The City Pantry team round up their favourite affordable food in London for under £10, £8 and £5. Bag a bargain with these delicious cheap eats in London.
When it comes to eating in London, we know things can get pretty pricey in this foodie capital. But here at City Pantry we believe you don't have to deprive yourself of good food when you're trying to cut back.
Whether you've just paid rent, gone on an epic Europe holiday or in the week before payday, here are some of the best cheap eats in London that your bank account will thank you for. The best part? You can get most of these dishes delivered straight to your office for lunch with City Pantry.
Dishes Under £10
Pizza Pilgrim's Aubergine Parmagiana Pizza | £9.50
Pizza Pilgrim's serves 12” Neapolitan pizzas featuring large crusts and even larger flavours - And their aubergine parmagiana pizza is no exception. A tribute to one of Italy's most iconic dishes, the aubergine is oven-roasted in a slow cooked tomato sauce to give it a meaty-parmagiana consistency, then topped with baby plum tomatoes and fior de latte mozzarella. Originally one of their limited edition specials, this quickly made its way onto the official menu and we sure know why.
Bone Daddies' Fresh Tofu Bowl | £9.40
Starting off as a lively Soho ramen bar 7 years ago, Bone Daddies has become much more than that since its humble beginnings in 2012. Now with over 7 locations across London, it's quickly become an institution for Japanese soul food. Our menu pick goes to their fresh tofu bowl featuring warm sushi rice topped with tofu, jalapeno salsa, roasted corn, crunchy ramen noodles, seaweed and an array of fresh vegetables - it's a meal your body and bank account will thank you for.
HOP Vietnamese's Pulled Beef Banh Mi | £8.50
HOP offers fresh, healthy Vietnamese street food throughout London. From rice boxes to banh mis to phos, there's something for everyone at HOP. We're suckers for their hoisin pulled beef banh mi - A crusty baguette filled with sous-vide beef in hoisin sauce with sriracha mayo, Vietnamese herbs, spring onion, crunchy slaw and their signature secret sauce. Fresh, filling and full of flavour, it's the perfect midweek lunch on a budget.
Dishes under £8
The Athenian's Grilled Halloumi Souvlaki | £7.20
Inspired by the cuisine of a remote mountain village off the island of Crete, The Athenian makes some of the most authentically Greek food in London, and one of our favourite London cheap eats at City Pantry.
Their signature dish, the souvlaki, is a greek handmade flatbread served as a wrap filled with lettuce, tomato, onion, parsley, oregano fries and their secret herb sauce. Our personal favourite is their grilled halloumi souvlaki featuring freshly-grilled greek cheese topped with oregano and lemon - the subtle saltiness and minty undertone hits the spot every time.
Roti King's Nasi Lemak | £7
Roti King is a no-frills restaurant in Euston serving authentic Malaysian food. With all dishes being less than £8, it was hard to pick a favourite. But our winner goes to their Nasi Lemak - a traditional Malaysian meal consisting of steamed coconut rice served with spiced-fried chicken, peanuts, fried anchovies, egg, cucumber, and a rich chilli sambal to top it off. Perfectly balanced in texture and flavour, This dish will definitely have you coming back for more.
Chilango's Grilled Chicken Burrito | £7.45
Classically named 'The Chilango', this is Chilango's all-time best-selling burrito and we can definitely see why.
Delivering a punch of Mexican flavours with every mouthful, The Chilango features chargrilled chicken, coriander-lime rice, beans, fresh salsa, cheese and sour cream - it's all the burrito basics done oh so well.
Chilango insist on using only the best quality, freshest ingredients and trust us, you can really tell the difference.
Padella's Cacio E Pepe | £6
Located on the outskirts of Borough Market, This cosy pasta bar serves fresh, hand-rolled pasta at incredibly affordable prices. The menu is made up of over 10 different pastas ranging from simple gnocchi with nutmeg butter to rich paperdelle with 8-hour beef shin ragu.
Their infamous Cacio E Pepe is the perfect tribute to the roman dish. Translated directly to 'cheese and pepper', think short, thick spaghetti covered in creamy pecorino sauce and finished with freshly ground pepper - if this isn't comfort food, we're not sure what is. And for just £6, you really can't go wrong.
Warning: you can't book, so go early or expect long queues - but trust us, it's worth the wait.
Dishes under £5
Polú Poké's Mainland Bowl | £4.95
One of the first poké places to pop up in London, Polú Poké have really nailed this Hawaiian delicacy. Their vegan mainland poké bowl features roasted sweet potato, soba noodles, coriander, lime, chilli dressing and a punchy furikake seasoning. The perfect balance of veggies, toppings and noodles, order Polú Poké on City Pantry for a wholesome meal that doesn't break the bank.
Pizza Union's Margherita Pizza | £3.95
Yep, you heard right - A pizza for less than £5. Pizza Union is a no-frills Italian Pizza Bar serving up 12" roman-style pizzas across London. Their Margherita pizza is exactly what you'd expect: tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and basil on a thin and crispy base that's fire-baked in the blink of an eye. And for just £3.95, what have you got to lose?
So for a quick and cheap Italian fix, head down to Pizza Union for some of the most affordable pizzas in London.
Leon's Brazilian Black Bean Hot Box | £4.75
Leon sure have mastered how to make fast-food also be good food. Their menu features a variety of healthy, nutritious options that not only taste great, but make you feel great too. By working closely with nutritionists to ensure each dish is a balanced meal, this 'fast-food' chain favours whole ingredients, good fats and good carbs.
So avoid the afternoon slump with a healthy yet delicious lunch from Leon. Our pick is the Brazilian black bean hot box, which features black beans, carrots and onions spiced with sweet and smoked paprika, oregano, mint and parsley laid on a bed of brown rice - All for less than £5.
Beigel Bake's Salt Beef Beigel | £4.10
Beigel Bake is a 24-hour jewish bakery in Shoreditch that has become an institution in London. Established in 1976, it didn't take long for this bakery to amass a cult following and queues down Brick Lane. Their over-filled, mouth-watering salt beef beigel with pickle and hot mustard is unapologetically messy but that's what we love most. Don't be fooled by the presentation - believe us, this thing tastes much better than it looks.
Looking for more affordable lunches you can deliver straight to the office?
At City Pantry, we deliver office food to workplaces in London every single day. No fuss. No hassle. And from over 500 restaurants in the city.
So if you want to start doing food at work the right way, take a look at the options near you.
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