The 100 best cheap eats in London: cheap lunches in London

Pick up a great mid-day meal for less with our guide to the city's best lunchtime bargains

Annie Armitage

Still wasting your lunch hour noshing on disappointing supermarket sandwiches? You deserve better! Treat yourself to some of these brilliant lunch bargains selected from our guide to London's best cheap eats.

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Battersea Pie

Venue says: This month's special pie is the 'steak & oyster' - a traditional Victorian recipe that is a mouth watering treat for any pie connoisseur!

Battersea Pie Station isn’t in Battersea, and it ain’t pie in the sky either: it’s simply a brilliant reinvention of the traditional London pie and mash shop, using top-quality ingredients. You’ll find the restaurant hidden away in one of the lower courtyards of the old Covent Garden Market buildings. Retreat from the press of the mob and the tourist tat to the white-tiled interior for firm pie crusts encasing prime ingredients: meat, seafood, and vegetarian choices. The desserts are excellent too, if you can fit them in after such large portions.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £25

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Covent Garden

Beatroot

This long-time vegetarian favourite remains a top choice for Sohoites who long to lunch healthily and cheaply. The food comes in small, medium or large cartons – most diners will be more than happy with medium (£6.20). Choose a mix of tasty salads and hot dishes (there’s ten of each), on display behind the counter. Hot stalwarts include a curry of the day, lentil and mushroom shepherd’s pie, and mini ‘sausage’ rolls. Salads feature careful dressing; dilled coleslaw is zingy and creamy, quinoa tabouleh pleasingly nutty. And if your sweet tooth starts aching, a ‘cluster’ (chocolate, coconut and Rice Krispies, £1.80) will cure it faster than you can say ‘brown rice’.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £18.

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Berwick Street Market

Berwick Street sits smack-dab in the middle of Soho, one of the most restaurant-rich patches of the UK. The street has been home to a fruit and vegetable market since the eighteenth century. There’s less fresh produce nowadays, but stalls selling takeaway food – anything from a virtuous but vivid salad of couscous with charred vegetables to a juicy, dripping cheeseburger – have filled in the gaps nicely. The roster changes, but among the Monday-to-Friday regulars you can expect to find meat specialists Tongue ’n’ Cheek, Paradise Juice Bar, Jerusalem Falafel, Freebird Burritos, Tandoor (curries and wraps), and the Bread Man (sandwiches, pastries and cakes).

Takeaway meal per head: around £5-£8

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Soho

Café Below

Café Below first won a loyal following for its vegetarian-centric café food, and its memorable setting – the crypt of a Grade I-listed Wren church. It still serves breakfast and lunch five days a week, but now also offers dinner from Wednesday to Friday. The food tends towards rustic simplicity during the day, getting more ambitious (and pricier) in the evening. The fish pie (£11.50), a long-standing feature, is a hefty, pleasing plateful. Mixed salads, with optional extras such as cheese soufflé or smoked salmon, use excellent ingredients and are dressed with unusual skill. Café Below is always busy at lunchtime, and for good reason.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30 

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City

Café TPT

This long-time Chinatown stalwart had a refurb early in 2015, but you’d hardly know it. The place is still unassuming, still tiny (and with a tinier kitchen), and still packed at lunchtimes. Its substantial dishes can fill you up easily. An ideal smaller meal for two would be a sizzling hotpot of silken tofu stuffed with minced prawns in a gingery sauce (£10.50), plus a major-league bargain of roast duck on rice (£6.50). Add a plainly cooked vegetable (£7-£8.50) and you have a complete meal. If you’re dining alone, order the prawn dumpling noodle soup: five tasty dumplings in a concentrated broth. A steal at £6.50.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £28

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Chinatown

City Càphê

This popular pit-stop adds a bit of colour to the City’s restaurant extremes of workaday chains or fancy-pants affairs – which is why you’ll generally encounter a (fast-moving) queue at lunchtime. Inside the bright, modern, but cramped interior, choose from a clear, concise menu of lightly spiced noodle soups (bun hue or pho), Vietnamese baguettes (banh mi), vermicelli salads, jasmine rice dishes and delicate summer rolls. Banh mi is the most popular choice (they’re easy to take back to the office if you can’t find a seat); try the ‘classic pork’ option, a baguette filled with succulent pork, earthy liver pâté, fiery chilli, crunchy veg and fresh coriander.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £20

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City

Daddy Donkey

Generally, there’s not much to distinguish one London burrito dispensary from another. But we’ve learned to love those filling and flavoursome wraps of meat, beans and seasonings, and are often willing to queue at length for a taste of our favourite. And few queues are longer than those that form every lunchtime outside Daddy Donkey – formerly a stall in Leather Lane market and now a corner shop with a high counter and a few bar stools. Wait your turn and order burritos, tacos or tostadas with a choice of fillings and accessories including sauces from mild to very hot.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £25

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Farringdon

Ethos

Venue says: Come and try our brand new spring menu including aubergine meatballs, pumpkin fritters, farfarelle à la crème, Cuban salad and more!

A short walk from Oxford Circus, all-veggie Ethos is a self-serve buffet where you pay by weight (of the food, not yourself). At lunch £2.50 buys 100g of nourishment (£2.70 per 100g at dinner). The daily offerings might include dishes inspired by Japan, South-east Asia, Italy, Korea, India, Mexico and Lebanon, plus the kitchen’s own creations. Rather than worrying about whether Thai sweetcorn fritters go with Tuscan salad, you should surrender to a world tour – a mini-adventure in flavour, colour and texture. Though this is primarily a lunch spot, the drinks list includes three beers and a dozen wines. Keenly priced, vegetarian, great West End location – Ethos has it all.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35

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Soho

Exmouth Market

No doubt keen to measure up to the remarkable standard of the restaurants flanking it, Exmouth Market’s food market has gone from strength to strength since it was reintroduced to the charming pedestrianised stretch in 2006. Judging by queues, the most popular stall is Ghanaian specialist Spinach & Agushi, which serves jollof rice with two meaty stews and freshly fried plantains for £5. But there are plenty of other gems among the regularly changing traders. Vendors might include Mac & Cheese, Meat Head BBQ, La Cochinita (Spanish dishes), and Freebird burritos, among others. Some local restaurants also get in on the act: Paesan doing pastas on our most recent visit.

Takeaway lunch dishes: around £5-£8 per head

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Clerkenwell

Food for Thought

After 40 years on the scene, Food for Thought is part of the Covent Garden furniture, its welcoming atmosphere, cramped surroundings and daily roster of robust veggie dishes unchanged since day one. The ground-floor takeaway sees bushy-tailed staff dispense generous portions at location-defying prices (two courses cost £8.50). In the downstairs dining room, students, bargain-hunters and committed vegetarians cram on to communal tables, surrounded by 1970s pine. Dishes are very bish-bash-bosh – getting your chops around hunks of veg in the hearty stews takes some doing – but they ’re filling, flavoursome and healthy. Food for Thought isn’t above a ‘sinful’ dessert, though – try the ‘scrunch’, a creamy fruit and biscuit concoction.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £20

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Covent Garden
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Arancini Factory

Kentish Town never knew how much it loved arancini – Sicilian-style deep-fried risotto balls – until this affable caff opened in 2012. Now the place is a firm favourite locally. The arancini are served in several forms: plain (‘naked’), with salad, in wraps, or accompanied by a stew (we like the all-veg version). There are other options too, such as poached eggs, egg wraps and bagels for breakfast, and toasted sandwiches. Try the ‘full breakfast bagel’: ham, onion jam, roast tomato, fried egg and cheese. Note: the small garden eating area at the back is a haven of quiet in good weather.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £16

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Kentish Town

Big Apple Hot Dogs

London has been a hotbed of hot dog activity in recent years, but Big Apple can legitimately claim its place as top dog for these cylinders of joy. The dogs are made specially for the restaurant from free-range pork, beef, or a combination of pork and beef, and served on buns from Anderson’s bakery of Hoxton. There’s a range of sizes, and toppings (free of charge, as they should be) including fried onions, Polish sauerkraut, and pickled cucumber. After trading from a stall in Old Street for some time, the owners opened this permanent, daytime-only site late in 2014.

Hot dogs: from £4 per head

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Kings Cross and St Pancras

Franks Canteen

Franks is open during the daytime only, but what it lacks in opening hours it makes up in quality. The kitchen produces great breakfasts, brunches and lunches, with dishes starting at around £5 for sandwiches and most of the weekly changing mains costing less than £10. All egg dishes are excellent; the kedgeree in particular is a natural-born killer and quiches will make you newly aware of the virtues of this café cliché. Just to add icing to the cake, it’s a lovely place to look at: clean, crisp, and light-filled when the sun’s out.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £28

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Highbury

Hala

Everything looks great at this smart eat-in or takeaway joint. Waiting staff wear black waistcoats and yellow ties; grill chefs and the ladies sitting in the window hand-rolling gözleme (filled crêpes) add a dash of theatre; and plates such as the excellent mixed meze are assembled for maximum aesthetic impact. The grill is the main attraction, producing the likes of succulent lamb with puréed aubergine, or huge mixed kebab platters. Ordering from the latter, it’s possible to eat a full meal for under a tenner. There are a couple of grilled fish options too, along with manti (meat-filled dumplings), and some stewed dishes. Turkish breakfast dishes are served until 1pm.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35

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Harringay

Hook Camden Town

Venue says: New location opening in Brixton very soon... Hook Crew x

Hook is one of a growing catch of London chippies that are not really ‘chippies’ at all. It’s a serious fish restaurant that just happens to major in fish and chips. The fish is either lightly battered (the results nearly 100 percent grease-less) or coated in panko (Japanese breadcrumbs). And with the coatings are often seasoned, you’ll barely feel the need for condiments – but the sauces are all first-rate. As are the side dishes, which bear little relation to typical chip-shop offerings. Hook has already hooked the full spectrum of Camden’s citizenry, and with quality like this, it’s easy to see why.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35

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Camden

Le Rif

You don’t come to this caff for a souk-like atmosphere; nor do the sandwiches and jacket spuds on the lunchtime menu hold much appeal – it’s the outrageously cheap Moroccan dishes that attract clued-up Finsbury Parkers. Throughout the day the friendly owner can quickly conjure up starters such as lentil, chickpea and rice soup, or houmous with olives and flatbread, but we prefer heading straight for the excellent main courses: perfectly balanced fish tagine with spinach, olives, potato, aubergine and lemon; or couscous royale featuring tender, succulent chunks of chicken and lamb in a subtly spicy broth. Finish with pastries, and mint tea from a beautiful brass pot.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £20

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Finsbury Park

Mario's Café

Set in one of Kentish Town’s prettiest streets, Mario’s has been an incredibly popular and community-minded daytime spot for decades. The emphasis on community means that prices are lower than much of the competition; a full breakfast for under a fiver is not so easy to find as Kentish Town moves upmarket. And the quality of the cooking is a cut above. Yes, you’ll find standard caff stuff – eggs, grills, sandwiches, jacket potatoes – but what sets this place apart is the Italian cooking, by Mario’s mum. It’s genuine casalinga (home-style) cuisine in a modest setting at modest prices. Small wonder that the caff is almost always packed.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £18

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Kentish Town

Counter Café

A delightfully thrown-together-looking daytime joint behind artists’ studios, the Counter deals in brunches, salads and pies. Excellent herby lamb pie comes with well-dressed colourful salad leaves, while an all-day dish of perfectly poached eggs is topped by smoked salmon on potato cakes (ours were slightly under-powered). Own-made tomato relish is left on each table, and the flat white coffee is terrific. There’s good music in the ground-floor room right on the canal, and peace and quiet, plus a view of trees and the Olympic stadium, from squidgy sofas and large tables upstairs. A useful pit-stop when exploring this fascinating, evolving area.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £25

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Olympic Park

Clutch

To paraphrase Henry Ford, you can have any dish as long as it’s chicken. Not that this hip outfit (opened 2014) serves ordinary fowl: every free-range piece comes slathered in one of six marinades. A ‘half bucket’ (thigh, drumstick and breast) arrives in a sticky slick of garlic and sweet soy. Each limb is firm and succulent (no bingo wings here). Portions are enormous; there are sides, such as double-cooked fries and salads, but you won’t need ’em. Such food goes brilliantly with alcohol – there’s drinking until 1am at weekends. Tricked out in monochrome, this is a highly stylised space, but loud retro tunes banish any hint of austerity.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £38

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Haggerston

DF Mexico

This semi-permanent pop-up (which feels like a prototype chain) is a bad-ass version of Wahaca: and it’s fashionable in a very London way. Touchscreen pads take the order of the day, although real humans take your cash and deliver the booze – you collect everything else yourself. Annoying as this may be, as you teeter back to your table, it certainly helps keep prices low. And once you start eating, you’re unlikely to hold a grudge. DF Mexico combines carefree classics such as chunky guacamole, refried beans and colourful tacos with the current trend for gut-busting American dude food – so expect treats such as pulled pork burgers (aka ‘tortas’), or chilli steak with chipotle salsa.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35

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Spitalfields

E Pellicci

Opened in 1900, and still run by the same family, Pellicci’s is a Bethnal Green landmark. Chrome-rimmed Vitrolite panels line the outside, and the wood-panelled interior is filled with Formica tables and art deco touches. All-day breakfast fry-ups are first rate – note the ‘quality’ sausage, and the option for extras such as black pudding and ‘homemade bubble’. The fish and chips, daily grills, Italian pasta specials and desserts (from bread pudding to Portuguese pasteis de nata) aren’t bad either. But it’s the vibrant welcome and lively banter that make this daytime-only place so special (NB: unlicensed; no corkage charge).

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £20

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Bethnal Green

Hornbeam Café

Adverts on the wall for yoga and tai chi classes indicate where this daytime café’s heart lies. The welcome is friendly and the daily changing menu is short, wholesome and satisfying: a soup, a tabouleh dish and a salad, say, with ample cakes and fresh bread. The Hornbeam is now running as a partnership with local food business Norman Loves. It continues to serve vegetarian and vegan food with much of the veg locally grown by Waltham Forest-based workers co-operative Organiclea. Exciting? No, but we can’t help liking the place.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £20

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Walthamstow

Poppies

They’re not the cheapest chips you’ll find in London, but it’s worth paying extra for the type of rose-tinted eating experience older generations enthuse about nostalgically – the newspaper wrapping, the crisply battered fish with plump, golden chips, the surfeit of Formica. There’s even a jukebox and a red phone box for extra kitsch, plus friendly waitresses dressed in cute 1950s-style get-ups. The super-fresh Billingsgate-sourced fish can be ordered grilled as well as fried and the menu offers treats such as mackerel, lemon sole and seafood platters as well as the usual cod and haddock. Fish and chips being the great equaliser, customers range from cutting-edge hipsters to white-haired old-timers.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £36

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Spitalfields

Square Pie

The daytime-only hours and the meat of the menu (pie, mash) might mirror those of the time-honoured East End pie shop, but the similarities end there at Square Pie. Pies range from steak and Guinness to jerk chicken, served from a sleek red counter in cardboard boxes. Ingredients are first rate, including ‘proper’ onion gravy. Add mushy peas (which ‘haven’t been near a tin’) or instead go for macaroni cheese, and finish with carrot cake and Monmouth coffee. Diners sit at bar stools inside, or populate the tables ‘outside’ within Spitalfields market.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £20

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Spitalfields

Verden

Locals voted Verden the best restaurant in Clapton in Time Out’s 2014 Love London Awards; it’s easy to see why. The place is lovely to look at, and the food at lunch and brunch (within cheap eats territory) is fab: cheese and charcuterie, enticing desserts, great breads. Two must-eat dishes are the smoked salmon royale (£8) and the Verden club sandwich (£9): roast chicken, melted lardo, crisp pancetta, lettuce, Datterini tomatoes, Comté cheese, and celeriac rémoulade on toasted sourdough. Finish with hedonistic puddings or lovely cheeses, and note: all wines are sold by the glass. The service is wonderful too. Verden is pricier at dinner – but not by much.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35

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Clapton

Beyrouths

You may fear you’re walking through a building site when entering Beyrouths – with its bright lights, rough-hewn woods and huge metal scaffolding poles (a deliberate design element) – but this branch of the Lebanese mini-chain is a surprisingly polished operation. The food of Beirut is the kitchen’s forte. Friendly, efficient staff dish out a roll-call of crowd-pleasers: from well-made houmous (garnished with virgin olive oil and fresh pomegranate seeds) to juicy pieces of grilled lamb and deliciously smoky baba ganoush. Vegetarian stews, such as okra served with vermicelli rice and garlic yoghurt, are also worth a punt – especially given the decent portion sizes.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35

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Balham

Borough Market

So famous it’s now a major tourist destination, Borough Market is also one of London’s best places to find lunch for little over £5 at one of the 40-plus food stalls. Highlights include the Brindisa stall with its superb Spanish selection, Horn OK Please for Indian street food, and enticing sandwiches from Gourmet Goat, Cumbrian Speciality Meats (Herdwick lamb), and Kappacasein (toasted cheese), among a great many others; there is something for every taste here. The market’s a slimline version from Monday to Wednesday; Thursday to Saturday is the time for the full – and full-on – experience (it’s closed Sundays). If you dislike crowds, try to get here (very) early.

Takeaway meal per head: around £5-£8

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Southwark

Brockley Market

This small but perfectly formed food market in Lewisham College car park is a locals’ favourite that has attracted wider attention thanks to its winning mix of fresh produce, artisan cheeses and breads, proper coffee and good-quality ice cream – plus greatest hits from a regular mob of street food bigwigs. Hedonists can queue for Spit & Roast’s deep-fried buttermilk chicken baps, Mother Flipper’s juicy burgers or Van Dough’s delectable wood-fired pizzas, while the more virtuous (or those in possession of an industrial-sized hangover) can opt for a rejuvenating smoothie or one of Mike & Ollie’s lovingly prepared veg-packed wraps.

Takeaway meal per head: around £4.50-£7.50.

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South East London

Chicken Shop

Tooting marked another step on its way to becoming the new Shoreditch with the opening of Chicken Shop, the area’s first really stylish bar and grill. No prizes for guessing what’s on the menu – apart from sides and puddings such as deep-filled apple pie and the like, there’s nothing but free-range chicken from the spit – but the kitchen does a simple thing very well indeed. Its pedigree (this is a Soho House operation) doubtless helps. No bookings: arrive off-peak if you don’t want to wait at the tiny bar.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £40

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Tooting

Dosa n Chutny

Classic South Indian breakfast and snack dishes are beautifully rendered at this basically furnished Tooting café. Rarely have we seen such a perfect dosai: crisp on the outside, moist and rice-fragrant on the inside, served with rich sweet sambar (spicy lentil dip). Most of these meals cost under £3, so even bargain-hunters can order with abandon. The non-veg options are okay – mutton and chicken tandooris and curries mostly, though you will find some Sri Lankan kothu (bread biryani) dishes hovering around the £5 mark – but meat-free food is the star.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £18

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Tooting

Fields

It may resemble a concrete box, but this is Clapham Common’s best café by a jogger’s mile – created by those behind Balham’s über-trendy M1lk. Fields’ modestly furnished room belies a menu of great invention. Slow-braised oxtail arrives on sourdough toast with pickled shiitake mushrooms and basil leaves; burnt plum comes with Cornish cream, wet walnut and muscat grapes. Light bites include a yeasty, peat-smoked lardy cake, cooked in a tiny Bundt tin, or big Anzac biscuits. To drink, great coffee is made with either Workshop espresso or Koppi filter – plus there’s Kernel Table beer and even ‘natural’ wines by the glass. The large outdoor decked area adds child-friendly appeal.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30

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Clapham

Meza

A tiny Lebanese licensed restaurant in Tooting, Meza has a kitchen smaller than a Beirut takeaway stall, yet manages to turn out a sizeable menu of meze and grilled dishes freshly made to order. Standards are impressively high: from the perfectly crisp-shelled falafels to the aubergine dips seared with the whiff of the charcoal grill. Kaftah khash-khash (a skewer of minced lamb in a hot tomato sauce) is a popular main course. Service is congenial too – in fact, the only catch is Meza’s popularity. You’ll usually have to book far in advance.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35

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Tooting

Snackistan at Persepolis

This corner shop with attitude is a treasure trove of Middle Eastern delights, selling everything from nuts and spices to freshly made houmous and huge, burnished flatbreads. The owners have squeezed a café into one corner, offering dishes that showcase the passion that fuelled their various cookbooks (among them Snackistan). There are cheap, bountiful meze platters, delectable specials announced at whim, plus Turkish pastries and sweets served with not-your-average hot drinks, such as the creamy, chocolate-topped date-and-cardamom latte. For a proper Peckham pick-me-up, the house banana split (just £3.50) is a thing of beauty, crammed with saffron ice cream and topped with yoghurt, rose petals, pistachio slivers and dates.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £18

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Peckham

101 Thai Kitchen

It may resemble a scruffy canteen – with ageing padded metal chairs within its two-tone pink dining room – but 101 produces genuine Esarn cooking hailing from the northeast of Thailand. You’ll find multiple versions of green papaya salad on the extensive menu, accompanied by anything from salted duck egg to sausage. There’s also a collection of southern Thai dishes such as sour prawn curry, or turmeric-marinated sea bass. Try the Esarn classic of shredded bamboo shoots with the fermented fish sauce favoured in the region: it is characteristically pungent (in taste and aroma). The no-nonsense approach here also extends to the bustling yet congenial staff.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35

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West London

Books for Cooks

As well as housing an encyclopaedic selection of cookbooks, plus an upstairs kitchen for cookery workshops, this Notting Hill institution serves daily lunches and tempting cakes, all inspired by the books it sells. Whether it’s co-owner Eric Treuillé at the stove, or one of the shop’s many resident cooks, the culinary standard is high – which is just as well, because there’s no choice, just one starter and one main per day (perhaps earthy beetroot-and-date dip, followed by aromatic pork-belly hotpot). It’s a popular concept that sees tables filled by midday sharp until the food runs out. You can even order a cheeky glass of red, from Treuillé’s biodynamic vineyard.

Set lunch: £5 for two courses, £7 for three courses

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Ladbroke Grove

Galicia

Galicia has changed little in its many years in north Notting Hill. Locals clearly like stopped clocks, because they pile in at weekends to order not just tapas but an astonishingly cheap set lunch: three courses for £11.50. In the dining room at the back, you can people-watch while tucking into unashamedly old-fashioned tapas. Batter-fried bacalao (salt cod) and a textbook pulpo a la gallega (boiled octopus with extra virgin olive oil, coarse salt and paprika) are particular high points. With tapas starting from £3.75, and nothing over £9, this is just great value – especially for a place that provides a living connection with London’s past.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £34

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Westbourne Park

Kerbisher & Malt

Perched at the pinnacle of London-based fish and chippery, Kerbisher & Malt tweaks every stage of the cooking process to make the food as appealing as possible. This means high-quality fillets dunked in super-light batter and cooked to order, chips that are double-fried, rich tartare sauce made in-house, and onion rings that are ‘pickled’, adding an appealing vinegar tang. There’s a steady stream of eat-in and takeaway custom all day and night, with specials for early birds (noon-4pm). The minimalist mix of subway tiles, jaunty blue booths and paper menus on chunky rough-wood tables, combined with the friendly welcome from efficient staff, ensure plenty of repeat custom, especially from families.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30

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Hammersmith

Lucky 7

Lucky 7 gets you smiling the second you look at its OTT American roadhouse-retro décor. The menu is a smile too, long on breakfast, burgers and rich desserts. The fried breakfast is so big that two could easily make a meal out of it. Burgers feature excellent beef, good garnishes and ace fries on the side. Huevos rancheros include top-notch chorizo and a textbook guacamole. Even the salads are good. And please, please save room for the pecan pie. It’s a tiny place, and no bookings are taken, so you may need to queue – but it’s worth the wait.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35

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Westbourne Park

Snaps & Rye

This ravishingly beautiful Danish restaurant concentrates on smørrebrød – open-face sandwiches. Though they’re simple in concept, British chef Tania Steytler raises them to great heights through superb ingredients, masterly cooking skills and painstaking attention to detail. Frikadeller (meatballs) come with blue cheese croquette, red cabbage, roast apple purée and a crisped slice of heavenly own-made rye bread: exquisite. Flash-fried smoked eel with potato salad, watercress salad, a creamy mustard dressing and a slice of ‘crisped ham’ is even better. Liquorice ice cream makes a lovely finale. Portions are not meagre, but neither are they huge; three sandwiches between two would be plenty, while still not breaking the bank.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30

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Westbourne Park

Stein's

The riverside location makes the perfect setting for Stein’s entirely outdoor Bavarian beer garden. Order food at the window, then staff quickly bring it to your shared picnic table. Partake of the fine breakfast menu, indulge in traditional sausages on sauerkraut, or share a cured meat or cheese platter, with freshly baked pretzels or rolls. The Munich-style bratwurst, with fried potatoes and onions and a salad, is recommended. For bigger appetites, main courses of schnitzel or kaesespaetzle (noodles with cheese) lie in wait. Sweets include a perfect apple strudel. However, beer takes centre stage: a range of German imports available on tap, including refreshing Paulaner Helles and fruity Erdinger Weissbier.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £32

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Richmond, Surrey

Comments

3 comments
Goose m
Goose m

Hawker House is on until and including 3rd/4th April, that's when I will be travelling to London for both nights. See you there, for amazing Kerb Streetfood and much more. Loved the last one.

Goose m
Goose m

Brockley Market, Well deserved ,winner of best market in London superb collection of superb street food (many are Kerb vendors), not to mention the amazing produce. Tongue n Cheek are my recommendation. Very good coffee as well.

mac rutherford
mac rutherford

Brindisa's buns are brilliant at Borough Market, spicy & succulent, lots of choices too!