London’s many food markets, though intimidating to the uninitiated, are great places to get gourmet grub for under £10. And, there are also plenty of bargain joints to fill up on deliciously cheap dishes if you know where to look. Here’s our secret shortlist of the best of the best in London cheap eats.
| 1. Roti King |
What? The line at the door of this small, authentic Malaysian joint often stretches down the street. Try the Roti Canai special, a feast of flaky, buttery rotis (Malaysian flatbreads) with a chicken, meat or fish curry.
Where? 40 Doric Way, Euston
How much? £5.50
| 2. Mike and Ollie |
What? Mike and Ollie’s wraps have become something of a legend. The traders have recently opened a restaurant in Camberwell, but you can still grab one of three Lebanese-style flatbreads stuffed with that day’s meat, fish or veggie option to go at Brockley Market.
Where? Brockley Market, Lewisham.
How much? £7.
| 3. BAO |
What? This Tawainese street food stall moved to a permanent location earlier this year and is so popular you’ll certainly have to wait in line to get your hands on the pillow soft baos. The classic bao, stuffed with slow-braised pork, peanut powder and coriander, is certainly worth it.
Where? 53 Lexington Street, Soho; Netil Market, Hackney
How much? £3.75
| 4. Herman ze German |
What? Herman ze German serves London’s best German-style hot dogs. Order the chilli wurst for a mix of beef, pork and chili in one glorious sausage.
Where? 19 Villiers Street, Charing Cross; 33 Old Compton Street, Soho; 43 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia
How much? £4.45
| 5. Pieminister |
What? The British love a good pie, and they love a good pun, so it’s no surprise Bristol-based Pie Minister is taking the country by storm. Try the Moo pie, a delightful creation made of British steak and craft ale.
Where? 91 Leather Lane, Farringdon; 56 Upper Ground, Southwark
How much? £4.50 for the pies; £2.45 for the mash; £2 for mushy peas
| 6. Dishoom |
What? Iranian-style café Dishoom has a range of tasty and good value dishes suitable for sharing. Stop in at breakfast to start the day with the Akuri – spicy scrambled egg served with grilled tomatoes.
Where? 12 Upper St. Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden; other locations across the city
How much? £6.90