My top 5 cheap eats in Brisbane CBD

It’s time to start working on those tax returns and I’m unfortunately one of those people who will have to pay the tax man this year (again). Boo!

So while I’ll be tightening my belt, I thought I might share where I score cheap meals in Brisbane city. And when I say ‘cheap’, I mean ‘CHEEEEEEAP’. I love a good bargain, especially when it’s food. Great food doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, so here are my top 5 cheap eats in the Brisbane CBD (read: meals are $10 or less).


reP.I.T. Tea & Juice Bar

Even though reP.I.T. Tea & Juice Bar is predominantly a bubble tea joint, they’ve been offering a select menu of Taiwanese food for awhile now and it’s been proving to be quite the hit, especially with poor uni students. Portion sizes are also a little more aligned to what you would find in Asia, but for a meal at less than $10, I won’t be complaining. Get there early or have a late lunch – reP.I.T. Tea & Juice Bar have a happy hour offering

My recommendation:
re P.I.T. tea & juice bar on Urbanspoon

Kadoya Japanese Restaurant

Kadoya Japanese Restaurant is reP.I.T. Tea & Juice Bar’s neighbour, so if reP.I.T’s shoebox fitout is too claustrophobic for you, this is an alternative. Its menu is seriously carb laden, but they are well known for their Japanese curry meals.

My recommendation:
Kadoya on Urbanspoon

Yum Cha Noodle Haus

Noodle Haus in Westfield Carindale

I reviewed Noodle Haus’s Carindale outlet last year, but shortly after, they opened an outlet in the Myer Centre food court with a smaller noodle menu that also features a number of take-away snacks. You cannot go past their $9.80 XO prawn noodles for a great tummy warmer and filler.

My recommendation: XO Prawn Noodle Soup for $9.80
Yum Cha Noodle Haus on Urbanspoon


Little Saigon Grill

There’s almost always a line here at lunch during the week and the majority of the menu items are over AUD$10, but their banh mi is filling, cheap and loaded with fresh ingredients that you can grab and find a quiet spot elsewhere to tuck into.

My recommendation: Grilled lemongrass chicken Banh Mi (also available in pork or beef) for $7.50
Little Saigon Grill on Urbanspoon


La Luca Cucina

La Luca CucinaLa Luca Cucina is fast becoming my go-to lunch stop whenever I haven’t brought in a home packed lunch. Their bain marie style salad bar is terribly convenient. You simply pick up the appropriate sized container: small (AUD$8.95), medium (AUD$9.95) or large (AUD$10.95), and fill with how much and as many varieties of dishes from either the cold or hot sections.

My recommendation: their maple roast sweet potatoes.
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