Fashionable Windsor and Prahran are home to some of our favourite boutique stores, op-shops and watering holes, with the motley, ever-shifting patchwork that is Chapel Street at their core. While there are plenty of windows to shop and rowdy nights out to be had, you may not be aware of some great lunch spots that will leave both you and your wallet satisfied.
We’ve tracked down the neighbourhood’s top 10 eats under $10 to satisfy your every craving. From fresh salads and crispy baguettes to famous falafels, you’ll never go hungry until payday again.
1. Sushi at Claringbolds (Prahran Market) – eight pieces for $8
There’s only one place in this neighbourhood to get excellent sushi that won’t hurt your hip pocket – Claringbolds. Located in the meat, poultry and fish section of the Prahran market, this fresh fish purveyor has a constant queue for good reason. The hearty California rolls are made with only the best seafood and veg, and at $1 apiece there’s no way you’ll need more than 8 to feel full.
2. Roast pork banh mi from Nguyen’s Hot Bread – $5
128 Chapel Street, Windsor
Is there anything better then a fresh banh mi, straight out of the oven? Made with the perfect salad (how on Earth do they julienne those carrots so well?), fresh roast pork and of course, a crisp and crunchy roll, and all for less than a $10, you will be hard pressed not to buy one of these babies every day of the week.
3. Pho from Hanoi Hannah – $9.50
The ultimate in a cheap and hearty dish, pho is usually associated with our Richmond neighbours in Victoria Street. Hanoi Hannah’s offering is based on typical hawker-style fare with a modern twist, and is the go-to option for chicken or beef pho on this side of the Yarra.
4. Falafel plate with the lot at the Falafel Cart (Prahran Market) – $8.90 or $7.40 in pita
If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that mobile food purveyors are well and truly giving traditional eateries a run for their money. It’s not just the vegetarians who adore this spot – everyone will enjoy the plate with the lot, complete with four falafels, a delicious range of dips (including homemade hummus) and a variety of fresh salads.
5. Salad Rolls at Mileto’s – $8 to $9.50 br/> Mileto’s is a friendly, family-run business with a supreme deli, which certainly come to the fore in their delicious salad rolls. Whether it’s prosciutto, salami, beef or chicken that floats your boat, you’ll love these made-to-order sangas and their range of accompanying fillings, including fresh pecorino cheese and caramelised onions.
6. Chop Chop Lunch at David’s – $10
If you’re hanging out for payday and too broke to eat, David’s has come to the rescue with its epic Chop Chop express lunch. If it’s a little Asian flair you’re craving, head to Cecil Street and pick two of the small but satisfying choices on offer, which include bao, dumplings or even Peking duck wraps.
7. Fish Burrito at Hooked – $8.95
The team at Hooked is known for their fresh, quality fish and the burrito is no exception. Grilled grenadier is lovingly lavished with baja sauce, red onion, fresh coleslaw and Hooked’s homemade spicy salsa, leaving you full and satisfied without the glut of stodgy beer batter and greasy chips.
8. Pumpkin and chickpea pastie at Windsor Deli – $9.50
The healthier but equally delicious cousin to the pie, you can’t beat a pastie for a filling and delicious lunch. As with all the goods at Windsor Deli, the homemade vegan pumpkin and chickpea version is a delight that is served with a small side salad and a pot of house-made chutney should you require an extra kick.
9. Curry at My Restaurant & Takeaway – $7.90 vegetarian, $9.90 meat
When Windsor and Prahran locals talk curry, the resounding favourite is My Restaurant & Takeaway – the unassuming, authentic, canteen-style shop near the corner of High and Chapel Streets in Prahran. With vegetarian and carnivorous options ranging from butter chicken to potato masala, get in before the secret gets out.
10. Salad from Eats, Shoots and Leaves – $10
For unlucky workers chained to their desk, Eats, Shoots and Leaves will deliver fresh salads that include quinoa, beet, pumpkin, goats cheese and walnut, or spiced brown rice with cauliflower and hazelnut, right to your door. At this stage, they only deliver to the borders of Prahran, but we predict an expansion on the horizon.
Cheap Eats: Windsor & Prahran-Broadsheet, 21st January 2013