Top 8 Budget Restaurants in London

Top 8 Restaurants in London

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Hi everyone,

I am currently a bit busy with my move to Santa Cruz, CA and starting grad school. I didn’t want to skip a week posting here, though. So I asked Kiran from theswindian.com for a little help and her recommendations on budget restaurants in London. Kiran is one of my favourite food bloggers who I met on Twitter (something I didn’t know was possible until recently). She lives in London and blogs about all things food related. Check out her blog 🙂

Now with no further ado, let’s get started with

The Swindian’s 8 favourite budget restaurants in London

I’ve lived in London for nearly four years and have been blogging for three of those years. As you can imagine, I’ve eaten a lot of food in that time! So whenever I am asked for restaurant recommendations, I tend to go off on a long and rambling monologue about a variety of restaurants, and the pros and cons of each. By the time I catch my breath, my companion is often cross-eyed,confused and hesitantly asks: “So… where exactly should I go?”

So when the lovely Juliet asked me for recommendations in the big smoke, it was the perfect opportunity to make a more comprehensible list for those visiting London on a budget. This city has a habit of stealing money from your purse in every way imaginable, but the suggestions below will cost you no more than £15 (excluding drinks and dessert). I’m not a huge fan of British food or chain restaurants, so the below are international, independent restaurants. They’re mostly centrally located as well – so very easy to get to!

I hope you enjoy them, and let me know if there are any I have left off my list!

Mandalay – A Burmese delight. All main courses (bar one or two) are under £10. Highly recommend the lamb in tamarind sauce.

Brasserie Zedel – gorgeous and luxurious French. They do a 2-course menu for £9.75, which includes the steak haché, my favourite item on the menu! There is also live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights, which makes for a luxurious atmosphere.

Breakfast at Dishoom – Indian-Western fusion. The bacon naan roll is £5.20, and they serve bottomless chai. The granola is also to die for! Dishoom is horrendously popular for dinner, but breakfast is always a lot quieter, and you can book a table, too.

Yalla Yalla – my favourite Lebanese in a city that abounds in it. The mezze are around £5, and the mains about £10. Don’t miss the falafel and hummus, and try the lahem shawarma too, if you can. The Soho branch is tiny, but try their Fitzrovia branch if you want to make a reservation.

Yalla Yalla | Top 8 budget restaurants in London

Bi Bim Bap – simple, cute Korean joint in SohoA bowl of the good stuff is around £8 (plus an extra £1 for an egg on top). I personally love the beef bulgogi version, and the Polaroid-covered walls are very cute and Korean.

Sagar – vegetarian Indian foodThe dosas are around £7 and the chaat about £5. Recommend the Bombay Chowpatti specials, especially the aloo papdi chaat.

Lemongrass – a family-run Cambodian in Camden. Mains are all under £10, and everything is stellar, but I particularly love the dry curry fillet steak (£9.30) and the ginger chicken (£7.30).

Baozi Inn – Szechuan food in Chinatown. Ignore nearly everything on the menu and just order the Dan Dan Noodles (around £7-8). They’re topped with spicy, garlicky pork mince. What else could you want? You can’t reserve a table here, but the noodles are worth waiting for.

I also have a list of my favourite more upmarket restaurants in London… check it out on my blog here!


Hope you liked this collection of budget restaurants in London!

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