Payday’s just around the corner but you’re busting to have lunch out. You don’t have to spend a bomb to have a good time or to get good food. We continue our series on lunch deals – meals that will fill your stomach but won’t break the bank. Check them out:
At Thai on Ferry 253 Ferry Rd., Southport Ph: 07 5503 1308
At Thai on Ferry is often booked out for lunch, attesting to its popularity amongst business workers along Ferry Road and from Chevron Island. All single plated rice dishes, such as Chicken with cashew nut or Chilli and basil with rice, cost $10 – $12 depending on your meat. Red, Green or Panang chicken curry with rice is $10, while other lunch specials range from $10 – $16. The higher priced dishes include Roast duck with ginger gravy and steamed rice, and Prawn Pad Thai.
Bao Burger Capri on Via Roma, 15 Via Roma, Isle of Capri Ph: 0498 877 226
At $6 – $8 each, bao make the perfect light lunch, especially when they’re packed to the hilt with yummy fillings! Add a side salad or a side of wings for just a few dollars more. Bao Burgers serve various lunch bao favourites including pork belly, chicken Szechuan, confit duck, softshell crab and Greek lamb as well as grilled haloumi and pickled fennel, fried salt-and-pepper mushroom or crispy fried tofu bao for those going meat-free.
Furbilicious Kebabs Mercato on Ferry, 20/59-73 Meron St, Southport
Furbies is a kebab shop with a difference, offering mouth-watering delicious kebabs coupled with a fantastic atmosphere and excellent service. Well known to car enthusiasts who have regular meets outside Furbies on Friday nights, this store offers value for money, with no kebab over $10. Cevapi is also $10.
Hungrill Charcoal Chicken & Salad Bar 2 Grice Ave., Paradise Point Ph: 07 5577 1555
Cooking only Elgin Valley free-range gluten-free chickens (as rare as hens’ teeth), Hungrill runs week day specials such as a Charcoal chicken hot roll with gravy and drink for $7.90 or Gyros with drink for $10.90. There are lots of salads in the display window, made daily and available to take away. Ring ahead to order a whole free-range charcoal chicken to take away for dinner.
Kua Thai Isan 153C Scarborough St, Southport Ph: 07 5655 0639
On our visits to Kua Thai, the restaurant has had several tables of Girls’ Day Out, the ladies making the most of $2.50 BYO and well-priced lunches. Pork, beef, chicken, vegetable and tofu curries as well as chicken or vegetable Tom Yum soup is $10.90, Stir fry, Veg Thai fried rice and Laksa chicken soup are $12.90 per dish, although you’ll pay more for any seafood dishes.
Murasaki Teppanyaki 91 Surf Parade, Broadbeach Ph: 07 5538 8918
If you love teppanyaki, then the cheapest lunch deal in town is at Murasaki (pictured), where the Teriyaki Chicken set is $10, including miso soup, miso-dressed salad, teriyaki chicken and onion with a bowl of rice and two sauces. Beef is $15.50 for the set and seafood more expensive again. (Saiko at Robina Town Centre has a similar deal for $13.90)
My Saigon Tuckshop 1/45 Taree St., Burleigh Ph: 0402 356 609
Being little more than a shopfront in the middle of an industrial estate in Burleigh hasn’t hurt My Saigon Tuckshop’s reputation one little bit! With Banh Mi and Prawn and rice paper rolls at $7 and all main meals at $10 with either steamed rice or vermicelli, it’s great value dining. The Pho is complex and moreish. Now if we just had a tiny Vietnamese lime to squeeze into the broth, it would be perfect!
Noodle House 64 Thomas Dr, Chevron Island Ph: 07 5571 1033
Pad Thai and Chicken satay on rice are two of the $10 favourites at Rose Morton’s Noodle House, tucked just behind Chevron Island’s main thoroughfare. Rose may not be there in the restaurant as much, but the morning routine is the same: the chopping of fresh vegetable heard along the street. All noodle and fried rice dishes are $10 at lunchtime, with curries and soups ranging from $13.90 (seafood around $18).
Pho Vietnam Australia Fair, 42 Marine Parade, Southport Ph: 07 5591 5746
This popular restaurant, which moved from Fig Tree Court to outside the cinema a couple of years ago, is famous for its soups, particularly pho. Its all-day menu is very keenly priced with soups priced from $12 to $14 (the small size is ample) and all dishes in the restaurant (including Viet pancake and Caramelised fish clay pot) are priced under $16.
Terrace Thai Mariner’s Cove, 60 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach Ph: 07 5528 2555
Fancy a Thai lunch overlooking the marina and Broadwater where you can BYO? Then you’re talking Terrace Thai, where a fresh lunch is priced from $10.90. it’s a quiet sport between Fisherman’s Wharf and Marina Mirage, perfect for couples to slip away or for a small group lunch. Lunch specials are hidden away in the back of the main menu!
Weiner Haus Stockland, 149 West Burleigh Rd., Burleigh Waters Ph: 0481 729 345
Begun five years ago as a food truck, the Weiner Haus has been operating for two years outside Burleigh’s Stockland Shopping Centre. Hot dogs range from $7 – $12, for example the ‘Monika Lewinsky’, an American style hot dog with nacho runny cheese and crumbled bacon jerky ($11). Now try to get your lips around that hot dog!
White Rhino Circle on Cavill, 55 Cavill Ave., Surfers Paradise Ph: 07 5646 9337
There’s no better deal in town than White Rhino’s half price lunch. From smaller meals such as Salt & pepper calamari or Arancini balls at $8 to burgers and salads at $9 and main meals at $13 – $14, you can dine under the rain tree in this uber-cool place at literally half the price of dinnertime. Of course, we’ll meet you there for cocktails later!
Read more of Marj’s reviews on http://www.foodgoldcoast.com.au