We all have our favourite lunch spots in the CBD – where the staff know your name and order so well you almost have to simply step inside the door and they start steaming the coffee wand and cutting your sandwich.
What about stepping outside your lunchbox to try something a little bit different?
Here are some of our favourite quick and easy work lunch spots in Adelaide to make your next work day a little bit tastier. From kimchi rice balls to Afghan toasties, there’s sure to be something to inspire your next work lunch and send you buzzing into the afternoon with a full stomach.
Love a good pho? Add this Bank Street gem to your lunch list and try Sit Lo’s ‘Chef Signature’chicken or beef pho. Sit Lo also serve a range of classic Vietnamese specials, including bao buns, noodle bowls, cold rolls and salads. Need something to go? Sit Lo’s Banh Mi (or Dog Rolls to you fanatics) are a must try. Their crispy skin roasted pork belly is a knockout. Take a seat inside Sit Lo’s quirky little indoor eatery or take your tasty goodies to go.
Peter Rabbit offers up a little slice of green in the concrete jungle that is the West End. Their all-day menu features all your brekkie favourites, from smashed avocado to traditional bacon and egg breaky rolls, as well as some plate licken’ lunch options. ‘Peter’s ramen’ and the crispy fried chicken sandwich are some house favourites, plus there’s plenty of mouth-watering vegetarian options, too. Get out the office, soak up some vitamin D and nibble alongside the café’s in-house bunnies.
Calling all bao bun fanatics –if you’ve not sampled the sweet, tasty buns at Mamachau, you’re missing out. Their KFC Korean fried chicken is a cult hit, along with their unique kimchi rice balls. If you’re feeling extra peckish, Mamacahu also offer meal deals so you can snap up a main meal, side and a drink of your choice. Did we mention they also do vegan choc chip cookies? Their sweet options are perfect for a sneaky arvo snack. They also offer catering, so next time there’s a work birthday lunch give you can be the office hero with an ultimate bao spread.
Feeling like sandwiches are so yesterday? Why not swap your classic sanger for a bagel from this Topham Mall favourite. All made in-house, you can choose from savoury or sweet bagels and an enormous range of toppings for a decadent takeaway lunch. Design your own bagel or let the professionals handle for you with their top picks of fillings. Can’t decide? Check out their bagel of the month and give yourself a little mid-week surprise.
Kutchi Deli Parwana
Love Parwana’s Afghan delights but don’t have the time for a sit-down meal? Hello Kutchi Deli! The second chapter in the Parwana journey, Kutchi Deli serves up all your favourite Afghan street style classics in a quick and easy takeaway deli in the East End. They’ve even got an easy online order system so you can click and collect your steaming hot lunch in no time if you’re strapped for extra lunch-minutes. Choose from a range of meaty kebabs, curries, dumplings and Afghan toasties. Love hommus? Kutchi Deli’s toasties are served with hommus, cheese and greens with choices of both vegetarian and meat-based fillings.
We’re calling it – these are some of the best sandwiches and foccacias in the city. Packed with fillings and towering high in their little paper parcels, these babies have a following on the East End. Lunchtime see’s people line up for their favourite gourmet sanger – with your choice of their delish filling combos and your favourite bread. Grab a coffee (it’s been voted best in Adelaide a number of times) and say g’day to the friendly team. Their range of salads, hot lunches and sweet treats also have a cult following. If you can’t make it East, The Big Table in Adelaide Central Market has the same family owners, so you can get your fix of sangers and salads there, too.
Adelaide Central Market
Need a selection? Instead of heading to your fast food court, why not try the Adelaide Central Markets for local handmade goodies. Simply take a gander through the aisles and try something different every time. There’s a week’s worth of lunch goodness in here. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some of our top picks at the Adelaide Central Markets…
Asian Gourmet for their signature Laksa and Asian specialities.
Gourmet to Go for their range of bakery favourites, as well as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Love Jamu for their range of freshly made super bowls, fresh juices and smoothies to go.
Piroshiki Cafe to try something out of the ordinary and see their range of Eurasian foods including Russian pies, Chinese dumplings and Eurasian salads.
Where do you have a quick lunch in the CBD? We’d love to hear from you, share with us your favourite quick lunch bites in Adelaide in the comments below or on our socials.