Cheap eats in Perth Under $20

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Image credit: Pinchos

Everyone loves to eat out, but we’re the first to admit that a hefty portion of our paycheck ends up going towards food and drink. It can be really hard to find somewhere with great quality food and equally great prices. This thrifty little list will have you ordering an entrée and a main while staying in budget – now that really is a treat.

Tommy Sugo

Broadway Fair Shopping Centre, 88 Broadway, Crawley, Nedlands, Perth, WA

  • Cheapest Food: Meatballs or arancini balls $6

Tommy Sugo likes to give you the freedom to customise your pasta. Step 1 involves you choosing your pasta, whether you’re a gnocchi lover ($11) or a penne person ($10), there is every pasta under the sun on offer. Step 2 lets you choose your sauce. Choose a simple sugo or a meaty Bolognese (both $1) or if you’re feeling a bit hungrier why not try the Sir Lamb-a-lot which is a rich lamb and lentil ragu ($2). Tommy Sugo satisfies all your carb cravings without breaking the bank.

“Really tasty pasta. Ordered the Lamb spelt Ravioli with pesto. Possibly one of the tastiest pastas I’ve ever had. Less than $20 for a meal and drink. Impressed!” – Jason Midders

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Pinchos Bar De Tapas

749 Newcastle Street, Leederville, Perth WA 

  • Cheapest Food: Gilda – white anchovy with guindilla pickle and olives $1

Open from 7:30am to late, this authentic Spanish tapas bar has a great atmosphere and delicious food to match. Pair your beer or wine with some Pintxo like chorizo with honey, goats cheese and pickle ($2) or Gilda which is white anchovy with guindilla pickle and olives (for just $1). Looking for something a bit more substantial? Try the potato bravas or the croquettes (both under $10) and don’t miss the crispy pork belly with dukkha and lemon ($12.5). They also have a delicious selection of Spanish sandwiches and omelettes.

“Food is extremely authentic and reasonably priced. Staff were brilliant. Can’t recommend this place highly enough.” – Big TrevTM

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Missy Moo’s Burger Bar

400 South Tce, South Fremantle, WA, and

Shop 24, The Mezz, 148 Scarborough Beach Rd WA

  • Cheapest Food: Missy Moo Burgers slider $5.7

This gourmet burgers joint is a real crowd-pleaser. With nursery-rhyme names like Humpty Dumpty and Yankee Doodle you’ll be giggling all the way to the register. Try out some favourite like Little Boy Blue which is a homemade beef patty, onion rings, Missy relish, aioli, swiss cheese & mixed lettuce ($14) or the Cock-a-doodle-doo with WA chicken tenderloins, smashed avocado, bacon, Missy relish, aioli, mixed lettuce & tomato ($14.5). There is also a great choice of veggies burgers. Got some extra cash? Add some chunky chips ($4.5) or a milkshake ($6). Cheap Tuesday sees all burgers at just $10 from 5pm – Bargain!

This place is the bomb!! Great burgers. Great staff can’t fault it at all” – Lifesapeach

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Is Donburi

Cnr William Street and Washing Lane, Northbridge WA

  • Cheapest Food: Udon soup $1.5 or 8pc baby rolls $3.8

This Japanese gem is the perfect place to mix and match delicious gyoza, fresh sashimi and tasty sushi, starting at just $3.8 a serve. Want something a bit more filling? Is Donburi also have an endless selection of Donburi rice bowl dishes, ranging from teriyaki to katsu donuri. And with prices starting at just $13.8 you’re sure to walk away smiling.

Highlights from this place are the Sashimi and Chirashi Dons. Fresh and good value for money. Food is well-presented with quality ingredients and vibrant colours” – Ilovebeansprouts

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Old Lane Street Eats

17/68 Roe St Northbridge, WA

  • Cheapest Food: Vegetarian spring rolls $4.9

This street-food eatery is sure to fill your belly and keep you coming back for more. With everything under $20 you can mix and match all your Southeast Asian favourites. You can’t go past their bao selection. Try the marmite chicken bao, candied pork bao (both $9.9 for 2) or chilli crap bao ($13.9 for 2). In the mood for noodles? Their KL wanton noodle comes with pork & prawn wantons, charsiew, Chinese broccoli, spring onion and crispy shallots ($8.9). And all this barely scratches the surface of the menu!

“Yum. Yum. Yum. Must come back. Really good prices… exceed expectations of a little restaurant at the end of an alley. With most the options being great for sharing, the baos caused the most table fights, so we just kept ordering them to keep the peace.” – Lakmonsta

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