I can never work out where to eat in central London.

(39 Posts)

I know its a bit bonkers, but we really struggle to find somewhere that is a)yum b)not a chain c)affordable. d)wont give us food poisoning

dd and I are meeting up with dh later this week one evening. We can go anywhere in central London. We pretty much like any food (but prefer not a curry) and as long as it meets the above criteria we would probably be happy!

Any suggestions please?

showtunesgirl Mon 05-Aug-13 18:42:03

What kind of things do you like?

I eat in Central London all the time and very rarely spend more than £15 a person.

omaoma Mon 05-Aug-13 18:51:01

It is a chain but I'd say Taro - yummy Japanese, about £7-9 a (big) meal e.g., teriyaki salmon with rice and veg from memory (sushi or a bento box is more). Never had food poisoning!
One on Glasshouse St (Piccadilly), one near Old Compton for eg. Tokyo Diner is also good, don't think it's a chain, but can be long queues (chinatown nr Leics Sq)

onelittlepiglet Mon 05-Aug-13 18:53:25

Wahaca in covent garden (also other branches). Amazing Mexican food, great for kids and cheap. Honestly, really great place. linky here

Fancies40Winks Mon 05-Aug-13 18:59:08

Really good vegetarian buffet in Tibits, just off Regent Street.

Blu Mon 05-Aug-13 19:02:49

Tas by Borough Market or in the Cut near Waterloo. (small chain)

RSJ just behind the S Bank, v close to the BFI iMax - very good fixed price menus. here

Bocca di Lupo or maybe the pre-theatre one dish menu?

oooo even though Taro is a chain that sounds good smile Don't necc fancy queueing up for long.

I'd like veggie but not sure about dh for an evening meal.

Tas looks really interesting but their website is hideous! The RSJ looks like fantastic menu and I think it is one that we will keep in reserve in case one of us suddenly feels non-adventurous.

showtunes - we arent really steak and chips people, we do like things from different countries. I like lots of spice dd not so much and it just makes dh hiccup embarrassingly. Your budget sounds good!

gallicgirl Mon 05-Aug-13 19:26:41

I know an awesome Turkish restaurant but it's out at Highbury, near to Union Chapel.

Taro looks a little bit cafe-ish, maybe more of a lunchtime place?

topsmart Mon 05-Aug-13 19:29:10

Sofra is a lovely chain - Turkish (I think) mezze stuff. Reasonable price and yum. In nice places like shepherd market and st Christopher's place. Or at least it was last time I went to London. Can anyone corroborate?

that's a bit far gallic which is a shame!

Gingerandcocoa Mon 05-Aug-13 19:32:09

I second Tibits for vegetarian food!!! It's delicious and I'm not even vegetarian smile

I like the look of Bocca Di lupo very much! would we need to book for about 6pm?

Taffeta Mon 05-Aug-13 19:34:57

We like....

Dim T

Dishoom a big fave but Indian. Not necessarily curry though, they do looooads of really interesting Indian food.

Fancies40Winks Mon 05-Aug-13 19:35:41

Bocca Di Lupo certainly used to be very popular, I would suggest booking unless it's gotten a lot less busy recently.

Tried to book but their bookings closes at 5:30. Will try tomorrow!

Cheeseatmidnight Mon 05-Aug-13 19:40:56

Momo is amazing!

Back up plans are useful in case they are fully booked!

Rowanred Mon 05-Aug-13 19:46:11

I second Tas- really nice food. Or Troia on belvedere Rd behind the London eye is also excellent( same sort of food as Tas although they also weirdly do good steak and chips!)

Quodlibet Mon 05-Aug-13 19:48:52

Andrew Edmonds on Lexington St is always good. Also Mildred's (vegi) on the same road.
Polpo/Polpetto if you can get a table.
Loads of good Korean places round Soho.

Momo looks too pricey for this time, but perhaps another.

I hve to be really careful with indian (and thai) food as coconut upsets my tummy and it seems to sneak into lots of dishes sad

Korean! now that sounds different!
I think my head is going to explode with all of this choice. You see this is what I'm like when wandering round in London. I spend so long choosing that my blood sugar plummets, I get really grumpy and then it all goes horribly wrong!

Jenijena Mon 05-Aug-13 19:50:50

Another vote for wahaca - I wish it was a chain, then there'd be one near me. The refried beans are amazing.

Hobbes8 Mon 05-Aug-13 19:52:18

There's some nice places on James Street off Oxford Street. I never know what any of them are called, but there's a couple of Turkish / middle Eastern type places and lots of others. Charlotte St near Tottenham Court Road is good too - a branch of Wahaca, an amazing but pricey tapas place and lots of others that I can't remember.

Fancies40Winks Mon 05-Aug-13 19:55:22

Polpetto is lovely, but the amount of dishes they recommend isn't enough, even for my friend with a notoriously bird-like appetite.

Rewindtimeplease Mon 05-Aug-13 19:57:28

Oh Charlotte street is sweet and worth going to if not a Londoner.

But much closer to Oxford street than Tottenham court road! In fact, there Is a little alleyway off Oxford street that opens up into st christophers place. Blink and you miss it kind of alleyway, on the same side as The Gap, and very close to it.

Baconsarnie Mon 05-Aug-13 19:57:33

I second Quodlibet's suggestions of Mildred's and Andrew Edmonds. Both great, tho you'd have to book for Andrew Edmonds. Or there's a great Thai place (chain) on Wardour St and Store St. Always queues. But they move quickly. Will google name for you.

Baconsarnie Mon 05-Aug-13 19:58:51

Busaba Eathai. Tho sorry, just realised you're avoiding Thai!

Taffeta Mon 05-Aug-13 20:10:14

Momo scammed DHs credit card and then denied it. Avoid like plague.

Taffeta Mon 05-Aug-13 20:12:37

Wahaca has quite a few branches, Bluewater, Covent Garden and South Bank that I know of.

forevergreek Mon 05-Aug-13 20:26:10

Wahaca is a huge chain

I like china town. But can never remember the name of where we go but it's on outside rather than on main street

Nizimi - sushi, charlotte st, but not cheap. Actually lots of sushi places but most £30+ each plus drinks.
Tibits for Lunch

Is polpetto like an Italian tapas? I like the look of their dishes.

Bocca Di Lupo is booked smile thank you for everyones suggestions. It's not the first time I've had this issue so I will be back to this thread I'm sure!

UptoapointLordCopper Tue 06-Aug-13 18:31:54

Whenever I have a chance I go to Bar Shu. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water... grin But only if you like Sichuan food.

We love Belgo in Covent Garden.

Laquila Tue 06-Aug-13 20:22:19

Ooh Gallic are you thinking of Gallipoli on Upper St? I love those!

If you want cheap and cheerful then Bistro 1, which has one in Soho and one in Covent Garden, is brilliant.

Other than that then I'd suggest having a look on toptable.co.uk - we got a good deal at a hotel on Piccadilly recently that I forget the name of. Good food, easy location and nice and quiet.

Also I'd recommend the Wolseley for a special occasion - not that cheap but lovely food and great setting.

gallicgirl Tue 06-Aug-13 22:24:51

No, dp is just looking it up because I've forgotten the name. There's an old lady who cooks bread in the window.

* waits *

* waits *

* goes to poke dp who has been distracted by a spreadsheet *

we went to Boca di lupo. Really enjoyed it, though we didn't quite get the hang of ordering little dishes so they came out in a bit of a bizarre order. dd had the pigs blood and chocolate pudding. shock which rather tasted like chocolate spread. we ordered carefully so it wasnt too expensive. Only criticism is that although the staff were lovely to us they generally seemed quite stressed.

Quodlibet Fri 09-Aug-13 19:05:09

Op glad you enjoyed your meal. To answer your question Polpetta is 'Venetian tapas' so a really unusual, quite rich and interesting set of small dishes. Thinking about it, I am not sure if you can book in advance of the day, but its definitely worth popping in to try to bag a table if you are in Soho early evening.

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