No matter how often I am told "breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, I still skip it at least five mornings a week in favour of a coffee or two before seriously filling up at lunch. Putting aside concerns about my general health, lunch is clearly my meal of choice.
Once my tummy starts audibly grumbling and my colleagues start staring, it’s time to scout out something to eat. I very rarely have a homemade lunch prepared (or I run out the door and completely forget it—so many wasted sandwiches) but that doesn’t mean I need to hold up a bank to fund my feed. If you don’t want to be left high and dry when your hunger comes a-knockin’, read on for some of Brisbane’s best cheap lunches.
And, If all else fails, just make it a business meeting and claim it on tax.
Brewski makes cheap lunches easy every day of the week. Tuesday through Sunday you can choose any of five meals for just $10. Easy peasy. The hardest part is deciding whether or not to make it a long lunch on Friday and sample whatever beers they are currently pouring...
"Cock in a box" might not sound like your usual go-to lunch (get your minds out of the gutter), but at the Flying Cock it's just common sense. For $10 you can get two pieces of crispy fried chicken, shoe string fries, and their delish wood smoked ketchup.
Happy Boy offers a broad selection of rice, noodles, and side dishes all under $15. Need an example? How about roasted eggplant with roast pork belly, preserved vegetables, and a serve of steamed rice. You might have to be rolled back to the office.
Winner Winner Chicken
At Winner Winner $20 will get your their classic winner winner burger, shoestring fries, and a pot of Stone & Wood from their tap. You've got to dine in to enjoy this deal, so feel free to invite your fave colleague.
A tenner at Bagel Bar will get you anything on the menu. I’m talkin’ pastrami and swiss, smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers, turkey, brie and cranberry, and cream cheese with avo and salad. The hardest part is trying to make up your mind.
For a tenner and some pocket change you can grab six steamed pumpkin and ginger dumplings and two generously sized pork buns from lunchtime fave Dumpling Republic.
The Roll Shop
If you can find $7 stuffed down the sofa cushions, then you can order anything off the menu at The Roll Shop. Lemongrass tofu banh-mi, bbq pork vermicelli bowl, and tofu and tomato rice paper roll are all good picks. A couple of extra dollars will get you an authentic Vietnamese iced coffee to help you power through that afternoon slump that gets us everytime.
Thr1ve has produced the kind of menu that your PT would definitely approve of, with options that won't sacrifice the health of your body or your bank account. $9.5 will get you the Vitality Bowl (brown rice, quinoa, zoodles, zucchini, broccoli, green beans, tahini sauce, dukkah) which is perfect to eat at your desk if you spent your break at spin class or pilates. For extra protein, add your choice of salmon, chicken or beef for $4.
Morning After Espresso
Just because I don't eat breakfast doesn't mean I don't appreciate it. If it’s breakfast you’re craving, Morning After does a delicious smashed avocado with peas, feta, pistachio & lemon for $14. I love a classic smashed avo, I just prefer it later in the day, which is perfect given they do all day breakfast. That's a win right there.
New Farm Deli & Café
New Farm Deli & Cafe offers you the chance to dine in, but I personally recommend that you stock up on their impeccable selection of Parmeggiano Reggiano, prosciutto, salamis and olives and store them in the office kitchen (under lock and key!) alongside some sourdough for an easy, delicious lunch everyday. Best enjoyed in the sunshine away from work emails.
A favourite for many inner city locals, Ben's Burgers are only $11! Grab the classic with beef, cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, mustard, and mayo, and, if you dine in you can enjoy your burger with a schooner and still get change from a twenty.
Hoo Ha Bar
Hoo Ha Bar does a ridiculously good grilled chorizo burger, with a fried egg, Monterey Jack cheese, greens, and Sriracha mayo which will only set you back $10.
Want even more choice on where to stuff your face in Brisbane? Check out our picks on The Directory.
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