Gone are the days were folks could justify their fast-food habits as the “cheaper option”. Now, there is a plethora of options for cheap healthy food around Brisbane. To help with difficult decision making when the lunchtime grumbles hit, we’ve compiled our top ten healthy bites to suit budget diners.
This hidden Vietnamese gem is guaranteed to pack out every Saturday night due to its fantastic food, awesome atmosphere and friendly staff. If you’re ever around West End looking for a healthy lunch bite, drop in and see the staff here and grab a delicious Vermicelli (Rice Noodle) salad (Lettuce, mint, coriander, and bean sprouts) with spring rolls for $9.50, or grilled sliced pork or beef for $9.90.
75 Hardgrave Rd, West End
Want to avoid the starchy rice but still want to indulge your sushi cravings? Try Top Sushi in the city with their delectable range of brown rice sushi options. Grab two rolls and a miso soup and still get change from a tenner! Satisfy that sushi appetite without the negative bloating after effects. With creative combinations like peach and salmon, you don’t necessarily need to be in the mood for a traditional Asian feast. Be sure to get there before midday to avoid the lunchtime lines.
Alleyway between Queen and Adelaide St, CBD
Botanica is a treat for both the tastebuds and the eyes! Better yet their delicious range of salads can be enjoyed for just $10! Try the Shaved raw broccoli, dehydrated cranberries and almonds with raw garlic and cashew cream, the Israeli cous cous, roasted sweet potatoes, baby spinach and vegan super greens pesto, or the Chickpeas and roasted pumpkin with coriander and garam masala yoghurt. Needless to say, this place is definitely vegetarian friendly. None of the salads contain meat protein, however some do contain gluten. But don’t worry, just chat to the helpful staff behind the counter and make sure your dietary needs are met.
Shop 9/1 Enogerra Tce, Red Hill
Merthyr Village is home to a little juice and health bar gem, inside All About Fruit, offering a delicious menu of healthy on-the-go treats, juices, smoothies and frappe blends. From sandwiches for $6 and salads for $8 to rice paper rolls for $5.50 and fresh sushi rolls for $2.50, All About Fruit crafts delicious lunch options sourcing daily, fresh produce from Rocklea Produce Markets.
85 Merthyr Road, New Farm
Woolloongabba’s popular bakery destination, The Bakers Arm offers an appetizing array of tarts, muffins, cakes, cookies, sandwiches, bagels and lasagnas. Delicious lunch healthy treats include pumpkin, spinach and haloumi lasagnas, corned beef, salad and mustard bagels, and pepperoni spelt pizzas and salad. All bready options are made with 100% Sprouted Spelt Essene Bread – which makes for some delicious guilt free eats! Offering vegan and vegetarian options, The Bakers Arm offers a versatile range of healthy on the run lunch meals and baked delights in the under $10 range. The bakery provides both take-away and eat-in options for quick stops or relaxed lunches.
29 Logan Road, Woolloongabba
Looking for a fresh and trendy Asian cuisine lunch option? Wandering Elephant is for you! Offering gourmet inspired street food for under $10, this mobile van visits city hotspots, markets, office buildings and construction sites around the Brisbane area. The brainchild of ex-QUT architecture students Ben Carter and Anthony Bartzis, Wandering Elephant offers delicious Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malaysian and Thai dishes, along with finger food from spring rolls and satay sticks to yum nua and rendang beef curry. With a fresh, innovative take on your usual lunchtime experience, you’ll need to check in with their website to find out where they’ve set up shop for the day.
Visit Wandering Elephant's website for upcoming locations
Tenerife’s trendy café and wholesome grocery destination, Sourced Grocer sports a wholesome and sophisticated menu. They offer a range of different options and even a few healthy picks that won’t break the $10 mark. Try the fresh pineapple with vanilla bean yoghurt and almonds, the trifle with fresh stone fruits and toasted muesli (both $9.50), or grab one of their filling urban green or banana, almond and fresh grape smoothies for $8.50. If you like the sound of these head to Tenerife and pull up a milk crate or antique chair and take in the friendly, makeshift surrounds.
11 Florence Street, Teneriffe
While you’re shopping up an organic storm at Wray Organic Market and Café, take a pit stop and grab one of their delicious salads and patties (including vege and wild salmon) all for $9.95. And if you’re looking for an afternoon sugar hit without the sugar, grab one of their slices, cakes or super food balls most under $5 and all sugar free – although you could’ve fooled us! With a number of convenient locations including Newmarket, Indooroopilly, Cannon Hill and Mount Gravatt, Wray offers a healthy lunch alternative wherever you are in the Brisbane area.
Visit Wray Organics' location page to find your local store.
Fundies Wholefood Café offers a world of wholesome, organic meals and healthy café treats. Detox, cleanse and refresh with fresh juices, or grab a meal-in-a-smoothie with blended combinations of organic fruit and vegetables, yoghurt, honey and milk for under $9. But if you're after something a little bigger for lunch, you do need a few extra pennies with each option no more than $15. They offer an appetizing range of gourmet burgers, organic rice balls, lentil or chickpea patties and salad combination . Iconic to the Paddington area Fundies is open 7 days a week offering both breakfast and lunch options in their cosy eat-in café. Doubling as both a café and wholefood market, you can also pick up a few organic and cheap nibbles to keep you stimulated and rejuvenated for the rest of the day.
219 Given Tce, Paddington
Serving as a purely vegetarian local hotspot for over twenty years, Govinda offers fresh, daily-made dishes cooked with carefully sourced ingredients. Specialising in vegetable curries, fluffy jasmine rice, lentil soups, savoury puffs filled with freshly-cooked vegetables and sides of lentil Pappadams and fresh, leafy salads, Govinda is your number one spot for hearty, vegetarian lunch options. Combination meals start from $6 for one dish and a side of rice to $10 for your choice of three dishes and a side of rice. Quiches, lasagnas and feta and spinach filo pastries also feature on the delicious menu, each under $8. Located on West End’s Vulture Street and Elizabeth Street in the City Govinda offers two convenient locations for inner-city workers and wandering shoppers alike.
82 Vulture Street, West End and First floor, 99 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City