I'm in Melbourne often enough - so why not write a bit about some places I've seen :)
Published April 25th 2012
Three places not to take your girlfriend to eat on a first date – but perfect if you're looking for a cheap feed once the relationship is solid and you're not concerned about looking like a frugal partner.
Located at 361 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, this curry bar has absolutely amazing food for ridiculously reasonable prices. The decor in the place isn't much, so don't come here expecting red-velvet lined chairs. Reality is, this is the kind of place you want to come to when you've both had a late day at work or uni and can't be bothered cooking.
The meals are excellent value with choice for all, curry options ranging from lentil dahl to butter chicken and plenty of others in between. Don't go past the naan bread – plain or garlic or whatever you fancy – it goes down a treat with a good curry. So choose your curry, grab some rice, pick up some naan and even include a drink and you won't spend more than $30 between the pair of you.
Eat in or take away, either way this place is likely to become a permanent on that list for cheap feeds. Reason why you don't take your girlfriend here on a first date: you will look cheap! Save it for when you're living together and want to eat out on a budget.
Smack bang in the middle of the city near the corner of Bourke and Exhibition Street, Noodle Box gives you exactly what the name suggest – noodles in a box. And what fine tasting noodles they are. Options are varied here with choices of meat such as beef or chicken with a mixture of veges and noodles.
Vegetarians need not worry with at least five satisfying options to choose from, or you can select anything from the menu and ask for the meat to be left out or replaced with tofu. Prices are brilliant for what you get, with a small box of noodles ranging between $8-10, and a large box around $10-$15.
The noodles aren't easy to eat and unless you're skilled with chopsticks the fork option is recommended. Reason why you don't take your girlfriend here on a first date: Let face it, you're eating noodles from a box. Not that classy.
These places are all around the Melbourne CBD and the suburbs so you'll stumble upon one at some point. The burgers on offer, with fillings such as lamb, steak, chicken or vegetable patties, are stacked to the brim.
The bun, cut in half, is a good five centimetres apart to make room for the fillings. You won't spend too much money here, with burgers ranging between $9-$15 each. For what you pay, you get a great feed. So even though your wallet will be lighter, your stomach will be full! Reason why you don't take your girlfriend here on a first date: you will spill the fillings all over your plate. And possibly all over yourself. Don't be a grub!
Garden Goodness burger with chips and herb mayo dipping sauce