5 London Eateries to Try on a Budget #London
London is one of the most beautifully diverse cities in the UK. And with a population of over 8 million, there are lots of mouths to feed! Because of this merge of cultures, tastes and sheer mass of people, there are so many delicious places to eat. So many so that it would take one person almost a decade to eat at every single restaurant in London for 3 meals a day!
London is infamous for being one of the most expensive places to live in the UK, so treating yourself to lunch and dinners out can rack up quite a cost. If you’re one of many who enjoys eating out, whether that’s brunching, lunching or anything in between, the don’t compromise. Instead, be a little bit frugal with your money and look out for the best deals, discounts and freebies on offer in your area.
Here are some of the tastiest London eateries to try on a budget:
Thaisty – Shoreditch
Thaisty is one of the newest restaurant additions in Shoreditch. Famous for being the sister restaurant for the award winning Suito London, visitors have labelled this restaurant as deliciously authentic thai food. Normally, a typical bill for one person would be up to £18-£30 depending on how many courses you get. However, if you download the dines app, you can get 50% off your bill.
If thai food is something that tickles your fancy, then Thaisty have been praised for their Mussaman Curry. This cult classic consists of coconut milk, infused with roast peanut, tamarind and potatoes. This is a real comfort-food dish and will keep you going back for more.
Arancini Brothers – Camden Town
For those of you who don’t already know, arancini is a sicilian street food classic, which consists of risotto rice rolled into balls, typically filled with cheese, meat and ragu, coated in breadcrumbs and fried. This is a satisfying lunchtime snack and the Evening Standard has labelled the Arancini Brothers as having “London’s Best Arancini”.
The Arancini Brothers started off in a tiny market stall on Brick Lane and have shot to success, opening several eateries across London. You can sample their filling wraps, salads and delicious Arancini wraps for as little as £8 for lunch.
Dumpling Shack – Spitalfields Market
Dumpling Shack is situated in the heart of Spitalfields Market and has drummed up a cult following over the years. Famous for an assortment of delicious dumplings, you can find cheap and satisfying dishes on the menu, that will keep your belly and pockets full!
One of the most popular dishes from the Dumpling Shack are the freshly made dan dan noodles, which are infused with spices and loaded with stir-fried beef, pickled mustard greens and delicious oils and flavourings. This will set you back a mere £7.50 and is a truly satisfying experience. This is a great option for lunch time!
Pizza Sophia – Bloomsbury
If you’re a lover of fresh baked Nepolesian style pizzas, then Pizza Sophie is a great option. With fresh baked pizzas starting at £4.95 for a takeaway and £5.95 for eat in, this is a great ‘cheap eats’ option.
Pizza Sophia is a great place to grab dinner with your friends and loved ones. Enjoy some delicious, freshly prepared pizza and pasta in an ambient setting. Rest easy as your meal is prepared using only the freshest ingredients, stone baked to perfection!
Trade – Spitalfields
Trade have set out on a mission to bring a combination of small-batch roasted specialist coffees, combined with a delicious selection of artisanal sandwiches and light-bites. Customers typically go to Trade for the coffee and stay for the food.
With an array of brunch and lunch specials, Trade offers many cheaper options. One of our favourites are the lights and fluffy buttermilk pancakes served with maple syrup, starting at £5.50. If you have more of a savoury tooth, then you can choose from delicious combinations such as, pastrami burnt-ends potato latkes, which are £4.5, or classic dishes such as poached eggs on sourdough. This is a great brunch spot to try with your friends!