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London eating on a budget

We all know eating out can turn out to be a bit heavy on the pocket especially when you are walking the streets of a city as a tourist who has to adhere to a budget.

travel Updated: Jul 01, 2011 11:59 IST

 We all know eating out can turn out to be a bit heavy on the pocket especially when you are walking the
streets of a city as a tourist who has to adhere to a budget. Not a very healthy combination. However,
if you do a bit of search there is nothing that is not available on this encyclopedia called Dr. Google, and
if you are reading this, you're in for a treat as we bring you some of the best 'Cheap' eateries on the
streets of London. 

Polpo, 41 Beak St, Soho
This famous restaurant on Beak Street, London is not only cheap but also one of the finest restaurants in London based on a Venetian style bacaro that occupies the ground floor and basement of an early 18th century building in Soho. This was once home to the painter Canaletto, best known and most prolific visual chronicler of Venice. Polpo serves small serving plates like a bruschetta or goat's cheese and roasted grapes, or spicy meatballs. The place has atmosphere in spades with a slightly frenetic but relaxed feel, the prices are affordable and most importantly the food is fantastic.

Tayyabs, 83-89 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel
Some call it the grand-daddy of London cheap eats; Tayyabs is an East End institution which will teach you a thing or two about Pakistani cuisine. The bustling atmosphere is another plus but what makes this place even greater is their super fast service. Food is delicious and will give you a reason to keep coming back to it whenever you are in the vicinity. A must order is the lamb chops. However, there are some things that you may want to keep in mind before you head this way. Be prepared to wait in a long que because the place is never empty. However, friendly staff, a fabulous atmosphere and delicious food for around £10 a head, this restaurant remains, without a doubt, a must-visit.

Koya, 49 Frith Street, Soho
If you do not mind a bit of noise and a lot of slurping then head to the Frith Street, London to a tiny restaurant called Koya, which serves only one thing - Japanese Udon noodles. This tiny joint made huge waves in the dining scene in London simply by excelling in just one product the yummy udon noodles which are white, thick meaty looking noodles make from wheat. A meal would cost you anything between £10-20, which is definitely worth a try. Booking not taken so be prepared to wait in the que.

Vinoteca, 7 St John Street, Farringdon, or 15 Seymour place, Marylebone
Is a perfect combination of excellent vino, damn good food and a heartfelt hospitality which is quite frankly a winning combination! The large doors of Vinoteca open onto the streets and on days that has the perfect eat-out weather, tables spill on to the pavement as people dine alfresco, while in winter time the simple dark timber decor lined with shelves of wine is cosy and inviting. An open kitchen let you in on the magic that gets created behind the scenes and the food will cost you anything between £ 25 - 34.

Pizza East, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London
Located in a former Lipton tea factory, Pizza East is a very trendy joint having a very purposeful warehouse feel to it. Add to that, a staff that is very friendly and courteous and very well trained to make your dining experience blissful. The food is impressive and you'll want to come back to try more of the interesting, inventive menu, but also because you just can't help but feel at home. At Pizza east, It's all about the dough. Elastic and soft with a smoky char to it from the woodfired oven it is an almost perfect pizza base that will leave you wanting for more. It further has a good bar area to hang out in while you wait for a table and also a good choice for big groups of people.

Taqueria, 39-143 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London
If you are in for some spicy treat, head to Taqueria, the no-fuss Mexican restaurant. At a price of £20 you can enjoy a lavish meal of authentic Mexican food. Try the margheritas while you are there as well.

City Caphe, 17 Ironmonger Lane, London City
Dig into Vietnamese street food inspired eatery City Caphe. This pint-sized addition to the dining scene in London has been attracting a lot of foodies from around London. The staff is very friendly and gives you a sense of family smiling from behind the counter. City Caphe is Ideal for a quick lunch stop and bowl of Pho or Banh mi if you are working in the square mile or near St Pauls sightseeing. Pho (noodle soup) is often the measure of a good Vietnamese kitchen. There isn't much room in the restaurant itself so take away is mostly works best.

Yalla Yalla, 1 Greens Court, Soho, London
Take a crash course in Lebanese fast food at this hip new entry in Soho. Yalla Yalla serves up some authentic Lebanese and and Middle Eastern cuisine in no time. Yalla Yalla is a perfect stop-shop for a morning coffee or a quick breakfast. Stop for a lunch in or do take away, pre-theatre bites, post- sightseeing pit-stops, takeaway treats or as a meeting place for a night out with friends. It is a perfect hang out zone to kick back and relax with flavoursome food.

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