Sometimes youre so famished that money is no object. But for those times that your hunger hasnt completely clouded your judgement, these are our favourite Melbourne CBD spots for an on-budget feed.
$9 Chicken Steak at Kim Sing
Shop 10/Port Phillip Arcade, Melbourne 3000 | (03) 9654 7889
Most of the folks that head here on their lunch break are craving one thing: the chicken steak. This dish is made up of a few large pieces of chicken, boneless and masterfully fried, sitting on a bed of rice and complete with chilli sauce. This cheap and cheerful meal comes out quickly and fills you right up without leaving your wallet limp and sad.
$7.50 Sebb Bagel from Shmucks
Guests Lane off Little Bourke St, Melbourne 3000 | (03) 9607 8558
We love doing breakfast Shmucks-style. All their brekkie bagels are under $10, but were feeling the Sebb right now. Its a toasted sesame bagel with sausage, egg, kewpie mayo and crisp iceberg lettuce. And if youre taking a break from bagels (for some ridiculous reason), you can grab one of their tasty jars of granola, fruit salad or bircher muesli to eat on the go.
$9.50 Burger at 8Bit
231 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000 |(03) 9687 8838
A burger for under $10? How very un-Melbourne of you, 8Bit Burger! Unlike the many over-priced burgers in this town, 8Bit has priced their classic cheeseburger more than fairly. Its got everything you need: beef, tomato, lettuce, red onion, pickles, mustard, cheese, ketchup and some very special 8bit Sauce.
$3 Borek from The Borek Bakehouse
Queen Victoria Markets | 481 Elizabeth St, Melbourne 3000 | (03) 9329 5553
You read that right. The best borek in Melbourne only costs three little dollars. You could get three and still eat for under $10! The Borek Bakehouse sits on the Elizabeth Street side of the Victoria Markets and always attracts a crowd. Their $3 borek menu includes cheese and spinach, spicy lamb and spicy potato options, plus they do bigger spiral boreks for $5.
$8.50 Taiwanese Fried Chicken at Hot Star
Multiple Locations |0481 134 291
You could compare these pieces of hot fried chicken to schnitzels. Theyre large, fairly flat and fried to absolute golden perfection with an impossibly crunchy crust. Its definitely not health food, but Hot Star does stick to 100% fresh chicken breast no frozen chicken, no preservatives and no additives. Each piece is fried to order, so this its perfection when it lands in your hot little hands.
Locations at 231 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000, 323 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000,
429 Elizabeth St, Melbourne 3000