On those days when you’re near-broke but can’t stomach another cup of dehydrated noodles, it’s nice to know of a few cheap lunch spots near campus. Here’s your cheat sheet. Ssshhh, don’t let word get out.
- The Counter Cafe in WF building has a great selection of well-priced sandwiches. You can pick up an enormous sub with an assortment of fillings for $5.50, or grab a boxed sandwich from $4.50. They also run good weekly specials – for next week only (12-16 March), you can get a burger for just $5 (while stocks last).
- At Refuel in WC building, you can pile up your plate at the hot buffet for only $6.50 (or prepay for 10 lunches at only $6 each).
- Piko2Go has lots of cooked meals to take away for $8.
- At the corner of Lorne & Wellesley Streets, just opposite the city library, you’ll find a hole-in-the-wall joint called No. 1 Pancake. A fried Korean pancake stuffed with meat and cheese will cost you $4.50.
- A little walk down Lorne St will take you to the Lorne St Larder, where an all-day breakfast of toast, baked beans, poached eggs, grilled sausage, and salad will set you back just $6.90. (But get in early, they often sell out by noon.)
- If you’re keen for a Queen St lunch, try a stuffed pretzel from Popa’s Pretzels at 350 Queen St for $5. The cheese & Marmite flavour is a Kiwi classic.
- Right next door to the pretzel place (and also opposite WH building on Wellesley St) is Star Kebab, where a plate of rice, meat & salad can be yours for $5.
Top: subs at The Counter. Bottom row L-R: pretzel from Popa’s Pretzels; big
brekkie at Lorne St Larder; the $5 special at Star Kebab
North Shore campus
The food court in AS building has quite a few good options for a cheap lunch.
- At Jewel of Bombay, you can get a small vegetable curry with rice for $7.90
- Kebabs on Campus has burgers with your choice of meat for $5.50.
- Al Parco has lots of options under a fiver. The all-day breakfast is generously proportioned at $6.50.
- Check out the KaiFé buffet in MD building – it costs just $6.50 to load your plate with hot food, and you can eat on the terrace with a view of the swimming pool outside. KaiFé also runs weekly specials, and next week (12-16 March) they’re doing $5 burgers (while stocks last).
- Hop across the road from campus to Food Junction at 613 Great South Rd to find a whole lot more options. Trattoria does $10 pasta mains; Thai Bangkok has five chicken spring rolls for $7.50; and MC Roast has hot sandwiches for $6.
- For a quick energy boost, try a whey protein shake at Wholefoods for $5.90.
- Venture a few steps off campus to 1 Antares Place to sample the local favourite Pickles Cafe. The menu items are pricey, but you can usually get some form of quiche from the cabinet for around $8-9.