Blackwall, Poplar or Limehouse
It's the Number 15 bus this week, which ends near the Blackwall tunnel and the DLR. Is there anywhere decent for a cheapish lunch round there? Or we could retrace our steps to Limehouse or Poplar. Searching the site, it looks as though La Figa might fit the bill?
Sichuan Kitchen near All Saints DLR (on the 15 route) has become my go to Sichuanese place in London.
Cold pot fish (top of the Chinese specials menu if I remember correctly), the extremely crispy fish on the first pages of English language specials (see earlier posts for a more correct name) and standard Sichuan staples are all massive stand outs. I've had some really exceptional meals there.
Is a lovely little Italian restaurant near Blackwall DLR. Humungous portions, so you could probably get away with starters just for lunch.
If you're going back to Limehouse, The Grapes (now owned by Ian McKellen) is a nice little pub. I'd avoid Ramsay's The Narrow as I've always found it chilly, both literally and atmospherically.
Also nearish Blackwall is The Gun pub. Bar menu and (more expensive) restaurant option. Lots of history and lovely to sit on the river if the weather's good.
Edit: Just remembered the awfully named but very reasonably priced Scoff and Banter restaurant at the Radisson Blu, which is also v near Blackwall. Menu looks v appealing, but might be a bit corporate/soulless.