Cheap Brisbane Eats Under $20

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Looking for a tasty meal that won’t break the bank? From ramen and bao to fried chicken and parmys we’ve compiled this helpful list of eateries around Brisbane that serve delicious meals for under $20. Perfect for pre-pay day dining and after work eats. These meals are sure to keep your belly satisfied and your wallet happy.

Hai Hai Ramen

02 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, QLD

  • Cheapest Food: single bao bun $6

Raman has skyrocketed in popularity over recent years and Hai Hai Ramen is a place that’s doing it oh-so right. Hai Hai keeps things incredibly simple with the option of ramen, bao and sides. The best part is, you can customise your ramen, just the way you like it. Choose between pork (tonkotsu), chicken and veg (kelp & shitake) ramen with the option of a soy or salt broth and either tick wavy or thin straight noodles. You also have the option of adding or changing any ingredients – why not add an egg or get extra noodles? If ramen doesn’t tickle your fancy then you’re sure to be enticed by delicious, fluffy steamed buns! With the choice of singe ($6), double ($11) and triple ($16) you’ll have your belly filled in under $20. Choose between chashu pork, karaage fried chicken and tofu katsu.

“I love this place because you can rock up with a group of 10 for cheap, fun eats and beers (happy hour is the best for that) OR you can just pop in by yourself for a quick bowl of noodles on a rainy night. It’s a pretty unique little venue with a chilled, social atmosphere (and awesome music) and I am stoked to have found it.” – Magieliu1993

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Zero Fox

36 Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe, QLD

  • Cheapest Food: miso soup $3 or takoyaki $6

This craft beer and Japanese & Korean kitchen is the perfect place to fill your belly without emptying your wallet. With nothing on the menu over $20, there is no risk of an extravagant bill at the end. Share some pork dumplings ($9), tempura onion rings ($9) and chicken katsu & avo sushi ($10). If you’re feeling a bit hungrier, dive into a teriyaki salmon bowl ($19) or a basket of chicken wings ($17). Be sure to visit on a Monday or Tuesday for the $20 beer & bowl meal deal.

“A great rotating selection of craft beers and the food is delicious. Come for the green curry chicken sushi, stay for the kimchi fries.” – rosie-e

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Heya Bar

351 Brusnwick Street, Fortitude Valley QLD

  • Cheapest Food: Smoked salt edamame $6

Inspired by the street markets of Southeast Asia, this eatery serves up Pan-Asian street food that will have your mouth-watering as soon as you open the menu. Broken down into ‘Street Eats’ and ‘Miso Hungry’ this menu is sure to satisfy every appetite. Try the cheeseburger spring rolls ($10) or the chicken & pickled carrot siracha bao ($12) with a side of smoked salt edamame ($6). For anyone looking for a great deal, you can’t go past ‘Chow Tuesdays’ where everything on the menu is half price!

“Some truly excellent deals to be had on half price Tuesday. Come in with a bunch of friends and order like crazy” –PeeCeeLark

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The Defiant Duck

Bank of Queensland Building, Longland Street, Newstead QLD

  • Cheapest Food: Corn dogs $10

If you’re looking for a casual diner serving all-star America fare, then The Defiant Duck is perfect for you. Share some charcoal wings ($12) or maple bacon loaded fries ($14) or get stuck into a brisket roll ($13). All of this tasty comfort food is sure to put you in a happy food coma. With over 24 beers on tap this, relaxed restaurant is the perfect place to catch-up with friends.

“5/5 awesome food, service and atmosphere! Great for large bookings or small lunch with friends. The macaroni croquettes are delish and must be ordered if you go. Great prices too!” – Keeleyjane94

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The Coop Bistro (part of The Flying Cock)

388 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, QLD

  • Cheapest Food: House fried chicken tender $3 each

Located below the very popular Flying Cock bar, sits The Coop Bistro. Self-titled as a ‘chicken pub”, this bistro is packed full of tasty meal deals. You can’t go past $3 tacos or bring a friend to ‘Parmy Wednesdays’ and get two parmys for $19.99. Be sure to also sample the house fried chicken ($4 per breast or $3 per tender) or gobble down 500g of wings for just $10. Still feeling peckish? Add some chargrilled corn ($6) and some fried, pickled onion rings ($7).

“A small but tasty and well done menu had us enjoying the food here. As well as enjoying the fun little spins on names on the menu” – brisbanefoodnerds

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