One of our favourites has to be Libertine’s cassoulet night. Every Wednesday, for just $25 you can get a most perfect of French winter warmer, traditional Toulouse-style cassoulet with pork belly and home-made sausages, a bargain.
Melbourne’s new Union Dining in Richmond has a menu full of share plates, which can keep things cheap, if you know how to order. Focus on their mains and you can get a Nicky Riemer classic, for around $35 that will warm up and not blow your budget.
Scared of the Movida tapas menu and the bill it can often leave you with? Then pop to Movida Aqui. For $60-$65 you can get a paella that’s plenty enough for two, or even three if you throw in a few bombas.
Don’t think you could ever afford Neil Perry’s [Rockpool]((/melbourne/food-and-drink/directory/restaurant/rockpool-bar-and-grill)? Think Again. Opt for the bar menu and you and your dining partner will be dining out on the best wagyu burgers in town with change from a $50 – that’s for both of you!
If your friends fancy a mid-week meet up after work, then book the group table at Mamasita where the chef’s menu is only $45 per head.
St Jude’s Cellars do $10 meals on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s if you opt for their bar menu. Grab a few side dishes – and at theses prices, a glass or two of wine, and prop yourself up at the bar and you’ll have a feast for peanuts.
Geoff Lindsay’s new eatery in Elwood, Dandelion, may not do specials, but at around $20 for a bowl of pho, (arguably one of the best in town), why wait for a special offer.
Newly on the map, Merricote in Northcote is getting rave reviews for it’s food and has most mains priced under $30, so get in for these prices while you can.
Guy Grossi’s Cellar Bar also offers city bistro dining on a budget. For around $20 you can get a bowl of fresh, handmade pasta. La Dolce Vita indeed.
So next time you don’t fancy cooking, put the beans back on the shelf and head out with a $50, you’ll be well fed, well chuffed and home in time for At The Movies.
NOTE: Of course, a bottle of wine or two will blow the budget – focus is key here people – remember what you went in for. These suggestions exclude those accidental dessert orders and that second or third glass of wine.
1/500-512 Bourke Street, Melbourne
(03) 9663 3038
8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
(03) 8648 1900
St Judes Cellars
389-391 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
(03) 9419 7411
133 Ormond Road, Elwood
(03) 9531 4900