While the days get cooler and we retreat from the sand, it is time to head out for a long, lazy lunch and soak up some of the best ocean views in town. We discover the blossoming cheap eats in Bondi, from crispy pies to sweet brioche rolls all for less than a $10 note.
The perfect winter warmer, freshly baked Funky Pies are 100% vegan, and jam-packed with flavour. For $6 a pop, choose from shiitake, roasted kumara or organic lentil and chickpea. For the full experience, add mushy peas, mashed potato and gravy to round out the $10 deal. Eat in at the petite dining tables or take it away for later.
A newcomer to Bondi's ever-booming breakfast scene, Sefa Kitchen serves up share-style Middle Eastern delicacies, created by ex-Rockpool chef Simon Zalloua. The menu generally keeps under $30, but if you're in early you can snag a basturma and fried egg bagel for a mere $10.
This is not your average mac and cheese. Panama House has put a fresh spin on the childhood classic, amping up the traditional macaroni dish with delicate truffle flavours. It may be a side on the menu, but it's darn right genius—and comes in at $8.50. Yes to that cheap Bondi eat!
Who said you couldn't find a cheap dinner in Bondi? For all you frugal late-night grazers, Neighbourhood's legendary jaffles are sure to curb your hunger pangs. Ten dollars will get you your pick of The Philly Cheesesteak with braised beef cheek, mustard pickle and tasty cheese; The Italian Job comprising of house-made ragu and Grana Padano; The Pretty Lady 'Cheeseburger' with shoestring fries, American mustard and house pickles; or The Yankee with mac & cheese, mustard and cheddar cheese.
Looking for something a little more on the healthy side? misschu serves up plenty of wholesome Vietnamese options for a bit of loose change. Just $7.50 will get you a pair of rice paper rolls, with delicious fillings including: satay chicken and young coconut; egg omelette, avocado and balsamic caramelised onion; or tiger prawn and green mango—yum!
Beach Burrito Company
You'll find plenty of tasty and affordable Mexican street fare at Beach Burrito's Bondi outpost. Besides the waterfront views and frozen slushies, there's a selection of tantalising tacos (two per serve) including chipotle chicken, tempura fish, and tofu and slow-roasted vegetable tacos—$9.95.
So popular has this Bondi haunt become, it is no surpise it's a favourite on our hit list of best cheap eats in Bondi! Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the beach, sit back and relax whilst devouring a nourishing banana chia loaf ($8.90)—and still get change from your $10 note.
Lox Stock And Barrel
Here you'll find all the breakfast staples as well as a daily selection of in-house baked goods. Grab a seat street-side and enjoy a breezy snack, such as the fig, orange and walnut bread with ricotta, thyme and truffle honey ($8) or a scrumptious brioche scroll ($4).
With a brand new delicatessen menu of classic American sandwiches and Brooklyn Boy bagels, Fat Rupert's has fast become a lunchtime favourite. There's plenty of options on the menu that won't break the bank—but we'd go for an $8 bagel with your choice of plain or sesame seed laden with flavoured cream cheese.
Shop And Wine Bar
Rounding off our list of the best cheap eats in Bondi, is local stalwart Shop and Wine Bar. This pocket-sized wine den serves up delectable antipasti at night, but get here before midday for its smashed avo with Roma tomatoes and basil on sourdough—$10.