20 Top Cheap Eats in Brisbane

By Daniel Colasimone - 26 Feb 2013

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So, you're strapped for cash and too lazy to cook? Doesn't matter, there are oodles of delicious meals available in Brisbane for around the $10 mark. We've complied a list of 20 of them, just 'cause we can. Let us know if you have more we can add to the list!

The Bun Mobile Food Truck

Pork Bun, Wagyu Bun, or Chicken Bun, take your pick or create your own; they're all only $8.

Where: It's a truck, it moves.


Pop in to this casual but bustling Vietnamese/Chinese locale where $10 Chicken Noodle Soup is just one of the fresh, tasty, and cheap options on the menu.

Where: 2/59 Hardgrave Road, West End

Sing's Asian Kitchen

The amazing Laksa soup with Chicken or Beef at Sing's is only $12.90 and loaded with noodles, fresh veggies and plenty of flavour. And it's so filling you'll probably get two meals out of it.

Where: 5 Nash Street, Rosalie

Carolina Kitchen

The hearty cheeseburger, made the American way, for $9.95 will have you coming back again in order to try the other tempting soul foods on offer.

Where: Shop 2/38 Macaulay Street, Coorparoo

The Fox

The Fox has some very impressive $12 meal specials each weekday. Head in on Mondays, for example, for half a kilo of chicken wings and a James Squire tap beer for that price.

Where: Corner of Hope and Melbourne Streets, South Brisbane

Govinda's Vegetarian Restaurant 

Feel like feasting on vegetarian? At Govinda's in Stone's Corner you can pay $12.90 for the all-you-can-eat combo, which includes curries, lentil soup, and vegetable puffs.

Where: Shop 2, 302 Logan Road, Stones Corner

Ginga Sushi Bar & Fusion

South Bank isn't the cheapest place to grab a meal (if you're not into Subway and the like), but at Ginga you can get yourself a nice selection of sushi, sashimi, rice, and noodles without blowing the budget. 

Where: 2/167 Grey Street, South Bank

Beastie Burgers

The majority of the abundant burgers on the menu here go for around $11.50, including the Frenchy, with Roquefort and onion jam, the Spice Route, with roast sweet potato and haloumi, and the American in Noose, with avo and bacon.

Where: Shop 60D Little Stanley, South Bank

AJ's Vietnamese

AJ's is a cult classic. For those in the know, it never fails to deliver high-quality Vietnamese dishes for jaw-droppingly low prices. Like the rice vermicelli lemongrass beef salad for $9.95, for example.

Where: 70 Charlotte Street, Brisbane


It looks like a kiosk (ok, sorry, a 'designer hut') and closes up at 3pm, but Press offers up some healthy, delicious meals for around the $10 mark. Think fresh, delicious salads, gourmet sandwiches, and sweet treats.

Where: Shop 18, 64 James Street, The Valley


Woodfired pizzas go for $12.50 at Chalk, and so do their range of burgers. Keep an eye out for the specials as well.

Where: 735 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba 

The Paddo

The traditional roast lunch at The Paddo has been running for years and the price has barely crept up over that time to keep up with inflation. For $7.45 you can get your fill of meat and veg. Cheap as chips.

Where: 186 Given Terrace, Paddington

Menya Mappen Noodle Bar

There's nothing flashy about Menya Mappen Noodle Bar, apart from the food. Choose your own fabulous Japanese noodles for extremely cheap prices; what more could you want?

Where: Shop 86, Sunnybank Plaza, Sunnybank

Tibetan Kitchen

Fragrant vegetarian curries, such as the Pharsi ko Tarkari (butternut pumpkin) and Kauli ko Tarkari (cauliflower) are priced at $13.90 at Tibetan Kitchen, and there are plenty of good value soups and entrees as well.

Where: 454 Brunswich Street, The Valley

The Pineapple Hotel

Meal deals every night of the week make this Brisbane icon a reliable option if you're looking for a hearty meal on a budget. $10 will get you a pizza on Wednesdays and Fridays, or a steak on Thursday nights, and look out for the two-for-one dinners as well. 

Where: 706 Main Street, Kangaroo Point

The Little Greek Taverna

A little Greek never goes astray, so it's nice to know you can find a Lamb Souvlaki wrap with Haloumi Pita for just $11 among the many cheat eats at the Little Greek Taverna. 

Where: 1 Browning Street, West End

Swampdog Fish and Chips

One of the delectable fish and chips combos available at Swampdog is the local Moreton Bay mullet and chips for $10.90. Though you might have trouble resisting some of the amazing-looking options on the menu for a few dollars more.

Where: 186 Vulture Street, South Brisbane

Thai Wi-Rat 

No frills, just authentic Thai food at a bargain price in the Valley. Try the Yum Nuea beef salad, which goes for a spicy $10.90.

Where: 48 Duncan Street, The Valley

Marine World Seafood Cafe 

Gloriously fresh fish, straight from the ocean, is what makes the grilled fish burger at Marine World so damn good. That and the fact it only costs $7.50. 

Where: 19/1029 Manly Road, Tingalpa

The Alibi Room

The Alibi Room's logic-defying $10 menu means it simply cannot be absent from this list. Whether you're in the mood for chilli nachos, crumbed schnitzel or a chicken Caesar salad, these guys have got you covered.

Where: 720 Brunswick Street, New Farm

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