Get your cheap grub here! Newcastle eats that won’t break the bank

What with the Global Financial Crisis and rising interest rates, you might still be feeling the pinch (Gerry Harvey knows what I’m saying). Don’t lose weight from your wallet or your waist, check out these cheap and cheerful Newcastle eats.



55 Beaumont Street Hamilton

Pides, kebabs, Arnie's Pies, pizza - you know the deal. Cheap and fast is the game here, with seemingly endless opening hours it's an option for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a quick stop off on the late night taxi ride home.

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Sushi Bay

South Piazza Charlestown Square

For fresh sushi as low as $2.50 per plate, how could you go past the Hunter's first sushi train? I don't know about you, but Sushi Bay combines my two great loves in life - good food and childish fun.

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Sticky Rice

19 Scott Street Newcastle 4927 0200

For lunch as cheap as $8.50, what's not to love about Sticky Rice? The meals are tasty and quick. If you work around town, pre-order and you can be in, out and full as a goog in less than half and hour. I've heard good things about the Pad Thai.

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Pide Fez

126 Darby Street Cooks Hill 4929 4394‎

Not only are the pides, sandwiches and kebabs drool-worthy and affordable, Pide Fez also boasts some of the friendliest customer service around.

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New Shanghai

South Piazza Charlestown Square

With cold meals from $4 and dim sims from $5.80, New Shanghai is sure to satisfy both belly and bank. The interior and cuisine is so authentic you'll forget that you're in the midst of Newcastle's largest shopping centre.

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Taj Indian

120 Darby Street Cooks Hill 4929 4265

Across the road from Darby Raj, this unsuspecting cafe offers Indian favourites at the right price. Recommendations include the Chicken Tikka Masala accompanied by cheese naan.

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Lans Vietnamese

146 Darby Street Cooks Hill 4929 1565

If you're hankering for some fresh Vietnamese food at reasonable prices, look no further than Lans.

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Mon's on Darby

150 Darby Street Cooks Hill 4929 6655

Grab a tenner and head to Mon's for lunch - it's all you'll need. Pick from their extensive menu of fresh and authentic Thai dishes. Service is fast and meal quality is consistently good.

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The Embassy Cafe

303 Hunter Street Newcastle (02) 4926 1752

Editors addition: $5 bacon & eggs! This deal is so good there is even a Facebook fan page dedicated to it. The Embassy has been around since 1942, so you're really getting a bit of local history with your toast.

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Anna is one of Urban Insider's first contributors. Originally from Maitland, she now calls New Lambton Heights home. She is a second year Law and Communication student at Newcastle University, majoring in Public Relations and a part time retail assistant. Likes include nail polish, yoghurt, kindness, animals and tea. Things that make her tick include dreary days, intolerance, caterpillars and the sound of popping balloons.

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Love this, keep up the fab work. EC

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