Thrifty meal deals for the whole family

Published on 22 May 2018

Enjoying meals out with the family is a treat that doesn’t happen often enough. But what if we told you that you could stick to your budget and take the family out more often? Read on to find out where you can enjoy meals that’ll keep the clan well fed and your bank balance intact.

Sizzler

Features: Kids under four eat free daily, weekday $9.95 lunch specials, all you can eat.

This classic all-you-can-eat destination is guaranteed to leave the whole family stuffed and ready to roll home. Lunches on weekdays and Saturday feature the lowest prices with endless access to a myriad of salads, pasta, bakes, soups and desserts at only $17.95 for adults. Lunch specials of burgers or fish and calamari go for a mere $9.95 on weekdays. Weekend dinner access to the buffet starts at $25.95 for adults, depending on the protein option you go for – but rest assured you’ll be well fed for $30 and under. Kids under four eat free every day, while prices for older kids range from just $5.95 - $9.95. Keen? Make sure you brief the family on your buffet strategy first.

Hog’s Breath Cafe

Features: Lunch specials, three-course meal deals, kids 12 and under eat free.

You can always count on Hog’s Breath to bring the value and proper portion sizes. For a limited time only, they’re running a ‘3 courses for $29.90’ offer including a starter, main and dessert. With options including onion rings, salt and pepper calamari, prime rib steak, chicken parmigiana, pudding or sundae, there’s likely enough here for yourself and the kids to share. Alternatively, choose some options from the $9.90 lunch menu (think beer battered whiting, burgers, wraps and fries) and share it around. Plus, kids 12 and under get one free meal (including free ice cream and juice) on Monday and Tuesday, with any purchase of a main meal over $20.

Lenard’s

Features: take home value packs.

Did you know your favourite local chicken shop also has you sorted for family gatherings? The poultry specialists sell value packs of varying sizes ranging from $35 to $100. Filled with kievs, parmas, pinwheels, spring rolls, sausages, schnitzels and more, the packs are perfect for birthdays and barbecues, or for stowing away in the freezer.

Guzman Y Gomez

Features: family pack.

Feed the whole family a healthy Mexican lunch for just $35 with GYG’s Family Fiesta pack. The deal gets you two full-sized burritos or burrito bowls, two kids menu items, and two large fries/guacamole and chips/sliced potatoes. There’s plenty of room for customisation, so you’ll be able to order something to suit everyone in the family. What’s not to love?

Beach House

Features: daily lunch deals, dinner specials, kids eat free.

With something different on every night, this relaxed outdoor diner runs so many deals, it’s hard to settle on just one. Try ‘buy 1, get 1 free’ steak night on Mondays, $15 burgers on Tuesday nights, $15 schnitzels on Wednesday nights, $16 for 1kg of chicken wings on Thursday nights, AND kids eat free from 11am on Sundays with one full-paying adult. If that wasn’t enough, the eatery offers a daily deal of a 200g rump with chips and salad for only $15.90 (available 11am-4pm).

Toscani’s

Features: daily deals, kids eat free.

With a pick of pizza, pasta, risotto and burgers, Toscani’s homely Italian meals always go down a treat with the kids. Little ones aged 12 years and under eat free on Sundays after 5pm with an adult purchase of a main meal. Other post-5pm family friendly specials include a ‘buy one meal, get another half price’ on Monday and $14 pizza or pastas on Tuesday.

The Coffee Club

Features: daily dinner deals.

Struggling to keep the kids out of your hair during your morning coffee? Distract them with a babycino at The Coffee Club – they’re free all day, every day. If you’re heading out for a movie with the family, you’ll want to make the most of the $18.90 ‘selected main meal and house wine’ deal, available after 5pm every night during May. Or, share a tapas platter: for $25, you can get a board of sweet potato fries, calamari rings, salad and sauce plus two

Yum Cha Cuisine

Features: Lunch specials, banquet menu.

Yum Cha Cuisine’s weekday lunch specials pair well-loved dishes with an added side snack for just $13.80. Get your choice of sweet and sour pork, honey chicken or black bean beef (each served with rice) plus either a soft drink, BBQ pork bun or chicken dim sum. Or choose a rice dish on its own for only $9.80. If you’re planning a birthday night out, consider the 10-course banquet menu (minimum of six people). For $52 a head, you’ll be served an emperor’s style banquet with two courses of Peking duck, soft shell crab, quail, steamed fish, prawn, steak, calamari and more.