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How to get a cheap meal in Melbourne every night of the week

Melbourne is a town that will let you eat like a king on a meagre budget – if you know where to look

Written by
Aobh O'Brien-Moody
Time Out editors

In Melbourne, food FOMO is real. Why cook when you could choose from endless delicious restaurants every night of the week? Unfortunately, we don't all have the cash to back up that lifestyle – which is where Melbourne's cheap eats heroes come into play. These eateries are doing the sweetest deals around, from $5 parmas to cheap yet tasty tapas.

For more great meals on a budget, check out our cheap eats under $20 list, and find out which restaurant won Best Cheap Eat at the Time Out Food Awards.




The Panama, Fitzroy
$1 oysters 6-7pm

Carlton Club, CBD
250g porterhouse steak with chips and salad for $15

29th Apartment, St Kilda
$10 for pizza and a drink from 8-10pm

The National Hotel, Richmond
Eggplant or chicken katsu for $16

The Imperial, South Yarra
Chicken or eggplant parma with chips and salad for $12

Harlow, Richmond
1kg of wings with choice of sauce for $15 from 5pm





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Heartattack and Vine, Carlton
$4.50 for one cicchetti (Venetian-style snack) 

Lentil as Anything, St Kilda and Abbotsford
Pay what you want for Sri Lankan Uttapam

Poké Me, South Yarra
$15.90 salmon poké bowl

ShanDong MaMa, CBD
$14.80 for 12 prawn, mushroom and chive dumplings

Shujinko, Melbourne
$13.80 signature pork ramen


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