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…
Little Magic Momo
The little momo who could! This itty-bitty neighbourhood eatery is a game changer for Wembley locals. A recent visit had us feasting on buff momos, chicken lollipops and minced chicken-filled syabhales for only about $35 – we’ll be back ASAP.
286B Cambridge Street, Wembley
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 Street, Perth
Bull Creek Hawker
There’s something about chicken rice that’s made extra special by the hustle and bustle of an unpretentious hawker. Luckily, if Bull Creek Hawker has one thing, it’s hustle and bustle – well, that and some killer chicken rice. The chicken is moist, the rice is tasty, and when it’s this cheap, you can hardly find a reason not to… that is, if you can resist the curry laksa.
118 Parry Avenue, Bull Creek
Spencer Village Food Court
When it comes to deliciousness that matches affordability, Spencer Village’s renowned food court can’t be beat. From Fook Kee’s bite-size morsels at bite-sized prices or Ya Kwang’s Singaporean laksa, it’s a treasure trove of tasty treats and an all-time destination for Perth foodies.
200 Spencer Road, Thornlie
The Generous Squire
This one is a little bit naughty and will require a few friends. Tucked down Shafto Lane, The Generous Squire’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 Street, 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 Street, 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 Drive, Como
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 Street, Perth
23 Hastings Street, Scarborough
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 Street, Perth
6 Henderson Street, 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 Drive, South Lake
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 Street, 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 Street, Perth
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 out of control good. 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 Street, Osborne Park
Header image: Govinda’s