Where to find cheap eats near the University of Auckland

by Noted / 25 June, 2018
Ten $10 bites within 10 minutes of the University of Auckland.
Shaolin Kung Fu Noodle. Photo/Simon Young.

Shaolin Kung Fu Noodle. Photo/Simon Young.

Ditch instant noodles for one of these 10 excellent cheap eats near the University of Auckland. Plus, find out where Auckland's best happy hours are.

Shaolin Kung Fu Noodle

Lumpy, punchy noodle dishes and plenty more besides
This brightly decorated restaurant serves food from the Henan province in central mainland China – all spicy and lamb-y – and is one of the best cheap eats in the whole city. Get a group of four together and order the following: fried cumin lamb noodles, cleaver-sliced chicken noodles, four lamb kebabs, and one Chinese-style spring onion pizza. No one should leave hungry. 486 Queen St, and city-wide

Sal’s Pizza

Grab a slice
You’ll forgive the savage burn on the roof of your mouth after eating a slice of pizza here, because it will have only cost you five bucks. Good for feeding a crowd, with gigantic 18-inch pizzas – ideal to split with your buds. We like the pepperoni. 265 Queen St, and city-wide

Tanuki’s Cave

A fun bar/restaurant hybrid
This is probably more of a snack than a meal but a couple of rounds of skewers at Tanuki’s come in around the $10 mark. The chicken wings, chicken hearts, or kumara with butter and salt are the business. Go with a date or generous friend and get them to shout the beers. 319 Queen St

Amano. Photo/Ken Downie.

Amano. Photo/Ken Downie.

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Amano Bakery

Buttery pastries and hot coffee
You won’t snag a main for much less than $20 at this temple for seasonal, locally-grown food but at Amano’s in-house bakery the pastries are exceptional value. Generous, flaky and filled with butter it’s hard to go past the pain au chocolat. The cinnamon morning buns and nutty almond croissants are also worth a look. 66-68 Tyler St

Xi’an Food Bar

Down and dirty cheap eats
It’ll only take 10 minutes to reach Xi’an Food Bar if you run – think of it as a pre-dinner workout. Everything about this place from the quirky calculator ordering system to the lumpy noodles and spicy, healing soups is fab, but you’re here for the Chinese pita bread burgers, two for a tenner. 11 Anzac Ave

Better Burger

A classic
A honey-infused bun, secret sauce, locally-sourced tomatoes and lettuce, an Angus beef patty, cheese, pickle and onions, and then the lid. Great doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive – grab a hamburger and fries for $10 here or a cheeseburger and cold soda for $9. 19 Vulcan Ln

No. 1 Pancake. Photo/Rebekah Robinson.

No. 1 Pancake. Photo/Rebekah Robinson.

No. 1 Pancake

An Auckland student fave
A long-time student favourite, you can grab lunch for a fiver at No. 1 pancake. The chicken and cheese option is super-filling and includes at least a portion of your five a day in the form of cabbage and carrot. Slather with Sriracha or BBQ sauce from the bottle by the till and wolf down quick, street-side, before the cheese goes cold. Cnr Wellesley & Lorne Sts

Kai Eatery

Chick, chick, chicken
A piece of marinated and fried chicken thigh as big as your head only costs $10 at this bright orange food truck. Certainly better value and better tasting than the Colonel’s recipe, and cheaper to boot. 1 Rutland St

Barilla Dumpling

A satisfying mouthful
Now on campus as well as Dominion Road, demolishing a plate of dumplings here is an Auckland rite of passage. The pork and chive, beef and coriander or vegetarian iterations are all $10 for 15. 2 Alfred St

Genzui Ramen

Slurpy, soupy noodles
Here’s one for the hungry – giant, steamy bowls of soup with more than enough noodles for one. Almost half the options on the menu are $10 or less and there are vegetarian dishes, too. Upstairs, Atrium on Elliot

Conch bar. Photo/Amy Atkinson.

Conch bar. Photo/Amy Atkinson.

Auckland's best happy hours

Conch Records Kitchen & Bar
What started life as a record store is now a trendy city-fringe bar and restaurant – Conch is a great first-date spot and crucially, the drinks are cheap between 5-7 weekdays. New specials daily. 115A Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby.

Spitting Feathers
It’s $4 Heinekens from midday until 10pm daily here, but on Thursdays the deals are even better: $6 Absolut vodka and Red Bulls, $5 house wines, $6 ciders and $5 pizzas. 16 Wyndham St, central city.

Coco’s Cantina
Sit outside on the gingham-clad tables and soak up some of Karangahape Road’s lively atmosphere. There are $7 coups of prosecco, Sawmill pilsners and house wines from 5-7pm daily and $28 jugs of sangria in the summertime. 376 Karangahape Rd, K’Rd District.

The Mexican Café
$5 tap beers, $5 house wines and $9 margaritas from 5-7pm daily, and all within stumbling distance of your halls of residence. 67 Victoria St West, central city.

Fort St Union
If you aren’t already sick of Heinekens, they’re $5 a pop here between 4-7pm daily as are house wines. Basic pizzas, $15 each, should take the edge off. 16 Fort St, Britomart.


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