on specific evenings throughout the winter and summer months. You'll find foods from around the globe; from British fish and chips and Spanish seafood paella to Hungarian Goulash and Argentinian empanadas, and of course skewers of meats bursting with flavours from Vietnam, Sicily, and China.
Fresh, healthy, full of flavour, cheap, filling, and easy to eat on the go, at any time! Choi baos are moist and fluffy steamed buns encasing a delicious filling of either pork, chicken, tofu and mushrooms, or egg custard for a sweet treat. Handmade daily with fresh ingredients, it doesn't get more delicious than this! Open Monday through to Friday 8am to 6pm, and Saturday 11am to 4p, at shop 4/19-37 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne.
100% vegetarian. At Crossways, for as little as $5.50 (students, seniors, concession card holders) and $7.50 for others, you will be able to feast on a two course lunch menu of Indian, Thai, and Malaysian delights. The menu changes daily, so great to go every day! Vegan-friendly and gluten-free options available. Open for lunch Monday – Saturday: 11.30am – 3.30pm, Level 1, 123 Swanston Street, Melbourne. On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 6pm, join Urban Yoga for an 1.5hr power yoga class followed by a two course vegetarian dinner for around $20.
An extensive menu with a range of soup, noodle, and rice dishes, as well as sizzling plates, hotspots, claypots, and desserts! Flavours from Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, China, and Hong Kong, with mains all under $20! Open from 11am-11pm Sunday- Wednesday and later Thursday through Saturday, Shop 101, 1st Floor/200 Bourke St, Melbourne.