Forget The Age Cheap Eats Guide… this is your concise Melbourne guide to the best eats for the best prices. As well as including our favourite cost effective restaurants we’ve also thrown in a fantastic special or two!
Cabinet | 11 Rainbow Aly | 9654 0915 A great balcony bar that overlooks Swanston Street & serves delicious $10 flatbread pizzas each Wednesday.
Café Di Stasio | 31 Fitzroy St, St Kilda | 9525 3999 A two course seasonal Italian lunch with a glass of wine for only $35 in a top fine dining restaurant… yes please!
Shanghai Street Dumpling | 342 Little Bourke St | 9600 2250 Serving some of the tastiest pork dumplings in Melbourne at a great price.
Italian Waiters Club | 1/20 Meyers Pl | 9650 1508 If you spend more than $25 per person, then you’ve eaten way too much!
Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar | 66 Bourke St | 9662 1885 A Melbourne institution, honest home-style Italian food straight from Mama’s kitchen.
Mekong | 241 Swanston St | 9663 3288 Famous for its big steaming bowls of Vietnamese noodle soup.
Panama Dining | Level 3, 231 Smith St | 9417 7663 New York is calling… and it’s telling us they have $10 meals in the bar on Tuesdays & Wednesdays –they’ve also got great Italian wine specials on Wednesday.
Don Don | 321 Swanston St | 9662 3377 Fast, cheap, tasty Japanese, highly recommended for their Bento Boxes.
Earl Canteen | 500 Bourke St | 9600 1995 Simply amazing gourmet baguettes, their pork belly baguette cannot be beaten (lunch only).
Miss Chu Tuckshop | 297 Exhibition St | 9077 1097 Fantastic Vietnamese hawker style fare from this funky hole-inthe-wall eatery, very well priced for food so good.
Aix Creperie | 24 Centre Pl | 9662 2667 A cosy creperie secreted away in one of Melbourne’s oh-soParisian Laneways (lunch only).
Carlton Hotel | 193 Bourke St | 9663 3246 Whoever said ‘I hate Mondays’ is so so wrong – how could you hate $15 for a parma & a pot!
Laksa Me | Shop 1, 16 Liverpool St | 9639 9885 A laneway treasure, great value modern Malaysian food that will leave your tastebuds tingling.
Lord of the Fries | Knox Ln, Melbourne Central Blink & you’ll miss this shop front with one of the best burgers & fries in town… And everything is meat free!
Sarti | 6 Russell Pl | 9639 7822 An amazing modern Italian restaurant that offers a 5 course tapas-style degustation lunch for only $35, normally you’d pay top dollar for food this fantastic!