HOME > Chowhound > U.K./Ireland >
Brewing beer, curing meat, or making cheese? Get great advice

Tenner a head in London

themaneats Nov 25, 2013 01:34 AM

So after realising my monthly eating-out bill is something ridiculous, i'm trying to stick to cheaper places! I know there is a whole load of places where two people can eat for 20 pounds.

I'll throw Saravanaa Bhavan in Tooting (and probably in the other branches) into the ring. It's Sound/North Indian Thali's are the best I've had and are really special, and clock in at 6 or 7 pounds. Other good Tooting options, Apollo Banana Leaf, Chutney n Dosa, Spice Village (if you order conservatively) work too.

Any good suggestions?

  1. babybat Dec 11, 2013 02:39 PM

    The Korean cafe on Museum St, near the British Museum does a great value bibimbap set for £10 (soup, bibimbap, kimchi and a drink), which is worth a look in an area mostly full of tourist traps. The nice Thai place opposite also did a good lunch menu, but they've now closed to be replaced by a fish & chip place which looks dire.

    I also quite like Ten Ten Tei on Brewer St - you can do lunch there for about a tenner if you're careful. It's not the most exotic Japanese restaurant, but there's something homely about it.

    1. b
      bleep75 Dec 10, 2013 01:23 AM

      Payed 50 quid for average meal at Salt n Pepper. Felt gouged - much better food at Dishoom. The tawa prawns were good though.

      1 Reply
      1. re: bleep75
        themaneats Dec 10, 2013 06:56 AM

        Definitely consistency issues, I've had one good and one OK meal there.

      2. abby d Dec 9, 2013 02:12 AM

        there are some nice ideas for central london in this guardian article:


        koshari street, wc2
        honey & co, w1
        attendant, w1
        scandanavian kitchen, w1
        honest burger, w1
        foxcroft & ginger, w1
        pizza pilgrims, w1
        chettinad, w1
        bi bim bap, w1
        banh mi bay, w1 and wc1

        1. f
          foreignmuck Nov 26, 2013 11:38 AM

          Someone mentioned FM Mangal.

          Silk Road over the road in Camberwell is absolutely killer and dirt cheap too!

          you can't go wrong.

          1. j
            J Sheridan Nov 26, 2013 01:48 AM

            If yo like a glass of wine with your lunch, Soif on Battersea Rise does a good and sometimes truly excellent single course with a glass of wine and coffee for £10. For well under a tenner you can have a delicious Mediterranean/North African lunch at Medina in Falcon Road.
            Both in the deep south, of course.

            2 Replies
            1. re: J Sheridan
              themaneats Nov 26, 2013 02:01 AM


              Is it this place? I can't find it mentioned as a restaurant, but it looks like one!

              1. re: themaneats
                J Sheridan Nov 26, 2013 02:47 AM

                Yes, that's it. Part of it is a grocer and halal butcher, part a café (not really restaurant).

            2. a
              astereilla Nov 25, 2013 03:01 PM

              I'm a PhD student who loves to eat out, so I'm constantly looking for more affordable places to eat! My recommendations:

              Franco Manca, Brixton for pizza
              Honest Burger, Soho (or Brixton)
              Malaysia Kopitiam, Leicester Square
              Noodle Bar on Cranbourne Street for their hand-pulled noodles - also try Maotai Kitchen in Chinatown
              Koya, Soho (udon only though, not the specials)
              Cafe East, Surrey Quays for massive bowls of pho
              Asakusa, Mornington Crescent - I used to be able to order several small plates (+set meal) to share with a couple of friends and it would come to about 10 per head
              Ittenbari, Soho - I prefer their ramen over the other newer, hipper places (not a fan of the super-rich tonkotsu)

              You might be able to feed 2 for 20 pounds at any of the Korean restaurants around Centrepoint, or Koba near Goodge Street, or Asadal next to Holborn Station if you don't order the barbeque meat.

              If you can go for lunch, I think the express lunch at Hereford Road (9.50 for main course, a glass of wine, and coffee) is exceedingly good value. Or come to Camberwell and eat at FM Mangal for delicious grilled meat.

              Weekend brunch:
              Caravan, King's Cross
              The Table, Southwark

              I should also mention I almost always drink tap water!

              1. Paprikaboy Nov 25, 2013 05:18 AM

                I've tried all these places at lunch, not sure if you could do all of them for under a tenner at dinner.

                Bonda- Malaysian: Paddington
                Ariana II- Afghan: Kilburn
                Ibuki- Japanese Maida Vale
                Salt n Pepper-Pakastani: Near Leicester SQ
                Gana Cafe-Sri Lankan: Wembley
                Kailash Parbat-Indian: Wembley
                Dip and Flip-French dip and burgers: Battersea

                3 Replies
                1. re: Paprikaboy
                  themaneats Nov 25, 2013 05:55 AM

                  Our lunch at Salt N Pepper was 60 quid! I think maybe it's more a greed problem :)

                  1. re: themaneats
                    Paprikaboy Nov 25, 2013 06:10 AM

                    They do lunch platters for £9.20 which is a curry, side and bread or 2 kebabs side and bread so maybe was a greed problem :)

                    1. re: Paprikaboy
                      themaneats Nov 25, 2013 06:12 AM

                      Haha, yeah :). I'm sure it wasn't available at the weekends.

                2. b
                  brokentelephone Nov 25, 2013 03:56 AM

                  Duck (or char sui) on rice at Goldmine/Four Seasons is a good value, less than 10 definitely.

                  3 Replies
                  1. re: brokentelephone
                    themaneats Nov 25, 2013 04:11 AM

                    Good shout. I find the gouging in China Town really annoying, nipping in for a dish or two ends up being 40 quid with tea, rice, service charge etc. Understandable though.

                    I keep meaning to get the Soy Milk and Youtiao from one of the cafes there. Definitely under a tenner and will hopefully remind me of Taiwan!

                    1. re: themaneats
                      brokentelephone Nov 25, 2013 04:34 AM

                      Chinatown isn't too expensive. My favorite dish ever (curry beef flank on rice) at Cafe TPT is under 7 pounds Add a glass of tap water, provided begrudgingly by their wonderful staff, and you're under 15 for two, with 5 pound left over to spend at the strip club!

                      1. re: brokentelephone
                        themaneats Nov 25, 2013 04:41 AM

                        Haha true! And of course the Malaysian place in the shopping arcade now I think of it, surely under 10/head.

                        That reminds me! Mamasuka - The Polish place in Elephant and Castle shopping center is good (well, based on not much Polish food experience) and a fiver for the mains.

                  2. l
                    Littlemoskito Nov 25, 2013 03:05 AM

                    Had a great wrap at Phoenicia in Kentish Town for 2.99 yesterday!

                    1. zuriga1 Nov 25, 2013 03:00 AM

                      There are a lot worse pad thai dishes served than I've eaten at Busaba Eathai. For £8.50, it's not a bad deal.

                      Show Hidden Posts