14 Of The Best Cheap Eats Around Perth

byTroy Mutton
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So your meal prep hasn’t gone too well this week (when does it ever?) but things are a little light in the old wallet department. Never fear, Perth has plenty of delicious eating out options that will fill your tum without draining the bank account. Here’s a few of our favourites…

Manise Cafe

We may have lost our beloved Sparrow Indonesian restaurant recently, but Manise Cafe up the top of William Street is a more than worthy replacement! It’s hard to find anything above $10, almost impossible above $15, the portions are huge and the flavours even bigger. If we can sell it any harder to you, it’s also BYO!

Shop 2/449 William St, Perth


We’re not short on great little sushi trains around Perth, and Sushi Wawa out by the IKEA building in Innaloo is one of the best. The train itself is constantly stocked with fresh Japanese goodness, heaps of tasty plates under $4.50, and their mains offerings are very reasonably priced too.

8A Sunray Dve, Innaloo


Varsity have been running the burger game across their six locations for years now thanks to a robust menu that offers something for everyone, including loaded fries, tasty wings, and even a few vege/vegan options. And while their menu selections generally aren’t too expensive when it comes to high-end burger joints around Perth, their special nights are hard to beat. Tuesday’s you’ll score their famous wings for half price, and Wednesday’s is $5 cheeseburger night – ooft!

Various Locations

The Generous Squire 

This one is a little bit naughty and will require a few friends. The Generous Squire in the CBD’s “Burger Tower” is huge – four burgers, chicken tenders, mac’n’cheese bites, chips and a cheese bath all for just $65. Less than $20 each between four of you and it’ll cure what ails ya or get you ready for a big night out on the town, don’t you worry about that. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, these legends are also offering Ten Shilling Tuesday. Only have a tenner? Don’t worry, The Generous Squire team smash their signature cheeseburgers with chips for just $10 every Ten Shilling Tuesday. Sneak in on your lunch break or enjoy the sweet deal after work with a fresh beer from the microbrewery.

397 Murray St, Perth

Bibra Lake Lunch Bar

Seek and you shall find. Bibra Lake Lunch Bar is the pride and joy of the south – serving up incredible Vietnamese style dishes that are so cheap it’s criminal. Quite possibly the best banh mi in Perth, but we’ll let you be the judge…

1/40 Port Pirie St, Bibra Lake

Two Hand Noodle Shop

For a slice of delicious Malaysian dining Two Hand Noodle Shop is a Como fave amongst the locals. We highly recommend booking ahead as it’s always busy, thanks to basically nothing costing more than $15 and the one-way trip to flavour town.

4/2 Downey Dr, Como

Toastface Grillah

Sometimes you need that quick, grilled cheese toastie hit and Toastface Grillah definitely runs the game in this regard. You can nab a classic for just $5, or get a little fancier without even breaking out a blue note (remember cash?). They’re no slouch in the coffee department either, and their $9 coffee + toastie is as reliable as the sun coming up while you buy it.

7/329 Murray St, Perth
23 Hastings St, Scarborough

Taka’s Kitchen

Across all three locations in the CBD, Northbridge and Freo, Taka’s Kitchen has garnered a well-deserved reputation as one of Perth’s very best cheap eats spots. You will legitimately struggle to find anything that costs more than $10 and just about everything comes with a free miso soup.

150-152 Barrack St, Perth
6 Henderson St, Fremantle

The Berrigan Bar & Bistro

The Berrigan’s got a few winners to go with their decently-priced standard menu. $16 and under will get you vege nachos, fish and chips and peri peri calamari to name a few, while $15 will get you a steak (Monday), garlic prawns (Tuesday) or a parmi (Thursday), plus kids eat free on Wednesdays.

52 Berrigan Dve, South Lake

Tra Vinh

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 it is under $15.

149 Brisbane St, Perth

Govinda’s Food For Life

Govinda’s has been serving up delicious Indian vegetarian food for more than a decade now, with full course meals capped at around $10 and even cheaper for takeaway. Think huge servings of vegetarian curries with papadums, daal… the works! As an added bonus you’ll always get incredibly friendly service with a smile, to go with all the goodness you’re putting inside you.

194 William St, Perth

Little Lebanon

Little Lebanon is reasonably well-priced across the board, but if you’re looking for real value for money, the half charcoal chicken for $25 is insane. A half chicken with salad, hummus, pita and your choice of rice or chips in a super generous serving. Someone approaching it strategically might even take half home for lunch the next day…

200 Main St, Osborne Park

Peoples Cafeteria

Of all the successes we could have predicted, the alchemy of Peoples Cafeteria was not one of them – but in this case, we’re happy to be proven wrong. We should have had an inkling though, with North Street Store’s midas touch: nourishing, excellent quality, home-style food at reasonable prices. We just can’t wait for them to be open for midweek dinners… To get maximum bang for your buck, we suggest filling ya boots takeaway styles (and by boots we mean plastic containers, which you can bring in yourself) – a container full of hot food and one full of cold food will only set ya back around $25, and will last for dinner with some leftover for lunch no dramas! Oh and it’s free BYO – nice!

Peoples Cafeteria

Shops 5-6, 375 William Street, Perth

Annalakshmi On The Swan

A Perth institution since the early-90s operating under a pay-what-you-feel system, they’ve recently begun operating a $15 set Thali and you will not be disappointed. Huge servings of Indian vegetarian meals await, with stellar views of the Swan River, there’s a reason it’s still going strong after all these years.

Barrack Square, Jetty 4 Riverside Dr, Perth

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