Cheap Eats In Christchurch

Known as the Garden city and the gateway to the South, Christchurch has many names just as it has many eateries.  If you are looking for a tasty but reasonably priced meal, we have done the hard work for you.  Look no further than our top eleven multi-national cuisines to get your taste buds watering.

For an Asian feast, there are so many choices you will have a hard time deciding which option is right.  Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian and Korean dishes, along with Mexican, Mediterranean and Burgers, take a look at what we’ve found.

Thai Container - 151 Bealey Ave, Central Christchurch

With gluten-free and vegan options, you will be hard pressed to choose.  Offering salads, stir-fries noodle and rice dishes, while a pack of 6 curry puffs are only $10.50.  For the more adventurous, Hot and spicy noodles or curries are on the menu.  Within the city centre, you won’t have to travel far for lunch or dinner.

Sampan House – 168 Gloucester Street, Christchurch Central

Not limited to one style of Asian cooking, Sampan House shares an Asian menu across multiple cuisines.  Indonesian, Malaysian, Cambodian, Chinese and Thai you can find whatever your heart desires on this menu, all within a reasonable price.  Order individual dishes or choose a banquet for two, sharing great value with a friend.  You can order out for pickup or delivery, easy if you choose to stay next door at the Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch.  They also offer a vegetarian menu.

Samurai Bowl – Shop 5, 574 Colombo St, Christchurch Central

Eat your fill of Sushi, Sashimi, Kara-age and Ramen at this casual style Japanese Restaurant.  Providing the taste of Japan at a reasonable price, you can complement your meal with Sake or Japanese Vodka Shochu.  Appetizers start at $5.50.

Yummy Chinese Cuisine – 380 Riccarton Road, Christchurch Central

A family affair, this authentic Malaysian and Chinese cuisine has mussels and squid on the menu.  With entrees starting at $5.00 and crispy noodles for $13.00 you have a choice of vegetarian, meat or seafood to keep you full for longer.

Pot Sticker Dumplings – 144 Lichfield St, Christchurch Central

Hand-made and MSG free, these dumplings are irresistible.   With a Shanghai dumpling master at the helm, using locally sourced ingredients the flavours will impress you. At $12.00 for a pot of 5 dumplings, these prices cannot be ignored.

Welcome Vegetarian Cafe and Takeaways – 2 Wharenui Rd

If you prefer meat-free dishes, or even vegan, this authentic home cooked menu will get your juices going.  Serving fructose and gluten friendly food, even the most limited diet can enjoy a night on the town with a range of Chinese, Thai, Malaysian and Greek cuisines.  From soups, stir-fries and noodles, to samosas, sticky rice with seaweed and crispy tofu, you will be hard pressed to choose your favourite dish.

Mexicano’s Christchurch - 131 Victoria Street, Central Christchurch

The most vibrant, fun & authentic Mexican in Christchurch! Customer’s favourites are the grilled chicken and chorizo, the Spanish taco and the fried chicken.  Set in a Mexican inspired décor, the place oozes Mexico. Mexicanos offers a variety of different tequilas, margaritas and sangrias to complete the authentic experience.

Base Woodfired Pizzas - 181 High Street, Christchurch Central

Family run and tasty as ever, Base Woodfired Pizza is made exclusively from locally sourced ingredients.  Choose from simple tomato, cheese and basil to the more sophisticated Moroccan lamb laden with marinated backstrap, capsicum, sundried tomatoes, mango chutney and yoghurt raita. You can even pre-order a pizza to devour during a sitting at The Court Theatre.

Dimitris Greek Food - 84a Riccarton Road, Christchurch, New Zealand

Dimitris is a family venue and a Christchurch icon having been serving Souvlakis for over 20 years!  Tasty, affordable and full of flavour stuffing their Souv’s full of Chicken, Lamb, Beef or Falafel’s you can eat them with one or a combo. Encased in a crispy outer and puffy inner bread while surrounded with a bed of your choice of salad and dripping with your choice of dressing. However you like to satisfy your taste buds, the flavoursome food is best served hot.

Mosaic by Simo - 3/300 Lincoln Rd, Central Christchurch

With a Mediterranean and North African heritage, Simo’s cooking draws on the deep, intense flavours of his ancestors to deliver his mouthwatering menu.  High quality and locally sourced produce fill the plates of his patrons.  Not to be missed here are the super satisfying wraps with your choice of filling from a selection of meats and salads.  Wraps are under $10.00 each depending on your selection of meats.

Bacon Bros - 181 High Street, Christchurch

The Bacon Brothers' Burger Bar started in humble beginnings at the farmers market.  Featuring its range of bacon burger, most around $10 and include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options with beers on tap.  Have you ever tried a burger with a hashbrown?  These owners have thought of everything and source only local ingredients to make their burgers fresh and wholesome.

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