Fuel up at NU Healthy Cafe
Just because a meal is cheap, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s unhealthy. At NU Healthy Cafe you can curb your hunger pangs with a nourishing roast pumpkin salad, filled with quinoa, sunflower seeds, carrot, red cabbage and watercress with an avocado and herb dressing. On its own the salad is not only delicious, it’s also gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan friendly. If you crave a little protein, you can add the likes of chipotle chicken or honey-glazed salmon, all for less than $20.
Sweet Dreams Come True at Main Street Market
When 3:30-itis hits hard, you know you’re going to need a coffee and a sweet treat as soon as possible. If you’re short on time, swing by South Bank’s new pop-up treat shop, Main Street Market. You’ll find an abundance of goodies to get you through the afternoon, including vanilla slice cronuts, filled toffee apple doughnuts and Mars Bar milkshakes, as well as local Bellissimo coffee for that muchneeded caffeine hit.
Brighten Your Day With a Suki Poke Bowl
To bowl or to roll? That is the question at Suki. Once you decide if you want a poke bowl or a sushi burrito, the fun really begins. Load up with your choice of base (think white rice, black rice or quinoa and kale), protein such as sashimi-grade salmon, organic tofu or katsu chicken, and up to seven fresh fillings including edamame, seaweed salad, broccoli, avocado and pickled ginger. Both your stomach and your wallet will be satisfied!
Transport Your Tastebuds to Lebanon at Baba Ganouj
If you’ve never been treated to the complex flavours of Lebanese cuisine, it’s time to do yourself a favour. Baba Ganouj brings some of Lebanon’s most renowned and flavourful dishes to South Bank, using traditional techniques in a modern setting. The best way to begin your Lebanese feast (for breakfast, lunch or dinner) is with a Baba Ganouj specialty – its freshly baked saj bread, cooked to order over a unique dome-shaped hotplate. Enjoy your saj with the likes of fresh tabouli or fattoush salad, traditional Lebanese sausages, falafels, minced-lamb kafta or grilled haloumi. If you’re feeling particularly hungry, add some of the restaurant’s mouth-watering mezza options – including ground lamb and beef kibbi, and pastries filled with cheese, marinated lamb, or spinach and spices – all available for less than $5 each.
This Ain’t No Junk Food
Don’t be fooled by the name – the dishes presented before you at Junk are far from stodgy fast food. Allow your mouth to water over the thought of grilled tiger prawns with garlic butter and chilli, fresh Thai beef salad with nuoc cham, or braised beef shin massaman curry with pineapple sambal and coconut cream. Plus, everything on the menu at Junk is less than $20, so you can settle in for an Asian street-food spread without breaking the bank.
Fish and Chips Get a Fresh New Look at Paper Fish
Perched on the breezy banks of the Brisbane River and home to Australia’s only inner-city man-made beach, South Bank is a pretty ideal spot to tuck in to fish and chips. Paper Fish is reminiscent of the takeaway shops of yesteryear but with a distinct difference in quality – you won’t find any frozen cod here. There are three kinds of fresh fish to choose from, barramundi and blue grenadier (battered or grilled), and grilled salmon, plus a range of bites including prawn tacos, calamari rings, Japanese potato cakes and crinkle-cut chips. For a cheap and tasty meal, you can fill up with one of Paper Fish’s boxes – fish, chips and your choice of fresh salad, or three fish or prawn tacos for less than $20. When you need a snack on the run, dig out a $2 coin from your wallet and treat yourself to a cone filled with crinkle-cut chips sprinkled with secret seasoning.
Fast and Fresh Easts at South Bank Kebab
Let’s be honest – who doesn’t love a kebab? The team at South Bank Kebab has been heralded by locals as the makers of Brisbane’s best kebabs, so you know they’re going to be good. While a classic chicken, doner or falafel kebab is pretty hard to beat, you can also opt to ditch the wrap for a bun to make a kebab burger, load up a baked potato or enjoy your succulent kebab meat and salad on a plate.
When You’ve Got the Urge, Go For a Burger
This wouldn’t be a very good cheap eats food trail if there wasn’t at least one burger! If you’re looking for some serious stacks (without blowing serious stacks of cash), Burger Urge can certainly help you out. From the original beef and cheese burger to the El Diablo loaded with beef, maple bacon, onion rings, cheese, jalapenos, tomato, lettuce, chilli sauce, ranch dressing and aioli, there’s something to suit every burger lover.