The Best Cheap Eats
Nobody likes spending money. Well, we don't. Thankfully, our dear capital ensures that we don't have to. There are a remarkable number of restaurants that serve excellent food at prices that won't go anywhere near to breaking the bank, so please peruse these pocket pleasing places and discover the art of eating well for less: it really does taste good.
Comptoir Libanais
65 Wigmore Street, Mayfair, London, W1U 1PZ
This place looks a bit psychedelic, what with all the colour, but tuck into the quality Lebanese food and you'll be very pleased. Delicious tagines at £6.50? Huge platters for two at under a tenner? Value in Mayfair? Wonders may never cease.
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****-
Mien Tay
180 Lavender Hill, Battersea, London, SW11 5TQ
We've picked this particular Mien Tay because it's marginally better than the Kingsland Road version. Both, though, serve sublime Vietnamese food at really rather ridiculous prices. And it runs a BYO policy, so you can head down with your very own bottle of Liebfraumilch, you classy devil.
Our rating
*****
User rating
****-
8 reviews
Dishoom
St Martins Courtyard, 12 Upper St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9FB
You can certainly get cheaper curries in London, but these are very, very tasty curries, and still cheap. If we're feeling like pinching some pennies, we just sit down for a quick lamb biryani - a tenner with tip.
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****-
User rating
****-
8 reviews
Tayyabs
83-89 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London, E1 1JU
No cheap eat list is complete without the inclusion of Tayyabs. It might not be as groundbreaking as it was, but the Punjabi grills are still amazing and the prices, still impressive.
Our rating
****-
User rating
***--
47 reviews
Keu!
332 Old Street, Shoreditch, London, EC1V 9DR
This little Vietnamese cafe is perhaps best known for its cracking banh mi baguettes but there's plenty more to get your teeth into, without having to spend too much of your hard-earned cash. The crispy pork belly with veg and rice is a steal, as are many of the other lunch deals.
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****-
User rating
****-
1 review
Makan Minum
741 Green Lanes, Winchmore Hill, London, N21 3RX
Superb and authentic Malaysian food up the posh end of Green Lanes shouldn't be this reasonable. Happily it is - just be wary of the huge mark up on their wine as that's clearly where they make their money. Still more than worth a visit, though.
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*****
User rating
***--
3 reviews
Brasserie Zedel
20 Sherwood Street, Soho, London, W1F 7ED
This beautiful restaurant in the heart of Soho is one of the best value spots in London, of that there is no doubt. Starters kick off at just £2.25, and you can get three courses for £11.25. Now that would be remarkable enough on its own but throw in the genuinely stunning setting, and the fact that it's from the guys behind The Wolseley and The Delaunay, and your pocket and palate will be overjoyed.
Our rating
****-
User rating
****-
5 reviews
Paolina Cafe and Thai Restaurant
181 Kings Cross Road, London, WC1X 9BZ
This brilliant little Thai cafe on King's Cross Road certainly doesn't look like great shakes, but the food is incredibly good and the prices even better. Eat like a king (or queen) for about £15 a head. And bring your own booze too. Definitely one of the best cheap eats in London.
Our rating
*****
User rating
****-
8 reviews

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