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NEDS NOODLE BAR

Neds Noodle Bar, Pitfield Street, London, UK

Neds Noodle Bar (yes they really don’t have an apostrophe in there) has been going since 1998, dishing out fresh, tasty, and cheap noodles to Londoners. With sites in Shoreditch and near the London Eye (as well as a couple outside the city), Neds is a classic Chinese takeaway, complete with the classic card boxes, and an extensive menu of noodle dishes. Crucially, Neds doesn’t use any MSG and makes all its own sauces so the food here does have a slightly fresher feel than some other cheap and cheerful Chinese takeaway options. You start by choosing your base – egg, rice, or udon noodles, or steamed rice – before adding a sauce like yakisoba or black bean, and then finishing off with chicken, beef, vegetables, prawn tofu and more. A basic box will set you back £7.95 with extra toppings such as pickled ginger adding a few more pennies. Portions are huge too so you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck.

ROTI KING

40 Doric Way, Kings Cross, London NW1 1LH
Euston King's Cross

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!

YAMAGOYA SOHO

Yamagoya Soho, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, UK
Leicester Square

Japanese ramen specialist Yamagoya is one of our favourite cheap eats in London. It’s smack back in the middle of town, on the border of Soho and Chinatown, and 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.

BLACKLOCK

28-30 Rivington Street, London, UK
Old Street Old Street

We think the regular menu at Blacklock, where you can go ALL IN for £20, is already bangin’ value but now the Shoreditch branch has gone even better with its Worker’s Lunch menu. The dishes are based on proper East End classics – there’s a stacked salt beef sarnie, pie & mash filled will well aged beef and bone marrow, with liquor sauce on the side, and a steak sarnie with bone marrow, dripping and mustard mayo (and one token veggie dish). Not only are the portion sizes more than enough to fill you up (they’re actually more likely to wipe you out), they’re all a tenner or under.

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MAX'S SANDWICH SHOP

19 Crouch Hill, London N4 4AP, United Kingdom
Crouch Hill Finsbury Park

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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PADELLA

6 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TQ, United Kingdom
London Bridge

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.

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MOLO

13-23 Westgate St, London E8 3RL, UK
London Fields

There are loads of places flipping out burgers of the meaty variety but there are surprisingly few specialising in fish ones. Enter MOLO. The brand, co-founded by previous development chef of Novikov Group, Giacomo Uzzo and Federico Ciampolini, serves up gourmet fish buns in Netil Market. The menu features three signature buns – the Salmon (gravlax and zucchini fritti in a charcoal bun), the King Crab (butter poached crab and chive mayo in a brioche bun) and the vegan Nori Patty – plus three rotating specials that include octopus, soft shell crab and cod. All the seafood used here is sustainable, the actual buns themselves are excellent and with each one under a tenner, you’re getting a lot of quality fish for your money.

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CIRRIK 19 NUMARA BOS

34 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7XJ, UK
Dalston Kingsland Dalston Junction

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 Cirrick is (and has been for 8 years!) 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.

PIZZA PILGRIMS

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

We’ll take a slice of Pizza Pilgrims N’Djua pizza any day and at £9.25 a pop, 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 it’s for a damn good reason. Knocking out traditional Neapolitan pizza, remember to leave room for dessert cos THAT Nutella & salted ricotta pizza ring is the bomb.

CAY TRE

301 Old St, London EC1V 9LA, UK
OLD STREET

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.

BLEECKER

205 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5NE, United Kingdom
Victoria

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!

SILK ROAD

49 Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, London SE5 8TR, United Kingdom
Denmark Hill

Silk Road is a big hit with locals and we can see why. The Chinese restaurant knocks out bangin’ food at bargain prices – you can get 10 dumplings for £4, and a main and side (including those hand-pulled noodles) for less than a tenner. It’s seriously cheap and seriously good, and SO worth the trip to Camberwell.

ROLA WALA

36 Brushfield St, London E1 6AT, United Kingdom
Liverpool Street Shoreditch High St

Cheap and healthy? Rola Wala ticks all those boxes. Yes, every single dish is under 500 calories and that includes the sourdough naan roll stuffed with Nagaland Lamb and the grain bowl topped with a vegan red dal. Where better to grab lunch?!

PHO HOUSE HOXTON

102 Kingsland Rd, Hackney, London E2 8DP
Hoxton

You can’t beat a good Vietnamese for spicy flavours and sheer value for money. Pho House is one of the best in the biz. There are plenty of their signature phos to choose from, with all sorts of broth, rice noodle and topping combos Besides their namesake soups, they have quite an extensive menu of just about every other Vietnamese dish you could want, like their amazing crispy salt and chilli prawns. Their spicy monkfish curry is banging, as is the sizzling beef fried in chef’s special sauce with lemongrass, garlic, fresh chillies, Vietnamese basil and celery, served on a hot iron plate that you must not bloody touch. The whole spring chicken marinated in five spice, roasted and dressed in soy sauce is also excellent. The variety is brilliant here and there is so much fun with the food. Whether you are a fan of the spice or can’t stand the heat, their Vietnamese beers are sure to help you either way.

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YARD SALE

15 Hoe Street, London E17 4SD, United Kingdom
Walthamstow Central

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!

DOM'S PLACE

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

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!

 

BUTCHIES

22 Rivington St, London EC2A 3DY, United Kingdom
Old Street Old Street Shoreditch High Street

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Butchies serve some of the best fried chicken in town from their Broadway Market stall on Saturday mornings and now from this, their first permanent site, in Shoreditch. The two-floor space is 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.

KRAPOW

62 Chatsworth Rd, London E5 0LS, UK
Homerton

Krapow does cheap and cheerful Thai street food from their Victoria Park market stall and their new pop-up on Chatsworth Road. From their pop-up menu we’re big fans of the Sai Oua’, a smoked Chang Mai-style sausage; the turkey larb salad; and the ‘Son In Law’ eggs, deep fried and served with a sweet tamarind dip. There’s also the signature ‘Krapow Moo’, a warming bowl of spicy pork mince, rice and a little fried quail’s egg, plus curried noodles which you can have with either chicken or tofu. Take our tip and get the tofu as it soaks up all the curry sauce!

GODDARDS AT GREENWICH

22 King William Walk, London SE10 9HU, United Kingdom
Cutty Sark

Pie & Mash is a London staple at Goddards at Greenwich is the place to go and not just because David Beckham is a regular. They’ve been knocking out the pies since 1890 and serve up a handmade pie and mash for just £4.20 – two of you could eat here for under a tenner.

HOUSE OF MOMO

52 Boleyn Rd, London N16 8JP, United Kingdom
Dalston Kingsland

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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FLOUR & GRAPE

214 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ, United Kingdom
Borough Bermondsey

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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. Yhere’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…

CHICK 'N' SOURS

1a Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LL, United Kingdom
Covent Garden

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.

VIA EMILIA

37A Hoxton Square, London N1 6NN, UK
Old Street Old Street

Via Emilia specialises in food from the Emilia Romagna region of north Italy (the clue’s in the name). That includes some of the lightest gnocco fritto in town, creamy squacquerone cheese and a delish selection of charcuterie. Then there’s the hand made egg pasta dishes, which are priced from just £5.50 and the red sparkling lambrusco at £5 a glass. The cheapest trip to Italy you’ll go on.

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