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Sunday 28 October 2018

V for value food in Victoria

Sometimes you really don't want a three-course meal with a bottle of wine. A sandwich can be good; or a quick snack. 

Twice over the past three days in Victoria I have come across fun meals that cost under $20 a person - which is ridiculous value nowadays. 

First let me introduce you to the Golden Flake - an old-fashioned fish and chippery at St Leonards on the Bellarine Peninsula.

There is a wide choice of fish from flake to flathead, served the old-style way in grease-proof paper. We opted for King George whiting x 2, a serve of chips, a couple of battered scallops and two soft drinks. 

We took our booty to the beach, 100 metres away, and took in the views across the bay to Melbourne as we dined in style. 

Not the most calorie-conscience meal, but downright delicious with super crisp batter and moist, flavoursome butterflied fish fillets. The chips were perfectly golden. 

A throwback in time, for sure, but one well worth sampling. Our bill for two was $40. 

Tonight, I had a two-course feast that proved even cheaper. And in trendy South Yarra, to boot. 

I sat down at Bamboo City for a solo meal of pan-fried prawn and chicken dumplings (six for $7.50 including a superbly spicy Sichuan dipping sauce), a bowl of barbecued pork on dried noodles for $10.50 and a green tea for $2.50. 

The dumplings were maybe a tad chewy but oh so yummy, while the pork was moist and tender and came with some crisp broccoli.

In researching Bamboo City online, I came across a 20% discount voucher (valid until the end of the month) so my feast cost me just $15.50 - a ridiculous bargain.

Not surprisingly, they were doing a roaring trade on takeaways for Menulog and Uber Eats. 
Golden Flake1387 Murradoc Rd, St Leonards VIC 3223. 

Bamboo City,  49 Toorak Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141. 

# For a change, the author paid for all his own meals 


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