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By Heather• 4 Nov 2015 • 9 Comments
Before we get started, the rules for ten workday lunches under $10 are as follows... eat in, something different every day, no specials, and no chains – with the addition of quick, likely-to-get-me-through-the-afternoon, and available Monday to Friday.
Since Corporatesville is all over town I spread myself around (who needs an excuse to lunch right?), and racked up ten pretty easily. But I know there's loads more good ones out there.
Tucked in behind The Backbencher on Molesworth lives Cellarvate. There's a delicious range of ready to eat pastas in the fridge which they’ll heat and serve for you, along with soups, sandwiches, counter delights and hearty casseroles in winter. Also wine and frozen meals to take home (family venison pie, I'm coming for you...).
Speaking of pies, Barista in Panama Street has a large range of house made for $7- $8. Real meat, tasty sauces and non-flaky pastry (although ask them to not overheat so you avoid partial collapse). They will make anything to order with a couple of days notice and are known for a lamb shank masterpiece ($12).
Also limited seating, but totally worth the trip to the Grand Arcade on Willis. Well filled empanadas in delicious crusty pastry for $7 to $10. Or other sandwiches and completos (Chilean hotdogs) for $10 to $13. You’d be forgiven if a delicious sweet alfajor jumped into your handbag (manbag?) for later.
I love the crunchiness of fresh baguette, as well as the peacefulness and plentiful seating at J'aime Bordeaux on The Terrace. Their vegetable pie and potato tarts are also worthy, as well as any number of naughty pastries or sweets if you fancy.
The foodcourt beneath the State Insurance Building is light, bright, and airy with more options under $10 than you can poke a stick at – kebabs, burgers, salads, curries, quesadillas, steamed pork buns, noodle bowls and more. Other food courts worth a go are the Capital Markets further up Willis and Lambton Square.
I love that Panama in Taranaki Street feels like a mini version of its Wesley Church neighbour. To satisfy my spud craving I enjoyed wedges which were pleasingly crunchy and not over-cheesed or over-sauced (yay!). There were also $4.50 toasties, $8 eggs all day and a range of cabinet offerings under $10.