Freelancer and aspiring journalist from Adelaide. Visual Arts graduate & current journalism student. Fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, art & food. I also write for The Adelaidian // theadelaidian.net/author/georgina-tselekidis
Published December 8th 2015
I am not a glutton - I am an explorer of food - Erma Bombeck
I don't think anything compares to a good meal. The feeling you get when your food arrives and it's everything you expected and more. The best thing about Adelaide in my opinion, is that you can find amazing food of exceptional quality for a reasonable and low price to suit any budget. The food I have discovered upon my food journeys conveys this, as I am always on the hunt for delicious food that won't send me broke by the end of the week. It's also something we can all agree on, wanting to head out for lunch or dinner but worried about the cost of doing so. Well my friends, don't fret cause I got you covered! Whether it be for a catch up with friends, family or a partner, these eateries will not let you down.
1. Queen Street Cafe - 12 Elizabeth Street, Croydon, SA
I absolutely love Queen Street, and it's a very popular destination for me to meet up with friends over breakfast or lunch. The best thing about Queen Street is definitely the relaxed and eccentric vibe it brings. It has a real artistic feel, and the food you can find down this strip is healthy, nutritious and of good value. They also cater to suit any dietary requirements.
My top choice for this place is the Poached Eggs, With Wilted Spinach and Mushrooms. Not only is the serving quite generous, it is also a healthy one. For only $14, you can't really go wrong.
The Delicious Poached Eggs With Wilted Spinach and Mushrooms @ The Queen Street Cafe
On another occasion I also ordered the Scotch Fillet main, With a Poached Egg on Rye. Now this is definitely something you must try! It was absolutely delicious, and pretty good for $20.
The Scotch Fillet Main.
The juices are a bit expensive at $6 each, but they are freshly made in house!
2. Duthy Street Deli - 31 Duthy Street, Unley, SA
Ok now this little gem, I just had to mention. If you haven't visited the Duthy Street Deli, then I suggest you do! It's a very cute and quaint eatery that boasts exceptional food, and service. It also possesses a somewhat Parisian flair. I really enjoyed dining here. I ordered the Harris Smoked Salmon Bruschetta, With Fetta, Capers, and Dill. Let me tell you, this was not a let down. In fact it was the perfect dish after an intense workout at the gym!
The price for this one is $15.90, which is pretty good considering it includes Smoked Salmon and Fetta.
If You're a Smoked Salmon Fan, You Have to Try This.
3. The Ghahn Kebab House - 364 Prospect Road, Kilburn, Adelaide, SA
Now if you like big meals that will leave you with an incredibly full tummy - enough to put you into a food coma, then you have to visit the Ghahn Kebab House. This place serves up some seriously good dishes, and at really low prices. The servings are very large, and can be shared amongst a group. Unknowingly, our dishes came with big serves of rice on separate plates. I initially thought it would be a side of rice, but I was surprised by the generous servings! It's a very unique and beautiful place, with lovely staff and traditional food and decor. For about $16 you can get 3 Tikka Kebabs, Rice, Bread, Salad and Sauce. Exceptional value for money.
We Went All Out. Someone's Excited.
4. Ding Hao - 26-28 Gouger Street, Adelaide, SA
Now you can't go wrong with affordable Chinese food, and Ding Hao is probably one of the best Chinese restaurants around. The next time you're in Gouger Street, and looking for a place to quickly grab a bite, consider Ding Hao! Their Sweet and Sour Pork is honestly to die for, and very well priced at only $13.80.
5. La Viet L'Amour - 93 Prospect Road, Prospect, Adelaide, SA
Delicious is an understatement when it comes to this place. The Steak I ordered is cooked in a creamy coconut sauce, and was incredibly drool worthy. The presentation, and colour of the ingredients combined on the plate are just lovely, and enough to make me hungry! This main is $17, which is also reasonable for a Steak dish.
You can't go past Dumpling King when it comes to cheap eats around Adelaide. $9-$10 for 8 -15 dumplings is ridiculously good, and filling! If you're on a tight budget and are looking for a place to grab dinner, head to Dumpling King for dumplings as far as the eye can see. Friday nights are probably recommended, as China Town is bustling and lively.
7. Silk and Spice - 211 Henley Beach Road Torrensville, SA 5031.
Silk and Spice has to be one of the best Thai restaurants in the Western Suburbs. Located on Henley Beach Road, this little place is warm and intimate and also has a very extensive and affordable menu. Below are the Chicken Satay Skewers for $7.50 and a serve of the Tom Kha Gai soup ($6.50), which is perfect on a winters night.
8. Ikea - 397 Sir Donald Bradman Dr, Adelaide Airport SA 5950
Last but not least, the wonderful Ikea. Yes it's not super fancy, but you can't go wrong with Swedish Meat Balls and an array of delicious desserts. I must admit, I really enjoy eating at Ikea. It's more so the fun in the experience. You can get an incredible serving of 15 pieces of meatballs for a mere $7.00, and if you get in early, breakfast is just $4.00 and that includes the classics like bacon, eggs, hashbrowns and baked beans. Ikea is an awesome place to take the kids and eat cheap!