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  • Very cheap eats: March 2011

    China Bar 607 Station Street Box Hill VIC 3128 Ph: (03) 9318 8238 Open Monday – Sunday from 11am – 4am Kick yourself in the bum & get yourself Dim Sum…..*At China Bar Nestled near the Whitehorse/Station street junction is the bold signed yet distinctly unassuming China Bar. This is popular haunt for everyone from…

  • Very cheap eats: Hibari (South Yarra) 09

    Hibari, at 479 Malvern Rd., continues to be an extremely popular Japanese restaurant despite low ratings from the AGF. It is small, seats 30, and noisy with simple wooden tables and uncomfortable wood chairs. Despite these deficiencies booking is advisable. We arrived for a midweek meal about 8.30 pm and after a short wait were…

  • Very cheap eats: March 2009

    I instantly like it: Ichi Ni (03 9534 1212), the Izakaya, a Japanese style tavern/pub with food, which was opened last night next to The Espy by the owners of The Espy Vince Sofo and Paul Adamo. It rocks. Yes, there were some blips in service on the first night. But we weren’t even aware…

  • Very cheap eats: Banff

    Banff145 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda(03 9525 3899) banffstkilda.com.auI have to confess that I’ve been meaning to write this blog for quite some time, but struggling with my conscience about letting too many people know about this little gem of a cafe/bar! I have a small band of faithful ‘Monday Club’ friends who re-arrange their lives…

  • Very cheap eats: Taj Tandoori

    Around the corner from the Classic cinema at 281 Glenhuntly Rd Elsternwick this very well presented Indian restaurant doesn’t look like it would qualify for VCE but it is remarkably inexpensive. Not only do the have mains for around $12 but they also offer a $20 Banquet! Take away is, of course, even cheaper. Desserts…

  • Very cheap eats: Jia (Chadstone)

    Shopping centre food courts – they’re not exactly the culinary epicentre of the world, but they are generally pretty cheap and sometimes, if you are lucky, you may just stumble across something that actually tastes pretty good. Such is the case with Jia, at Chadstone.Located in the lower level foodcourt Jia attracts a lot of…

  • Very cheap eats: Thaila Thai

    I’m not sure how Thaila Thai (82 Lygon St, Brunswick East) does it – serve up generous portions of delicious and fresh Thai dishes for such low prices. Yes, there are other Thai restaurants that are just as cheap, however the quality isn’t the same.There’s the standard range of curries, stir fries and salads to…

  • Very cheap eats: July 2009

    This is one of the most memorable and best value dishes I ate while briefly in Sydney – the $6.80 Tofu with pork floss and 1,000 year old eggs – at Din Tai Fung at World Square. I think it was even better than the Shao-long bao, which has become so fashionable at Yum Cha…

  • Very cheap eats: Still searching for the best Pho

    The seductive thing is the doorway and a sign. There is no other indication of what lies at the top of the stairs in the Thy Thy (142 Victoria St, Richmond +61 3 9429 1104) Vietnamese restaurant. Perhaps restaurant is too strong a word. This isn’t a place I’d come to eat at night and…

  • Very cheap eats: The Charles Dickens Tavern

    Charles Dickens Tavern290 Collins Street, Melbourne Tel. 9654 1821 I’ve got a confession to make: I have a dark, secret, guilty pleasure. I love bangers and mash. There, I’ve said it. So what do we do about it, now that it’s out in the open? Well, I’ll let you in on the secret of where…

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