The Best-Value Cheap Restaurants In North London – London

The Best-Value Cheap Restaurants In North London – London

Cutting back doesn’t always mean that you have to deprive yourself of eating out. London’s an expensive city, but there are plenty of inexpensive restaurants with excellent food. Here are our favourite places in north London to get a good sit-down meal for around £10-£15.

THE SPOTS

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It’s very hard to spend more than £15 at Blankita and, if you do, you’re certainly going to be going home with plenty of frijoles for later. The Colombian cafe on the corner of Seven Sisters Market has a friendly, community feel about it as solo workers or local families order at the counter and then take a seat before enjoying satisfying grilled or fried meats (and some fish). A plate of juicy chorizo with rice and plantain costs a tenner, or go for a soup in the winter.

Makimayo is not a cuisine specialist. The menu at this Tottenham spot covers Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Thai dishes—all of which are solid, saucy, and served in portions that require a post-meal nap. That said, it is a specialist in fried chicken in almost any form. Juicy, deep-fried karaage, wings coated in a sweet-spicy glaze, or popcorn bites in a gangnam sauce heavy on soy and garlic are excellent here. And the comfortable, casual feel is perfect for a meal at any time.

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A car dealership in East Finchley is an unlikely place to eat some of London’s best pizza, but that’s where you’ll find 67 Sourdough serving thin-crust, New York-style pies. The main dining area looks out onto gleaming classic Porsches and vintage Ferraris, and the crisp sourdough pies are great with well-balanced toppings. The pepperoni with hot honey, and ‘nduja and burrata are standouts. Also, get extra garlic mayo and hot honey for dipping.

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Stop by Trevi opposite Highbury and Islington station for a quick trough of lasagne, and enough cheesy carbs to guarantee a well-deserved nine-hour sleep. It’s the kind of Italian that favours fullness over finesse. But, alongside a little booth looking out on the rest of the room, that’s all you need sometimes. Of course, spag bol and carbonara feature on the menu too, and lots of the menu is priced around the £10 mark. 

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Your choice in Durak Tantuni is simple: a chopped and fried beef mixture laden with sumac and parsley; wrapped in dürüm or bread; big portion or small; single or multiple layers of wrap. Two regular wraps will do the job at this essential Turkish restaurant near Turnpike Lane and, as a pre- or post-dinner snack, there are few better things in London. FYI it’s cash-only and it’s open until 2am.

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A little Mexican concession inside Holloway’s Nag’s Head Market, Proper Tacos is worth a pit stop no matter where you’re headed. The blue corn tortillas are handmade, the beef suadero drips lurid orange, and crunchy salsa macha enlivens every one of the tacos. You can get three tacos and a drink for £15, and the duo of juicy pork chicharron and dripping beef suadero are absolutely essential. Seating-wise, there are a couple of stools and tables for a quick lunch or dinner.

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Once upon a time (the ‘70s), Dionysus was a legendary West End post-club kebab spot. Now, it’s an everyday go-to in Southgate for those after wonderfully charcoal-cooked souvlaki and hand-cut chips. The popular Greek spot leans more takeaway than settle-in, but there are a handful of stools, a couple of tables, and plenty of counter space if you’re happy to devour your pitta that way.

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Popular with solo diners, students, Japanese expats, and anyone with a taste for good ramen, Seto is a low-key Japanese restaurant in Camden that is often the answer when your stomach is asking rumbling questions on a Wednesday evening. The menu spans sushi to ramen to rice dishes, as well as some excellent gyoza, but it’s their noodle soups that are most worth exploring. Tonkotsu, chashu, miso, and shoyu—and we’d favour these light, saltier ones—broths are all on the menu, and at lunch a bowl costs just £9.

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Balady is very good at putting or wrapping things in bread. Whether it’s aubergine and egg (the sabich), cauliflower shawarma, or their incredible falafel, everything at this popular casual Temple Fortune spot comes with a choice of salads, pickles, hummus, red pepper and jalapeño schug, as well as tahini and amba. The result is a full-on display of flavour—all for under £15. Everything here is pretty good and the handmade chips should certainly be on your table.

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