THE relentless hunt for cheap and good eats continues, and Yoanita Marselia has four eateries where $10 will get you an awesome meal.
2 Elizabeth St, Shop 11, Melbourne
Situated on the corner of Elizabeth and Flinders streets, this tiny kiosk has an attractive display of baguettes that will get people taking a second look. Whether you’re out for a quick fix or feeling a little hungry on your way to and from uni, Metro Baguettes has you covered.
The delicious options available range from smoked salmon and avocado, chicken tandoori, roast beef and caramelised onion and so much more. And the best thing about it? You can walk, talk and eat at the same time. If you’re in a rush, make your way over to this kiosk with a $5 note in hand and you’ll be fed in no time.
Chatterbox Curry and Noodle Bar
Tivoli Arcade, 235 Bourke St, Melbourne
Tucked away in a small arcade is a hidden gem called Chatterbox. Whether you’re craving noodles, curry, soup or rice, this is the place to be. In fact, there are so many options, you’ll be standing there for ages before you can decide what to get. The ‘must have’ on the menu is the popular crispy chicken on rice. Served with a sweet sauce on the side, the dish is quite possibly to die for. And don’t forget to add the chilli oil they provide. It adds a massive boost of flavour .
Shop 4, 227 Collins St and Level 1, 28 Elizabeth St, Melbourne
If you’re looking for a different type of cuisine or are on a diet, Om Vegetarian is worth a try. With two busy city locations, this all-you-can-eat place is just $6.50 and gives you a plate of Indian vegetable and lentil curry, naan bread, pulao rice and pickles. A variety of accompaniments, desserts and drinks start from just $1, so even if you only had $10 to spare, you can buy yourself a filling meal. Just note, there are no refills for those who share a meal and the maximum sitting time is 45 minutes per person.
Scott Alley, 241 Flinders Ln and 26 Rebecca Walk, Melbourne
This French creperie was given the 2012 Top Restaurant award on Urbanspoon for its cheap eats menu. As you arrive, the welcome you receive from the lovely staff is just the beginning of a pleasurable experience. The crepes are light and delicate, making it an especially great dessert after a big meal. The french caramel and the sugar and lemon crepes are a standout in particular, as is the service provided. You won’t be disappointed with what Roule Galette has to offer. No time to sit down? No worries, they have a takeaway menu too.
Degraves St, Shop 9, Melbourne
Waffle On differs in more ways than one from dessert houses like Max Brenner’s and Passionflower. Firstly, it’s situated in one of the busiest cafe districts in the city and sits right next to the steps to Flinders St Station. Secondly, the Belgian waffles are on a whole different level. Whatever topping you choose, it most definitely compliments the crusty, glazed waffle it sits on. Indulge yourself in a dessert that could possibly become your new favourite food. Spoil yourself even further and buy a takeaway waffle and continue enjoying the experience as you move along the busy crowd.