Wellington is renowned for its cuisine culture, but sometimes you aren’t after a wine & dine. Sometimes you want a greasy bowl of cheap but delightful goodness. Whether it is dumplings, ramen, curry or mi goreng that is your buzz – there are Cheap Eats in Wellington by the bucketfountain-load. Don’t always expect the best service, don’t expect a perfectly clean bathroom, don’t expect non-laminated menus. Do expect food at volumes that leave you full, do expect authentic tastes and definitely expect that you can probably bring a bottle of wine on a friday night and get loose.
If dumplings is what you are after then look no further than Ram’s Crazy Dumplings on Cuba Street. Order the Chilli Oil Dumplings and be prepared to have your world rocked. 15 dumplings sitting in a pool of warm oily goodness. You would have to be mad to not also order the hot & spicy eggplant. The usual go-to’s from our group are these 4 to share: Vegetarian Chilli Oil Dumplings, Hot & Spicy Eggplant, Salt & Pepper Squid, Vegetarian Mi Goreng. If you feel like splashing out get the potato tower too. Have a suss of Ram’s very own appreciation instagram page. A good feed at Rams will cost between $10-15. We even have a deal going through Breadcrumbs at Rams – spend $20 and get $5 off!
Home to one of Welly’s highest regarded Kung Pao (Beef or Chicken). KK Malaysia features some beautiful 80’s high school yearbook backdrop wallpaper and the ever-present local newspaper article about a local politician who eats there. The Roti Chanai is also a bloody great dish that is worth a try. Situated just off the corner of Ghuznee/Cuba KK is handily within reach for a work lunchtime feed. Mains priced at between $13-16 so pretty handy on the wallet.
Little Penang (both the Terrace & Dixon st) have taken cheap Indonesian food and executed the delivery of it to perfection. Great service, friendly staff, comfortable setting and food that is delicious and affordable. Little Penang is a regular for us at Breadcrumbs and it should be for you too! They offer very quick turnaround takeaway so perfect if you are in a rush. The crispy battered onion that they add to their mi goreng is magic. Meals range between about $9 for a Roti Chanai and roughly $14 for a Mi Goreng.
Taste of India is home to the best Indian feeds in Wellington in our opinion. Don’t expect any service whatsoever – if you call they are unlikely to answer, when you walk in you might not be greeted, your meal might take 10 mins longer than stated. If you are a level 50 TripAdvisor contributor stay away from here because the essay you will want to write will potentially make your head explode. If you are patient, know what you are in for and are willing to wait then don’t look any further for Indian. Taste of India rocks your socks, floats your boat and tickles your pickle all while seemingly ignoring you. Malai Kofta & garlic naan is a personal favorite but anything you order will satisfy your cravings! Cost is generally round $15-20 for a curry, rice, naan combo that will feed 2.
Throwing small amounts of shade to Taste of India, the similarly titled Taste of Home on Vivian Street delivers some seriously sexy noodles. Hand-pulled, chinese noodles. This wee hole-in-the-wall hustles out some very fulfilling bowls of authentic Chinese goodness from an impressively small space. Order in advance at peak lunchtimes to avoid a wait. They will happily use any container you bring along to avoid that excessive plastic use too which is always a big tick. Mains generally between $12 – 14 and worth every cent.
On those cold days in Wellington where the southerly is hustling through the CBD there is nothing better to warm up ya bod than a hot bowl of pho from Fisherman’s Plate. Tucked away on Bond St, Fisherman’s is one of the few places in Welly that you can actually find a vegetarian pho. The red wine braised gravy beef is significantly better than it sounds… It’s really bloody good. Prices are in line with other cheap eats at between $12-15 for a main.
Vegans & Vegetarians of Wellington get hyped. If you haven’t hit up Aunty Mena’s for feeds that meet your needs then your missing out. Good old Aunty Mena makes a range of epic food – personal favorite is the laksa. Don’t sleep on Mena’s if you are a meat-muncher too – the warm, hearty meals are not lacking in anything! Ranging from $10-15 for a main.
Wellington’s best sushi. If you disagree, fight us. Parked up on Cuba St – California sushi is run by the kindest, chattiest sushi chefs you will meet! Be sure to go in and have a yarn while picking from the extensive selection of creative sushi flavors. Really good Vegan and Vegetarian options. The onion pancake sushi is easily the best in the cabinet – if there isn’t any there when you go in just have a word and they make another roll on the spot! Competing for the cheapest sushi in Welly too – most pieces coming in at $1.00. An added bonus, you can pay an extra $0.20 to take a paper tray rather than a plastic one.
In one Breadcrumbs users’ opinion “the best malaysian hole in the wall in Welly”. That’s a tough crown to earn but Satay Palace competes with a variety of dishes that are cheap, come fast and are served with a smile. The Kung Po Tofu and the Gado Gado both come highly recommended. Easily found on Cuba Street with Mains priced between $11-15 – what is there to lose?
So there you have it. Breadcrumb’s curated list of the best cheap eats in Wellington (based on our opinion). If you think we’ve missed somewhere that is worthy of being mentioned here we would love to know! Contact us via the form below to have something added to the list. Don’t forget to also Drop A Crumb at your favorite cheap eats around the world to help others find more feeds like this! Looking for the best cheap eats that will suit your tastes? Download Breadcrumbs and have a scroll through “Breadcrumbs Recommends” to see if any cheap eats pop up!