Narrowing down a list of the best dishes in London under £10 was a tough one. London is a foodie capital – from pizza to pasta dishes to an immense variety of street food, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds. On one hand, there are some dishes that have always and will always stand out for me, the ones I will always recommend to people. On the other hand, I’ve been fortunate enough to eat a lot of good food in this city so the list could go on and on. If you like the sound of the below dishes, I really encourage you to try them out. It won’t put you out of pocket and it will definitely leave your tastebuds and tummy oh-so satisfied. So many dishes didn’t make the cut as they’re just above £10 but it does go to show how you can get a really good meal or dish and not break the bank – something that is a common conception, living in London.
Cheeseburger – Burger and Beyond – £9
147 Shoreditch High St, Hackney, London E1 6JE
If you know me, you’ll know that Burger and Beyond is my favourite burger spot in London. Why? Everything about it – the bread, the patty, the cheese, the sauce. I could go on. This perfect burger creation process does mean that whether you go for the Bougie Burger (priced appropriately to its name) or the classic cheeseburger, you’re getting the same quality ingredients, taste and satisfied tummy.
Sushi Tacos – Sugoi Jpn – £6.50-7
7 Arch, Gales Gardens, London E2 0EJ
We have all heard of sushi burritos so it wasn’t going to be long before a sushi taco turned up. These tempura nori tacos are super sized and packed with your favourite Japanese fillings – with a Latino twist. Choose from salmon, tuna, katsu or tofu and mix it with Pico de gallo, Mango habanero and more. Get extras for a snack later. And for food the next day.
Potato Churro – Yopo – £6
20 – 21 Newman St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1PG
I spoke of little else after eating this the first time I dined at Yopo. I’m a machine but to be honest, this could be a light lunch for some people. A crispy potato churro with coffee filling the grooves, adding a unique taste to the dish. Break it off, piece by piece, and scoop up a mound of parmesan cream dip. Life as you know it will never be the same again.
Ox Cheek Croquettes – Smokestak – £6
35 Sclater St, Shoreditch, London E1 6LB
Well it’s not my favourite restaurant in London for no reason. Smokestak is famed for its brisket – which it does incredibly well – but I would quite happily live off the ox cheek croquettes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chunky, meaty and so tasty, the anchovy mayo on the side is a great accompaniment (and I hate anchovy!) but, to be honest, the ox cheek is so soft, you don’t need it. I’m a big advocate of the sticky toffee pudding at Smokestak too…
Strawberries – The Drop – £8
Unit 22-24 Bagley Walk Arches, Coal Drops Yard, London N1C 4DH
I know, they’re just strawberries. EXCEPT THAT THEY’RE NOT. These strawberries are special, they are laced with magic elderflower that made me order another three. And even then, I only stopped shoving them in my mouth because I thought I should leave some for the next day’s guests. The clotted cream is beautiful, the shortbread is divine. But just bathe me in the strawberries and elderflower. In fact, I refuse to eat strawberries not soaked in this delicious sauce/syrup/juice situation again.
Bacon Scones – Frenchie – £4.50 each (get two portions)
16 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8QH
Okay, so more like a snack than a full on dish. But I’m telling you, I’d pay the price of the set menu at Frenchie’s and just eat these pastries of joy all evening. Bacon. Scones. You’re reading okay, yes? Good.That’s all I need to say, to be honest. They speak for themselves. My only criticism is that they are too small. But having ‘just another one’ is part of the fun, right…?
Hamish Macbeth – Deeney’s – £7
360 High Rd Leyton, Leyton, London E10 6QE
If you’re thinking “but I don’t eat haggis”, that’s even more reason to sink your teeth into this mother of all cheese toastie sandwiches. I’ll tell you straight, I’m one of those people but I was recommended to give it a try and the sight of the cheese oozing out of the bread as the toastie grilled was too much for me to resist. So many flavours that go so well together. And they’ve nailed the ratios, you’re still eating a grilled cheese sandwich – just with haggis and bacon (you can have it without too).
Perfect Little Egg Sandwich – Dominique Ansel – £8
17-21 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9RP
When Dominique Ansel opened his bakeries (in both New York and London), everyone was screaming about the cronut. People were queuing for hours to make sure they didn’t miss out. And you know what? As delicious as it is and as fun as the flavour of the month is, cronut addicts are missing out on the best dish on the menu. Meet the Perfect Little Egg Sandwich. With Gruyère and herbs, is so soft and creamy, it looks like butter. Or cream. It’s a savoury sandwich of goodness.