London Journals

Eat London!

A travel journal to London by su-lin

Four Seasons Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: A student's guide to eating on a budget in London.

Eat London!

Overview

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I've been a student in London for six years (and counting) and have ventured out to numerous budget restaurants in the city. This journal will be continuously updated as I visit new places. Quick Tips: Watch out for the Time Out Cheap Eats edition, out once or twice a year. Otherwise, Time Out have a guide to cheap eating in London that can be found in most bookshops. Best Way To Get Around: We are either going to walk it or use the public transportion in London: the tube or the bus. If walking, an A to Z map of London is invaluable. If you're planning on visiting as many sites as possible in London in a day, a Day ...Read More

Patogh

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Huge meals for less than £6 await you at the Persian eatery Patogh. It's a tiny two level restaurant with the seating upstairs being less cramped than that downstairs, where the food is also grilled. Decor is rustic...wooden tables and chairs crowd the place. The restaurant is always busy with a wait of half an hour not uncommon. Mains are served with rice or bread, both with salad. On a bad day, the rice is good. On a good day, the rice is excellent - perfectly cooked and each grain separate from the rest. The bread is a massive platter sized sheet studded with poppy and sesame seeds. I tend to choose the lamb kofte, two seasoned minced lamb kebabs. It is possible, though, to have one lamb and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 20, 2004

Patogh
8 Crawford Place
London, England
(020) 7262-4015

Four Seasons

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Restaurant

Four Seasons Photo, London, England
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Every Chinese student in London knows where they can find the best Cantonese roast duck in the city - at the Four Seasons restaurant in Bayswater! Their duck rice, at under 5 pounds for each plate, is a big seller and that is what the crowd at the entrance waiting for takeaway have most likely ordered. Ordering duck rice will get you a sliced, de-boned, plump duck breast on top of a small amount of cooked Chinese cabbage, all sitting upon a bed of steamed white rice. Ask nicely and you can have the duck on a bed of crispy noodles - I have done it before! However, the bed of rice is perfect for the slightly fatty duck. Ordering half or a whole roast duck as a dish and you have the option of havi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2004

Four Seasons
84 Queensway
London, England W2
+44 20 7229 4320

Bodeans

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Restaurant

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Bodeans is a two-part restaurant with a more formal restaurant in the basement and a casual bar-like atmosphere, with sports on two big screens, on the ground floor. I have not been downstairs in the full service restaurant, preferring the sports bar upstairs. It is self-service: place your order at the counter and pick it up from the front as well. Food is placed on paper-lined trays (very authentic!), whereas downstairs, it is plated properly! There is no difference in the quality of the food though. The baby back ribs can differ at each visit - I have had wonderfully tender ribs on one visit but drier, harder ribs on another. Burnt ends are available Mondays and Wednesdays only. These are ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2004

Bodeans
10 Poland Street
London, England
0 (207) 287-7575

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Are you looking for a cheap, filling meal in Greenwich? Can't face the prospect of the Royal Observatory on an empty stomach? Are the greasy vans at the market not looking very appealing? I suggest heading for Tai Won Mein on Greenwich Church Street. Long communal wooden tables lined with benches fill this restaurant. This is very much a one bowl (or plate) meal joint - there are appetizers available but it is likely that any normal appetite will truly struggle to finish two courses. The noodles are formulaic in structure...fried or in soup; flat rice noodles (hor fun), rice vermicelli or regular egg noodles; meat, poultry, seafood or vegetables. Rice dishes are either fried rice or a dish on r...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 27, 2004

Tai Won Mein Noodle House
39 Greenwich Church Street
London, England SE10 9BL
(020) 8858-2688

Churchill Arms

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Restaurant

Churchill Arms Photo, London, England
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I only learned about this pub from a tip from my Thai friends, who are also studying in London. I later learned that this was the first pub in London to start serving Thai food. Today, many pubs serve green curry with rice alongside more traditional pub fare. Walking into the pub, it is not apparent that any food is served at all. The front of the pub looks very traditional, with lots of paraphanalia hung from the ceilings. There are stuffed birds and baskets and many more besides. It is also very crowded and upon first glance, made me feel very out of place. Persevere! Walking to the back of the building leads to what is obviously a restaurant. A counter is manned by a number of people either ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2004

Churchill Arms
119 Kensington Church Street
London, England W8 7LN
+44 20 7727 4242

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

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Restaurant

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Sometimes you just want a burger, but put any idea of McDonald’s or any other fast food chain out of your head. I'm talking about huge burgers made with quality ingredients at affordable prices. My brother and I ordered a burger each from the extensive listings, a milkshake each (we were optimistic about our stomachs' capabilities), and one side of fries to share. One chili burger (from the website: made with "100% Aberdeen-Angus Scotch beef, fresh chili sauce, salad, and relish") and one chorizo burger (spicy Spanish sausage, sweet potato, rocket, tomato, and relish). As you can see, not only beef burgers are available. Apart from the chorizo, there are chicken, lamb, venison, and a number of ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 26, 2004

Gourmet Burger Kitchen
50 Westbourne Grove
London, England
(020) 7243-4344

Soba

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Restaurant

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We were drawn to this restaurant because of the signs in the window advertising £4 "Happy Hour", when all main dishes were £4 between lunch and dinner times, and all day on Sundays. Upon entering the place, we could see that they had modelled themselves on Wagamama, with the menus listing ramens, udon noodles, and other fried rice and noodle dishes. The seating was also the same: long, wooden, communal tables. We ordered one beef yaki soba and one seafood yaki udon. The menu also mentionned that we could ask the waiter/waitress to make any dish spicy. Oh, I'm a sucker for spicy food, so what the hey! Make the beef yakisoba spicy! The noodles that arrived came on large white plates (alm...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 26, 2004

Soba
11/13 Soho Street
London, England W1D 3DJ
(020) 7287-7300