CHEAP EATS

We love eating out but forking out for dinner can get expensive. So we’ve rounded up our favourite London cheap eats where you can stuff yourself silly for under a tenner.

London Cheap Eats Highlights

Cay Tre is a Shoreditch institution, having been doing its thing since 2001. It’s one of the top authentic and traditional Vietnamese restaurants in east London and it’s a cheap eat that rocks. We love the charm of the place, which is a polite way to say it’s a little rough around the edges, but that doesn’t seem to affect its popularity at all. With ample sized portions at Cay Tre you can’t go wrong. It’s no fuss and no hipster Shoreditch-ness, just a good old Vietnamese restaurant.

If you want hand rolled pasta for under a tenner, head to Padella. The casual spot serves up a regularly changing menu of pasta dishes – think Parpadelle with Black Hampshire sausage and fennel ragu and Ravioli of squash & Neal’s Yard ricotta with sage butter, and with homemade desserts costing just £4 you could bag both for little more than £10. BARGAIN.

Tucked away in a basement near Euston, Roti King serves up authentic Malaysian grub that’s cheaper than chips. You can get 2 pieces of roti with dhaal for £4 and if you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth they do a roti filled with caramelised banana for just £3. Or if roti ain’t you’re thing they do noodle and rice dishes for under £7 – one to remember next time you’re catching a train!

Max’s Sandwich Shop might not serve up the cheapest sandwiches in London, but for the comedy value and the fact you probably won’t be able to move after noshing down it’s so worth the £7. The menu changes pretty regularly but you can’t go wrong with the classic ham, egg ‘n’ chips sarnie!

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MURGER HAN

Murger Han, Eversholt Street, London, UK

Murger Han is a X’ian Chinese restaurant with branches in Euston, Mayfair and the City that seriously delivers the goods, and is super cheap too. The speciality here is Biang Biang noodles. They are made fresh in house every day and hand pulled by the chef into one giant 12 foot sheet and then cut into wide, thick strands before cooking. The noodles are spot on and come with some epic sauces – we particularly love the braised pork, tomato, egg, and chilli sauce. Sides such as gyoza are excellent too, as well as the murgers themselves – a flat bread stuffed with stewed beef or pork.

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SOUVLAKI STREET

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49 Brixton Station Rd, London SW9 8PQ, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM

There are wraps, and then there are double stuffed chip-filled Greek wraps. Souvlaki Street serves up proper souvlaki made using quality local ingredients. There is a choice of pork shoulder, chicken or halloumi, and you can go ALL IN with three in one. Be warned though, because they are filled to the brim along with tomato, chips, tzatziki and souvlaki sauce, you might not even have room for their banging loaded fries or pita wedges. If you are heading down to Pop Brixton, they are well worth a visit.

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GOOD BIRDS

9 Holles St, Marylebone, London W1G 0DB, UK

One of the highlights at Market Halls West End is Good Birds, the rotisserie chicken concept from Flank’s Tom Griffiths. Rotisserie chicken might not sound all that exciting on paper but these really some seriously good birds, cooked low and slow over the flames. But where Good Birds really stands out are the sauces that you can choose to come with the chicken – there’s chicken gravy; fire cracker hot; and, our favourite, smoked chilli sambal. You can get a quarter bird for £7 but the real bargain is the half chicken + 2 sides for £16 which is easily big enough for two. For the sides you should definitely get the crunch Asian slaw, and the ‘Skin on War Fries’ – chips with peanut cashew sauce and crispy onions.

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SHUK;

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Borough Market Kitchen, Jubilee Pl, Winchester Walk, London SE1 9AG

Shuk; (which means street market in Hebrew) is serving up a taste of Tel Aviv in the recently opened Borough Market Kitchen. It’s all about Israeli street food, which you can get in fresh baked pita or as part of a salad box, made using produce from the Middle East as well as the market itself. There are four pitas to choose from – fish tagine with chickpeas & amba tahini, sabich with roast aubergine & eggs, spiced lamb meatballs with chilli yoghurt (which is our fave) and a lunch special of slow cooked beef brisket with cheese and pickled onions – think cheeseburger vibes. If you wanna skip the bread, you can go for a salad box by choosing from the platters on the counter, which include the likes of roasted aubergine with labne & tomato compote or Israeli couscous with dried tomatoes, courgettes & pickled mushrooms, and you can add the pita fillings on if you want something a bit bigger. All the pitas are under a tenner and they are properly filling too, not to mention way more exciting than a bog standard sarnie.

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MONOHON RAMEN

102 Old St, London EC1V 9AY, United Kingdom

Located on the Clerkenwell side of Old Street, Monohon serves just six types of ramen, including three soup-less ones, one of which is served chilled. The Spicy Tonkotsu – creamy pork bone broth with thin noodles, bean sprouts, spring onions, slow cooked pork belly and spicy miso pork mince – is a winner and you can customise it to your liking, choosing level of spice, how hard you want your noodles and how big you want the bowl to be. Slurping = essential.

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XI'AN IMPRESSION

117 Benwell Road, London N7 7BW, United Kingdom

Looking to try the food from the Xi’an region of China? This is the spot. It’s cheap and cheerful and you can’t go wrong with the pork and veg dumplings, the hand pulled noodles with chunky beef and chilli sauce, and the Xi’an pork ‘burger’. Highly recommended if you’re in the area.

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ROTI KING

40 Doric Way, Kings Cross, London NW1 1LH

Tucked away in a basement near Euston, Roti King serves up authentic Malaysian grub that’s cheaper than chips. You can get 2 pieces of roti with dhaal for £4 and if you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth they do a roti filled with caramelised banana for just £3. Or if roti ain’t you’re thing they do noodle and rice dishes for under £7 – one to remember next time you’re catching a train!

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HOUSE OF MOMO

52 Boleyn Rd, London N16 8JP, United Kingdom

House of MoMo isn’t just great because they serve up some bloody good momo, oh no you can also get a bowl of dumplings and beer for less than a tenner. Whether you choose them steamed, pan fried, coated in a sesame creamy curry sauce or a spicy chilli sauce, you won’t be disappointed.

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YAMAGOYA

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49 The Cut, London SE1 8LF, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Japanese ramen specialist Yamagoya is one of our favourite cheap eats in London as it offers what is surely the best value ramen and katsu curry you can find in the capital. There’s always 5 hot ramens on offer and the most expensive is £9.50, way cheapers than the cheapest bowl you’ll find elsewhere. They don’t shirk on quality though; the noodles are freshly made and the broth is rich and flavoursome. Try the Yuzukara Ramen with wood ear mushrooms in a green tonkotsu broth. Yamagoya also does an amazing chicken or pork katsu curry at only £6.50! Take that Wagamama. For a quick bite in town that’s easy on the wallet, Yamagoya is a perfect choice.

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YOLK

19 Golden Square, London W1F 9JJ, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

If you’re after a quick bite that’ll be more exciting than Pret, Yolk is a good shout. Self-proclaimed purveyors of ‘fine fast food’, it does exactly what it says on the tin – serve up reliably well-made food with no hanging around. You can choose from one of their poached egg pots, brekkie baps (like the classic bacon or *fancy* bacon), next-level sandwiches (with options like bang bang chicken and nduja club), hot pots or salad bowls and still have time to spare on your lunch break.

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SONS + DAUGHTERS

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Unit 119a Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London N1C 4DQ, UK

Sons + Daughters, the brainchild of James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy (the duo behind award-winning East London restaurant Pidgin) celebrates the sandwich in all its glory. The Coal Drops Yard spot is an ode to all things between two slices of bread. There are six sarnies on the menu and they’re all beasts. We particularly rate the CHICKEN S+DWICH, with Swaledale chicken, pickled cucumber, miso mayo, green sauce, soy-cured parmesan, gem lettuce and wasabi cress on white bloomer, and the PRAWN S+DWICH, with Cornish prawns, S+D mayo, prawn crackers, crispy shallots and cabbage on granary. Remember the crisp sandwiches you’d make as a kid? This is like that except way more mindblowing. Yes the sandwiches here are more expensive than Pret but they still all come in at less than a tenner and when you see the amount that’s stuffed in there, you’ll see they’re worth every penny. If sandwiches are what get you out of bed in the morning, then go venture in this playground, it’s like being given a AAA pass at Glasto. Rock on.

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PHAT PHUC

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The Courtyard, 151 Sydney St, London SW3 6NT, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Despite what you might think, that’s not how it’s pronounced. Phat Phuc, meaning ‘Happy Buddha’ and pronounced ‘fet fook’, is a noodle shack off the King’s Road that serves up some of the best pho in town. The Vietnamese national dish is their speciality, with beef, chicken, prawn and vegetable options on the list (all at a tenner a bowl, except for beef which is £12). But there are also other dishes on the menu if you fancy venturing outside the pho world. You can grab some prawn har kau, char siu buns or duck pancakes for starters, or a bowl of laksa with either rice or egg noodles for your main. Then grab a seat in the first-come-first-served courtyard, which is even decked out with shelter, heaters and windbreakers for when the weather (inevitably) turns.

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RIVER CAFE

river cafe putney bridge

Not to be confused with the wallet-beating Italian restaurant, this particular River Cafe is an old school caff located right opposite Putney Bridge tube. It’s a stunner inside, with blue and white tiles, creaking plywood wall panels, and formica tables, largely unchanged since the 1960s. There are plenty of nods to the Italian owners too, with walls covered in Italian football flags and posters. The menu is as comforting as the surroundings, with bacon sandwiches and a big Full English for breakfast, and shepherd’s pie, pasta and Italian desserts at lunch. You can eat like a king here and still come with change from a tenner.

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MAX'S SANDWICH SHOP

19 Crouch Hill, London N4 4AP, United Kingdom

Max’s Sandwich Shop, the late night sarnie shop you can get pissed in, might not serve up the cheapest sandwiches in London, but for the comedy value and the fact you probably won’t be able to move after noshing down it’s so worth the £7. Expect quirky names and filthy creations. You can’t go wrong with the classic ham, egg ‘n’ chips but we also love The Original Gangster, a braised beef, sauerkraut and “incredibly slutty gravy mayo” creation and don’t miss the crispy potatoes coated in crack-like rose harissa yoghurt either.

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CIRRIK 19 NUMARA BOS

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34 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7XJ, UK

It’s no secret that some of the best food you can get in Stokey and Dalston is Turkish, and we LOVE Turkish food. There are so many places to choose from but our fail-safe is Cirrik 19 Numara Bos and in our opinion, it’s the best, oh yes most people have their own faves, but Cirrik is ours. The menu mostly focuses on kebabs made from barbecued meats cooked on the charcoal ocakbasi served with an abundance of sides including salad, spicy onions, THOSE balsamic grilled onions, THAT fresh bread (which is unlimited), chilli sauce and garlic mayo. Their speciality is lamb chops, though you can’t really go wrong with their chicken Shish (or anything else for that matter). The place is no frills and concentrates on offering great food and decent service. Go hungry.

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BLEECKER

205 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5NE, United Kingdom

Getting a decent burger & fries in London has got pretty pricey these days, but you can get a cheeseburger and fries for just £9 at Bleecker. AND take it from us, they serve up some of the best buns in London, oh and if you’re willing to spend an extra quid go for the sweet potato fries – they’re bloody YUM!

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TACOS PADRE

The Borough Market Kitchen Padre, Winchester Walk, Jubilee, London SE1 9AG, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM, 6:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM, 6:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, 7:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Located in Borough Market, Tacos Padre is the Mexican spot from hot Irish chef Nick Fitzgerald who earned his stripes at Pujol, Mexico City (on the World’s 50 Best don’t ya know). The stall serves some of the best tacos in London, including beef short rib suadero with morita salsa, cauliflower al pastor with salsa macha and lamb barbacoa with gauc, alongside homemade bottled sauces, local beers and mezcal margs. And the annual summer residency, where Nick sets up on the terrace by the stall, has a bangin’ dinner menu with dishes like oysters divorciados, crab tostada with guajillo & tamarind, gilt head bream with shiso ceviche, confit pork chop cochinita with charred x-ni-pec, smoked celeriac with orange habanero glaze & macadamia sikil pak, and bueñuelos with morita cajeta. 

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YARD SALE

15 Hoe Street, London E17 4SD, United Kingdom

It won OFM’s 2017 Cheap Eats award and is our fave local pizzeria, so it’s only right that Yard Sale makes it in our fave cheap eats. We’re a little bit obsessed with their Holy Pepperoni – it is holy after all, and when we’re pretending to be healthy it’s the TSB with tenderstem broccoli. It’s about a tenner for a 12inch, but if you really want to push the boat out they do HUGE 18inchers too, whatever you choose you definitely won’t go hungry here!

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DOM'S PLACE

199 Lower Clapton Rd, London E5 8EG, United Kingdom

Dom’s Place is a LOTI fave (you do not even want to see how many deliveries we’ve had from here…).Serving up Turkish grub you can either go for a wrap or plate with rice/ chips and you definitely won’t go hungry. Our faves include the Chicken Wrap with Sumakli salad (red onion, parsley, sumak and pomegranate vinegar) and the Lamb Kofte plate with rice – we’re drooling just thinking about it!

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BUTCHIES

22 Rivington St, London EC2A 3DY, United Kingdom

Butchies serve some of the best fried chicken in town, starting from their Broadway Market stall on Saturday mornings and growing to permanent sites in Shoreditch and Clapham. It’s perfect for a quick bite and a beer (or negroni on tap!) and their incredible fried chicken sandwiches start at £6 for the original and creep to just below a tenner for the epic ‘Jenny From the Block’, which comes with guac and smoked bacon. There’s also cheesy fries, nuggets, hallomui fries and wings for a true feast AKA wipe out central.

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FLOUR & GRAPE

££
214 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3TQ, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:30 – 10:00 PM

If you want your pasta fast-a and can’t wait in the queue for Padella, say hello to Flour & Grape, located not too far away on Bermondsey Street. There’s only eight pasta dishes on offer and a handful of starters and desserts, with everything coming in at a tenner or under. The tortelloni packed with roast pork shoulder and sage butter kicks ass and there’s also a decent pappardelle with beef shin and a cacio e pepe bucatini – oh and they take bookings too…

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CHICK 'N' SOURS

££-£££
1a Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LL, United Kingdom

It may not be as dirt cheap as your average high street chicken shop but then Chick ‘n’ Sours is on a whole new level…not only do you get free range birds, you get crazy sides and sauces you’d never find in Chicken Cottage. You can still eat here on a budget though; the house fry drumstick and thigh with THAT seaweed crack and pickled watermelon or a big plate of disco wings will get you change from a tenner, or you could hand over the whole note for The General…a beast of a bun with fried thigh, buttermilk & herb mayo, cheese and pickles.

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PIZZA PILGRIMS

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136 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE, United Kingdom

We’ll take a slice of Pizza Pilgrims N’Duja pizza any day, you can’t really go wrong. It’s basically heaven. Once just a pizza van and now a little cult, Pizza Pilgrims has got some loyal followers and their quick expansion has been impressive, damn good reason for that too. Their Neopolitan pizzas are pure satisfaction with simple generous toppings and soft doughy crusts. And anywhere that does a Nutella dough ring for dessert is alright by us.

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CAY TRE

301 Old St, London EC1V 9LA, UK

Cay Tre is a Shoreditch institution, having been doing its thing since 2001. It’s one of the top authentic and traditional Vietnamese restaurants in east London and it’s a cheap eat that rocks. We love the charm of the place, which is a polite way to say it’s a little rough around the edges, but that doesn’t seem to affect its popularity at all. With ample sized portions at Cay Tre you can’t go wrong. It’s no fuss and no hipster Shoreditch-ness, just a good old Vietnamese restaurant. Get it booked in.

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PADELLA

6 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TQ, United Kingdom

Padella serves up hand rolled pasta dishes in Borough Market and Shoreditch. The casual spot has a small menu, but it definitely delivers – all the pastas, from pici cacio e pepe to ricotta raviola with butter & sage to THAT pappardelle with 8-hour Dexter beef shin ragu, are absolute dreams and a dinner here won’t break the bank either. All in all Padella is great value grub, made with love.

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SILK ROAD

49 Camberwell Church St, Camberwell, London SE5 8TR, United Kingdom

Located on Camberwell Church Street, Silk Road is always packed and for good reason as it’s got to be one of the cheapest yet most delicious Chinese restaurants in London. You can spend ages in there with a big group, ordering all the food and drinking all the beers, and it’s somehow impossible to ever spend more than £15 a head. It specialises in food from the Xinjiang region and if you don’t order the smacked cucumber salad, the lamb fat skewers, the big plate chicken and the pork dumplings then you’re doing it all wrong.

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GODDARDS AT GREENWICH

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22 King William Walk, London SE10 9HU, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM

Goddards at Greenwich has been around since 1890 and is a proper old school pie and mash shop. The menu is filled with the classics including minced beef, steak and kidney and chicken and ham pie served with liquor, gravy, mash, baked beans or peas, and two of you can eat here for under a tenner. And if you’re not down with the pies, David Beckham is a regular and we can all get down with that…

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(K)NOW

Until April 2019
62 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 4QF, UK

The latest installation in the Smallest Gallery in Soho is (K)now from San Francisco-based artist Strider Patton. The piece is a divided room; one side is sterile white and the other is a riot of pattern and colour, with ribbons from the ceiling interacting in both spaces. Through this work, Patton is trying to remind us that all barriers are perceived, that the ‘other’ isn’t so different and we all share humanity.

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NÉCCO

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52-54 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 12:30 – 10:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:30 – 10:30 PM
  • Thursday: 12:30 – 10:30 PM
  • Friday: 12:30 – 10:30 PM
  • Saturday: 12:30 – 10:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

A complete lunch in central London for under a tenner is a thing to behold, and although it may not seem like it, they do exist. Nécco (meaning ‘cat’) in Exmouth Market is a Japanese cafe and bar with a super affordable menu of sushi, curries, noodles, donburi, homemade cakes and desserts, beers, sake and cocktails. Head over any time between 12.30pm – 3pm to take advantage of their lunch set deal, which’ll get you two Japanese tapas items, a bowl of rice and a drink for just £9.50.

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