Lunch for Every Budget in The City

Ever find that the majority of your lunch break is spent debating where to actually eat? With so many worthy options available in The City, this decision can often be a tough one. So here's our guide to the best lunch options in The City for every budget ...

Cash strapped?

Rice paper rolls for lunch

Bagel Nook, Creek St
Venture down the hidden laneway to Bagel Nook and let your days be filled with cream cheese. Offering a multitude of options for $8, depending on your craving you can choose from options like roast beef, turkey and brie, ham and swiss, Cajun chicken and smoked salmon.

Coles, QueensPlaza or Woolworths, MacArthur Central
Nothing beats a DIY lunch. Grab a loaf of bread and a few delicious condiments (perhaps avocado, rocket, tomato, cheese and ham), and before you know it you've got yourself a delicious sandwich for minimal spend. Plus, you'll have leftovers for future lunches.

Govinda's, First Floor, 99 Elizabeth St
You can't go wrong with this delicious vegetarian restaurant - offering all you can eat and drink "Feast Meal" for only $12.90, or $10 if you're a student. Expect fresh food cooked daily from the finest ingredients.

Hanaichi Sushi Bar + Dining, Wintergarden
Enjoy the making of the exquisite fine foods of Japan right in front of you by professional Japanese chefs at Wintergarden’s Hanaichi Sushi Bar + Dining, including a wide range of sushi and sashimi with plates ranging from $3.50 - $8.

Howzat Burger, Adelaide St
Head down the stairs of Philip Johnson's iconic Adelaide Street restaurant to find a scrumptious burger joint, Howzat Burger. The venture serves traditional and adventurous options for $10 each, such as a standard grain-fed beef burger with cheddar, tomato and lettuce, a cumin-spiced lamb burger with balsamic onions and mint yogurt, a Caesar chicken burger, pork belly with slaw and chipotle mayo, and vegetarians are not forgotten with a chickpea vege burger.

Ichiban Yakitori, Creek St
Ichiban Yakitori Japanese Grill steamed buns have fillings of miso-roasted pork belly with chilli hoisin sauce, pickled cucumber and coriander, or braised beef with pink coleslaw, dijon mustard and raspberry spread. Buy two for $9 or enjoy a bento box with three different types of Chicken skewers for $7.

Little Saigon, Albert St
Little Saigon Grill serves up modern Vietnamese restaurant purveying authentic, delicious and healthy cuisine. You will find Vietnamese classics on the menu including a range of Rice Paper Rolls, Bánh mì, pork and satay chicken skewers and sizzling crispy crepes for under $10.

Felix Espresso & Winebar, Burnett Lane
Venture inside this quaint light filled space and sit on a stool overlooking the laneway and watch the world go by, or soak up the relaxed atmosphere inside. The lunch menu changes daily, but regulars features on the menu are baguettes, organic vegetable tart and a cashew cheese cake for under $10, or a goat pie and salad for $15.

Steamed, Turbot St
Steamed serves up dumplings in three types; 'Harbin' - pork and chive, `Lovabull' - beef with various spices, a vegetarian version called 'Zen' as well as 'Pork Clouds' - wonderfully light and fluffy pork buns. Indulge in six dumplings of your choice and a pork cloud for $10.

Vege Rama, Post Office Square
Vege Rama are well known for delicious and nutritious vegetarian cuisine, cooked fresh daily from the finest ingredients sourced from local suppliers. Choose from delicious salads, multicultural curries and main meals ranging from small for $7 – and large for $10. All meals are produced from local, natural, organic ingredients, free of preservatives, additives and colouring.

Lunch out with friends for under $20

Sliders for lunch at Spring

Brew, Burnett Lane
Brew is not only a great place for lunch or drinks with friends after work, it's also the perfect place to take some time for yourself. Find a space in the dimmed, rustic basement to enjoy some of their toasted sandwiches for lunch, stews and meatballs for dinner, with a vast majority of their meals available for the budget friendly price of $15.

Esquire, 145 Eagle St
Recent winners of the Good Food Guide's coveted three chef's hats, Esquire not only offer a formal degustation, but also offer a reasonably priced informal menu with the majority of dishes ranging from $10 - 15. Click here for a sample of their Esq casual dining menu.

Fat Noodle, Treasury Casino & Hotel
Housed with Treasury Casino & Hotel, award-winning celebrity chef Luke Nguyen's latest venture Fat Noodle serves pan-Asian hawker-style food, including Nguyen’s own Vietnamese as well as Chinese, Thai and Malaysian. Opt for a lighter lunch of small plates in the $9-14 range including spring rolls, salt-and-pepper tofu, prawn and pork rice paper rolls, and Vietnamese chicken salad or larger rice-based dishes and wok-cooked meals $16-19 range featuring angus beef, mee goreng and pad thai.

Firefly, 275 George St
This lively bistro offers snacks, coffee and delicious pizza. The pizzas are the perfect size, so grab a few and share amongst friends.

Nagomi, Eagle Street Pier
Spoil yourself with a delicious japanese bento box at Nagomi for $12.90. On Friday nights you can order from the new 'Izakaya' inspired menu where all dishes are only $6

Spring, cnr Mary & Felix St
Grab a quick bite or relax over a long lunch at Spring, where the service is polished and friendly, the food is abundant and the room is warm and inviting. Make sure you experience the deli, offering a colourful display of fresh, housemade patisserie, slice and baked lines.

Wagamama, Wintergarden
Wagamama serves a fresh and nutritious pan-asian style menu consisting of side dishes, main meals, desserts and fantastic fresh juices in a sleek simple setting. The restaurant offers three types of bento boxes for lunch featuring wagamama favourites for $17.

Vapiano, Queen St 
Pop into Vapiano to treat yourself to made-to-order pizzas, fresh house-made pasta, hand-tossed gourmet salads and delicious dolci in a fun, relaxing atmosphere.

For the foodies for under $30

Dining room at Public

George Bar + Bistro, Eagle St
The George Bar and Bistro serves classic and wholesome bistro fare. The bistro is the perfect excuse to relish in a long lunch with main dishes including parmesan crusted chicken breast, wagyu beef burgers, pan fried kingfish, linguini, or healthier options like salmon, smoked chicken and nicoise tuna salads.

Public, 400 George St
Public offers a relaxed and yet totally chic environment. The food is designed to share, and the menu focuses on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Make sure you try the KFD - Kentucky Fried Duck.

Sono, Tattersall's Arcade
Sono is a peaceful haven offering divine Japanese dining. The lunch menu features set meals under $30 with various meats, seafood and sushi options. If you are a lover of sushi we recommend you take a seat at Sono's sushi bar, where chefs create sushi and sashimi in a skillful display right in front of you.

Tank Bar + Dining, 
Fusing urban sophistication within a funky laneway setting Tank’s dining menu comprises of a great selection of share plates, salads, mains, and gourmet pizzas.

The Euro, 181 Mary St
The Euro's menu consists of modern fine food with emphasis on organic premium products. It delivers classical and relaxed dining with a comprehensive range of hot and cold entrees, meat and fish mains, pasta, charcutiere, and share plates. It also has a very cool vibe, with a laser cut metal entrance screen and panels of green and pink glass overlapping to create a vibrant orange glow to the entry.
The Survey Co
., Burnett Lane - George St end
Brought to you by Simon Livingston (from Piaf, Sardine Tin and Espresso Garage at South Bank) this bistro offers epicurean food with a rustic feel and features a dining room, bar and courtyard.