Melbourne

The Best Eats For Under $20 in Melbourne

Cheap but delicious.

The nature of living in a big city sometimes means running out of cash. It’s just how it is. It can be frustrating when you love good food and being social, but you’re in those few days before getting your pay check and you can’t really afford to go out and splash $40+ on a main.

Although people always claim Melbourne to be super expensive when it comes to eating out, there are actually heaps of cheap food joints that goddamn delicious eats. We’ve put together our favourite spots for an under $20 feed.

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Good Gnocchi

Carlton North
Good Gnocchi is best known for its takeaway (that saved many a soul during 2020’s lockdowns), but you can also dine in. They have four different flavours of gnocchi: Aglio Olio, Butter Sage, Vegan Cashew Pesto, Bolognese and Napoli. Every gnocchi is $20 and all the gnocchi is homemade and gluten-free.
You can order through Uber Eats or walk-in.

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Soi 38

CBD
Soi 38 is situated under the Wilson’s Carpark on Mcllwraith Place, just off Little Collins Street. It’s a pop-up style, Bangkok street food joint with an uncomplicated menu of boat noodles and tom yum soups. There are lots of cheap noodle soup places in Melbourne, but Soi 38 is by far the best. Everything is under $20 and is super authentic and delicious.
Walk-ins welcomed, or you can call 0403 547 144 to make a booking.

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Bimbo

Fitzroy
Bimbo has been around forever, as a pub/bar/club on Brunswick Street with a sunny rooftop perfect for recovery sessions. They also serve $5 pizza, all day every day and it’s bloody yum. They have pizzas with prosciutto, prawns, mushrooms, spiced lamb, three-cheese… you name it.
Again, no booking necessary.

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Sushi Ten

Carlton
Owned and operated by the cutest husband and wife duo, Sushi Ten is an underrated gem on Rathdowne Street. They open from midday to 3 pm and then 5 pm to 9 pm almost every day, and serve up all the classic faves; sashimi, sushi, gyoza, miso soup, ramen and katsu curries. Their most expensive main is $16 and are super generous. They serve up free tea in roaming flasks, the gyoza is $6.90 and it’s ideal if you’re waiting on a paycheck but still want to eat lush and authentic Japanese.
No bookings, walk-in only. 

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Butcher’s Diner

Bourke Street, Melbourne
Melbourne CBD’s ultimate 24-hour American diner-style eatery. They take cash only, but don’t worry, there’s an ATM in the venue. With an all-day menu perfect for shift workers or anyone that loves a burger or waffles at any time of the day, you can get yourself a feed for under $20 easy. Expect everything from a Blood Sausage & Devilled Egg Roll, to an Egg & Maple Bacon Burger, to Berkshire Pork Tongue Skewers, to Spanish Doughnuts and Tiramisu. 
You can find their full menu here. No bookings necessary.

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Lentil As Anything

Abbotsford & Thornbury
For just a gold coin donation that goes towards homeless communities, you can have a delicious feed as Lentil As Anything. They started the pay-as-you-feel movement, which was designed to eliminate social and financial barriers, bringing people together from all walks of life and supporting struggling communities. They have restaurants in Abbotsford and Thornbury, with Thornbury churning out vegan treats and Abbotsford catering to all. The cuisine is multicultural, with consistent elements of Moroccan, African and Asian flavours. 
No bookings required, just walk-in or order online.

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Melbourne

The Best Sandwiches To Chow Down On In Melbourne

More than just ham and cheese.

Some say sandwiches are really having their moment, but did they ever go out of style? 

A sandwich is one of the world’s most simple culinary pleasures. Whoever first decided that putting stuff between bread means a yum time is a gosh darn genius. Although sandwiches can seem simple to make, there are people out there that have been studying the art of the sandwich and it shows.

The difference between a good sandwich and a shit sandwich is huge. We don’t want you to suffer, so we’ve put a list together of our favourite sandwiches in Melbourne.

Here are the best sandwiches in Melbourne right now.

Hanoi Hannah’s Drip Drop Banh Mi 

Windsor

The Drip Drop Banh Mi is Hanoi Hannah’s new lunch sandwich that is messy in all the right ways. Think white bread roll with a crispy crust and soft centre, laced with pâtĂ© and lemongrass satay sauce and a nice juicy hunk of lemongrass chargrilled chicken.

Most importantly, a warm pho-inspired gravy is served on the side to dip, drizzle or drown the sandwich. This mouth-watering sandwich is available from today, July 8, at Hanoi Hannah’s Windsor and Elsternwick locations. It’s crunchy, it’s messy, it’s fragrant and an all round multisensory, hands-on journey. Roll your sleeves up and get to it.

Dine in or take it home.

Photo: @nicos.melbourne

Nico’s Sandwich Deli’s Cubano

Fitzroy

Get your hands around this combo: smoked pork belly, grandma ham, original salad creme, picks, American mustard and cheese. Recommended to be eaten with pickled chilli and hot sauce, this Cubano is downright juicy in the best way. Nico’s Sandwich Deli has a rotating menu that heroes classic flavour combinations with a little twist. You can’t really go wrong, especially if you pair your sandwich of choice with one of their Malted Caramel Shakes. It’s a whole lotta yes.

You can dine in or take away.

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Specials at Stan’s Deli

Malvern

Every weekend, Stan’s Sandwich Deli put up incredible sandwich specials and honestly, we can’t pick a favourite. One week you might be dazzled by a veal schnitzel bun with tomato and fennel slaw, and the next you’ll get a Jerusalem artichoke toastie with aged parmesan, horseradish mayo and Guindilla peppers. Located in the lush streets of Malvern, Stan’s has a real diner-on-an-American-highway feel to it, but slightly more aesthetically refined, refill filter coffee and all. 

Dine in or take away.

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King William’s Brigadier

Flinders Lane

This sando pulls rank on the Colonel. From a hole-in-the-wall sandwich deli in Melbourne CBD’s Flinders Lane, comes a soft white roll filled with roast free-range chicken, crispy chicken skin, traybake stuffing, zucchini slaw and their infamous secret gravy. It’s the chicken rolls of all chicken rolls. You’ve never had a chicken sandwich until you’ve had King William’s Brigadier. It’s the perfect combination of juicy chicken breast and crispy chicken skin. Should I keep going? I can.

Only available for pick-up.

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Saul’s Muffuletta

Carnegie

The Italian stallion of sandwiches. Saul’s Sandwiches do some bangin’ bites – pretty much every sandwich they do, they do right. But the Muffuletta is a fan favourite and it’s off the charts. Think stacks of mortadella, artichokes, provolone cheese, salami, pesto, spinach and chilli. It’s an antipasto board in a sandwich and it’s goddamn good. 

You can dine in or takeaway.

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Palette’s Candied Bacon & Cheese

North Melbourne

Palette in North Melbourne is inspired by Korean aesthetics and lifestyle, and they aim to bring different cultures together. Everything about this place is beautiful and delicious (especially the coffee), but we can’t get past their Candied Bacon & Cheese sando. Imagine: scrambled eggs with corn, candied bacon, sliced cheese and chilli jam in toasted brioche. Uhhh. Name a better breakfast sandwich, we’ll wait.

Available to dine in or takeaway.

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