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Jul 4, 2013 12:47 PM

Interesting London eating

Hello all,
I am going to London in a couple of weeks with a group of us. We are all around 17-20 so want somewhere that fits the young crowd and also the 'young' budget! I'm a real 'foodie' however most others aren't but I'd like to go to some nice, relatively cheap, central and possibly quirky places to eat (possibly Middle Eastern, Asian, European- although preferably not Italian.)


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  1. I'm sure others can elaborate, but my central London pound for pound favourites are:

    Koya or Tonkotsu in Soho for home made soba and ramen respectively.

    Bar Shu off Shaftesbury for spicy, hot Szechuan.

    Dumpling Legends in China Town for dim sum (the Michelin starred Yauatcha in Soho is also good but slightly more expensive). And if you haven't done it yet, getting abused by the waiters over a £5 plate of noodles at the infamous Wong Kei is a student / young person must.

    Meatmarket or the just opened Shake Shack in Covent Garden for burgers and the like.

    Finally, staying in Cov Gdn, it's a wee bit posh but Moti Mahal does a fantastic £16 Indian tiffin lunch. The unadvertised 'make your own' salad at the start is worth the price of admission alone. Otherwise head down Long Acre to Dishoom for affordable curry in a very funky setting.

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    1. re: marcusj

      Thank you. Dishoom looks like a really good place so may well try it!

      1. re: Will_Cardy

        Great cocktails as well. And be sure to try their black dahl if you do go to Dishoom,

        1. re: pj26

          I just did lunch at Cinnamon Soho and can't recommend the £7.50 thali lunch enough. Very impressive. Prices go up quite a bit outside of the lunch set, but well worth considering. The cooking and spicing was spot on.

    2. These places aren't dead central but there a short tube or bus ride or a 20-30 minute walk at most.

      Bonda- Malaysian place on Sussex Gardens near Paddington Station. Nothing fancy but the Nasi Campur for lunch is £4.50 to £6.50 for 1-3 dishes with rice and veg.

      Kerb- Street Food place with a number of stalls. it's near Kings Cross station. Most dishes are a fiver. Not always great but if Tongue and Cheek are there try the pork cheek sub or ox heart burger.

      Yipin China- Chinese place that serves mainly Hunan and Szechuan. Go for the dry wok dishes from the Hunanese menu. Not dirt cheap but good value. It's on Liverpool St near Angel tube.

      Patogh- Persian place that does giant breads, salad and kebabs for about six quid. It's on Crawford place, off Edgware Road.

      Moroccan Stalls and Portuguese places -Golborne Road.
      These are handy if you happen to be going to Portobello Road market.

      For central London I often head to Ittenbari for ramen. I've tried the other new ramen places (Tonkotsu and Bone Daddies) and this is the one I go back to.

      1. Go to Brixton and trawl the markets - Brixton Village and Market Row. Loads of cheap and good places to go, and a very trendy vibe these days if you go on a Thurs/Fri night or at the weekend.

        1. Not a restaurant, but we thoroughly enjoyed eating our way round the Brick Lane Sunday market, when we visited the capital a week or so back. I'm sure I've not seen such ethnic diversity of food in one place before.

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          1. re: Harters

            And don't miss Beigel Bake whilst you're there ;-)

            1. re: klyeoh

              I think the best bagels in London are in Finsbury Park - quite a schlep for me. :-) It's a good bakery called The Happening Bagel Factory. But of course it's not a place most tourists would be interested in.

              1. re: zuriga1


                Do you happen to know what time they open in the morning?
                I have to go to Holloway Road once a month and it would be a good breakfast stop off on the way.


                1. re: Paprikaboy

                  I found this on the web. The shop is about 2 blocks from the Tube stop. Lordy, their website made me drool.



                  Monday 5:00 am – 2:00 am
                  Tuesday 5:00 am – 2:00 am
                  Wednesday 5:00 am – 2:00 am
                  Thursday 5:00 am – 2:00 am
                  Friday 5:00 am – 2:00 am
                  Saturday 5:00 am – 2:00 am
                  Sunday 5:00 am – 2:00 am

          2. I second the recommendation for Brixton Village/Market Row. There's a huge diversity of food offered there, some of it very good, some just OK (faves include Honest Burger, Franco Manca pizzas and Casa Morita). It's also buzzy, good value and quirky.