Best cheap eats in west London

Good-value restaurants and cafés for great food in west London

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Financial straits needn't mean dining strife; there are lots of affordable and good quality places to eat in west London. This list collects our favourites, so take your pick from these lovely low-cost restaurants and cafés. Also check out our cheap eats guides in central, north, south and east London, or see all of west London's best cheap eats on a map. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

101 Thai Kitchen

  • Rated as: 3/5

Thai café

It might feel a bit like a scruffy canteen, but 101 offers a decent repertoire of authentic Esarn (north-eastern) cookery. You’ll find multiple versions of green papaya salad, accompanied by anything from salted duck egg to sausage. A few southern Thai dishes also make an appearance, such as sour prawn curry, or turmeric-marinated sea bass – all prepared by ‘Auntie Bee’.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35.

  1. 352 King Street, W6 0RX
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Abu Zaad

  • Rated as: 3/5

Syrian restaurant

Informal and with a pleasantly chaotic air, this furiously busy Syrian restaurant attracts a boisterous clientele. Prices are low and portions huge; a sharing meze of cold starters – including parsley-packed tabouleh and lashings of thick houmous – would make a meal in itself. Mains are equally vast: the likes of tomato rice maklouba (topped and filled with chunks of lamb and slivers of fried aubergine; or grilled lamb kebab served with rice, bread and salad. Unlicensed: no alcohol allowed.

Meal for two with soft drinks and service: around £25.

  1. 29 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LH
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Books for Cooks

  • Rated as: 4/5

Café

Books for Cooks runs on a simple but very successful formula. One starter and one main from the cookbook they’re testing in the open kitchen that day, plus an array of cakes and coffees. At £5 for two courses or £7 for three, that should keep the bank manager happy. No bookings taken.

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

  1. 4 Blenheim Crescent, W11 1NN
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Fez Mangal

  • Rated as: 3/5

Turkish grill

A huge charcoal grill dominates this compact no-frills Turkish BYO. Hefty, succulent meat skewers are the main draw, preceded by simple vegetable dishes and dips that are scooped up with heated slabs of flatbread. Tables turn fast, with a friendly efficiency, so waits to be seated rarely last long.

BYO; no corkage charge.

Meal for two with soft drinks and service: around £30.

  1. 104 Ladbroke Grove, W11 1PY
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Kerbisher & Malt

  • Rated as: 4/5

Fish & chip restaurant

Perched at the peak 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 floaty-light batter, cooked freshly to order. Chips are double-fried, the rich tartare sauce is made in-house, and the onion rings have been ‘pickled’, adding an appealing vinegar tang. There’s a steady stream of custom from noon until 6pm, attracted by the early specials.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30.

  1. 164 Shepherd's Bush Road, W6 7PB
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Gold Mine

  • Rated as: 3/5

Chinese

Cantonese roast meats attract diners from near and far to this no-frills dining room on Bayswater’s main strip. The duck and char siu (barbecued pork) in particular are recommended; see them hanging in the open kitchen by the front window. Flavours are big, and dishes can be oily. Food comes in hearty portions, served by chirpy, attentive staff.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35.

  1. 102 Queensway, W2 3RR
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The Heron

  • Rated as: 5/5

Thai

Located in the diminutive basement of a shabby boozer, the Heron certainly hides its charms well. The kitchen specialises in north-eastern cooking, offering an impressive range of spicy salads, sour curries, stir-fries and much more besides – some of the most authentic Thai food to be found in London. Expect things to get lively after 9pm as the dining room doubles as a karaoke lounge.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £40.

  1. Basement karaoke room of the Heron, (1 Norfolk Crescent (Sussex Gardens end)), W2 2DN
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Mandalay

  • Rated as: 5/5

Burmese café

Cherished by students, Burmaphiles and expats for nearly two decades, Mandalay is still operating from its tiny Edgware Road premises – despite rumours of an impending move. Burmese curries, noodle dishes, fried snacks and salads are put together in inventive ways, often with a hot, sour, or sweet mix of spices and herbs – and there’s plenty of choice for vegetarians.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30.

  1. 444 Edgware Road, W2 1EG
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Mosob

  • Rated as: 4/5

Eritrean

Prepare for instruction on Eritrean life and culture at this most welcoming of restaurants. The main event is the cooking, especially the gloriously diverse vegetarian choices, which include beautifully spiced lentils (timtimo), pounded and stewed chickpeas (shiro) and spinach (hamli). Meat eaters also fare well, thanks to the likes of the Mosob special (marinated lamb chops with spinach and lentils). Everything is served on spongy, yeasty injera bread, which is also used to scoop up the food.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35.

  1. 339 Harrow Road, W9 3RB
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New Asian Tandoori Centre (Roxy)

  • Rated as: 4/5

Indian

Once a basic canteen, this Southall landmark now incorporates a highly presentable restaurant as well as a takeaway counter. Order Punjabi cuisine to get the best from the menu: succulent tandoori fish, followed by thick savoury curries such as chicken methi or dal, perhaps, accompanied by one of the outstanding array of breads. Polite service and smart furnishings add to the appeal.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £25.

  1. 114-118 The Green, UB2 4BQ
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Ngon

  • Rated as: 4/5

Vietnamese café

This daytime café has recently joined Chiswick’s growing band of Vietnamese restaurants. A starter of lotus root salad introduces the country’s cuisine well – mixed fresh herbs and lotus root strips topped with tender slices of pork and prawns, which soak up the tangy fish sauce and lime dressing. Vietnamese staples such as banh mi, noodle soups and rice dishes make up the rest of the well-priced menu.

Unlicensed: no alcohol allowed.

Meal for two with soft drinks and service: around £25.

  1. 195 Chiswick High Rd, W4 2DR
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Patio

  • Rated as: 4/5

Polish restaurant

The olde worlde charm – ornate gold-framed mirrors, upright piano, worn red carpet – of Patio’s cosy dining room evokes a grandmother’s sitting room. Caring and friendly service and hearty, authentic flavours continue the theme. The extensive menu covers most Polish comfort food: rich, vibrant borscht; classic golabki (cabbage leaves stuffed with rice and meat). Portions are huge, but desserts are also worth a punt. Recover your composure with a soothing vodka.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £40.

  1. 5 Goldhawk Road, W12 8QQ
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Stein's

  • Rated as: 3/5

German beer and sausages

With decked terraces overlooking a peaceful stretch of the Thames, Stein’s is Kingston’s version of a German Biergarten. Its interior is tricked out in rustic ski-chalet chic, and staff gamely wear Lederhosen and Dirndls. A menu of Bavarian classics features the likes of Weisswurst (pork and veal sausages, poached in broth and served with a pretzel), sauerkraut or pork schnitzel, with strudel to finish and traditional steins of lager for lubrication.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35.

  1. 56 High Street, (Kingston), KT1 1HN
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Sufi

  • Rated as: 4/5

Iranian restaurant

We’ve consistently praised Sufi since it opened in 2007. Don’t miss the kashk-e bademjam. Walnuts, onion and garlic give this aubergine dip spice and texture, but it’s the sour, smoky, creamy kashk (whey) that makes it so moreish. Taftoon flatbread, baked in the clay oven by the front window, is the ideal accompaniment. The chelo koobideh (minced lamb kebab) is spot-on, and even better is the khoresht-e fesenjan: glorious chicken stew in a sauce made from ground walnuts and pomegranate molasses. What’s more, Sufi is just about smart enough for a date.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35.

Special Offer is no corkage charge when Bring your own bottle of wine!
  1. 70 Askew Road, W12 9BJ
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Taqueria

  • Rated as: 4/5

Mexican restaurant

A charming, independent-feeling little place of two rooms, with dark wooden floors and pristine white walls decorated with a few Mexican film posters. The food is equally unfussy: a dozen or so tacos (using corn tortillas made in-house daily), a handful of tostadas and a few monthly changing specials. To drink, there’s Mexican beer, aguas frescas (cooling fruit-based drinks), an extensive selection of mezcales and tequilas, plus some fine cocktails.

Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35.

  1. 139-143 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RS
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MrTom

Half of me is happy to see Fez Mengal in there, but the other half wishes you'd keep quiet about it! It's only a small place, so I suppose as long as nobody else reads this we'll be OK.

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