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March 1, 2004 | by  | in Opinion | [ssba]

Cheap Eats

K K Malaysian
54 Ghuznee Street
K K Malaysian offers a range of cheap Malaysian food from its small premises on Ghuznee Street. Typical Malaysian fare, including nasi goreng, roti chenai, satay, and laksa. A main will set you back between $7 and $10, and should fill you up nicely. Service is fast and cheerful. Highlights: KK’s Mussel Sambal and Roti. Lowlights: Unlicensed, so not the place for a big boozy get together.

K K Malaysian too busy? Try Satay Village, two doors down at number 58 Ghuznee Street for the a cheap and hearty mee goreng. There’s also Roti Chenai Café (Shop 5, 120 Victoria St) for good cheap Malaysian cuisine.

The Oaks Satay Noodle House
Level 2, Oaks Complex, 71-81 Cuba St (Entrance opposite Trade Aid)
Here you can dine cheaply while watching Cuba Street ticking away below. The Oaks Satay Noodle House serves an array of Asian dishes, mostly Thai or Malaysian in origin. A main meal costs between $6 and $8.50. The meals here are genuine, tasty, and cheap! Highlights: A fun tray of condiments on each table for you to experiment with. Lowlights: The décor isn’t exactly pretty, but it does the job. At least it’s clean.

Various locations throughout Wellington: Phone 0800 TO HELL or check out
Compulsory fodder for Wellingtonians, Hell is slowly creeping up the country for the uninitiated. A great range of pizzas, a few pasta dishes, and a nice variety of extras – including corn nuggets and wedges. Available for pick-up or delivery. Highlights: Lemon pepper wedges with garlic mayonnaise – comfort food at its finest. Lowlights: They get pretty busy, so check waiting times on their website before ordering.

219 Willis Street
– 2 for 1 brunches on Monday
Epic, on the corner of Ghuznee and Willis Streets offers a two-for-one brunch deal on Monday. It’s always popular, so be prepared for a wait – grab a muffin and a coffee if you’re staaarving, kick-back, read the paper, and laugh at all the people who are actually doing something on a Monday morning. Their brunch menu is a fairly standard affair. Some interesting touches are added here and there, such as the Ranch Style breakfast – which includes chilli beans, corn nuggets and chorizo. Highlights: Such fun when they tally the bill and then halve it! Lowlights: Finding a table, waiting.

Red Tomatoes Pizzeria
87-89 Upland Road (Delivery available, charge applies)
– $10 student special

Situated in ‘The Villas’ at the Kelburn Shops, Red Tomatoes offers a great student special on a Monday night. $10 for large wood-fired pizzas and pastas – dine in or takeaway. Pizza varieties range from traditional Italian flavours to modern combinations such as apricot chicken. You may have to book, especially if there’re a few of you. Highlights: Aside from cheap drinks and pizza, complimentary milk bottle lollies when you pay. Lowlights: Two curries feature on their otherwise Euro-Italian menu, which tend to stand out rather awkwardly.

150 Featherston Street
If ever you are in town near lunch time, pop into Hearty! for a bite to eat. About two blocks from the cable car, Hearty! offers a lunch menu consisting of soups, platters, and salads, although soups are definitely their strength. A generous bowl of soup-of-the-day with bread roll will cost $7, and should keep you going for a while. They have same nice soup combinations – Nutty Carrot and Coriander, Wild Mushroom, Chicken and Corn Gumbo, all ranging from $7 – $10 with bread. Highlights: Will warm you up on the grisliest of days. Lowlights: For those of you wary of ‘suits’, you may find some here. Don’t worry though, they won’t bite unless you poke them.

Kebab Joints
Wellington is crawling with kebab places. In my opinion, they are by and large the same, offering largely the same menus. Prices are usually fairly similar too, with a large kebab around $6 to $8. However, a few stick out as being distinctive (or at least notorious), as outlined below.

Hadi Gari – At 66A Courtenay Place, it is hard to know whether Hadi Gari is popular because of its good kebabs or because you can always get a feed there at 3am on a Saturday morning. Zucchini and carrot fritters are a nice vegetarian alternative.

Abrakebabra – Still haven’t quite been able to get over the novelty value of the name of this kebab house, situated at 90 Manners Mall. Again, standard kebab fare, although they also offer pizza by the slice if Turkish doesn’t take your fancy.

King Kebab – At 193 Cuba St, this is again another great kebab place to stumble to after a night of revelry. A reliable source tells me their falafel is not to be missed.

Other than that, I’ll let you venture forth and find your favourite kebab place – let me know if you discover the holy grail.


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