Eating in Auckland as a student is hard, most places in town are expensive and the usual budgie meal doesn’t always cut it so. Ayaan brings you a few spots that will won’t break the bank but will definitely satisfy the munchies:
Obar snack is the newest Korean spot in town, they specialise in cheap hearty Korean snacks and meals and are only open till 5pm. You can grab one of their gimbap, dumpling and fried chicken platters for just 15 dollars and it’s easily enough food to feed you and a mate.
Renkon is a hidden gem on Durham Street, they do the best Japanese curries and do buries, it’s both tasty and the serving sizes are huge, enough for lunch and some to take back to the flat for dinner.
Number 1 pancake is the classic povo meal, every pancake on their menu is about 6 buck and packs a hearty punch. You cannot go wrong with their cheesey pancakes, perfect refuel during a big study sesh.
Uncle man’s is a K Road classic, great malay food at an even better price. You can grab a tasty as nasi lemak for 11 buck, or splurge out and get a seafood laksa for just another few dollars. One of the few places that you can get the tastes of Malaysia while eating on a budget.
Food print is an app that allows you to get discounts up to 80% on excess food that cafes and restaurants were not able to sell for the day. This app both reduces the amount of waste food that restaurants produce as well as making it worthwhile for a cheeky snack at a really low price. Makes eating on a budget so much easier!
Lim Chour is a solid spot for a good feed, with a decent selection including Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Japanese and Sneaky snacky with their Auckland Famous donut burgers. All of which won’t cost you more than 15 dollars a meal.
Craccum’s extra recommendation:
An icon in the Auckland Chinese food scene, this long-standing establishment has been serving up delicious Chinese lamb burgers, cold skin and hand-pulled noodles long before the Chinese food scene in Auckland was a thing. With several eateries across Auckland serving up authentic flavours, this was one of the first food places I made sure to visit post-lockdown!