UPDATE: Raine Square, the Capital of Lunch in Perth’s CBD!

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UPDATE:  Good news, everyone! July has been and gone, but Raine Square has extended its value for money lunch special promotion throughout August, too. Even better, if you’re one of the nearly 50% of Australians that expects to gain up to 2 kilograms this winter, Raine Square wants to help you beat the winter bulge and has asked CBD-based Dietician Boris Kazakov to put together his favourite 10 healthy lunchtime meals, all of which can be prepared quickly, using ingredients from Coles Central supermarket located in Raine Square.

Mr Kazakov, Director of Diet Biz, believes that staying healthy this winter is all about the foods you eat. “Healthy eating is all about focusing on a variety of nutritious foods that provide fuel for the body during the winter months – it’s all about eating healthy, and in moderation,” Mr Kazakov said.

Kazakov’s top 10 healthy, yet delicious, lunchtime meals are:

  1. Tuna, Rice and Vegetable Medley – 95 g can of Coles Japanese Style Tuna, Sunrice Quick Cup Brown Rice Single ServeCup, 125 g + 150 g packet of Heinz Steam Fresh Frozen Baby Beans Carrots & Broccoli with a splash of Ayam Teriyaki sauce;
  2. Smoked Salmon, Light Philly Cream Cheese, Rocket & Cherry Tomato in Mountain Bread Chia Seed Wrap – 1/2 x 100 g packet of Coles smoked salmon, 1 x 40 g portion pack of Philadelphia Mini Lite Cream Cheese, Coles pre-packed Rocket Salad Mix;
  3. Chilli Beef Wholemeal Pocket Pita – 1 x Wholemeal Pocket pita, Stagg 97% fat free Chilli – Lean Beef Chilli with Beans, cherry tomatoes + Coles pre-packed Baby Spinach Leaves and Coles Light Shredded Cheese;
  4. BBQ Chicken and Steamed Vegetables – 1/4 x Coles BBQ cooked Chicken (remove skin) + 1-2 x 150 g packets of Heinz Steam Fresh Frozen Baby Beans Carrots & Broccoli
  5. Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup – Coles Hearty Chicken & Sweet Corn Soup 300g
  6. Vegetarian Turkish Pizza – 1 x Bazaar Turkish Bread Roll – cut in half and spread each half with Coles Simply Less Spicy Roast Pumpkin & Harissa Hommus Dip, tomato paste, top with finely diced red onion, crumbled feta, Coles Shredded Mozzarella cheese, 1/2 teaspoon each of dried mint and sweet paprika, 1/2 teaspoons each of ground coriander and cumin, salt and black pepper, to taste. Place under a grill or in oven until cheese melts;
  7. Coles Bakery Sunflower Triangle Roll filled with Coles Deli Rare Blackforest Roast Beef, sliced Lite Swiss Jarlsberg Cheese, a spread of Coles Wholegrain Mustard, some Berenberg Caramelised Onion Chutney and topped with watercress;
  8. Rice Vermicelli with Tuna and Fresh Coriander – 1 portion of Changs Rice Vermicelli – prepared as per directions on packet, 1-2 x 95 g cans of Thai Red Curry Tuna and topped with fresh coriander and a squeeze of fresh lime;
  9. Warm Chickpea Salad with Feta and Olives – 1 x 400 g of Coles Organic Chickpeas, drained and heated, Yarra Valley Marinated Persian feta cut into cubes, Coles deli Giant Pitted Kalamata Olives, whole, Coles Greenhouse Truss Tomatoes, quartered and sliced red onion with a good handful or two of Coles prepacked Rocket Salad Mix, drizzled with Coles Mediterranean Balsamic Vinegar; and
  10. Cous Cous with Mixed Chargrilled Vegetables and BBQ Chicken – 1 x 100 g packet of San Remo Cous Cous, 1/2 x 280 g jar of Coles Mixed Chargrilled. Vegetables and sliced Coles ready prepared BBQ chicken (skin removed).

Located between Murray Street and Wellington Street in the heart of the city, Raine Square is home to the only CBD-based Coles store.[hr]

I must confess that I’d never been to Raine Square until earlier this week, despite working just a few minutes away on Wellington Street (further down towards Perth Arena). I always thought that I’d have to walk all of the way into the centre of town to get a variety of lunch options, but now I know differently!

Anyway, Raine Square is trying to bring our attention to the fact that 1 in 3 Australian workers eat lunch at their desk, and those that do take a lunch break are looking for quick, cheap meals that are easy to pick up and take away. I’m certainly one of those workers who isn’t really sure what a “lunch break” is, and apparently that makes me more likely to feel stressed, anxious, overwhelmed and worried at work – I’m certainly all of those things, but I’m not sure how much of that has to do with lunch!

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This July, Raine Square is helping to take the hassle out of lunch by providing quick, easy, lunchtime meals at value for money prices. Home to the only Coles in the Perth CBD, Raine Square offers a variety of meal options from sushi to Subway.

“At Raine Square, we know it’s sometimes hard to get away from your desk to take a lunch break, and when you do, you want something quick, easy and affordable, especially for those working in the CBD area and surrounds”, said Andrew Wilkinson, Raine Square Marketing Manager.

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To help shoppers discover Raine Square’s great range of lunchtime selections, and to help CBD workers add flavour to their working week, food retailers will be offering specials every weekday throughout July – whether it’s a $10 wrap and coffee from Biscotti or a 1/4 BBQ chicken and salad from Coles, there’s something for everyone.

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For those who want to take some time out of the office and enjoy a lunch break, there will also be free entertainment in the Raine Square Food Court every Wednesday throughout July from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

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This week’s entertainment was provided by Michael Battersby singing the hits of Michael Buble. Apparently last week they had a Jamie Oliver impersonator, who knows what they’ll have next week…

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The lunchtime offers include:

  • Airing – free miso and kimchi with any order from the bibimbap menu
  • Bakers Delight – Purchase any two pizza’s & 600ML Coca-Cola for $6.50
  • Biscotti – Any baguette, wrap, tortilla and hot or cold drink for $10
  • Burger Edge – Burger, small chips and a small drink for $11
  • Coles – 1/4 BBQ chicken and classic salad for $6
  • Croissant Express – $7 winter hot lunch
  • Game City – New York hotdog plus a coke for $6.50
  • Jesters – Flatini and 600ML Mount Franklin water for $9.50
  • Q sushi – Teriyaki Chicken with a Coolridge water or Yeo’s can drink for $10
  • Sarpino’s Pizzeria – 6” pizza and 375ml can for $7
  • Star Sushi – Winter special $7 All in a Box deal

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I chose the two-curry & rice special (very nice chicken madras & butter chicken) with a 300ml apple juice for a very reasonable $10 from Haweli Indian Restaurant.

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My colleague Linda chose the delicious Teriyaki Chicken with a drink from Q Sushi, also for $10.

“At Raine Square, we believe lunchtime should be an opportunity for you to spend your time the way you want to – which may mean grabbing a quickly prepared meal, something freshly made or just being able to grab a coffee while using the free WIFI here,” tells Mr Wilkinson. There’s an impressive 570 seats in the food hall, so plenty of room to bring your workmates!

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For more information or to view a full list of lunchtime offers available at Raine Square, check out www.rainesquare.com.au or the Raine Square Facebook page.

Note: no payment, discount or other consideration was provided in relation to this article. The meals shown were purchased by my colleague and I with our own money.

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About the author

Martin

Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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