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Chef Ramael Scully's top five cheap eats in London

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The Curious Pear

Ramael Scully is the head chef at NOPI and co-author of its ridiculously beautiful cookbook. 'Scully' (as he’s known to his friends, family and now us...) joined the Ottolenghi team in 2005 and his rich, colourful dishes have made NOPI a perennial favourite. His Indian, Chinese, Malay and Irish heritage heavily influence his vibrant cooking, which has taught Yotam Ottolenghi himself a thing or two about bold Southeast Asian flavours. Here, Scully gives us his five go-to places to chow down on the cheap in London.


'I just love steamed buns. These ones are different to others, with slightly more filling. I love the peanut topping. I ordered the whole menu twice on my last visit.' 53 Lexington St, W1F 9AS.

Plum Valley

'This place is so cheap and tasty. Make sure you try the foie gras dim sum. I always take my chefs here for dinner. Years ago I would walk past and thought it was a posh Chinese restaurant, one of my chefs said “Don’t judge a book by its cover!"' 20 Gerrard St, W1D 6JQ.

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Smoking Goat

'This is basically a pub with really good Thai food. I really love their whole mackerel and papaya salad.' 7 Denmark St, WC2H 8LZ. 

Victory Mansion

'I love coming here on Sundays. There are really great small plates and cocktails. Try the milk chicken or lamb chops.' 18 Stoke Newington High St, N16 7PL.

Pizza Pilgrims

'They do consistently good, real Naples-style pizza.' 11 Dean St, W1D 3RP.

Want more bargain bites? Take a look at the 100 best cheap eats in London.

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