Melbourne is renowned for its great food and exotic restaurants. But a nice and tasty meal does not have to cost an arm and a leg. You can score a delicious and filling meal from as little as $1.45, only if you know where to look! I present to you 6 delectable options which are guaranteed to appeal to your mind, tummy and soul and indubitably your wallet.
Start your day at IKEA with a light breakfast including coffee for only $1.45. However, if you are in the mood for something more substantial, then the regular breakfast will be a more suitable option. Priced at $2.95, the regular breakfast comprises of hash browns, sausage, bacon, grilled tomato and mashed potato.
Possession of an IKEA family card will entitle you to free bottomless coffee. After a hectic day of shopping indulge yourself with a light lunch from $6.95. You can also entice yourself with a snack option from $2 consisting of a hot dog and a soft drink. Get your juices flowing and your tummy filled with the cheap as chips breakfast, lunch and snack options in IKEA.
Type: International, Swedish Info: Breakfast is served until 11am. IKEA has stores in Richmond and Springvale. Hours: Open seven days a week, the opening hours vary from store to store.
2. Bimbo Deluxe Bimbo Deluxe is an iconic restaurant located at 376 Corner of Brunswick St & Rose St, Fitzroy. Bimbo has stolen many a heart with its delectable pizzas which are great value for money, priced at only $4 on most days.
In addition to the delicious and gourmet pizzas accompanied by a wide selection of drinks, you will also be serenaded by live band and DJ. The relaxed ambiance and dim-lighting makes a great setting for chilling with friends while having a tasty bite or two.
Type: Italian Info: Pizzas are $4 every night except Friday and Saturday and all lunches except Saturday and Sunday
Hours: Monday to Sunday from Noon - 3am
Parched on 179 Chapel St, Prahran, is Lucky Coq, a sister restaurant of Bimbo Deluxe. Offering pizzas for only $4 and very affordable drinks, Lucky Coq has been building its own repute since the year 2006. This place has a relaxed and friendly vibe which provides fodder for great food and wonderful conversation along with the provision of wonderful, live entertainment. Procuring a table may be a struggle at times but it is completely worth it!
Info: Pizzas are $4 during lunch and dinner hours
Hours: 11.30am-3am weekdays and 12pm-3am weekends
4. Lentil as Anything
Famed for its delicious cuisine and inexpensive offerings, Lentil as Anything has carved out a niche in the restaurant industry with its eccentric attitude towards food and payment. The food varies widely every night, is vegan-friendly and can give any restaurant a run for its money. The staff are volunteers who are always willing to share a chat and make recommendations.
The most enticing aspect of this restaurant is the absence of any fixed prices for the items on the menu. The unique concept of "pay as you feel" allows the patrons to be as stingy as they feel or as generous as they want. This restaurant is a great place to hangout, have a bite and blend in with the elusive concept of communal eating.
Type: Vegan-friendly, International, Fast food
Info: This restaurant can be found in St. Kilda, Metropolitan Melbourne and Brunswick.
Hours: Open daily 9am-9.30pm.
A fantastic location for cheap and tasty vegetarian food, Crossways will fill your tummy and satisfy your palate at a very cheap price. On offer is a vegetarian buffet incorporating 2 to 3 dishes and all you can eat dessert and drinks.
As the icing on the cake, the service is friendly and welcoming. This place is only open for lunch and can be found at 123 Swanston Street (at 1st floor) of Melbourne CBD.
Info: Lunch buffet $7.50 or $5.50 for students.
Hours: Open Monday-Saturday from 11:30am-3:30pm, Closed on Sunday.
6. Om Vegetarian
Located on level 1 of 28 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne CBD is the Om Vegetarian restaurant. A hub for cheap and tasty buffets, this place makes an ideal location for an inexpensive lunch or dinner for anyone.
Type: Indian, Ayurvedic
Info: Very casual. All-you-can-eat for around $6.50.
Hours: Open Monday-Sunday from 11am-9pm.
Please note that the above information is subject to change and cannot be guaranteed. Moreover, these offers may not be available on public holidays.
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