This year is set to be a year of sustainable eating. More than ever, restaurants are working to reduce their wastage, up the quality of their ingredients and look to their neighbours for locally sourced, lovingly cultivated produce. The future of eating is looking more virtuous than ever, and nobody is backing this revolution more than Tom Hunt, the eco-chef and restaurateur behind seasonal small-plate hotspot Poco. When he’s not coming up with ‘root to fruit’ dishes to add to his menu or campaigning for conscious cooking, Tom can be found at one of his five favourite cheap eating destinations.
'I’m not usually a fan of Chinese food but Silk Road’s food is stunning. Dumplings, ribbon noodles and vast bowls of chicken broth fill the tables, and I always finish with a kelp salad.' 49 Camberwell Church St, SE5 8TR.
'My friend and chef Marente (van der Valk) took me here recently for the first time. It’s gone straight into my top five cheap eats. The roti are thrown in front of you while you eat, and served with delicious Malaysian curries.' 40 Doric Way, NW1 1LH.
'This is my local cheap eat. The grill is always full, in fact last time I counted 47 kebabs on the grill! I love it because it’s usually filled with people from all around the world, showing off the brilliant multicultural mash-up that is London.' 245 Lewisham Way, SE4 1XF.
'Quirky like your aunt's living room, this art-adorned co-op establishment is the definition of a neighbourhood restaurant. It has a great community feel with a rota of home cooks and chefs who take over the menu each week.' 11 Vauxhall Grove, SW8 1TD.
'I’d visit this amazing little authentic noodle bar every time I’d visit my publishers in Leicester Square for a bowl of hand-pulled noodles at a brilliantly cheap price for the city.' 33 Cranbourne St, WC2H 7AD.
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