Eating Cheap in Australia

It is hard to keep track of the ever-changing deals in individual restaurants across Australia. However, the ability to eat well on a budget is possible no matter where you go if you follow some of these tips.

Cheap Tuesday's or Tight arse Tuesday’s

Across Australia, Tuesday is known as the value night for not just restaurants but cinemas as well. Nearly all movie cinemas offer discounted prices and if you are going to find a deal for food it's guaranteed to be on a Tuesday.

Although you can find almost any cuisine marked down on Tuesday, we recommend getting your hands full with Tacos. You can celebrate Taco Tuesdays at almost any location across Australia, however, if you're staying at one of our furnished properties in Surry Hills, head over to The Norfolk and fill up on $3 tacos from 6pm to 10pm. And to sweeten the deal, the Norfolk surprises us with a random 30 minute time frame to order taco for just $1!

Pub Food

Pub food in Australia usually comes in the form of Pizzas, Schnitzels, Steaks and Fish and Chips. Most pubs run nightly deals based on individual meals, for example, Wednesday night is usually steak night for $10-15 and Tuesday night could be schnitzel night. You won’t have any trouble finding a pub wherever you are. 

The Empire Hotel in Annandale is located right below one of our shared furnished apartments and is popular for their $12 daily specials. If you feel like indulging, you can order an antipasto platter from only $16. 

Return Servicemen Leagues (RSL’s)

Similar menu to a pub’s although usually more of a selection. RSL’s will always have nightly deals during the week with an inexpensive menu on the weekends. The drinks range is also a lot cheaper than most places you will find in Australia.

If you're staying in one of our Bondi furnished apartments, take a 20-minute stroll along the beach to the North Bondi RSL club. Be seated with stunning views of the Bondi coast and grab a $10 steak on Wednesday. If you're here on a Sunday, their $14 roast will make you feel back at home. 

Thai Food

In the past 20 years, Thai food has exploded across Australia and established itself as the no.1 casual dining option. You will be able to find a Thai restaurant in nearly every neighbourhood and the more casual locations offer tasty entry level meals for around $12.

If you're staying at one of our furnished one bedroom studios located at the Yurong House near Darlinghurst, you're only a 10-minute walk away from authentic Thai food inspired by the buzzing street of Khao San Road in Bangkok. At Thanon Khaosan, they offer $9.90 lunch specials and cocktails for only $9.50! 


Bakeries are a staple in Australia and there is nothing more Australian than a sausage roll or a meat pie that should never set you back more than $5. Look out for Vietnamese bakeries as well which are best known for their Vietnamese Rolls (Bahn Mi) which are pork or chicken baguettes made fresh and usually cost around $5-8.

If you're on a hunt for the best pies in Sydney, make sure you visit The Pie Tin located in Newtown - so if you're staying at our furnished studio apartment on Margaret Street, it's about 10 minutes away on foot. For banh mi, one of our favourite bakeries are Lai's Family Bakery, only a 13 minute walk away from our furnished property in Glebe. 

Takeaway Chicken Shops

Chicken shops are a type of Australian fast food outlets are usually run independently although some franchises can be found. These shops offer cheap take away meals and often have deals for lunch, combos (combinations) and a widespread menu including burgers, cooked chicken, hot chips, salads and grilled vegetables.

If you're staying at one of our furnished studio apartments in Potts Point, then you have a range of chicken shops to choose from. You can't go past the Thirsty Bird without trying their mouth watering southern fried chicken. You can grab a meal for just $14. If you're looking for a more leaner option, head over to the Spit Roast, also in Potts Point for succulent char-grilled chicken, salad, chips and a drink for about $15. 

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