Verdict: SImple. delicious and fast. A winner!
Tip: Chinotto is something of an acquired taste but give it a go if you're feeling adventurous.
Location: Hay Street. near Milligan.
It goes without saying that we are value men at The Pavarotti. Perhaps the only thing that we love more than a $10 lunch, is a $10 lunch combo. "Food and a drink for $10?" I hear you ask, incredulously. "In Perth? You're kidding!" But I'm not, my friend. It can happen and although not every $10 lunch combo is worth your hard earned blue note (see our scandalous review of Lunch Box's Angus Beef Burger Combo), there are certainly some winners out there.
Once upon a time, Cafe Vinyl was our go-to place for morning coffee. That is not to say that the coffee has gotten bad, it's more that we decided that the 20 minutes spent walking there and back was probably a bit much. But the little hole in the wall next to the old 78 Records store is still going strong and putting out tasty food and drink.
Sometimes, it is the simple things in life that are the most satisfying and Vinyl keeps it simple with their $10 Lunch Special. Any wrap or toasted Turkish bread and a hot or cold drink for $10. Simple, yet so satisfying! Personally, I can't go past a toasted Turkish bread and there were a few different options on offer. My lunch pal and I decided to divide and conquer. He went the vegetarian option with artichoke, pumpkin, sun-dried tomato and spinach while I chose spicy chicken with sun-dried tomato, spinach and avocado. Both came on nicely toasted, sesame seed topped Turkish bread. The fillings were tasty, moist and generous! The vegetarian option was particularly good. The pumpkin was soft and sweet and I am a sucker for artichoke.
This lunch special really comes into it's own in the value stakes when it comes to the drinks. Little can of San Pellegrino? Don't mind if I do! The wog-boy in me rejoices at the choices of limonata (lemonade), aranciata rossa (blood orange) or chinotto (bitter orange). Personally, I am a massive chinotto fan. If you haven't had it before, it's a bitter citrus flavoured drink the colour of cola. Pretty unusual but really thirst quenching! And of course the blood orange and lemonade options are also delicious. If the weather is cold outside, why not grab a coffee? We haven't had a coffee from Vinyl in a while but knowing Perth prices it will be around the $4 mark on it's own. So you have to be happy with a generous toasted Turkish and a coffee for $10, right?
Cafe Vinyl also has some small tables and stools outside their little shop shaded by cafe umbrellas fitted with heaters that keep you cool when it's sunny and warm when it's not. Like their $10 lunch special, it's a simple idea that has been well executed. Win.
Do you know of any other $10 Lunch Combos in the CBD? Let us know!