Very cheap eats: Banff

Banff145 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda(03 9525 3899) 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 virtually every Monday to meet me in one of our favourite cafes in St Kilda. To me, there’s not too much that’s good about Fitzroy Street other than Banff, I live on the other side of St Kilda and much prefer it that way, still I trek over there for what I would say is the best pizza around.On Monday and Tuesday nights, all standard pizzas are only $5.50 all day, and every other day of the week (excepting weekends I think) they are $5.50 until 5pm – including lunchtimes.

Actually the menu has changed a little since this photo (from Banff’s website) but you get the picture – their main fare is pizzas and there’s a couple of other morsels in there to distract you too.

I swear by the squid pizza (squid, chilli, capers, lemon, garlic, fetta, rocket) but I would say the ‘gourmet pizzas’ are also worth the extra bucks. Extra bucks by the way, still bringing your food in under $10! If you’re going all out and have a bit of a sweet tooth, there’s also sweet calzone’s (folded pizza) which are incredible – banana and chocolate calzone served with marscapone – being my favourite.

Banff also has a breakfast menu, free wireless, a happy hour (3-6pm), cheap drinks ($2.50 pots, $4.50 wine), and good coffee on the whole.

It’s cosy, generally good informal service, tasty, and very cheap. What more could you want?!