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OCTOBER 2019: We’ve scoured the city for a new crop of cheap eats and have struck gold. Among the highlights are Alpes (from cheese supremos the Raclette Brothers) and Morty & Bob’s in King’s Cross (grilled cheese toasties and more), but if you want to swap cheese for Chinese, we suggest Sichuan Grand (a whopping great restaurant in Stratford) and Xi’an Biang Biang (a Spitalfields sibling to Highbury’s Xi’an Impression, famous for its ‘belt’ noodles).
We’ve also revisited some old faves and can confirm that they’re as cheap and great as ever – top marks to C&R Café (a Malaysian diner renowned for its laksa), Beirut street-food kings Yalla Yalla in Fitzrovia and Notting Hill’s Fez Mangal (a Med-inspired Turkish grill).
London might well be the world’s greatest food city (that’s right, we’ve gone there) but with spiralling living costs putting the brakes on the concept of ‘spare’ cash, it’s not like any of us can eat out as much as we’d like to. Don’t worry: our list of London’s 100 best cheap eats will help remedy that.
Everything here has been priced at £10 a head or less, and variety is the name of the game – so expect anything from budget basement kitchens like Roti King to grand Parisian-style restaurants like Café Sou and Brasserie Zedel, steamy Cantonese bun houses like Bun House and hip taco joints like Del 74 (plus a few burger and pizza spots thrown in for good measure), all serving brilliant food at super-low prices.
Gather your pennies and hit the streets – filling up in London’s best restaurants needn’t empty the wallet.