Eating Out on a Budget in Adelaide, Australia

by Travelbag on 19 October 2017, 15:10PM

If you’re anything like us and are ready to dive straight into a delicious plate of food to re-energise after a long-haul flight, then you will love the wide variety of affordable restaurants, cafes and eateries on offer to kick-off your much-anticipated Adelaide adventure. With the scents of numerous styles of cuisine floating in the air at every turn, deciding where to dine can be tricky, so here are just a few well-regarded and affordable places to eat during your time in Adelaide.


Ricky's Kitchen, Rundle Mall

You'll find Ricky's Kitchen in the Southern Cross Arcade at the Rundle Mall, and many locals find it almost impossible to pass by at lunch time without heading inside for something delicious. A cult favourite in the city, Ricky's specialises in chicken, duck and pork dishes, all infused with a variety of fragrant and intense Asian flavours.

It's quite likely that you'll encounter a bit of a queue, as the menu is so popular. However, they have integrated a unique ticketing system that means you can secure your place without having to stand in line. You can expect to indulge in a gourmet meal at Ricky's Kitchen, made with fresh and flavourful ingredients, for under $10. And you definitely have to try some of their famous green dipping source – it's unforgettably delicious!



Georges on Waymouth, Waymouth Street

Aiming to serve ultra-fresh, seasonal produce in a classy European setting, with impeccable service, Georges on Waymouth offers an exceptional dining experience in a truly beautiful space. They pride themselves on their seasonal dishes, so you can expect a variety of flavours and high-quality food with a distinctly modern Mediterranean twist.

Served weekday mornings between 7:30am and 11am, their breakfast menu is simply divine. Keep things simple with a delicious house-made pastry and a fresh juice, or sample their tasty three-egg omelette with toast, spinach and chèvre, or glorious buttermilk pancake served with maple syrup, Chantilly cream and mango. Whichever combination you opt for, you'll have the pleasure of enjoying a hearty, delicious breakfast for under $20.


Warong, Rundle Mall

Lauded as another one of the finest Asian eateries in the Rundle Mall, Warong's menu is full of authentic street-food dishes from Indonesia and Malaysia. Incorporating everything from soups and rice dishes to perfectly grilled meat and noodle options, Warong will have something on their menu to tempt you. There is also a number of vegetarian options, allowing everyone to indulge in a perfectly cooked Asian feast.

The team at Warong pride themselves on their high-quality food at affordable prices, with the majority of combinations from their menu coming in around the $10 mark. The laksa and chicken satay both come highly recommended, with generous portions guaranteed to satisfy, even after a long day of travel or exploration.


Le Carpe Diem, Grenfell Street

For those times when you find yourself really craving a delicious crepe, Le Carpe Diem has all your sweet-toothed desires well and truly covered. The atmosphere inside is perfectly pitched, with authentic French vibes and attention given to even the smallest details throughout.

Their crepes are decadent and indulgent, with every type of chocolate, cream, sugar, syrup and fruit you could possibly think of available on the menu. Imagine everything from vanilla bean ice cream to dried figs and crushed nuts. Although they are definitely best known for their crepes, there are also other French delicacies and savoury options that might take your fancy. Prices are reasonable depending on your order, with a double-shot flat white coming in around $4 and a simple crepe combination setting you back around $12. Portions are generous too, making this place a perfect brunch option after a morning spent exploring the city.


Clay and Coal, Cumberland Park

Widely regarded as one of the best Indonesian restaurants in Adelaide, Clay and Coal have curated a delicious and varied menu that can be enjoyed in a chilled-out environment. Whether you want to tuck into an aromatic sheikh kebab, perfectly marinated chicken, a spicy vindaloo or a lavish vegetable kofta curry, the menu here has all your desires covered.

Main course prices start around $12, with a wide variety of entrées, accompaniments and desserts available as well. Every dish is made with skill and the finest fresh ingredients to guarantee that you'll be impressed by the lavish banquet that will arrive at your table.


Mandoo, Bank Street

This casual Korean restaurant offers delicious fried and steamed dumplings, designed to be shared. It's a small but perfectly formed establishment, so don't be put off if you see there's a queue because the food is more than worth the wait. Let's put it this way: the hype is real!

You'll be able to watch Ki Dong Ra, a veritable master of dumplings, deftly rolling the dough before filling and shaping them ready to be steamed, fried or added to a steaming hotpot or noodle soup. Fillings include chicken, kimchi, pork and a vegetarian option, all of which have garnered rave reviews by just about everyone who has eaten at Mandoo. For under $15 dollars, you'll be served eight dumplings with a fresh salad, a scoop of mashed potato, pickles and home-made sauces. The chilli soy dipping sauce has emerged as a real star of the show, and you can order a large serving of refreshing green tea for $3. And if dumplings aren't your favourite, don't fret because their generous portions of bi-bim-bap (beef or vegetarian) are equally delicious!


Panacea, Halifax Street

Specialising in refined Mediterranean food and housing an Instagram-worthy dining hall and quiet leafy outside courtyard, Panacea is trendy and modern, offering a beautifully curated dining experience that you probably won't forget in a hurry.

Their breakfast menu is beautifully indulgent and well-priced, with a glass of orange juice and a cooked breakfast with eggs, toasted focaccia and locally smoked bacon coming in around $20. Their gloriously sweet French toast, served with ice cream, cinnamon sugar and caramelised orange, costs around $16, while their swoon-worthy, pan-fried halloumi with poached eggs, lime, toasted focaccia and avocado salsa is around the $15 mark.

Their dinner offerings are equally tempting, with many diners drawn in by their extensive tapas menu. We recommend their pizzas, made with organic dough and a choice of toppings, including vegan and veggie options, which start from $16. Look out for their regular offers and specials, which make this dining experience even more affordable.


Burek Lounge, Woodville South

For every meat lover and fan of Eastern European cuisine, Burek Lounge is a must-visit for an affordable and flavourful dining experience. Enjoy ten chevapi served with Turkish lepinja, cream and fresh onion for $12, or a succulent large meat patty with accompaniments for $14. Their mixed grills for two or four people, $30 and $60 respectively, are generously portioned with a variety of cvepachi, sashlik, steak, meat patties and sausage, served with freshly baked bread and salad.


The Edinburgh Castle, Currie Street

With everything from friendly staff to one of the most beautiful beer gardens you'll ever see, it's no surprise that The Edinburgh Castle is one of the oldest and most treasured establishments in Adelaide. The cosy, chilled-out atmosphere is just a pleasure to experience, and if that weren't enough, they also have one of South Australia's best $10 food menus.

Choose from a variety of burgers (fried chicken, cheese, eggplant), perfectly seasoned salt and pepper squid, roast beef or the soup of the day for just $10. Alternatively, for a few dollars more, you might find yourself tempted by the burrito bowl, the coconut and tofu laksa or classic bangers and mash. Referred to by locals as 'The Ed', this is one of those must-visit pubs because it just gets everything so very right.


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