Cheap eats in London: North and East
Everyone knows it – London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy this great city. And yes, eating out has always been a bit of treat to yourself and rarely possible at the end of the month, but no more! There are so many places now that offer cheap meals for under £6 that eating out can now become as easy as breathing. Here are some of the best cheap eats London has to offer.
Moma’s Healthy Foods – One source of protein and a choice of three salads for only £4.95 at our local Moma’s place. You can choose between chicken, beef, lamb or salmon, and add any three salads from a huge array. If you feel like something lighter, they offer wraps and salad boxes, all for under £4.
Le Rif – This restaurant is hidden well on Seven Sisters Road near Finsbury Park and it’s a spot you can easily walk pass, although you shouldn’t. Moroccan tagines are the speciality here with a choice of meat, fish or vegetable tagine, served on a bed of fluffy couscous or rice. Portions are big enough to keep you going all day and prices are between £4.50 and £6.
The Little Viet Kitchen – The restaurant offers fresh and yummy Vietnamese food, but what makes it great is that from Tuesdays to Fridays, they also set up a lunch stall, perfect for the cheap eats budget. For £5 you can get a rice noodle salad topped with shredded vegetables, tofu or chicken, and small pots of tasty sauce to mix in. You can find the food stall at Chapel Market in Islington.
I Falafel – Located in Goulston Street's market, I falafel serves huge falafel flatbread wraps for only £4 every weekday at lunch. There is always a long queue but don’t worry, the guy making the falafels wraps them at lightning speed. You need to see it to believe it. The wrap comes with falafel, houmous, tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, gherkins, tomato, chilli, mint and sesame sauce. Perfection.
Momo’wich – A popular lunch destination for people working in the City, Momo’wich offers a pan-Asian street food for no money. Expect pad thai, laksas, steamed buns, BBQ pork, tofu curry, chicken teriyaki and so on. You can choose your meals to be medium £4.95 or large (pictured) £5.95, and there are two branches of this restaurant: one in Barbican and one in Aldgate East.
Organic Chickpeas – This kiosk uses only organic vegetables, herbs, spices, bread and oil, and all dishes are freshly prepared each day. Expect falafels, Mediterranean salads, deep-fried chickpea bites and a lot of houmous and tahini. The places vary between £4.50 and £5.25 and there are two different kiosks, one in Monument and one in Canary Wharf.
Katsu Wrap – As you’ve guessed it by the name, this street food kiosk specialises in chicken katsu wraps. What you get is more than generous amount of chicken katsu, your choice of salad and sauces, brought together in a tortilla wrap. All of this for only £5. And what’s even greater, you can find Katsu Wrap in two places – Aldgate and Hackney.
Keep an eye on the blog as on Friday we'll be sharing the cheapest eats in south, west and central London.