Eight London Budget Restaurants
Ok, so you know you’re supposed to cook for yourself as much as possible. But let’s be honest – sometimes you really want to go out, or you just don’t feel like cooking. It would be a pity not to sample some of the capital’s gastronomic delights, so here are eight great places to eat without wrecking your budget.
1. ScandiKitchen, Great Titchfield St., W1. We don’t know how their prices are so reasonable, but hey, don’t question it. This is great Scandi food for breakfast and lunch, to eat in or take away, with a fabulous lunchtime smörgåsbord and a food store so you can take some more Scandi food home with you. http://www.scandikitchen.co.uk/
2. Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, EC1. A huge variety of stalls serving food from different countries, and you’ll eat well for just a few pounds. Try the Ghanaian stew at Spinach and Agushi.
3. Le Rif, Seven Sisters Road, N7. At this Moroccan restaurant in Finsbury Park you’ll find well-flavoured and hearty north African dishes such as lamb tagine at pleasingly low prices.
4. Herman ze German, various locations, W1. “Our wurst is ze Best,” they claim, and who are we to argue with them? Every type of wurst and schnitzel at prices that will cheer up the most homesick student. http://www.hermanzegerman.com/
5. Melt Room, Noel St., W1. Sometimes only a grilled cheese sandwich will do, and if it’s one of those days, head to Melt Room. Their menu includes plenty of other sandwiches plus mac’n’ cheese. Pssst! They also do Nutella toasties. We know, right? http://meltroom.com/
6. Arancini Brothers, Kentish Town Road, NW1 (and elsewhere). What started as a stall in Brick Lane has now become a popular mini-chain of cafes and takeaways. Famed for their risotto balls, they also do great wraps, and don’t miss their stew pots. http://arancinibrothers.com/
7. Daddy Donkey, Leather Lane. So burritos are everywhere, but these are the Daddy. Street food at its best. They’re only open Monday to Friday, 11-4, but they’re worth skipping class for! http://www.daddydonkey.co.uk/
8. BiBimBap, Charlotte St., W1. Korean food, with the signature dish a mixed rice plate (such as spicy pork rice). Intense flavours (and lots of spices – watch out for the chilli!) and dishes for well under a tenner. http://bibimbapcharlottestreet.co.uk/