When you’re on a budget sometimes going out to eat is at the bottom of the list of things to do, however when the offering is this good you don’t need to comprise on price or taste. We have rounded up some of the best ‘cheap eats’ spots to stop for a bite when you’re waiting for payday.
An Auckland institution, and for good reason, Daily Bread offers the most divine assortment of artisan pastries and breads – and they won’t break your bank! Pick up one of their delicious filled sandwiches made with their famous sourdough, and jam packed with cheese and veges. For dessert… there is an abundance of sweet treats from filled cream donuts to apricot danishes.
It’s no doubt that we love burgers, and the team at Burger Burger make some of the best in the business. For about twenty bucks, you can tuck into a delicious burger and a mouth-watering side of their famous BB Broccoli. Insider tip: always check their specials!
It’s a well-known fact that when you’re hungry (and on a budget) the best spot to visit is Selera. This bustling gem is one of the best Malaysian spots in town and there is no surprise that the line is out the door every day. Give your tastebuds a treat on a budget with the likes of Selera’s famous Curry Puffs or their unmatched Laksa and Roti Canai. It’s the ideal spot for a pre or post-movie dinner too!
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We are big fans of TianFu Noodles, so it’s no surprise they have made it to our must-visit cheap eats list as well. There is no shortage of great noodles in this city and this is what they’re known for BUT their dumplings are not to be dismissed. Their delicious dumpling noodle soup is only $12 and will hit the spot every time whether you’re on your way to a meeting, heading to the movies or just need a deliciously cheap lunch on the weekend.
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If you are wanting to change up your sushi order but need to stick to a budget, we suggest giving Bruce Lee Sushi and Roll a visit. One of the most popular dishes on their menu is the Crazy Chicken B – it consists of Cream Cheese, Cucumber, Avocado, Teriyaki Chicken, Breadcrumbs, Creamy Sauce. It’s delicious and decadent and will go down a treat on your next lunchbreak.
We have become frequent flyers at Hello Mister and so have the rest of Newmarket. Their fresh take on Vietnamese street food will always satisfy your cravings at a pinch of the price. Always check their Instagram for the lunch special of the week, trust us. Your lunchtimes will never be the same!
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When the budget is tight and brunch is calling, we suggest taking a look at Mutual Friends Espresso’s Avo on toast special. For just $12 you can grab a delicious coffee AND smashed avo on sourdough. We suggest adding some halloumi as well…As well as avo, the team at Mutual Friends serve up a weekly scrambled egg special for a mere $9!
We all know and love Best Ugly Bagels – their hand-rolled, wood-fired bagels are a fan favourite when it comes to a lunchtime bite. From $5 to $16 and everywhere in between, these more-ish meals are sure to satisfy any craving whilst on a budget.