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Dumplings Plus
It’s surprising how something so cheap can taste so damn good. These little portions of juicy pork are encased in perfectly fried parcels that are handmade in front of you. Chuck some soy sauce on these bad boys and you’re ready to go. They also come in beef or prawn and chive so you can try them all.

Pan fried pork dumplings: $1.30 each or ten for $9.50

South Melbourne Market Dim Sims
There’s a reason why these mammoth Dim Sims are celebrated among hungry city dwellers and it’s because at only $2 a pop you get a filling mix of fresh meaty goodness. There’s no mystery ingredients or salt overload here, just a round fried pocket of succulent flavour with just that little bit of kick.

Fried Dim Sim: $2 each

Jimmy Grants
Forget the greasy souvas of old and get yourself the Mr Papadopoulous; a soft flatbread stuffed with juicy tender lamb slices, sweet caramelised onions, parsley and hot chips drizzled with mustard aioli. It’s a small souvlaki from George Calombaris’ new Jimmy’s location but the mix of bold flavours and juicy tender lamb meat is a filling lunch option.

Lamb souvlaki: $9.50

Thr1ve
Here’s one for you, modern cave-people. Get a big bowl of leafy greens with warm sweet potato and cauliflower mash, throw in perfectly grilled lemon and herb chicken and add some smashed avo for a healthy mid-day pick me up. They have also got giant green mango smoothies that are an instant energiser but not too sweet. Who said eating your greens is a chore?

Chicken salad bowl: $9.90 entree

Ramen Ya
It’s in their name and it’s what they do best. The signature Ramen consists of thin yellow egg noodles and soft slices of marinated pork in a strong seafood flavoured soup. You get a decent portion and the traditional Japanese stock is perfected over several days as it’s boiled to produce a strong flavour.

Tonkotsu Charshu Raman: $10

 

Under $15

Phở Nom
It’s a generous serving of pho with tender strips of beef and soft noodles swimming in a strong, fragrant broth made from Warialda beef bones. They’re not stingy with the extras either, as you can spoon in as many bean shoots, herbs, salads and chilli into your bowl as you wish.

Pho Bo Hanoi: $11

Charlie & Co Burgers
Charlie’s is a new burger player in town and they’re certainly stepping up. Their classic burger sees a tender chargrilled wagyu patty nestled between a sweet crumbly bun with tomato, gherkins, cheese, garden leaves, aioli and Charlie’s droolworthy special sauce. Go for the Parmesan and truffle chips to compliment this belly-filling burger.

Classic Charlie Burger: $11.90

Chinta Ria Soul
This curry Laska is the food equivalent to a warm comforting hug. It’s a massive bowl of rich creamy coconut based soup with chicken and thin strands of vermicelli and hokkien noodles topped with bean curd, fish cakes, bean shoots and string beans. It isn’t too spicy and the amazing sweet creamy flavour will make you want to lick the bowl clean. Get it with roti bread ($3.90) to soak up every last bit.

Curry Laska: $12.50

Earl Canteen
Everything you’ve heard about this pork belly sandwich is true. The free-range pork is mouth-wateringly tender with a bite of crispy crackling that reminds us of a traditional Sunday roast, while the apple and fennel coleslaw with wilted silverbeet is sweet and crunchy and fits snugly between a soft Turkish style roll.

Pork Belly Sandwich: $13.50

Botica Espresso Bar
Botica has put a twist on the traditional gnocchi dish with rows of compact gnocchi stacked like jenga pieces mixed with a flavoursome light tomato sauce. The earthly flavours are rich and filling but not too heavy, a pleasant change from your usual pasta dishes. They also do some mean Empanados with house made sweet capsicum relish and ace coffees.

Baked pumpkin gnocchi: $15

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