We know that decision making can be hard... especially when it comes to food! This May over 80 restaurants, bars and eateries are taking part in Cheap & Cheerful Eats, offering a range of incredible cheap eats for $15 and under. To make it easier for you to choose, check out our top picks for the top cheap eats on offer.  

Holey Moley

Holey Moley | $15 Pizza & Mini-Golf combo

A spot of mini golf and a pizza anyone? Holey Moley is the place to go for a night of fun! Whether you’re looking for a place to go with a group of mates or treating the family to a day of activities in the city centre, Holey Moley is a hit for all ages. They’ve got 27 crazy unique holes that’ll be sure to keep you on your toes, as well as a full bar serving up impressive cocktails and delicious bites. This May, take advantage of their $15 pizza and mini-golf combo. 


XuXu Dumpling Bar

XuXu Dumpling Bar | $15 for a basket of 3 pork buns and a seasonal salad

XuXu is a crowd favourite for dumplings in the city centre. They’ve got all the bases covered - steamed, fried, boiled and even dessert dumplings! All May, enjoy a basket of three pork buns and a seasonal salad for just $15. To tie it all together you can get a tap beer added to your order for $8. An added tip - follow this with a basket of their banoffee dumplings or steamed chocolate buns for dessert. 


Chawlas Indian Restaurant | $12.50 for a curry, rice & naan

We love combos, and Chawlas has a great one on offer this May! Take your pick of any of their daily curries and it'll come with rice and naan for $12.50. Add on a tap beer or soft drink for $2.50 and you'll have yourself a complete meal all for just $15. 



Little Yum | $12.80 for 4 fried pork buns & 6 steamed Xiao Long Bao 

Now, we know we’ve already told you where to get your dumpling fix… but can you really have enough dumplings? Little Yum is a little hole in the wall dumpling eatery on Victoria Street and their Cheap & Cheerful offer is excellent value for money. For $12.80 you’ll get 4 fried pork buns and 6 steamed xiao long bao buns. To wash it all down, you can add on a soft drink for just $1.20 more – that’s $14 for 10 buns and a drink! 

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Japanese Bistro Zen | $15 mini tasting lunch box

If you haven’t dined at Japanese Bistro Zen yet, May is the month to do it! This Viaduct Harbour restaurant are masters in the kitchen when it comes to Japanese cuisine. When you want to have a bit of everything, their mini tasting lunchbox for $15 in May is the way to go. The lunchbox includes chicken three ways (karaage, teriyaki and crumbed), roll sushi, sashimi, steamed rice, and miso soup. 

Lobster & Tap

Lobster & Tap

Lobster & Tap | $15 for a lobster roll combo

Part of Auckland Fish Market, Lobster & Tap are well known for their incredibly tasty Canadian wild caught lobster rolls. Served in a toasted bun with mayonnaise and herbs & spices, this May, get a mini classic lobster roll with chips or crisps, coleslaw and a pickle for just $15.



Esther | $15 for a drink and a selection of tapas

The start of the week is looking great this May at Esther in QT Auckland. As part of Cheap & Cheerful Eats, pop in on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and order any drink up to $15 and be treated to a spread of Mediterranean tapas and bellissimo bites. 


The Crab Shack | $15 lunch specials

With fresh seafood, friendly service and incredible views, The Crab Shack is a great spot to return to, or dine at for the first time in May. If you’re a fan of seafood chowder and prawn tacos, or even a bang bang chicken salad, you’ll want to book yourself a table! Throughout the month, The Crab Shack are offering these great dishes for just $15 during lunch. Get your work mates together, or bring the family in for a day in the city and enjoy. 

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Housebar & Cornerbar at Hotel DeBrett | $15 specials for dinner or lunch

Hotel DeBrett is treating us to two great offers this May with Cheap & Cheerful Eats, one at Housebar and one at Cornerbar! When you're looking for a quick evening bite, take up Housebar's fries and wine offer - $15 for a glass of Summerhouse wine and a bowl of their chunky hand-cut potato chips with aioli. At Cornerbar, their $15 offer of a tap beer with a 12inch garlic pizza bread is the perfect choice for lunch or dinner. 

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Le Chef | $15 for a dozen escargots

Travel may be off the cards at the moment, so why not let your taste buds head off on some flavour exploration? This May, try the French delicacy of escargot (snails) at Le Chef for just $15. Served in garlic butter, you'll be pleasantly surprised with the taste of this exotic dish.

Last updated: 30 April 2021