Lunch for a tenner or less
Livin’ is easy when you can eat on the cheap.
No.1 Pancake It’ll only cost you a fiver for a Korean pancake at this student favourite on Lorne Street. Better still, get one savoury and one sweet to share with a friend. Cnr Lorne and Wellesley St, central city ——— Tandoori Hut The saag aloo and paneer tikka masala are good options ($10 each), but for a more mixed lunch it’s also possible to create a spread of samosas, pakoras, and onion bahjis at this hole-in-the-wall. Choose wisely and you might even have change for a $2.50 plain or salted lassi. 164D Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill ——— Genzui Ramen Here’s one for the hungry – giant, steamy bowls of soup with more than enough noodles for one. Almost half the options on the menu are $10 or less and there are vegetarian dishes, too. Upstairs, Atrium on Elliott St, central city ——— Paris Mt Eden Bakery Really generous pies with pastry so buttery it’ll make the bag go see-through. They all start at around the $3.50 mark, and the steak and cheese or chicken, mushroom and leek are the ones to go for. 464 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden ——— Il Buco A great resting spot when trawling the Ponsonby shops, where a slice of Roman-style pizza pie and a small black coffee will only set you back a tenner. Plus, there are plenty of vegan/vego options. 113 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby ——— The Bite Fried chicken is the order of the day at this Taiwanese eatery, and a whacking great bit of thigh – seasoned with owner Cherry Yang’s secret spices – is only $10. 3 Kent St, Newmarket Bird on a Wire The classic organic chicken sandwich with tarragon mayo and crunchy cos is just $10 at any of Sophie Gilmour’s chicken shops. Citywide ——— Bian Sushi The fish is some of the freshest in town, and tastes so good doused in owner Allan Jung’s signature tartare sauce. There are some fab vegetarian sushi rolls, too – gingered carrot with avocado, tempura pumpkin and red pepper, or sesame-dressed green beans. 183 Symonds St, uptown ——— Bamboo Basket Signposted by a sky-blue bike, the Vietnamese-style filled baguettes here are the perfect mix of crunchy, meaty (or tofu-y) and spicy. Downstairs, Atrium on Elliott St, central city ——— Santhiya’s Every weekday at this Malaysian/south Indian restaurant a lunch special with curry, rice and roti is 10 bucks. 1270 Dominion Rd, Mt Roskill ——— Empress of India Get a half serve of any curry, with plain rice, and a plain naan every weekday for only $10. 2 Surrey Cres, Grey Lynn ——— Mt Eden Village Fish Shop The lunch special of battered fish with a handful of chips here is exceptional value at $7.50. You’ll even have change for a piece of fruit from KC Loo’s green grocers next door for #balance. 438 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden ——— Gu Xiang Malaysian You might have to call it a late lunch, but the $7 kaya toast, boiled eggs and Malaysian tea or coffee special is on offer from 2.30-5.30pm daily at this Pakuranga gem. Shop R3, 102 Pakuranga Rd, Pakuranga Xi’an Food Bar One is probably enough, but you can get a couple of Chinese-style pita burgers – we recommend one lamb and one pork – for a tenner at any of the Xi’an Food Bar branches around the city. Citywide ——— The Flaming Onion A junior beef or a junior chicken burger – both comparable in size to the average takeaway burger – will only set you back $6.90. 1 Lydia Ave, Northcote ——— Ras Vatika Give yourself an hour because service can be slow here, but the paneer paratha, pav bhaji, or chole bhature all clock in under $10. 596 Dominion Rd, Balmoral ——— Big J’s There isn’t a burger that costs over 10 dollars at this takeaway joint, but if you opt for the classic cheese there will be change for a scoop of chips on the side. 4/1 Melton Rd, Mt Wellington Shaolin Kung Fu Noodles You’ll be priced out of any of the handmade noodle dishes by at least 80 cents, but it is possible to eat here for $10 if you opt for the likes of spicy sour soup with vermicelli; steamed buns (six for $10); or any of the Chinese burgers. Stores citywide ——— Sal’s Go to one of Sal’s branches for a slice so hot it’s guaranteed to burn the roof of your mouth, or two if you go meat-free. Stores citywide ——— Spicy House There are quite a few under-$10 options here, but any of the dishes on rice are $9 per serve, and the fearfully spicy (and vegan-friendly) chilli mushrooms are $10 for a whole plateful. 557 Dominion Rd, Balmoral
Kaya toast special 1. Gu Xiang Malaysian. 2. Bian Sushi. 3. No.1 Pancake. 4. Ras Vatika. 5. The Flaming Onion. 6. The Bite. 1
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Sushi on the cheap