The round-up: snack your way through South Bank’s cheap eats
Look, perhaps eating out has given your wallet a walloping, but who are we to judge? We love the finer things in life! Being frugal doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the tasty goods available around town, it just means you need to make some smarter choices. South Bank’s major food hub is full of top-notch eateries, and many of them have well-priced options and deals that you’d be a fool to ignore. If you’ve got a little bit of cash left over, have a look at this list of South Bank’s cheap eats and keep your splurge streak going.
STOKEBAR Q: If you’re a die-hard burger lover, then you probably won’t settle for anything less than the best. Stokehouse Q may not be your run-of-the-mill burger joint, but this critically acclaimed restaurant’s casual riverside sibling STOKEBAR Q has got a beef burger that’ll blow your mind for just $10. This bite is available all day every Wednesday.
Junk: The only thing better than the phrase ‘all you can eat’ is when the word ‘cheap’ is also bandied about with it. Junk is serving up a boatload of wings every Wednesday, and for $18 per person you can eat as many as you want within a two-hour sitting. Grab the napkins – it’s going to get messy.
Zeus Street Greek: Street food is typically the best choice when it comes to value for money, but don’t think for one second that it means the quality is sub-par. Zeus Street Greek’s stuffed pitas are packed with incredibly tasty fillings, including the likes of grilled haloumi, lamb shoulder, zucchini felafel or chicken, and will only set you back around $12 a pop.
Mucho Mexicano: Not to be outdone in the all-you-can-eat stakes, Mucho Mexicano hosts taco nights every Tuesday from 5:00 pm, giving diners the chance to inhale as many sticky wagyu beef, grilled chicken, pork belly, battered snapper or pumpkin tacos as they can in two hours for $25. Kids can have a crack for $10, so bring the whole family!
Olé Spanish Restaurant: Tapas – in addition to being delicious – are a well-priced option for those looking to dine out on a budget. Olé Restaurant rewards socialising, so bring a friend with you for the restaurant’s sunset tapas service and enjoy two house drinks and four servings of tapas for just $49 between 5:00–7:00 pm. If that’s not enough, Olé’s lunch service offers diners the choice of swapping the tapas for a huge serving of paella instead.
Southbank Beer Garden: Nothing satisfies quite like a pub feed, so if you’re hankering for some true-blue fare, we suggest visiting Southbank Beer Garden between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday. Enjoy a steak sanga and chips or a Thai beef salad with a house beer or wine for only $20. Also, if you happen to be revelling at Southbank Beer Garden between 4:00–6:00 pm on Friday, you’ll be able to score free wings. How good!
Hop & Pickle: These self-described ‘purveyors of pub gastronomy’ have got lunch on lock in South Bank. For $12, diners can sink their teeth into char-grilled beef burgers, roast-beef sandwiches or roast garlic mushroom and mozzarella sandwiches. Bump up the spend to $16 and you can savour a 250 g sirloin steak, beer-battered barramundi or slow-cooked pork belly.
Mister Paganini: Hungry wanderers would do well to pay a visit to Mister Paganini if they’re craving a slice. Every day the restaurant offers a lunch special – we’re talking pizza and a house wine or tap beer – for just $20. Wednesday evenings see the kitchen upping the ante with an all-you-can-eat pizza extravaganza for $25 from 5:00 pm. Bellissimo!
The Manhattan Line: The hotdog is a staple of American street cuisine, and few places do them better than The Manhattan Line. These bad boys are an inexpensive choice for lunch – you can score the T.J. dog for $9, the classic NYC for $8, or the loaded Kansas hotdog for $12.
Suki: Poke bowls are incredible for a few reasons – they taste great, they’re healthy and you can get one right now without breaking the bank. At Suki a small poke bowl – loaded with your choice of protein and salad – is only $11.50.
Tippler’s Tap: There’s no feeling more amazing than stumbling upon some delicious food specials. Tuesday at Tippler’s Tap is the night to visit if you love tacos – the kitchen pumps out spicy beef tacos for $2 a pop, and vegan options for $3. From midday on Wednesday, diners can gorge on barbecue ribs cooked in a stout sauce with extras for $25. As for the regular menu, there are some great options for those awaiting pay day. A basket of dry-spice-rubbed chicken wings costs $13, the Chi-town burger will set you back $12, while you can snack on a great selection of sliders available for $5 each.
Barbossa: Fancy some tantalising Caribbean-inspired fare? Barbossa’s got what you need. Chomp on some jerk-chicken empanadas for $13, a selection of tacos for $16 or a half-kilo serve of chicken wings for $15.
Brooklyn Depot: If you simply can’t get enough chicken wings, then you should know that Brooklyn Depot serves up $1 wings from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm every Wednesday. On Tuesdays the kitchen dishes out racks of pork ribs, fries and slaw for $20, while Brooklyn Depot’s Five and Dime Monday lunch delivers $10 burgers.
River Quay Fish: Overlooking the lush turf of River Quay Green, River Quay Fish is a great spot to nab some takeaway fish and chips to enjoy with the city view. A serve of salt-and-pepper calamari will only cost you $13 , and you can boost your snack selection with some crispy fried whitebait ($13), house-marinated olives ($9 each) or white-anchovy bruschetta ($15).
Feel like feasting on South Bank? You can rest easy knowing parking is free! Diners who book through the eatSouthBank parking portal and dine at one of the participating restaurants (including all of the above!) are eligible for free parking when they park and dine for lunch between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm with a minimum spend of $10 or dinner from 5:00 pm onwards with a minimum spend of $20. Click here for all the necessary terms and conditions.
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