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$10 lunches in review. A wrapup

By johnboy - 28 March 2011 16

Having had an exciting few weeks we’re scaling down the $10 lunch review series.

If a new player comes onto the scene we’ll publish another one. But it’s been breaking my heart to buy bad lunches (or even just OK lunches) and eat them when I know the gems that are available.

So here are the highlights without prejudice to the good but not stellar entries.

— For Japanese, particularly bento, got to Tasuke.

Tasuke bento


— For a curry you want the Burmese Curry Place.

burmese curry


— For Chinese, La Pasa is tops in this price range.

la pasa


— For something different the Ethiopian of the Global Cafe is recommended.

ethiopian


— For a sandwich the Blue Olive reigns supreme.

blue olive


If you find a new place (or one we’ve missed) in town doing takeout meals for less than $10 in Civic then by all means let us know.

What’s Your opinion?


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16 Responses to
$10 lunches in review. A wrapup
johnboy 11:43 pm 29 Mar 11

screaming banshee said :

Presumably you’ve determined another way to make your lunches a business deduction then?

Actually, on the basis of asking for a receipt being suspicious, I’m not deducting them.

Lowlights are available by following the tag and reading between the lines, but we really do try to focus on the positive.

Skidd Marx 9:36 pm 29 Mar 11

Great stuff JB, I would gladly gorge myself on any one of those meals. Now what about the lowlights?

screaming banshee 8:19 pm 29 Mar 11

Presumably you’ve determined another way to make your lunches a business deduction then?

knoobs 7:09 pm 29 Mar 11

I have another lead!

The Food Co-op at ANU has started doing lunches Tues-Thurs every week. Went to the first one today – a great, healthy vegetarian meal. A full plate of good food and the best part? It was only $4. $4! No wonder about 200 students rocked up and they ran out in 45 minutes.

Holden Caulfield 5:05 pm 29 Mar 11

Rollersk8r said :

Wait!! A mate of mine has just opened up The Fish Shack, on the old Phat Duck site (kiosk) on Bunda St. He’s serving freshly prepared seafood with classic fish and chips starting at $8.50. Plenty of other options including soft shell crab, prawns, squid and fish burgers.

He only opened yesterday – after spending the last couple of years working at KOTO in Vietnam, the well known Australian cooking school that trains up Vietnamese street kids as chefs. He’s an interesting and passionate bloke – and I for one will be eating there as much as possible to ensure he gets the success he deserves.

He’s also giving away his first 10kg of coffee COMPLETELY FREE!

Thanks for the tip.

Although, a shame it came at the expense of Phat Duck.

johnboy 4:44 pm 29 Mar 11

Oh I’ll keep doing them, but only as the leads arrive.

EvanJames 4:40 pm 29 Mar 11

Can other people do stories about $10 lunches? Seems a few here have leads on good lunches.

Gantz 4:26 pm 29 Mar 11

Thank you rollersk8r, I am going there for lunch tomorrow!

spleenville 3:46 pm 29 Mar 11

What a shame JB…and on the same day that they launch the heart-stopping (literally) KFC “Double Burger” meal ($9.95 with fries and a drink).

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/restaurants-and-bars/live-or-let-fry-kfc-mantime-bunless-burger-blasted-20110329-1ce3o.html

Any chance of one more for the road..?

Rollersk8r 3:44 pm 29 Mar 11

Wait!! A mate of mine has just opened up The Fish Shack, on the old Phat Duck site (kiosk) on Bunda St. He’s serving freshly prepared seafood with classic fish and chips starting at $8.50. Plenty of other options including soft shell crab, prawns, squid and fish burgers.

He only opened yesterday – after spending the last couple of years working at KOTO in Vietnam, the well known Australian cooking school that trains up Vietnamese street kids as chefs. He’s an interesting and passionate bloke – and I for one will be eating there as much as possible to ensure he gets the success he deserves.

He’s also giving away his first 10kg of coffee COMPLETELY FREE!

lindt 3:38 pm 29 Mar 11

It’s been a great series, johnboy. Almost makes me sad about bringing lunch every day.

When you have a chance, do you want to try out ‘The Fish Shack’? It opened yesterday (and is giving away free coffee), is where Phat Duck used to be and have an interesting looking menu, including soft-shelled crab and chips for $12.50.

The prices go up to $14.50 and they do have things for under $10: thai coriander fish cakes ($8.50), sweet potato wedges with sour cream and chilli ($7.50), gourmet burgers: fish, vege or prime beef ($9.50). The flyer also says “seafood served with chips and your choice of dipping sauce”.

Dacquiri 11:59 pm 28 Mar 11

For salads, it’s Civic IGA — they charge $5.50 for what goes for about $8-$10 elsewhere. Lots of varieties and they tasted excellent (and that’s from me, a vego salad expert).

toriness 6:41 pm 28 Mar 11

thanks for introducing me to some places i never would have gone to otherwise!

mirage3 4:47 pm 28 Mar 11

JB I salute your bravery.

Institute 4:27 pm 28 Mar 11

I have reaped the rewards of your findings and will miss this series. Thanks for being our test subject.

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