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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
Laksa King
Photograph: Leslie Haworth
By Aobh O'Brien-Moody and 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 2017 Time Out Food Awards.






Wrap at Oasis Bakery
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Juanita Peaches, Brunswick
$14 fish burrito with masa fried fish and jalapeños

Laksa King, Flemington
$11.80 combination curry laksa

The Lucky Coq, Windsor
$4 pizza 7-9pm

Oasis Bakery, Murrumbeena
$10.90 for kafta wrap with tabouli and hummus


Shujinko 24-hour ramen
Photograph: Carmen Zammit

Heartattack and Vine, Carlton
$4 for one cicchetti (Venetian-style snack) or $10 for three

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

Poké Me, South Yarra
$15 salmon poké bowl

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

Shujinko, Melbourne
$12.80 signature pork ramen


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