Eating out can get expensive quickly. There is always a great new restaurant that is opening its doors or an existing one launching new menus but let us be honest it can be a strain on your wallet. We picked 5 fun places where you can grab a meal literally under Rs 500 and what is best is that we have got deals with all of them! Make sure you check the coupon offering and make the most of our deals at these eateries.
Starbucks - One of the few coffee shops that go beyond just coffee. Of course, you can tuck into a Frappuccino or any of their tall sized beverages that doubles up as a meal but there is plenty to pick from; Kathi rolls, sandwiches, cakes and even pot pies. It is definitely not what you think of when you are planning on a meal out but between a heavy working day and you want to grab an inexpensive meal then Starbucks to the rescue.
99 Pancakes - Who can resist dessert, and, at 99 Pancakes you can be assured these are not reserved just for breakfast. You can pick from classic French style pancakes that are thin and crepe-like or then from the Holland style pancakes that are thicker but come in either a plate of 6 or 12 mini pancakes. Pick the toppings and flavours you like and voila! It is a meal worth every calorie. The Choco Banoffee and Very Very Strawberry are delicious but if you want a more savoury pancake then the Mission Mushroom is your best bet.
Chaayos - Why Starbucks caters to all your coffee needs Chaayos does tea several different ways. Kulhad Chai, Desi Chai or even a funky Aam Papad Chai can be the perfect pick me up. Paired with any of their snacks, sandwiches or even the Parathas or Poha, this becomes a filling meal at a throw-away price.
Wok Express - Chinese meals are always a hit and when they are at a good price they are even better. Wok Express lets you pick and choose to make your ideal rice or noodle dish (refer cover image) but also offers a range of appetizers and gravy dishes. The most expensive item on their menu is still under Rs 500 and will certainly be enough for one person but even if you order more than one it still works out far more economical than most restaurants.
Charcoal Eats - The perfect place for robust Indian flavours with their Biryanis, Kebabs, Curries and Rolls. The signature dishes at Charcoal Eats are their Biryanis with popular picks like the Afghan Biryani, Butter Chicken Biryani and even the Awadhi Mutton Biryani. A single portion of Biryani is more than enough for one person and is priced well below Rs 500 but even if you opt for one of their value combos which includes a biryani and a dessert or perhaps a biryani and a starter, it is still priced the same giving you more bang for your buck.
Better known as the Tiny Taster, Roxanne is an internationally respected blogger and expert on the Mumbai food scene. She has hosted many events, including the Upper Crust Food & Wine Show and travels the world, sharing her knowledge and gaining more experience.