Inflation. Rising interest rates. Soaring property prices. We’re all feeling the pinch and the need to save some pennies at the moment. Well, we're here to help. We’ve tracked down some of the best discounted date nights and meal deals, so you can treat yourself to a night out without breaking the bank.
No weird foams or fancy plating here, below you’ll find some of the best cheap eats that The Ninch has to offer. It's good, simple comfort food at it's finest.
Taco Tuesday at The Milbri
Choose from tempura fish with baja sauce, grilled eggplant with miso glaze, fried chicken with kimchi and kewpie mayo, or bulgogi beef with jalapeno salsa.
For best results, pair it with a coconut, lychee and jalapeno, or classic Tommy's margarita. What's not to love?
Available every Tuesday night without fail.
Half-Price Burgers at Morgan's Sorrento
Mosey on down to Morgan's Sorrento for half-price burgers on a Wednesday night. You can fuel up with a double cheeseburger with bacon, onion, hand-cut chips and a crunchy dill pickle – paired with a pot of furphy – without cracking a $20.
Available for lunch and dinner every Wednesday throughout winter.
Pot & Parma Night at Hotel Sorrento
Whilst Hotel Sorrento feels like a pretty swish spot to visit, the family-run business still knows how to take care of locals. Wander in on a Wednesday night for a pot and parma for $29, including a generous serving of coleslaw, chips and a pot of local beer.
Available in the iconic main bar every Wednesday night.
Pie & Pot, Pot & Parma or Hot Curry & Cold Jugs at Jetty Road
Knock back a pot and pie for $20 on Wednesdays, with a free kids' meals for every main meal purchased. Choose from a Steak & Peppercorn or Cauliflower, Sweet Potato & Coconut Curry pie from Miller's Bread Kitchen, served with mash, peas and gravy. It's a hearty feed that's easy on the hip pocket.
Roll into the brewery on a Thursday night for a $20 pot and parma served with beer-battered chips and salad. Again, the team offer free kids' meals on Thursdays with every main meal purchased, making this a family-friendly option.
Tuck into a tasty curry share-board for two with a jug of craft beer for $50 on a Friday. Served with rice, poppadoms, onion bhajis, roti bread and an ice-cold jug of draught/pale ale. A date night that comes in under $50? Count us in.
Parma Night at Haba Rye
Options include the 'Classic Parma', the 'Hawaiian Parma' made with juicy pineapple, the 'Bandito Parma' served with smokey BBQ sauce, the hot and spicy 'Volcano Parma', and the vego-friendly eggplant version, the 'Joe Dirt Parma'.
All parmas are served with a side salad and chips for $10 a pop. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available.
Beer & Bao at The Hop Shop
Get your mouth around a soft, doughy bao bun served alongside salty nori fries & a pint or wine of your choice for $20 midweek at The Hop Shop in Frankston. Choose from sticky beef short rib with pickled daikon and sesame kewpie, chicken karaage with iceberg, togarashi and yuzu kewpie, or panko-crumbed zucchini with baby gem lettuce and miso kewpie.
Available from 12pm – 4pm, Wednesday to Friday.
Sh*t Pub Trivia Night at Wowee Zowee
If you're after a spot of sh*t pub trivia, Wowee Zowee in Mornington are delivering the goods on Thursday nights, with a $20 special including your choice of burger or buffalo wings served alongside and a frosty pint.
Vego friends needn't miss out either, with a 'Broc 'N' Roll Burger' featuring fried broccolini, hot sauce, slaw, and salt and vinegar chips, or the 'Mushroom Burger' with crumbed mushroom, tomato, relish, cheese and lettuce.
Available Thursday evenings from 7:30pm. Launching 14th of July 2022.
Cptn Jack's Midweek Special
For those looking for something a little more fancy (but still affordable), you can live large with your choice of a small plate and main, or main and dessert, paired with a glass of local wine for $55. We'll take the kingfish sashimi with coconut, ginger and finger lime, followed by the salmon fillet with liquorice teriyaki and edamame, washed down with a glass of Montalto's finest.
Available Thursdays and Fridays, 11am-3pm.
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