We’ve all been there; spending up a freaking storm, throwing exxy bottles of wine on the plastic and treating yourself to a steak dinner because you had a shit week at work, and because Friday, amiright? Then the cold, hard spending hangover slaps you in the face as you realise you can’t pay your rent AND that you’ll have to eat baked beans from a can for the rest of the month. It’s a damn tragedy, and I for one, won’t have it.
Okay, so this is not time for a ‘hell-to-being-a-grown-up, let’s drop some big $$$’s on UberEats tonight’ kind of attitude, however, Brisbane has some impossibly fine feeds going for peanuts if you know where to look, so there's no need to resort to food from a can just yet.
To keep your budgeting in check this week, here’s 20 hella delish dishes for under $20.
#1. Fitz + Potts jaffles, served with crisps (it’s the proper British way) are a steal at $10.
#2. The goats cheese profiteroles at Statler & Waldorf are a real fancy feed at $12.
#3. Hai Hai Ramen’s pork tonkotsu ramen is salty perfection for just $15.
#4. Formerly Shouk Cafe, Naim’s Felafel pita, stuffed with Israeli salad, pickles, hummus and deliciously fluffy felafel still delivers a taste sensation worth far more than its $15 price tag.
#5. Get your lips around Nene Chicken’s soft shell crab burger.
#6. The peanut butter s’mores waffles at Same Same But Different are all your Christmases rolled into one dish. We never joke about these things…
#7. Day Made’s zucchini and quinoa pancakes will get you change form a $20. Order an extra poachie for absolute brunch goals.
#8. Okay, so the menu at Greenglass changes constantly, but, with almost ALL of their dishes coming in at under $20 this is a rare find. Go there, now…
#9. Burger Project’s American cheese burger is worth frothing over at a cool $9.90.
#10. Bird’s Nest's traditional crispy chicken Torikawa skewers are the perfect quick bite. Throw in a serving of their Pirikara fries and you’ll get a fiver’s change from a twenty. Go on, you deserve it.
#11. Mylk + Ko’s deconstructed tiramisu—that’s Cocowhip, cacao sauce, and a shot of espresso by the by—is a sweeth-tooth’s dream come true, minus the exxy price tag.
#12. The Lamb Shop does a mean lamb souvlaki for just $14.50. The name says it all, really…
#13. Chow down on Uncle Tzimmy’s Pork pita from Zeus Street Greek for under $12.
#14. Chicken katsu bao buns are always a fine idea, especially if they’re fresh out the kitchen at Junk Boat for just $12.
#15. Another lightbulb moment? Any of the ramen dishes at MisoHapi. The broth is so good.
#16. Xari Espresso’s ‘The Budapest’ bagel is a hot salami dream.
#17. You can’t go past a classic margherita—especially if it’s from the wood-fired ovens at Fratelli Famous.
#18. Vegan or not, the vegan bibimbap at Zero Fox is flying the flag for meat-free meals!
#19. One bite of the salmon croquettes from Bruno’s BNE and you’ll be hooked.
#20. Melt Brothers, how we love thee. Don’t ask questions, just order the ‘Morning Glory’ toastie. It’s the best $9 you’ll ever spend.
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Melt Brothers | Image credit: Hayley Williamson