Our guide to the greatest cheap eats on offer in the Potts Point area.

If you, like me, suffer the cruel affliction of a monthly pay cycle you’ll be well versed in the trials and tribulations of a week spent eating skint. If I was a sensible, measured person, I would possibly entertain the idea of budgeting. I am not. I believe the first week of a monthly pay cycle should be spent living like a king, and the remaining three in a state of abject poverty. In the spirit of skintness, here are our favourite cheap (cheapish?) eats in Potts Point.

Friggitoria
6/12 Bayswater Rd, Potts Point 

How many times have we been duped into paying $26 for six pieces of ravioli in a burnt butter and sage sauce? no more! Friggitoria is a glorious antidote to the depraved portion sizes Australia’s fantastic Italian culinary scene has to offer. If you’re in the mood for a hearty dose of comfort food, Friggotoria is your best bet.

The pasta bar prices range from $13.50-$20, but the portion sizes are simply monolithic. If you’re ordering Friggotoria, know that you’ll have ample leftovers to trudge to the office tomorrow.

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3 Seasons Thai Fusion
64A Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point

Everyone has a Thai joint that they’re loyal to and 3 Seasons Thai Fusion is mine. The joint is located in the heart of Kings Cross’ once glimmering Golden Mile. On weekdays between 11am and 3pm they host a truly bonza lunchtime special, where you can pick up most of their sublime dishes for under a tenner. If you’re looking for a Pad Kee Mao with real uumph, look no further.

Banh Mi via Good Pho Mi, Eat Fuh (on Macleay St), Kings Cross Bakery, Annam Vietnamese, Mama’s Roll

To me, the Banh Mi is one of the culinary worlds greatest triumphs, thankfully it’s also the perfect meal for when you’re down on hard times. All the listed eateries above offer fantastic interpretations of the beloved sambo, most ranging from $6-$10. Extra chilli and coriander please.

Dumpling and Noodle House
68 Stanley St, Darlinghurst 

Nothing like a nourishing bowl of dumplings and noodles in a vinegar soup to distract you from your own misery. Dumpling and Noodle House is somewhat of an institution. The prices are a little steeper than what you’d expect to pay at the grape vine-lined walls of Chinese Noodle Restaurant, but there’s a bunch of excellent, satisfying meals that’ll set you back under $15.

Penny’s Cheese Shop
4 Roslyn St, Potts Point 

The grilled cheese sambo at Penny’s Cheese Shop deserves historic preservation. The absurdly indulgent toastie features four decadement cheeses that ooze through the inside and crisp up the outside. This is not for the faint of heart but it is a bloody marvel.