Whether you’re saving for that once-in-a-lifetime O.E, a new handbag or—God forbid—a house, eating out probably isn’t a priority at the mo. Don’t go running for those two-minute noodles just yet, there’s plenty of good food for minimal coin in Auckland. In fact, we found most of them here and here.
To help you combat hunger, we’ve put together the 2016 edition of 25 cheap eats in Auckland…even if you have to search under couch cushions or empty your piggy bank to get them.
- When it comes to dumplings in Auckland, west is home to some of the best. Mr Zhou’s Dumplings offers the likes of crispy pork, potato, eggplant and capsicum in garlic sauce and, of course, delicious dumplings.
- Dine at K Road’s Pok Pok for wild goat massamun curry, green papaya salad and their crispy pork belly.
- Run by a Naples native, Settebello knows what’s up when it comes to a piece-a pizza. Their $15 pizza and Peroni deal is something you need in your life.
- Is it Sandringham or is it Sri Lanka? You won’t be able to tell at 7 Siri Taste Of Sri Lanka. Gobble up kottu roti or go for the full shebang with lump rice.
- Ten buck burgers, all day, everyday can be found at Little Easy. We’re suckers for the Big Easy Burger—50/50 bacon beef patty, Swiss, bacon jam, pickles, mac’n’cheese croquette, parmesan mayo and t-sauce.
- Mexican Café’s $15 dinner menu will save you from the rumbles. Go for the ceviche or a loaded taco salad.
- Head to Otahuhu to try out, err, Try It Out. Their prawn and pork summer rolls are oh-so fresh and we can’t get enough of the combination vermicelli. It’s happiness in a bowl.
- Hare Krishna vegetarian and vegan restaurant, Mukanda’s will have you tucking into basmati rice, dhal, vege curry, pakora, chutney and halava dessert for just 8 bux (or 6 bux if you’re a student).
- Kiss Kiss has your breakfast, lunch and dinner needs 100 per cent sorted. This Balmoral beauty goes from rum and orange French toast in the a.m. to pork belly curry and phad si ew once evening rolls around. A cocktail chosen from a View Master is a must.
- Take a trip to the Middle East with Paasha. This New Lynn restaurant whips up tasty homemade falafel and melt-in-the-mouth shish kebab, chargrilled on an open fire.
- Not only is Top Ten Thai one of the friendliest takeaway joint in Auckland, they also make mighty fine Thai food. Their curry puffs are flaky bundles of happiness.
- DIY dining doesn’t get much better than Wairau Valley’s Bi Won Korean BBQ. You’ll get to grill your own marinated meat at the table before devouring it with delicious sides.
- They may have scored a spot on our last cheap eats list but Tiger Burger has a new home and it’s worth checking out. Go for the kimcheese burger and Seoulful bites—Korean fried chicken with yang nyum sauce and honey garlic mayo.
- There’s so much to love about Shaolin Kung Fu Noodle. From the funky, bright table cloths to the hand-pulled noodles and pan-fried dumplings, you’ll get plenty of bang for your buck.
- Hungry students flock to Angie’s Kitchen for a cheap-as-chips, yet filling and delicious feed. This home-style Malaysian restaurant offers mee goreng and roti canai alongside asam laksa and Nyonya fried vermicelli—a nod to the owners’ Nyonyan heritage.
- Hidden along Symonds Street you’ll find Ramen Do. Their perfect, chewy noodles are made daily and they import most of their ingredients directly from Hokkaido. The highlight, however, is the slow-cooked, oozy eggs that sit on top of the ramen.
- Uncle Man is one of Auckland’s best Malaysian restaurants, serving up plate after plate of authentic fare. Their roti canai is always a hit, as is their beef rendang.
- Shubh in Sandringham creates the most flavourful vegetarian curries—good enough to make even the fiercest of meat lover’s ditch it for an evening. The eggplant and potato version is a goodie.
- We love what Ngopi is all about. With chef Albert Ooi at the helm, it’s mainly run by volunteers, distributing its profits between Habitat For Humanity and The A21 Campaign. The smoky char koay teow is a delight.
- Pizzeria Rosso Pomodoro dishes out pizza for a steal. For 13 bux, you can sink your teeth into an authentic Marg.
- Vietnamese tapas, anyone? Pop into Indochine Kitchen for fresh spring rolls, grilled squid, bun cha and caramelised pork belly—all ideal for sharing.
- For scrumptious Japansese food in Ponsonby, Yuzu is the ticket. This slightly secluded restaurant makes the likes of gyoza, karaage chicken, beef tataki, temaki sushi and tempting sizzling plates.
- Northcote is home to some of the best (and cheapest) burgers in town. The Flaming Onion whips up hearty burgs that don’t skimp on the meat, sauces and veges. Our pick is the beef and cheese.
- When hungry in Newmarket, make a bee line to Selera. You’ll be treated to roti canai with creamy chicken curry, laksa and mee goreng.
- BYO central, Nishiki is a primo spot to start a rowdy night out in Ponsonby. Their chicken teriyaki is great but we can’t go past the okonomiyaki—a Japanese-style seafood pancake.
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