Pinchos | Image credit: Louise Coghill
Day before pay day, on a perpetual budget, or just a little bit, er, stingey? We feel you! We’ve rounded up 25 restaurants in Perth that will let you pig out without breaking the piggy bank. You’re welcome.
Francoforte Spaghetti Bar
Tucked away in a William Street alleyway, no-frills Perth restaurant Francoforte Spaghetti Bar has a tightly edited menu of fresh honest pasta. The piccolo serving size, $15 - $16, is big enough for a main and comes with a hunk of crusty bread.
Hipster’s paradise, Toastface Grillah – complete with pop culture references, street art-covered walls and obscure food pairings – fills you up with gourmet toasties from $5 - $9. The Pear Grillz (lolz), a blue cheese, pear and lime chutney fusion, is a must-try.
Govinda’s Hare Krishna
For $10 at Govinda's, you have no holds barred access to a smorgasbord of sumptuous Indian, including curries, dhal, papadums, and custard. One of the healthiest cheap eats in Perth. Wear loose pants.
Old Lane Street Eats
Any of the baos for just $8.90. Need we say more? Get to Old Lane Street Eats for some of Perth's tastiest cheap eats.
CBD and Northbridge
Mama Tran devotees – and believe us, there’s a lot of them – let out a collective whoop when a second joint popped up in Claremont this year. From 11am, queues of people start clamouring for the fresh, authentic Vietnamese food like banh mi ($8) or noodle soups (from $13).
Fancy finger food at rock bottom prices can be had at Perth restaurant, Pinchos. The Pinto Gilda – anchovy, olive, and pickle – is just a buck!
Pleased To Meet You
Self-proclaimed ‘indoor food truck’, Pleased To Meet You, doles out inventive South American fare at decent prices, and if you order carefully you'll end up full without breaking the bank. Try the divine watermelon salad, bursting with goat’s curd and mint, which for $9 is a hefty portion, and the ice cream nachos – every bit as awesome as they sound – for $6.
Fremantle, Northbridge and CBD
It’s telling that Perth restaurant, Taka’s always has the longest lines at their respective food courts: it’s hard to tire of their dense udon noodles or delicate teriyaki chicken.
A beer in Perth for $5.50? There is a God! The aptly-named Joy Cafe also does a nine-course dim sum meal served with wine, just $39 for two people.
Pay-as-you-feel vego buffet Annalakshmi has delicious authentic curries and stunning views of the Swan River. Tempting though it may be, don’t let your inner stinge go wild – run by volunteers, the place is struggling after the recent Elizabeth Quay building works.
Mount Lawley natives try to keep the pokey Sparrow a closely-guarded secret, but it hasn’t stopped droves coming in for hefty portions of authentic Indonesian food that maxes out at $10. The beef rendang and mie goreng are perennial faves.
A cheap and cheerful Perth restaurant for noodles, with a range of Asian beers on tap. Lunch specials at Kulcha Cafe go for just $7, making this one of Perth's most affordable cheap eats.
The combination beef pho at Tra Vinh is arguably Perth’s best - a steaming aromatic broth filled with tender raw beef balls and fresh bean sprouts and mint. Not bad for $11.50.
On a Monday night when Perth hospitality goes into hibernation, reliable Thai joint, Tida Thai plates up some of Perth's best cheap eats, with flavoursome pad thai and curries.
This roadside burger joint has been going strong since the 40s, and we’d venture their prices at Perth restaurant Alfred's Kitchen haven’t gone up that since then (okay, fine, maybe a little.) The humble hamburger costs a measly $7.50.
If you're on the hunt for Perth's best cheap eats, you'd better check out Dosukoi. Place your order, leave your number, and wait til you get a text saying your pork broth ramen’s ready. Best get there early, or you'll be pacing for hours.
The large bare-bones Perth restaurant is nearly always chockers for its delicious house-made noodles and roasted pork – plus Viet Hoa is BYO without corkage. Hurrah!
Malt Supper Club
The ritzy Malt Supper Club – with ornate baroque-style decor, chandeliers, and fancy cocktails – has an unexpectedly affordable menu. Think a fresh Margarita pizza for just $8 or a trio of glossy brioche pork sliders for $10.
While we can’t give the owners of Perth restaurant, Padthai props for an imaginative name, we can for their tender meat – particularly the Crying Tiger, chargrilled beef in Tamarind sauce with smoked chilli for $11.90.
Ramen zealots can’t get enough of the wheat noodles, made fresh on premises daily, and piquant broths from Nao Japanese. Dishes start at around $10. Beware of lines.
Tak Chee House
Rich Malaysian curries and juicy boneless chicken more than makes up for the spartan decor at Tak Chee House on William Street. Bonus points for BYO.
When your life savings have dwindled to spare change, head to Jambo Cafe for some of Perth's best cheap eats. The half-wrap’s a mere $2.50 (!) and on Fridays, you can get charcoal-grilled yakitori chicken for $3.
We’d venture this cute Japanese tea house has the best sides in Perth. TanPoPo offers seven octopus balls for $3.80 or Agedashi tofu for $2.80.
If you can get past the weird opening hours, the colourful, zesty and cheap Vietnamese and Malaysian dishes at Cafe 55 are worth having over and over again.
The place where Challenger TAFE students practice chefing up, Quinlan’s can be a bit hit-or-miss. Still, worst case scenario is you lose a few bucks, but chances are you’ll leave happy with the Perth cheap eats on offer.
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