From an unassuming exterior comes a bright and inviting local cafe that's got decent food at a fantastic price. While working near Southbank recently I needed a quick lunch, so rather than brave the bustle and confusion – not to mention the expense – of riverside fine dining, I crossed the street the other way, and came across the City Road Canteen.
Having recently come under new management this quirky establishment has a few creases to iron out, but the warmth and eager-to-please nature of its staff won me over. The fare was standard – a few pies, pre-made and made-to-order sandwiches, coffee and other hot drinks. I ordered a vegetable quiche, which arrived quickly sans trimmings – and sans cutlery, but that was easily fixed. A few chips or a bit of salad would have been nice on the side but at only five dollars, it's not a lunch I'm going to pick a fight with! As it turned out, the quiche was delicious – fresh and filling – and I was able to sit and peacefully read the paper as other customers slowly trickled through.
Not a huge selction, but all good food at a great price
The City Road Canteen is small but colourful. Don't bring a crowd as it seats on six inside and two outside, but do pop by if you want a good cheap feed. If you arrive early you can grab a cheese toastie for only two dollars! It'll fill your stomach without emptying your wallet, which may be exactly what you need during those summer shopping months.