Looking for a decent lunch without splitting a pineapple? A little can go a long way if you know where to head. We’ve got you covered with the best lunches under ten dollars Parramatta has to offer.
Some things are worth waiting for: a Destination Roll is one. The rolls are super fresh – crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside – and all baked on premises so the places just hums with yummy vibes. Nothing tastes quite as good as that first bite of banh mi – lashings of pate, mayo and oozing fillings of your choice, this is your absolute best bet for a cheap-as lunch. Destination Roll have amazing $9 lunch meals every day of the week, with their Crispy Pork Meal – complete with 3 chicken wings – an absolute winner on anyone’s watch.
Shop 2/262 Church Street Parramatta 2150; visit the Destination Roll website.
The dishes at this traditional Persian restaurant are super heart-warming, substantial, and tasty to boot. The Ghormeh Sabzi is rice, vegetable stew, lamb dried limes and red beans, and the Ghaimeh is a stew of yellow pears, dried limes, and lamb topped with French fries. Need we say more? Both these dishes will set you back just $10, and being just off the main strip of town it’s a great place to experience away from the hustle and bustle.
10-20 Horwood Place Parramatta 2150; visit the Honey Restaurant website.
Two Chiefs Cafe
This is a lovely little Italian café where the coffee is good and the dishes are homemade. Two Chiefs is known for its excellent staff and service, so another smooth dine-in choice here. Menu-wise they make a mean Italian-style steak sandwich ($10) or tuna panini with rocket, mayo and pesto ($10), which is also suitably filling and packed with flavour. They’ve also got some pretty amazing snack specials if you’re just a little peckish – their strawberry, coconut and chia seed muffins are divine, and with a small coffee will only set you back a teensy $6.50.
3a Charles Street Parramatta 2150; visit the Two Chiefs Cafe website.
Bourke Street Bakery
For under six bucks, it’s very hard to pass up a piping hot Bourke Street Bakery pie or sausage roll. Whether it’s an excellent eggplant, chick pea, feta and mint roll or a smashing chicken, sweet potato, pea and lime pickle pie, your pastry needs are sorted for just $5.50 a pop. If you’re looking for something a little more fancy, try one of BSB’s corned Wagyu beef, sauerkraut, pickle swiss cheese and Russian dressing sandwiches – just $9.50 for so much sanga delight.
186-190, 1 Church Street Parramatta 2150; visit the Bourke Street Bakery website.
When it comes to fresh and tasty dining at lunchtime, the $9 rice paper rolls at Pho Pasteur are spot on. Choose from prawn and sliced pork, grilled pork, shredded pork, and steamed chicken. Yes, you heard right – that is three kinds of pork. Pho Pasteur’s handmade spring rolls are also mighty fine and great value, as is their Chicken Mushroom soup for $10. All their classic Vietnamese dishes are a mean feed, and the atmosphere here is super cruisy for a happy, healthy dine-in lunch.
137 Church Street Parramatta 2150; visit the Pho Pasteur website.
If plant-based produce is more your flavour, the Falafel burger at Soul Burger is a good option for smack on ten bucks. It’s a falafel patty, mixed tabouli salad, aioli and hummus on a bun of your choice – we recommend the brioche for its spongy, buttery goodness. If the budget allows, save room for a double-espresso shake – that’s two shots of coffee and organic refined sugar free coconut ice-cream for the win.
316 Church Street Parramatta 2150; visit the Soul Burger website.