Cheap eats in Fitzrovia

Wander north of Oxford Street to find yourself a new budget favourite

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Michelle Grant / Time Out

Take a break from the bustle of Soho and head north into the relatively quaint Fitzrovia, an area dotted with little gems and local favourites. This list will help you discover the ones to eat in when your pockets are feeling deeper than usual. Know of somewhere great that you don't see here? Let us know in the comments or send us a tweet.

Attendant

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Opened in January 2013, Attendant occupies London’s most original location for a coffee bar: a late-nineteenth-century gents’ toilet. The urinals provide seating with small tables, and there’s additional seating at a banquette at the back. Be warned: this place is tiny, and rammed at a weekday lunchtime. But that was the only problem apparent. Everyone in the young office-worker crowd looked very happy, and the food – cold sandwiches, hot sandwich of the day, various

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  1. 27a Foley Street, 27A Foley St, W1W 6DY
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Obika Mozzarella Bar - Charlotte Street

  • Price band: 1/4

Obikà is a casual Italian restaurant concept based on the best Mozzarellas di Bufala Campana, together with traditional Italian recipes and high-quality Italian handmade products, prepared “in sight” and served by drawing inspiration from traditional sushi bars.

Two course set lunch menu for just £12.95 available Mon-Fri 12.00 - 17.00
  1. 11-13 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1RH
  2. £25 and under
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Indian YMCA

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

On this site for 60 years, the Indian YMCA sees little need to change a formula that has successfully fed generations of Indian students newly-arrived in the UK. The concrete and glass post-war modernist building looks institutional but is an institution, though these days you are more likely to share your table with a bargain-hunting British office worker than an trainee doctor from the Punjab. Queue canteen-style at the counter, while checking off the low prices on the

  1. 41 Fitzroy Square, W1T 6AQ
  2. Main courses (lunch Mon-Fri) £3.50-£7.50. Set...
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Wahaca

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Thomasina Miers’s Mexican ‘market food’ concept is now an eight-strong chain (plus two street food vans). The restaurants all share a cheery vibe, with young, efficient staff buzzing round bright interiors, as well as a commitment to sustainability and animal welfare. The large Charlotte Street branch has a takeaway hatch (which sells a few ingredients such as salsas, chillies and fresh corn tortillas, as well as lunches) and a mezcal bar on the first floor, in addition to

  1. 19-23 Charlotte Street, W1T 1RL
  2. Dishes £3.60-£4.85. Main courses £6.95-£9.95
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Wild Game Co

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

This is another long-term pop-up, in Fitzrovia, from Scottish game specialists the Wild Game Co. The restaurant has hard benches, shared tables, a chill counter and a blackboard menu like a hymn board. It’s about as sparse as a John Knox sermon. True to the name, they serve venison from their own estate in Sutherland, at the far north of the Scottish mainland. The menu is a short one: simple platters of venison steak with chips (£12.50), venison burgers (from £6), a

  1. 65 Charlotte St, W1T 4PQ
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Benito's Hat

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

London’s Tex-Mex eateries are currently ten a peso, and the branded interior of Benito's Hat looks ripe for replication – no doubt something owner Ben Fordham, a former City lawyer, has considered. Lime and orange walls overlook functional wooden tables, with cactus pots sitting precariously among the condiments. The fast-moving production line serves some of the best burritos in town. We plumped for one loaded with slow-cooked pork, and loved the soft, floury tortilla, the

  1. 56 Goodge Street, W1T 4NB
  2. Main courses £5.50-£6.40
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Lantana

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

A pioneer of the Australian-run modern café scene, Lantana remains a lively spot. Its look – wooden tables, mismatched chairs, small pieces of art on white walls – is now commonplace, but the staff pride themselves on their coffee-making and baking skills, and rightly so. The flat whites are super-smooth and go well with a moist raspberry friand or an Aussie ‘cherry ripe’ cake slice. The breakfast and brunch menu sounds great too, though sadly, maple french toast with

  1. 13 Charlotte Place, W1T 1SN
  2. Main courses £5-£12.50
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El Burrito

  • Price band: 1/4

El Burrito is currently doing battle with Benito’s Hat for control of the area’s lunchtime hordes; its prices are slightly lower, but whether its tacos, burritos and quesadillas are better remains open to debate. A queue snakes out of the door at peak times, and most customers choose to take their food away with them – not surprising, given the rather uninspiring interior (the small room at the rear, largely undecorated save a handful of functional tables and chairs, is an

  1. 5 Charlotte Place, W1T 1SF
  2. Set lunch £6.90 2 courses, £7.90 3 courses....
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Bi Bim Bap

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

This is the second branch of the popular Korean mixed rice restaurant in Soho. Since the first branch opened in 2011, Bi Bim Bap has become a regular favourite for a cheap and warming bowl of its namesake dish – bibimbap. Served here in hot stone bowls (dolsot), there are ten varieties of the spicy rice mix to choose from including beef fillet, spicy pork and five different veggie options, all topped with a range of shredded vegetables and ready for you to mix with all the

  1. 10 Charlotte Street, W1T 2LT
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Kin

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

This small vegetarian café, opened in summer 2014, has plenty to recommend it: a bright, pleasant space with skylight at the back, a display counter at the front bearing the photogenic food offerings of the day, friendly and attentive staff. And the promise is partly made good by the food itself, which majors on salads, sandwiches and baked goods both savoury and sweet. Not every dish is above criticism. A buckwheat roast was a little dense and dry, and the selection of salads

  1. 22 Foley Street, W1W 6DT
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