Ten for a Tenner

“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and supper like a pauper!”

Brunch has become the trending meal of the day; the time when we stop in and reward ourselves on the way home from the gym, catch up with friends, or kick back into the weekend with a meal spanning two mealtimes.

But with rising prices an emergent trend in 2018, here are some places where you can eat like a king on a pauper’s budget for $10 or under:

Call in to Alfred’s Diner on Mermaid for toasted muesli with yoghurt and seasonal fruit or Sourdough toast with avocado and dukkah for $10.

At Black Lime Café in Carrara, a brekkie roll costs $5, teamed with a mug of coffee for under $10. Eggs on toast are $8, and there’s plenty of parking out front.

Black Sheep Bistro at Oxenford has fixed price points, with five under $10: Free-range eggs with relish on ciabatta, Bacon and egg burger, Roast pumpkin and feta bruschetta, Freshly sliced mango with muesli and chia coconut yoghurt, and Buckwheat and banana pancake. How could you go wrong!

Caffeine Kings has a couple of $10 deals: Bacon & Egg Burger or Eggs on toast. And don’t forget your coffee!

Tucked away in Southport, much of Chanoyu’s breakfast menu is under $10: Croque Monsieur, Pork fillet sandwich, and even the free-range Bacon and egg roll. That’s value!

Dine on Byron Bay bircher muesli with almonds and berries topped with yoghurt and honey at Cooly Café for $8.50, or enjoy a vego Brekkie burrito for $10.00,.

You may have to pull up a milk crate at Little Mali but Bacon and eggs are $5, Chicken pesto or Falafel wraps are $8 and Smashed avo comes in at only $9.

There’s no beating Nonna’s special brekkie: Scrambled eggs, lashings of bacon and a hash brown on Turkish toast for under $6.

On Fire Broadbeach has four great options for $10: a Big Brekkie; BLT on panini; Bacon and eggs; or a Falafel Pocket starring the best falafel we’ve tasted on the coast.

There’s no brekkie at Mermaid Waters’ The Pastry Emporium’s over $10. Get yourself down there and enjoy the atmosphere of this emerging food corner. After all, why crack $20 when you can eat for a tenner!

NOTE: This article was published in The Sun on 18 July 2018.