Top 10 Meals For Around A Tenner In Manchester
Top-notch cheap eats
City centre dining can be pretty pricey and, with the high life of post-payday prosperity seeming like a distant memory, it may feel like our only option is to stay in and suffer beans on toast until next month.
But eating out in Manchester doesn’t have to break the bank if you know where to go (and luckily for you, we do). These top-notch eateries boast some of the tastiest food in town, all for around a tenner….
1. Beat Street
If you haven’t heard, there’s a street food revolution occurring. Everyone’s talking about the craze which offers creative fusion food that’s ready-to-eat and pretty reasonably priced, too! Opened just this summer, Beat Street has the trendiest street food set up in town. Enjoy the sun terrace and live DJs while you feast on a choice of foodie favourites from mighty Bagels (Eat New York) to juicy Jerk Chicken (Jerk) to fresh and zingy Indonesian dishes (Bali Beach Hut), and nothing will set you back more than £10.
2. Rudy's Neapolitan Pizza
In a part of town known as ‘little Italy,’ Rudy’s are notorious for their light and doughy pizzas, baked to order in their mammoth stone kiln and topped with the freshest ingredients. Not only are theirs our favourite pizzas in town, they are our favourite price too. Picking up a 14” Marinara for just £4.80 and the more fancy pizzas for just £8.50 or less, leaves us plenty of change left over for a drink. Don’t mind if I do....
3. Earth Vegetarian Café
Earth Café source their ingredients fresh from the market, meaning their menu varies depending on what green goodies their chefs find that day. From Caribbean stir-frys and Thai curries to more traditional vegetable shepherd's pie, whatever is on offer, you know you can pile your plate high with veggie goodness for just £7.
If you love hummus as much as we do, you’ll love Bakchich. Offering grilled meats, falafel wraps and a selection of meze bites, this Lebanese restaurant brings a true taste of the med to the streets of Manchester. You won’t find any alcohol here but their sublime flavours and colourful dishes more than make up for it. Their reasonable prices mean you can easily fill yourself up with healthy, deliciously authentic food within our ten-bob budget.
Using your fingers to tuck into traditional Ethiopian cuisine while the air fills with the aromas of tantalizing spices, Habesha will transport you to the heart of West Africa for less than your metrolink day pass. There’s no need to stand on ceremony here, order a big plate of tender meat or lentils drenched in sauce, grab a piece of flat bread and dig in!
6. Soup Kitchen
In the heart of the Northern Quarter, Soup Kitchen is a quirky music venue that has it all. Its canteen-style cafe serves up both daily specials, such as their hearty Jamaican street food, as well as some of the most awesome looking soups we’ve ever seen. On top of that, the bar has a forever changing selection of cask ales and award winning wine. Get a plate and a pint for under £10 per head and you’ve got yourself the perfect pre-gig eats.
7. Changos Burrito
Changos is definitely one of the best burritos in town (and, yes, we’ve tried them all). Fit to burst with chipotle cheesy wholesomeness, one of these bad boys will cost you £6 tops. A tex-mex treat that will leave both you and your wallet feeling pretty full.
8. This and That
Established in 1984, this family run curry house has become an intrinsic part of the city. I mean, are you even a Mancunian unless you’ve been to This and That? If you can get past the dingy alleyway location and the decidedly dodgy décor, you’re in for one immense plate of curry with a flavour that packs a punch. Get the classic rice n’ three for a stomach-satisfying £6.
9. Yard and Coop
Money being tight doesn’t have to leave you feeling cooped up when there’s Yard and Coop (as long as you ignore the poultry-pen inspired interior and, you know, the name). Just looking at their secret recipe buttermilk fried chicken and succulent sauces have us salivating onto our keyboards and, at under £10 a meal, the price is even tastier.
10. Mi & Pho
One of the more authentic eastern restaurants in town, Mi & Pho cooks up some mean Vietnamese cuisine. Their fresh and vibrant dishes include Pho (a noodle soup and the national dish of Vietnam), Bahn Mi (Vietnamese style sandwiches) and traditional marinated meat and noodle bowls, all skilfully crafted and a shocking £7 or less. And, as it’s bring your own booze, there’s the added luxury of being able to enjoy your favourite tipple without toppling into your overdraft.