Eat Out on $15
in central Auckland
The $10 lunch was a popular deal on the streets of Auckland but we've noticed a price increase so have amended our guide accordingly. Many Indian restaurants are still offering lunch deals for around $10 and you'll find a list below. We've also included a couple of recommendations for some Kiwi classics - pies, doughnuts and lamingtons.
We've linked through to review websites to help keep the information up-to-date, also follow website and facebook links to check deals are still current. If you're looking for a cheap drink to end your day Auckland Happy Hours has a few options. (Updated October 2012)
Brew on Quay, corner Quay Street & Britomart Place
Brew on Quay have a $10 express lunch menu and they stock beer from around the world including a range of NZ craft beer. On Thursday nights $20 will get you a curry and an English sized pint (568ml) of Epic Pale Ale, see What's On for the curry on the menu and to keep up-to-date with offers.
The Brew boys have done a great job designing Brew - sit beneath the chandeliers, in the roof top bar or in one of the rooms. Brew on Quay is walking distance to Vector Arena if you're looking for a venue for pre concert drinks. Open 7 days. (MenuMania reviews)
City Farmers Market, Britomart
Have breakfast at the City Farmers Market or collect the ingredients to prepare a fresh feast - take home a tub of mixed lettuce ($10) for the window sill. Saturdays 8.30am –12.30pm.
||The Britomart Country Club, 31 Galway Street
Check out the BBC daily specials - $10 grill menu on Sunday and Wednesday, and $10 pizza on Monday. Drink special - if it's raining between 12 noon and 6pm any day of the week bottles of Export Dry are $3. Open 7 days. (MenuMania reviews)
||Sal's Authentic New York Pizza, 8 Commerce Street
Sal's import ingredients from the USA and serve authentic New York pizza. We chose slices of cheese ($4), and meatball ($5), we liked the flavours and the flexibility of the slices. Add garlic knots and pepperoni wheels for a few dollars more. There's a few booths inside or high tables outside. Open 7 days from 11.30am. (MenuMania reviews and other locations).
California Burrito, Shop 7, 8 Commerce Street
We haven't been to California Burrito yet but when the new store opened in Manukau they gave away burritos, a tasty way to introduce themselves to their new community, so we think they deserve a mention. You can eat lunch or dinner for around $15, they rate 3.5 MenuMania stars and one reviewer notes they're a great option for vegans. Open 7 days from 11am. Other locations.
||The White Lady, corner Fort & Commerce Streets
The White Lady is an Auckland institution that dishes out hearty burgers, toasted sandwiches and milk shakes. She's especially popular with those working or partying the late shift and is open from 6pm - 4am Monday - Thursday and 24 hours over the weekend.
||Fort Street Union, 16 Fort Street
Fort Street Union serve $13 lunches Monday - Friday. Lunch options include risotto, fish 'n' chips and a steak sandwich, visit facebook to see the full $13 lunch menu. Open 7 days. (MenuMania reviews).
||Velvet Burger, 18 Fort Street
Velvet Burger has a $10 lunch combo (11.30am - 5pm) and 2for1 Tuesdays, see "Promos" on the website or facebook. With the exception of the $16 Goneburger all burgers are less than $15. Our choices were True Blue and Big Bird, we dined in, there are plenty of tables and you can buy a beer (including a Double Brown for $4.50 if you're keen). Open 7 days. (Burger fans - Concrete Playground ate their way through The 10 Best Burger Joints in Auckland, note that Murder Burger in Ponsonby has since closed).
Mexicali Fresh, 137 Quay Street (Princes Wharf)
Build your own tacos for $6 at colourful Mexicali Fresh or the El Snacko $10 meal includes a taco, salsa, tortilla chips and bottle of drink. Most meals on the menu are $15 or less and there's a Kid's Menu from $8. WiFi is free with purchases over $5, see the website for latest promotions. Open 7 days from 11am. (MenuMania reviews and other locations).
New World Metro, 125 Queen Street
New World Metro is a new addition to Queen Street and a one stop shop for those self catering in the CBD.
Torchon French Creperie, Elliott Stables, 39 - 41 Elliott Street
Sweet and savoury crepes priced from $5.50 are on the menu at Torchon French Creperie. Sweet options include lemon and sugar ($5.50), and toasted coconut with chocolate sauce ($7.50). Check out the special of the day and prepare to be charmed by the waiting staff. Open Monday - Friday from 8.30am and Saturday and Sunday from 9am. (MenuMania reviews)
El Faro Spanish Tapas Bar, Elliott Stables, 39 - 41 Elliott Street
El Faro remains one of our favourite eateries in Auckland. They have a $15 lunch deal during the week, if you dine in the evening you're probably going to spend more than $15 pp but we think the tapas are so delicious and such good value that
it's well worth spending the dollars to dine here. Tapas from $7.50 vegetarian and $9.50 non vegetarian. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am - 10pm. (MenuMania reviews)
Elliott Stables is one of Auckland's hidden gems, there are a variety of food options to choose from including sushi, tapas, bruschetta, German sausages and Latin American cuisine. The various eateries often have a special or two on offer and lunch deals are common on week days, eg. De Niro's $10 pasta or $12 pizza (DineOut reviews). Monday to Friday all the eateries have a happy hour from 5pm-6pm - 25% off all drinks.
||Genzui Ramen Bar, 21-25 Elliott Street
(located opposite Crowne Plaza Hotel, level 4, Atrium on Elliott building)
It's easy to have a decent dinner at popular Genzui Ramen Bar for $15. We tend to choose the same dishes - teriyaki chicken ramen ($10.50), miso katsu don chicken ($9.50) and gyoza dumplings ($6).
Beverages are also cheap - bottles of Japanese beer from $6.50, bottles of NZ beer from $4.50. (MenuMania reviews). Open Monday-Friday, 11.30am-10pm; Saturday and Sunday, 6pm-10pm. (The Auckland Japanese Restaurant Guide will be useful to those looking for Japanese food in the city).
Revive, 33 Lorne Street & 16 Fort Street
Even the signs are green and healthy looking at Revive, the vegetarian cafe with a salad bar, hot meals that change daily and over 2000 fans on Facebook giving them the thumbs up. You can eat in or take out for $15 or less, they have their own cook book and they also post recipes on Facebook. Open 11am - 8pm Monday - Thursday, 11am - 3pm on Friday (closed weekends).
||No 1 Pancake, corner Wellesley Street & Lorne Street
A couple of doors down from Revive is No1 Pancake, a favourite with students as they dish out cheap sweet ($3) and savoury ($4) Korean style pancakes. They differ from pancakes I'm used to in that the filling is inside and they're slightly oily, they're also substantial and I recommend you start with one and see if you can manage a second. Open for takeaway lunch only - I sat across the road on a bench in Khartoum Place. (Thanks to Sophia for the recommendation).
||350 Queen Street (opposite Aotea Square)
You can eat your way through a three course meal from the small take out kiosks alongside each other at 350 Queen Street, take a seat in Aotea Square. You can start with an entree from Yummy Sushi, main from California Burrito or Star Kebab, dessert from Toro Churro, The Creperie Place or Southern Maid Donuts. Other options include Global Sandwich and Salad Works. All the kiosks are open for lunch and you'll find a few open late in the evening.
||Food for Life, Hare Krishna Restaurant, 268 Karangahape Road
Food for Life has to serve the cheapest two course lunch in Auckland. Pay $6 ($5 if you're a student) for rice, dhal soup, vegetable curry, pakoras with chutney, and a custard and fruit dessert. The restaurant is a good option for vegetarians, what it lacks in character it makes up for in value and portion size. Open Monday - Saturday. (MenuMania reviews)
Cheap Eats on K' Road
There are lots of cheap eats on K' Road including Ken Yakitori @89, Kati Grill @146, Mexicali Fresh @150, St Pierre's Sushi @167, Sal's Pizza @183, Rasoi Vegetarian Restaurant @211 and Hollywood Bakery @246. If you'd like free WiFi with your coffee Esquires Coffee House is at 166 K' Road.
||Theatre Coffee Company, 256 Karangahape Road
I've chosen to recommend Theatre Coffee Co for a few reasons, one is that it's in a unique narrow building with a mosaic floor, arched lead light window and large chandelier. If you climb the copper steps to the mezzanine floor it's a quiet place for coffee or a meal on busy K' Road.
The service is friendly and they have a coffee card for regulars. Breakfast is served until 2.30pm and both breakfast and lunch can be had for around $15, or choose a cheaper snack from the cabinet. They use free range products, make their own hash browns, and the muffins are worth returning for. Open Monday - Saturday, currently closed Sunday but plan to open in future. (MenuMania reviews)
NZ Herald's "Guide to Auckland's food courts" (February 2011)
Food Alley, 9 Albert Street, city
Chow down at Food Alley - 4 x Metro magazine winner of Best Auckland Food Hall. Open 7 days, 10.30am – 10pm, licensed. (Localist information and MenuMania reviews).
Atrium on Elliott, 21-25 Elliott Street, city
The light and bright food court located on the lower floors of the Atrium on Elliott has meals for under $15, options include Gourmet Thai, Bali Star and Banana Leaf (Malaysian cuisine). Check out the work of food art on the wall at Umi Sushi.
Food Gallery, 277 Broadway & Rialto Cinema Food Court, 163 Broadway, Newmarket
The Food Gallery is located on the third floor at Westfield 277 Newmarket, check out the mezzanine floor for extra seats - hours.
There's another food court in the Rialto Cinema and Shopping complex, 163 Broadway. The Baci Lounge is on the same level, it's a smart little book shop/cafe for those wanting pre or post movie coffee - hours (it's not open late every night).
Ponsonby International Foodcourt, 106 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
The taste of Asia is prominent at the Ponsonby International Foodcourt. There's a licensed bar and fruit and vegetable juice is also sold. Eat in or take away a meal for around $10. Open 7 days, 10am-10pm.
||Agnes Curran, 179 Ponsonby Road
A recommendation for a Kiwi classic done exceptionally well - the chocolate lamington. Add something savoury from the small menu that usually consists of baguettes, gourmet pies and a hot dish or two.
Agnes Curran is a little cafe tucked around the corner on Franklin Road with a leafy picture window looking on to Ponsonby Road. There'll be something to read on the communal table. Open 7am - 4pm. (MenuMania reviews)
||il buco, 113 Ponsonby Road
il buco sells good pizza by the slice for $6 and hot chocolate is on the counter ready for your cup. It's the best hot chocolate we've had, it's $3 and served in a cute cup and saucer.
The pizza selection is large and includes vegan options, soup and soldiers are also served ($8.50) and there's a couple of sweets on the menu. Open 7 days until 9pm Monday - Saturday, and 7pm on Sunday. (MenuMania reviews)
The Lucha Lounge, 1 York Street
Lucha Lounge's interior is a bit dark and plenty retro, with a nod to Mexican masked men. All food on the menu is $10 or less, we started with tortilla chips and salsa ($5) and received a seriously large serving of both. Our quesadillas of choice were steak, and kumara with black beans ($10 a tasty piece).
Budweiser was on special for $5, house wine is $7.50 a glass and cocktails start from $13. Churros are no longer on the menu but those tortilla chips served as entree and dessert. A good value night out in a unique venue with friendly staff. See facebook for gig information. Open from 5pm Tuesday - Friday and Saturday from 6pm. (MenuMania reviews, see what Localist has to say).
||Pies & Little and Friday, 12 Melrose Street, Newmarket
If you're a fan of pies Concrete Playground ate their way to The Five Best Pies in Auckland. Reminiscent of an old school Kiwi lunch I recommend you match your Little and Friday mince and cheese pie with one of their divine doughnuts.
A pie and doughnut will cost more than at your average bakery but I think it's well worth it for the quality and taste. (Little and Friday is also at 43 Eversleigh Road in Belmont, it's a local favourite and packed on weekends). Open 7 days. (MenuMania reviews).
HanSan Vietnamese, 55 Nuffield Street
HanSan has four restaurants in Auckland, most dishes on the menu are around $10 (MenuMania reviews). Other cheap and casual eateries on Nuffield Street are Mexicali Fresh @15 and Otto Woo Gourmet Noodle Bar, corner Nuffield Street and Remuera Road.
||Fish 'n' chips or burgers on the beach in Mission Bay
The Fish Pot, 99 Tamaki Drive is our local and does good fish 'n' chips or try Mission Bay Fisheries on Atkin Avenue. Burger Fuel, 61 Tamaki Drive serves up the V8's of the burger world.
Tana Mera Espresso, 12B Patteson Avenue
Coffee, slices, muffins and sandwiches can be enjoyed at one of the few tables in Tana Mera or a few steps away at the beach. Good for early risers - opens 6.15am Monday - Saturday and 6.30am on Sunday, closes at 4pm. Otto Woo Gourmet Noodle Bar is nearby - hours.
Cheapish dessert - ice cream from Movenpick or NZ Natural.
||Sea Cow On The Bay, 33 Tamaki Drive
New at the beach is Sea Cow On The Bay, you can eat in or take out salads from $6, battered fish 'n' chips are $11.50 and other mains are priced $15 - $21. We had the "Hooked on Tuesdays" $10 special - fish burger and chips, it's a good cheap eat. ($10 meals served from 11am - 8.30pm, visit facebook to keep up with special offers).
Sea Cow is BYO ($3 corkage) and beer and wine are also poured from $7.50. Open 6 days from 11am (closed Monday). (MenuMania reviews). Ford fans - look out for the hot red Falcon.
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6:30pm on Friday, August 10th, 2012
No, no connection with us but we'll definitely be coming to town to check it out. We saw a sign advertising Sunday $10 lunch specials on Eat Streat in Rotorua last week so cheap eats are popular at the moment. Thanks for visiting.
1:52pm on Friday, August 10th, 2012
We are getting a restaurant/Bar here in Rotorua called 'The curious kiwi' any relation ??
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