For a cheap, satisfying and authentic dumpling feed
This authentic Asian restaurant is always packed to capacity. For an inexpensive yet filling and delicious Asian dinner in the northern suburb of Bundoora, you cannot go past Maney's.
Although it doesn't look like anything spectacular from the outside, almost hidden down the side street of McLeans road, inside is an endearing little restaurant with big round tables comprising of a fun lazy susan, optimal for shared dinner experiences.
Needing no more than $20 for a satisfying meal, inclusive of a drink or too and possibly enough left over for lunch the next day, dining at Maney's is cheaper than cooking for yourself or your family.
During my last visit, I was accompanied by seven friends. We ordered four plates of dumplings for 'entrees' and made the error of ordering mains as well. We still had dumplings left over and could hardly begin to eat our mains.
I recommend getting a few plates of dumplings to share for your main meal from the massive variety they have. Vegetable dumplings encompass a plate of 15 reasonable sized pieces for about $8, while fried chicken and prawn dumplings will cost you around $9 for 10 pieces.
The dumplings were very flavoursome complemented by an array of sauces. The mains (from the little I could ingest) were also very tasty and quite large portions. From Indonesian rice to Thai noodle soups there are stacks of options.
While they don't have a dessert menu, I would be very surprised if you could stomach sweets after the substantial portions. There's always the option to take-away what you fail to eat with no surcharge. Nothing beats reheated fried rice for lunch the next day.
I was very impressed with this restaurant and look forward to going back in the near future; you get more than you pay for, receiving quantity as well as quality. It is great for a fun and filling feed with friends.