Do you plan on visiting Brisbane and having a taste of its food and culture? Or are you a local who’s looking for the best cheap eats in the area? Brisbane, being a fast-growing and diverse destination, has a lot to offer when it comes to food, whether it’s fine-dining or budget bytes. But who doesn’t want a meal that doesn’t break the bank?
If you’re trying to save but you don’t want to settle for fast food, many inexpensive yet delicious food options are scattered throughout the city. You can still enjoy flavoursome delicacies while still keeping your funds in check. However, getting a good meal while on a budget is easy only if you know the right places to go. So here’s a list of budget-friendly dining around Brisbane that can guide you.
1. The Vietnamese Restaurant
This family-owned restaurant has been serving great Asian food since 1983. The place can seat up to 80 people, and its upstairs function room can still accommodate 50 more. Their decor may not be that fancy, but their food can exceed your expectations.
The Vietnamese Restaurant has excellent value for money and an awesome food banquet. Their food never disappoints, serving authentic Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. One of their best is the salt and pepper squid, which has a crispy and spicy explosion. Another good thing about this restaurant is that you can tell them if you have any special dietary requirements. If you want to skip the busy line and book a seat, you can do it by telephone only.
2. Hashtag Burgers and Waffles
If you want the best burgers in Brisbane, they’re at Hashtag Burgers and Waffles. Their menu ranges from old school to some mind-blowing custom burgers. They only source the best local ingredients, which add so much flavour to their creations. Do you need any recommendations? Get their double down burgers that consist of two moist lean beef patties, two cheese slices, smokey bacon, tomato, lettuce and onion. With some tomato relish and blue cheese on the buns, they’re amazingly tasty!
Another best thing about this place is that they have desserts! Freshly baked pizza base smothered with Nutella, fresh strawberries, mint and ice cream. Hot chips drenched in Nutella and topped with Vanilla ice cream and more!
3. Taro’s Ramen
The best ramen in Brisbane, they say. The many people slurping and enjoying their Japanese soups are proof. Taro’s Ramen definitely provides an authentic boutique ramen experience to their customers.
What makes Taro’s Ramen a hit is that their stock is so rich. You can also choose from a variety of ramen options. There’s the standard one, the fire with four types of chillies and the red type with mild homemade chilli sauce. Are you still hungry for more? Try their karaage, gyoza and curries, as well as shoyu, shio and miso-based ramens. If you want their distinct food at home, order their DIY home packs online.
4. Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers
Are you a pasta lover? This is the right place for you. Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers serve fresh handmade gnocchi and many other authentic Italian cuisines. You’ll be captivated by their beautiful light silky gnocchi and the lovely flavours of their different sauces-pesto, wild mushroom and truffle sauce and more. With well-seasoned salad and ciabatta slices to clear up the sauces, it’s perfect! Their serving size is also generous! Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers is available for dine-in, take out and home delivery options.
5. Bird’s Nest Yakitori & Bar
Do you need something that is as low as $3 each? That’s Yakitori skewers with mayo and garlic. Bird’s Nest Yakitori & Bar serves char-grilled goodness with satisfying rice bowls and a bunch of cheap lunch specials. Get their karaage burgers, grilled chicken rice bowls and slow-braised pork bowls with signature Japanese tastes, and finish it off with their Japanese craft beers and wine.
6. Taj Mahal
Fresh, delicious vegetarian menu? It’s here at Taj Mahal. Their Indian cuisine offers an extensive menu that provides vegetarian and vegan options. Succulent and flavourful tandoori chicken, unique curries and even alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with BYO option. If you’re looking to try authentic Indian food, Taj Mahal is a jewel of a place to eat.
7. Flour & Chocolate
Wanting to finish a great meal with a rich, decadent dessert? Visit Flour & Chocolate and have a taste of its range of delectable goodies. From savoury sandwiches and sausage rolls to winter pudding, roulade, cakes, croissants, coffee and more, the store has a great selection of cakes and baked treats. Their fruit and lemon meringue tarts are exceptional! If you don’t want to miss out on what you want, get in early. There’s always a line out of the door so the place is generally a bit busy.
The Brisbane food scene will never have a shortage of good places to go. Add these budget-friendly spots to your list.