Cheap Lunches Under $10

By D. Synnott

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.  

Destination Roll

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.

Honey Restaurant

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

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.


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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.



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Pho Pasteur

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.


Soul Burger

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.



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