Lunch for a ten­ner or less

Livin’ is easy when you can eat on the cheap.

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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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