Mel­bourne eats un­der $10

Dis­cover some of the best eats un­der $10 in Vic­to­ria’s bustling cap­i­tal city ...

Northern Rivers Style - - CONTENTS - KATE O’NEILL

Mel­bourne is a foodie’s heaven, and the best thing is, you don’t have to spend a for­tune to en­joy some fan­tas­tic food. If you’re head­ing south for a few days, check out these cheap eats, which will all set you back less than $10.

Goz City, 502 Lit­tle Collins St, Mon­day-fri­day 7am-4pm It’s of­ten the case that the fewer things on a menu, the bet­ter. Stick to one thing and do it well, and that’s ex­actly what this lit­tle gem down the Spencer St Sta­tion end of the CBD does. Here, it’s all about the go­zleme. The kitchen win­dow faces out to the street, and through it you can watch the pas­try be­ing rolled out pa­per thin be­fore be­ing stuffed with cheese and spinach, minced meat, herbed chicken or mush­room and veg­eta­bles, be­fore it’s served per­fectly crisp. There’s break­fast pide and borek as well and a sim­ple se­lec­tion of fresh sal­ads. Goz City is pop­u­lar with lo­cal of­fice work­ers and at lunchtime the line-up of suits stretches out the door. Go­zleme are $11 (OK, a lit­tle over $10, but worth it), Borek $5 and Pide $7.

Don Don, 198 Lit­tle Lons­dale St, 7 days, 11am-9pm

This sim­ple Ja­panese eatery is known for its su­per quick ser­vice and its tasty and fill­ing meals, all of which are less than $10. The Niku Udon ($8.30) is a bowl of flavour­ful broth filled with thinly sliced beef, tofu, udon noo­dles and greens, or try the Don Don Box ($9.40) with teriyaki chicken, sukiyaki beef, salad and rice.

Queen Vic­to­ria Mar­ket Dairy Hall, 513 El­iz­a­beth St, Tues­day and Thurs­day 6am-2pm, Fri­day 6am-5pm; Satur­day 6am-3pm; Sun­day 9am-4pm

The dairy hall of the Vic Mar­ket is a full sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence. The glo­ri­ous dis­plays of fresh breads, pas­tas, cakes, salamis, cheeses, dips, choco­lates and wines will make you want to buy one of ev­ery­thing. Once you’ve worked up an ap­petite shop­ping for your sup­plies, stop at the The Bratwurst Shop and Co for one of their fa­mous grilled bratwurst with sauce, cheese, mus­tard and sauerkarut. Brats start at $7. Right next door is the equally good Borek Shop, where you can get a fill­ing spinach and cheese, spicy potato or spicy lamb borek for just $3. To get there from the CBD, catch the 19, 57 or 59 train on El­iz­a­beth St.

Shang­hai Vil­lage, 112-114 Lit­tle Bourke St, Mon­day-satur­day noon-3pm; 4-9.30pm (Fri/sat 10.30pm).

If you’re look­ing for a quiet ro­man­tic din­ner for two, this place might not be your best bet. It’s noisy, crowded, the decor’s ba­sic, the walls are pink, and you might find your­self ush­ered to a seat in the mid­dle of a com­mu­nal ta­ble, but if you’re out for a few beers with friends or are just look­ing for a sim­ple, tasty and cheap meal and a lively at­mos­phere, this cheery Chi­nese dumpling house is a win­ner. A plate of 15 fried dumplings will set you back just $8.50.

A1 Bak­ery, 643-645 Syd­ney Rd, Brunswick, Mon­day­wednes­day, Sun­day 7am-7pm, Thurs­day-satur­day 7am-9pm

If you have the time to get out of the CBD, take the No. 19 tram from El­iz­a­beth St to the in­ner north sub­urb of Brunswick. The main drag, Syd­ney Rd, has a good se­lec­tion of cafes, in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar A1 Bak­ery, where you can feed two peo­ple for less than $10. Their menu in­cludes Le­banese piz­zas, pies and dips, in­clud­ing the Zaatar piza with thyme, oregano, su­mac and sesame seeds for $1.50, the Shanklish pie with cheese tomato, onion and herbs for $5 and the dips plat­ter with hum­mus, baba ganoush and tzatziki for $6.

Balha’s Pas­try, 761-763 Syd­ney Rd, Brunswick, 7 days 9am-11pm A short walk up the road from A1 is Le­banese pas­try palace, Balha’s. If you’re a fan of baklava, you’ll be in heaven. They have a huge range, in va­ri­eties in­clud­ing cashew and pis­ta­chio.

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