Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards 2012: Best new cheap eats
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Best New Cheap Eats category: because London doesn’t have to be expensive
The quality and diversity of the London’s low-cost restaurants is among the best of any in the world. But with Japanese okonomiyaki, Spanish tapas, Indian street food and South East Asian noodle dishes to choose from, where’s the best place to chow down on a budget?
Combining traditional and contemporary, this Brixton tapas joint offers modern twists such as roast pork rendered stunningly refreshing by a little ball of lemon sorbet on a pool of apple sauce. Simple classics such as pan con tomate – good crusty bread rubbed with garlic and a smear of tomato – are also done well. There’s no faulting the quality of ingredients, from tender flakes of cod in a sweet tomato sauce to a full-flavoured complimentary starter of rosemary-scattered olives. Best of all, the tapas cost around £4-£8, so you can assemble a great meal without causing a deficit the size of the Spanish trade gap.
Around £50 for two. br> Read Boqueria Tapas review
Part of Brixton Village Market, Okan deals in Japanese street food, especially yaki soba (fried noodles) and okonomiyaki (savoury deep pancakes with an egg-and-shredded-cabbage base); main courses cost a mere £6.50-£8.25.
Around £25 for two. br> Read Okan review
Taken from the Indian words for bread and tea, Roti Chai in Marylebone is dedicated to serving inexpensive and unusual café-style food in a chic yet nostalgic setting. Mains range from £4.50 to £8.50.
Around £25 for two. br> Read Roti Chai review
A good-looking canteen that dishes up crowd-pleasing street food that romps across Southeast Asia, ranging from salads and stir-fries to curries and noodles, with main courses going for £6-£9.
Around £50 for two. br> Read Tuk Cho review