Lunch. It’s something we can’t live without and something that we never stop talking about, but unfortunately, buying it every day can get expensive. Before you ask, yes, we’ve heard of meal prep, but we’re just not about that life. There are just too many places in Brisbane that we HAVE to try. It’s a hard life, and we are happy to sacrifice our savings and size 6 jeans for the cause, however, we also know that not everyone is happy spending their entire salary on food. Luckily, we have come across some pretty sweet deals on our food journeys and we want to share them with you.
Banoi | Bowen Hills
Brisbane’s new favourite Vietnamese restaurant Banoi is here to save you from your soggy sandwich. With two different lunch sets to choose from lunchtime is definitely not going to be boring. Lunch Set A comes with a cup of fragrant beef pho, half a crunchy pork bahn mi and three spring rolls for $15. Swap out the pho for a bun bo hue cup and some Hanoi prawn bites to mix it up with Lunch Set B for $16.50. They also have six different flavours of bahn mi. It’s enough to turn you into a Vietnamese pho-natic!
River Quay Fish | South Brisbane
Feeling fancy? Need to impress someone, or just feel like treating yourself? Look no further than the River Quay Fish lunch special. On weekdays from 11.30am-7pm indulge in a two course meal and a glass of wine or beer for just $38. Tuck into some house made fishcakes with Asian slaw, or recreate Lady and the Tramp with some Spanish meatballs. Make your hardest decision this lunch hour between beurre blanc mussels and Portuguese fish stew.
Waterloo Hotel | Fortitude Valley
With its art deco façade and beautiful new renovation, The Waterloo is not the setting for your average pub lunch, but they still offer classic pub prices. From just $9.95, choose between their extensive list of lunch options including pub favourites like fish and chips, burgers and pizza, or aromatic curries and soups. Specials change monthly, because The Waterloo knows that variety is the spice of life.
Fat Dumpling | Various Locations
Don’t have much time for lunch but still want something other than that can of tuna that’s been gathering dust on your desk? Fat Dumpling are here to save you from boring lunches – and potential mercury poisoning. Tuck into six dumplings and your choice of salad for just $15, or grab a warming chicken noodle soup for $13 – perfect for winter.
With two locations and delicious $12 lunch specials it’s hard to look past Bird’s Nest. Accompanied by unlimited rice and miso get ready to embrace your inner sumo with Japanese dishes like karaage, bincho slow braised pork belly or tare-infused katsu chicken curry. Looking for something a little different? Try the Tsukune hot dog – you won’t regret it.
Billykart West End | West End
With rotating lunch specials you’ll never be stuck having the same thing twice at Billykart West End! With prices ranging from $15 – $23, 11:30-2pm weekdays you’ll get to taste your way through the lunch menu with no risk of getting bored, not there was much chance with dishes like wild kingfish sashimi with grapefruit cells and kangaroo and mushroom pies.
Jai Thai | Toowong
Working week stressing you out? Keep calm and curry on, straight into Jai Thai. Choose from red, green, yellow, panang or massaman Thai curries for just $10 a pop. Feeling extra hungry? Spice up your life by upgrading to a roti bread for $12, or add on 2 spring rolls AND a roti for $15 if you’re feeling adventurous. Available Monday to Saturday.
Bavarian Bier Café | CBD
Fancy food is well and good, but sometimes all you really want is to smash into a schnitty and crack open a cold one. Bavarian Bier Café has you sorted with their delicious Uber-Schnitzel and craft beer for just $15. Available Monday to Thursday, sneak in a mid-week visit to shake up your week.
Vapiano | Various Locations
If you’re slowing down during the week we highly recommend carb-loading, and Vapiano is just what we need. From Monday to Thursday, 11 am- 5pm enjoy their pizza or pasta lunch specials from just $10. You’re going to want a pizza this!
So whether you’re in the mood for something fancy, something classic, something boozey or just some bloody good value we’ve got you covered. Go forth and lunch!