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5 Great Eats Under £5 – London

In England, Great Eats Under $5, Quick & Easy on October 27, 2009 at 11:17 pm

London grudgingly holds the throne as one of the most expensive capitals in the world. Pauper days while living in London were mostly spent hunting for the cheapest eats in town. So as a tribute to my cold-and-poor days in London, here’s a roundup of 5 great eats under £5 and where to get them.

O'Neills Sunday Roast1. Special Sunday Roast at O’Neills

If London were a dish, it would be the Sunday Roast: beef fillet, Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes and tons of gravy. Feasting on this meaty platter is the mandatory Sunday activity for the Brits. You can easily find an English Pub at almost every street corner, and all of them do the quintessential Sunday Roast. Try to catch the promotions on selected days, with a set going for £4.99.

Check out the website http://www.oneills.co.uk/ for a list of pub locations.


2. Camden Food Market – International Food

This is where India meets Morocco meets Mexico. The artful assemblage of exotic foods from different corners of the world makes for a great hangout for foodies. Feast your eyes on the colorful foreign foods on display, and all that, for prices as low as £3.50. My choice: beef rendang at the Indonesian store – only for the spicy-tongued.

Camden Road, London, NW1

Camden Food Market - Photo by 2Camels

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3. Chinatown’s Jen Cafe

Forget sweet and sour pork.  The hundreds of small crowded eateries in Chinatown are the real deal. Fast, outrageously tasty and menus only in Chinese. The Zha Zhiang Mian (handmade noodles simply dressed with spicy minced meat) at Jen Cafe sets the golden standards. It is also particularly well-known for the lady who sits by the window, making Jiaozi (Beijing dumplings) by hand. With less than £5 dishes to choose from, you can’t go wrong here.

4-8 Newport Place, Chinatown, WC2H 7JP. Tel: 020 7287 9708

4. East European Food at Czech & Slovak Bar & Restaurant

It’s not the only place in London where you can get Budweiser Budvar or Pilsner Urquell, but it’s most definitely one of the cheapest and authentic joints around. Decked with wooden walls and a cottage feel, the eatery dishes up huge platters of pork knuckles and schnitzels. To spend less than £5, order the 1/2 portion, and you’re still guaranteed to leave with a full stomach. The highly-recommended £5 dishes include roasted pork with sauerkraut and beef goulash with dumplings.

74 West End Lane, West Hampstead, NW6 2SL. Tel: 0207 372 1193


Veli's Kebab5. Kebab at Veli’s Kebab House

The whole world has gone crazy for this ingenious Arabic quick bite, but London probably brought it to a whole new level.  Of the thousands of kebab stores in London, Veli’s may have the most loyal following. For £4, expect a sizzling, juicy and gripping kebab that might just help you attain cult-like status.

8 Barnsbury Road, Islington, London N1 0HB Tel:  0207 7837 1577


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  2. Hungry now. The kebab looks good; it’s interesting how it’s called a kebab in some places and a yiros elsewhere. In Aus it can differ from state to state depending on who first settled there. Thanks for the insights. Love food!

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