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Callout: Best $15 (and under) lunch in Canberra

Ellen Harvey 19 November 2015 29

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We’ve been running the Cheap Eats series for some time now. Alexandra Craig is currently our only Cheap Eats writer, and she’s coming up blank with new places to go. After feeling like she’s been to all the Civic lunch places, she’s keen to branch out, but needs some help.

This is the list of places we’ve been to so far.

We’re looking any place that does lunch for $15 and under. Leave your suggestions in the comments below.


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29 Responses to Callout: Best $15 (and under) lunch in Canberra
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astrojax astrojax 6:57 am 30 Nov 15

Please post if they have noise levels and then I will not visit them!

i think you’ll find every place has noise levels, zan. some may be higher than others, but…

the village centre at the arboretum has some good food at this price point, with the added extra of being at the arboretum! [and one can enjoy a conversation at normal speaking voice levels…]

Alexandra Craig Alexandra Craig 11:41 am 28 Nov 15

Masquara said :

There’s a little Ethiopian place on Northbourne near the bus station – traditional food as good as the old Fekertes which closed down in Dickson a couple of years ago – for about half the price. Seems to be open lunch through to early dinner; TA or sit-down.

We did Global Cafe a couple of months ago 🙂 It was great!

Masquara Masquara 3:26 pm 27 Nov 15

There’s a little Ethiopian place on Northbourne near the bus station – traditional food as good as the old Fekertes which closed down in Dickson a couple of years ago – for about half the price. Seems to be open lunch through to early dinner; TA or sit-down.

batmantrilogy batmantrilogy 1:08 pm 27 Nov 15

+1 for two hands cafe .

Pencil Pencil 2:57 pm 22 Nov 15

Enjoy the salads + burgers at Two Hands in Fyshwick. They also serve tasty fresh baguettes under $10 that can be shared amongst 2 people

Weaselburger Weaselburger 8:02 pm 17 Nov 15

The Waldorf on London in Civic.

Fish or Schnitzel with chips n salad.

Nothing too fancy or exciting but it’s a big meal and it’s well cooked.

rosscoact rosscoact 6:27 am 17 Nov 15

rommeldog56 said :

rommeldog56 said :

Mess said :

TwentyOne – New Acton
Anyone in the Hamlet
London Burgers – Belco or Tuggers
Milk Crate Cafe – City

a burger + good chips + a beer. The sort of food pubs & clubs used to serve before they went a-la-carte and prices skyrocketed.

Bit heavy for lunch though. But reasonable food – occasionally.

Ooops – meant to say this relates to London Burgers @ Tuggeranong. Can get a bit noisy though.

Burger and chips is the benchmark by which all pub food is judged. If there’s a beer included in the deal, so much the better

pptvb pptvb 8:38 pm 16 Nov 15

I believe that The Hellenic Club on Moore St do $9.90 lunches.
The ANU refectory bar has fantastic burgers for $11ish. Try the Blue Cheese Burger. Very nice.

Kalliste Kalliste 7:31 pm 16 Nov 15

Also wanted to add Soul Origin and De Wok in Belconnen.

rommeldog56 rommeldog56 7:23 pm 16 Nov 15

rommeldog56 said :

Mess said :

TwentyOne – New Acton
Anyone in the Hamlet
London Burgers – Belco or Tuggers
Milk Crate Cafe – City

a burger + good chips + a beer. The sort of food pubs & clubs used to serve before they went a-la-carte and prices skyrocketed.

Bit heavy for lunch though. But reasonable food – occasionally.

Ooops – meant to say this relates to London Burgers @ Tuggeranong. Can get a bit noisy though.

rommeldog56 rommeldog56 7:19 pm 16 Nov 15

Mess said :

TwentyOne – New Acton
Anyone in the Hamlet
London Burgers – Belco or Tuggers
Milk Crate Cafe – City

a burger + good chips + a beer. The sort of food pubs & clubs used to serve before they went a-la-carte and prices skyrocketed.

Bit heavy for lunch though. But reasonable food – occasionally.

Nadoe40 Nadoe40 5:57 pm 16 Nov 15

Valley Tavern in Wanniassa does counter lunch for $14 and under, T-bone is the best.

Macgregor_Lyf Macgregor_Lyf 4:25 pm 16 Nov 15

I didn’t read all the comments but don’t think I’ve seen you visit the Hamlet, iPho or Double Drummer. Also, you should probably go back and try a Noodle Dish (inside, on a plate) at Noodle Cafe. And if you’re ever out our way, Cafe Okrich at Kippax is pretty good too.

pink little birdie pink little birdie 3:48 pm 16 Nov 15

the Sushi shop in the Churches centre in Belconnen though they are out of the good stuff by 12:30.

We get free eggs from my mum regularly so we make a fritta for lunches – usually get 6 meals (3 days- 2 people) from a large pan.

Alexandra Craig Alexandra Craig 2:36 pm 16 Nov 15

rubaiyat said :

This is such a regular line in the RiotACT it does need addressing, are we really that incapable of either making our own lunch or finding a suitable place?

Particularly (how can anyone fail to notice) the mostly fried food that the correspondents seek out.

I know this is all because we are “time poor”, “need” convenience and are seemingly too incompetent to slap something between two pieces of bread without expert assistance or heat up a meal cooked at home.

We do cook at home right?

I worked for 13 years in an Architectural office in Sydney. In all that time my boss only ever had a ham and cheese sandwich every lunch. I was notorious for my baguette stuffed with all sorts of “weird ingredients”, made, and mostly eaten, before my boss returned from buying his cheese and ham sandwich.

Of course I missed out on the social interaction of queuing at the sandwich bar, asking for “the usual” and walking back to the office. But I was great buddies with the local Italian Deli and ate everything of their huge, interesting selection over the years.

Now I know how white bread and Anglo Canberra can be, but wouldn’t it be better to ask where you can get good healthy fresh food and how you put that together in interesting ways for lunch?

I make my own lunch probably 9 times out of 10, and the one time I don’t is when I am doing a cheap eats article (or occasionally, when I leave my lunch at home by accident).

I think the type of food I’ve reviewed is probably 50/50 in terms of healthiness. I’ve done sandwich bars and things like Vietnamese rice paper rolls before. A lot of places that offer lunch specials or meals under $15 don’t always have healthy options, because if they did, I would choose them.

The reason I requested we do a call out for recommendations is because I feel like I have done a billion places in Civic, and I know not everyone works in Civic and it’d be good to branch out. Also, I am super busy with my regular job plus a whole bunch of other stuff so it’s quite difficult to find new and interesting places across Canberra that also have affordable options – sometimes it pays to ask people for help or suggestions.

Mess Mess 12:11 pm 16 Nov 15

TwentyOne – New Acton
Anyone in the Hamlet
London Burgers – Belco or Tuggers
Milk Crate Cafe – City

Kerryhemsley Kerryhemsley 8:44 am 16 Nov 15

$12 lunch at the Old Canberra Inn.

chewy14 chewy14 7:48 am 16 Nov 15

rubaiyat said :

This is such a regular line in the RiotACT it does need addressing, are we really that incapable of either making our own lunch or finding a suitable place?

Particularly (how can anyone fail to notice) the mostly fried food that the correspondents seek out.

I know this is all because we are “time poor”, “need” convenience and are seemingly too incompetent to slap something between two pieces of bread without expert assistance or heat up a meal cooked at home.

We do cook at home right?

I worked for 13 years in an Architectural office in Sydney. In all that time my boss only ever had a ham and cheese sandwich every lunch. I was notorious for my baguette stuffed with all sorts of “weird ingredients”, made, and mostly eaten, before my boss returned from buying his cheese and ham sandwich.

Of course I missed out on the social interaction of queuing at the sandwich bar, asking for “the usual” and walking back to the office. But I was great buddies with the local Italian Deli and ate everything of their huge, interesting selection over the years.

Now I know how white bread and Anglo Canberra can be, but wouldn’t it be better to ask where you can get good healthy fresh food and how you put that together in interesting ways for lunch?

Bread and deli products are healthy now?

Kalliste Kalliste 5:58 pm 15 Nov 15

Thips Thai in Belconnen
Grill’d – multiple
Malaysian Chapter, Belconnen
Ginger & Spice, Gungahlin
Neighbourhood Food in Gungahlin does lunch specials now too I think.

farnarkler farnarkler 12:50 pm 15 Nov 15

I go to Happys in Garema once a week and get curried chicken on rice. $12.50 and is very nice. Add that to a bottle of green tea from the Korean/Asian grocers near Maccas. Otherwise, a meat roll from TreeEighty3 in Baileys arcade for $10.50 plus the green tea is also a nice lunch.

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