1. BAO


Photograph by Jonathan Birch.

Taiwanese restaurant BAO in Soho offers one of its mouthwatering bao with a filling of choice, plus a side of fried chicken or Eryngii mushroom and a rice bowl all for £15 (available weekdays from noon to 3 p.m.).


2. Dishoom


Photograph courtesy of Dishoom.

In King’s Cross, Dishoom’s smoked streaky bacon naan roll costs a mere £6.50, and is served with a dollop of cream cheese, chili tomato jam and fresh herbs.


3. Pizza Union


Photograph by Jonathan Birch.

Pizza Union’s spicy Calabria 12-inch thin-crust pizza, with mozzarella, mascarpone, ’nduja spicy sausage and rocket (arugula), can be found in Spitalfields for just £5.95.


4. Roti King


Photograph courtesy of Roti King.

At Malaysian eaterie Roti King in Euston, £6.50 will buy you a Roti Canai Special: two pieces of the warm flatbread with a choice of chicken, lamb or fish curry.


5. Hiba Express


Photograph by Jonathan Birch.

The mixed shawarma wrap at Hiba Express in Holborn is stuffed to the brim with roasted lamb, chicken, fresh vegetables and pickles for £5.50.


6. Secret Goldmine Cafe


Photograph courtesy of Secret Goldmine Cafe.

The satisfyingly filling and delicious steak and cheese pie from Secret Goldmine Cafe in South East London’s Bermondsey is a snip at £5.50.


7. Fish House


Photograph by Jonathan Birch.

In Victoria Park, Fish House’s classic battered cod and chips is made using the best and freshest fish available, and is priced at just £12.50.


8. Al Dente


Photograph courtesy Al Dente.

The fresh pasta dishes at Fitzrovia’s Al Dente are all less than £10, but try the creamy Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe, made with Pecorino and parmesan cheese.


9. The Delaunay


Photograph courtesy of The Delaunay.

For a fancy, yet affordable, dining experience in Covent Garden, try The Delaunay’s classic tartes flambées with smoked bacon and shallots for £10.25.


10. Sambal Shiok Laksa Bar


Photograph by Angela Sam.

Fill your belly in Highbury for £9.30 with Sambal Shiok Laksa Bar’s standard curry laksa, a fiery bowl of soup noodles filled with umami goodness.


[This story appears in the August 2019 issue of WestJet Magazine]