We get it! Sometimes the pockets aren’t as deep as you’d like, but you’ve gotta eat, right? Here’s some of our favourite picks for cheap eats around Perth.
Dosukoi is NOT the place for a leisurely, chatty lunch. This super-popular Freo Market stall is fast and furious, pumping out ramen at a crazy pace, and at a super cheap price. A bowl of ramen for under nine bucks? Yes please!
Shop 7, Fremantle Markets, corner South Terrace and Henderson Street, Fremantle
Juicy Bao Bao
There’s certainly not a shortage of cheap dumpling spots around Perth, but we do have quite the soft spot for Juicy Bao Bao, as well as its original sister store, Authentic Bites. For less than $7 you can get a serving of 6 (delicious, juicy) steamed dumplings, $12.80 gets you a plate of 12 dumplings to share.
344 William Street, Northbridge
A perfect option for a budget-friendly date night. Financial prudence is a hugely attractive quality, FYI! Cosy up under the frangipani tree for one of their midweek specials – Phad Thai Tuesday, Wok Wednesday and Thai Thursdays, are all $18, with accompanying drinks specials. Our favourite is Wednesday, which is an always changing weekly special, and $4 ginger beer cocktails! Worth it even if your Tinder date stands you up.
229 Oxford Street, Leederville
Keeping it super simple, Troublemaker offers some pretty dang tasty burgers with the price tag of fast food. Six bucks fifty will get you a single patty cheeseburger, which sounds pretty good to me! Make it $11 to include a side of fries and you can officially call yourself a cheap date.
GS11, Yagan Square, 376 Wellington Street, Perth
The Lookout Bowling Bar & Bites
Okay so Perth’s best pub meal deals probably deserves its own article, but it’s impossible to look past The Lookout’s weekday offerings. Monday nights you’ll find half price pizzas, but on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday you’ll find $10 parmies, steaks and cheeseburgers respectively! Like we said, Perth is full of great meal deals around town but by golly $10 for these bad boys is crazy talk.
148 The Esplanade, Scarborough
Sure, sure, we all love a conti roll. But when you’re on a shoestring budget, all of a sudden those little additions you made start to add up! Why did I ask for extra cheese?! What am I, a millionaire? Luckily they’ve started offering the Spuntino – Italian for “snack”. A smaller roll, with just prosciutto and provolone. Five dollarydoos, no add ons, no dramas.
72 Lake Street, Northbridge + 231 Oxford Street, Leederville
When it comes to a good, satisfying bowl of pho, Tra Vinh’s beef is undisputedly one of the best. Popular at all kinds of times throughout the day, it brings to the table a deeply-flavoured and complex broth, raw beef simmering away in the soup, noodles that still retain a good bite and of course all the wonderful additions to customise your meal; mint, lemon, bean shoots and chilli that packs a punch. Best of all, literally nothing on the menu is over $20, and most of its under $15.
149a Brisbane St, Perth
Last time I was at Little Lebanon, I ordered the charcoal chicken, and my boyfriend stared on in horror as I lifted the plate to my nose and inhaled the garlicky, charcoaly aroma with the fervour of a madwoman. And I’m telling you all about it now, because that’s how much I love charcoal chicken. A half chicken with salad, hummus, pita and your choice of rice or chips will set you back $25, and is a super generous serving. Someone approaching it strategically might even take half home for lunch the next day – but I don’t know anything about that.
Photo by @kaling_l
Main Street, Osborne Park 13A Wanneroo Road, Joondanna + 43 Belvider Street, Belmont
Roll Vs Bowl
Coventry Village is a treasure trove of cheap eats almost everywhere you look. But we always end up gravitating to Roll Vs Bowl and their $5.50 banh mi. Super classic, well balanced, and a manageable size so you’ll still have room for some of those other treats at the market.
Photo by @forkingaroundperth
Shop 138, Coventry Village, 243-253 Walter Road West, Morley
Sparrow Indonesian Restaurant
Sparrow has become a bit of an institution amongst bargain hunters and foodies alike. Most dishes clock in under a tenner, with seafood options jumping up to $11 and $12, if you’re feeling bougie. We’d recommend our favourite dishes, but with prices this cheap you should probably just work your way through everything (maybe start with the rending and the ayam goreng though, if you’re feeling lost).
301 Lord Street, Highgate
North Street Store
So we’ve talked about North Street Store pretty non-stop, about their porchetta rolls, about their cinnamon buns, about their sausage rolls – but we haven’t talked about their dinners. An absolute favourite for a lazy weeknight dinner, cruise down and pick up one of their midweek meals. Pretty much always $17, unless they’ve got something fancy in, in which case it might stretch to $21. Check out their instagram for the nightly specials (personal favourites are steak frites or the Friday night porchetta) or see if they’ve got any leftovers in the cabinet for lunch the next day.
16 North Street, Cottesloe
Good Fortune Duck House
Another institution, Good Fortune has become synonymous with traditional roast duck in Perth. While their standard roast duck is pretty good value, their weekday lunch specials are really where it’s at. For under $10 (sometimes as little as $6!), you can choose from a couple of their lunch menu items – the options change depending on the day, but think BBQ pork with rice, chicken with rice or Singapore style noodles.
354 William Street, Northbridge + 884 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park
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