There's no denying it, we all love a cheap feed. (Especially when you get to that sad stage of the week where you're low on moolah.) But knowing where to head for a cheap eat of a lunchtime in Brisbane that's also delish isn't easy.
So, if your wallet is feeling a little on the empty side, here's a handy list of 15 Brisbane lunch-time suggestions, and they're all under $15! Yay!
Prawn and Garlic Chive Dumplings | Fat Dumpling
Fortitude Valley newbie, Fat Dumpling is where it's at for budget-friendly, seriously delicious eats. And with everything on their menu sitting at $15 and under, it's the perfect excuse to order up big.
Chicken Katsu Box | Fresh Sushi Co.
If you're on a budget and feeling a little on the ravenous side of hungry, but still want something completely delicious for lunch, then Fresh Sushi Co. is the sushi joint for you. The Chicken Katsu box is super, and only $12! So go on, spoil yourself.
$3 Taco Tuesdays & Monday Madness | Beach Burrito Company
Looking for cheap eats in Brisbane? Look no further! Since Beach Burrito opened in the Fortitude Valley, it's gaining quite the loyal following. And why wouldn't they? With weekly specials like 'Monday Madness $15 meals' and '$3 Taco Tuesdays', Beach Burrito Co is the go-to hot spot on any given day, especially when the funds are getting low.
Half a Pizza! | Sorellina Pizzeria
Piglets that we are, the prospect of eating a whole pizza does not phase us. That said, we know that normal people usually share their pizzas, which means you can grab a friend and tuck into half a pizza at Sorellina for around $11 each, if you split the bill (and you'll have change to share their wood-fired choc chip cookies! Yes!). Hot tip: We're bananas about the prosciutto with rocket pizza.
(Ok, this one is a bit of a stretch, but we are mad for Sorellina's pizzas, ok!)
Acai Bowl | Raw 'n' Juicy
So, lets say you're on a tight budget, but you're a bit OCD when it comes to food. Pop in to Raw 'n' Juicy in Brisbane's CBD and try one of their deliciously nutritious acai bowls. With four varieties to choose from, and at only $11.50 per bowl, this cheap Brisbane eat will nourish your body, without breaking the bank.
Basil Pesto Wrap | Quench
Quench is your one-stop shop if you want healthy, budget friendly nosh for lunch. From build your own panini, to $5 sandwiches, $6.95 wraps, and salads for $5.95, you're guaranteed to find something delish to sink your teeth into.
Cheese Kransky | The Alliance Hotel
Our favourite Brisbane gastro pub, The Alliance Hotel, has a bar menu that's as easy on your hip pocket as it is delicious (there's nothing on the bar menu over $20), but it's their cheese kransky — a delicious cheesy sausage that would cure any stomach grumble — that gets our nod of approval for lunch. Served with onion jam, and only $12, this is an instant Friday lunch classic.
House Made Granola | Symposium Cafe
Ok, so I know it's not your usual lunch. But c'mon, who can go past a bowl of super delicious (and super healthy) house made granola with macadamia, quinoa, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, goji berries and coconut? Certainly not us (we're long-time fans of breakfast for lunch)! And for only $15, this granola from Symposium makes for a filling, healthy, and seriously yummy Brisbane lunch option.
Smashed Avo' with Labneh on Sourdough | Sourced Grocer
This simple, yet understate meal can be the difference between ending up with a double quarter pounder in your hand, or, worse, going hungry, and — let's be frank — we don't like either option. Setting you back just $9.50, you'll be thanking us for spilling the beans on Sourced's simple and delicious Brisbane lunch option.
Croque Monsieur | Chester Street Bakery and Bar
Picture this: a grilled sandwich with leg ham, gruyere, béchamel, and seeded mustard. Yum! And guess what? It'll only cost you $14.90 from Newstead's Chester Street. Yes please!
Buffalo Wings | Tippler's Tap
1kg of Buffalo wings, for $10! And no, we're not joking. So if you're craving a beer, pay Tippler's a visit and indulge in some wings while you're at it! A Brisbane cheap eat classic, we can't go past The Tap of a lunch hour.
Chicken Karaage | Harajuku Gyoza
If you're feeling like something a little more filling than a serving of dumplings, Harajuku Gyoza offers a range of delicious sides and main meals, guaranteed to cure those hunger pains. The Chicken Karaage will only set you back $8, and with the option of adding a side of miso soup or edamame for $3, it'll be the best budget Brisbane lunch you've ever had!
Jak's Mezze Platter | Jak & Hill
For only $14 per person (because who wants to share?), you can score yourself Jak's Mezze Platter, consisting of crab and corn cake, grilled chicken wings, meatballs, olives, Persian feta, and toasted ciabatta. Delish!
Salame Panini | Localè
Just down the road from our office (superb location!), Localè Café is plating a variety of delicious house made panini sandwiches of a lunch hour. The 'Salame' Panini is packed with grilled eggplant, salami and asaigo cheese (yum!), and at only $7.50, it's hard to say no to this delicious cheap Brisbane eat.
Little Lambie Roll | La Rotisserie
What could be better than a 10-hour slow cooked lamb roll for lunch? Yeah, pretty much nothing. And do you know what the best part is (apart from the melt-in-your-mouth lamb)? It's only $11 at La Rotisserie! Happy eating Brisbanites!
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