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The best meal deals in London under £30

You may be familiar with our guide to the best set lunches in London. However, we've noticed that the lunch prices have been getting ever higher of late, so here's our companion guide, highlighting the very best deals across town that don't break the £30 barrier. 

 

Central London

Fitzrovia

The Ninth

Jun Tanaka's Fitzrovia venture is a French/Mediterranean neighbourhood-style restaurant which uses fine dining cheffing techniques but with a more casual feel. 

Set menu deal: Two courses £30 (three courses £35)

Availability: Lunchtimes, Monday - Friday

 

Lima

Take a culinary trip to Peru through the dishes at Lima which aims to showcase traditional Peruvian cooking through a modern lens.

Set menu deal: Two courses £28 (three courses £36)

Availability: Daytime, Monday-Saturday

 

Sushi Atelier

Take a seat up at the long counter at this central Japanese spot and enjoy a menu of modern sushi offerings - think yellowtail maki with truffle mayo. They have a range of set lunch and bento boxes, all come with miso soup and a side salad.

Set menu deal: The Atelier Bento £28 includes two sashimi, three piece of nigiri, four maki, plus pickles and a small starter

Availability: Lunchtime

 

 

Soho & Covent Garden

Bébé Bob

The Bob Bob Ricard spin-off has a big focus on chicken and that's what you can get for their express lunch - half a Vendee chicken, salad and fries.

Set menu deal: Half chicken, salad, fries for £24

Availability: Lunchtime, daily

 

The Palomar

Zoë and Layo Paskin's buzzy Soho restaurant is the perfect place if you want a lively lunchtime, and their set menu features Palomar classics like their Persian oxtail stew as well as new dishes from the team

Set menu deal: Three courses for £24.

Availability: Monday - Friday, 12 - 5.30pm

 

Manzi's

This seafood restaurant comes from the same group that runs The Wolseley and Brasserie Zedel. Options at the time of writing include their own fish pie and clam chowder. 

Set menu deal: Two courses for £19.50, 3 courses £24.50

Availability: Monday - Saturday until 6.30pm, Sunday until 4.30pm

 

Korean Dinner Party

This Korean restaurant is aiming for an LA Koreatown vibe, the corndogs are top-notch and you can get one of those with this set menu, alongside KFC tacos and more. 

Set menu deal: Two courses for £15 

Availability: Lunchtime, daily

 

Spring

Chef Skye Gyngell’s gorgeous restaurant in Somerset House prides itself on its seasonal produce and the set menu is a great entry-level opportunity to try her food.

Set menu deal: Two courses £29 (three courses £33) 

Availability: Lunchtime, Tuesday – Friday

 

Blanchette Soho

Think French tapas and you’ve got the concept of this cosy Soho spot. The set menu is low on choices but features decent options - dishes could include Moules marinière or gnocchi with miso butter.

Set menu deal: Two courses £19.50, three courses £23

Availability: Lunch and pre-theatre, Monday to Saturday

 

Bocca di Lupo

As one of London’s best Italian restaurants, any deal at Jacob Kenedy’s Bocca di Lupo is going to be well worth trying. In addition to the set menu, look out for a daily changing (and good value) lunch special.

Set menu deal: £20 for starter, main & salad

Availability: Pre and post-theatre

 

Mele E Pere

Billed as an independent trattoria with a bit of Soho spirit, Mele e Pere’s set menu makes the most of vegetable-led Italian dishes with the odd meaty hit.

Set menu deal: Two courses including a glass of wine for £17.50, three courses £22.50

Availability: Lunch and pre-theatre, Monday to Friday

 

Noble Rot

Both the Noble Rot establishments offer a very good value set lunch - which you could either use to save yourself money in general, or put the money you’ve saved to better use and hit up their excellent wine lists. The same deal is available in Holborn and Mayfair. 

Set menu deal: Two courses £22, three courses £26

Availability: Lunchtime, every day

 

Social Eating House

Chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton’s Soho spot plunders the best seasonal food that the British isles have to offer and the set menu reflects that. 

Set menu deal: Two courses £29.50 (three courses £35)

Availability: Lunch and pre-theatre Tues to Fri, Lunch only on Saturday.

 

Nessa

This is chef Tom Cenci's home in Soho, a bistro with a few notably very British touches. Those include dishes like his own take on Coronation Chicken or the Nessabocker Glory, both on the set menu, called the Nessa Express, at the time of writing. 

Set menu deal: Two courses £28 (three courses £35)

Availability: Lunch and pre-theatre Tues to Fri, Lunch only on Saturday.

 

 

Marylebone

Jikoni

Ravinder Bhogal’s Marylebone restaurant takes its influences from a field that’s wide enough to include Britain, East Africa, the Middle East, and Asia and celebrates the warmth of home cooking.

Set menu deal: Two courses £30 (three courses £34)

  

Zoilo

If you go to an Argentine restaurant for any meal, even a set lunch, you’ll probably want to know there’s red meat as an option and the set menu here doesn’t disappoint with dish options including carpaccio and beef and bone marrow burgers.

Set menu deal: Two courses for £24.90, three for £28.90

Availability: Thursday to Saturday

 

 

Victoria

Lorne

Tucked away from the main Victoria thoroughfare this neighbourhood spot does an appealing set menu that’s just as handy for lunchtime meetings as early evening gatherings.

Set menu deal: Two courses £29

Availability: Tuesday - Saturday, lunchtime and early evening

  

 

East London

Shoreditch and the City

Luca

From the same people who brought us The Clove Club, Luca is an Italian restaurant using British produce. Split into a bar and restaurant, it's the bar section which has a great value express menu, which includes the restaurant's Tiramisu to finish. 

Set menu deal: Two courses £26, three courses £30

Availability: Every day, 12-2 pm.

 

Bibo

Bibo is from Dani Garcia, a top Spanish chef with Michelin stars to his name, and this is his tapas restaurant in the Mondrian hotel in Shoreditch. The "classics" menu is a set affair and it does feature dishes like his oxtail brioche.

Set menu deal: Six plates for £30 (£25 for the vegetarian version)

Availability: Lunch only

 

Cay Tre (Hoxton)

Just off Kingsland Road, in an area with some excellent Vietnamese restaurants, Cay Tre is held out to have among the very best Vietnamese dishes in London. 

Set menu deal: £15.95 at lunch (two courses)

 

Viet Grill

This is the sister restaurant of Cay Tre and has something of a more laid-back vibe while still serving excellent Vietnamese food. 

Set menu deal: £15.95 at lunch (two courses)

 

Le Relais de Venise

This classic French steak restaurant is mainly all about its steak and chips and they're still one of the great deals in town. The same offer is at their Marylebone location. 

Set lunch deal: Steak, chips and salad for £29

 

M Restaurant (Threadneedle Street)

While you can go all-out at this grill restaurant, particularly on the wine and wagyu steaks, they have a pretty great value set menu too, which does include steak. 

Set lunch deal: Two courses £30 (three courses £35)

Availability: Lunch only

 

Gunpowder

This Indian small plates restaurant features traditional family recipes with a modern twist. The Spitalfields branch features an express lunch option with dishes like their Kerala Beef Pepper Fry.

Set lunch deal: 2 courses £22, 3 courses £25 

 

 

South London 

Nine Elms, Vauxhall and Battersea

Brunswick House

This is a restaurant where the beautiful surroundings are more than matched by the menu though which plunders the best of British and European produce.

Set menu deal: Two courses £23, three courses £28

Availability:  Lunchtimes, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

 

 

West London 

Kensington & Chelsea

28:50

All three branches of this urban wine bar group (you’ll find them in Oxford Circus and Marylebone) offer a well-priced set lunch menu that, as you might expect, is perfect for pairing with a glass of wine or two.

Set menu deal: Two courses £19.95, three courses £22.95

Availability: Every lunchtime

 

Rabbit

The Chelsea outposts of the Gladwin Brothers’ empire focuses on local and seasonal British dishes with a contemporary twist, so there might be tempura English marrow with sweet chilli sauce and a salted caramel chocolate torte on offer. 

Set menu deal: Two courses £22, three courses £25

Availability:  Lunchtimes

 

Colbert

This former Corbin & King spot is a love letter to the French bistro and the perfect place to people watch on Sloane Square. The prix fixe is on all day and usually features salad to start and madeleines for dessert.

Set menu deal: Two courses for £24.75, three for £29.95

Availability: All day

 

The Holland

Former Oxalis supperclub chef Max de Nahlik is in charge of this Kensington pub and his regularly changing set lunch menu is as super seasonal as the regular menu offering.

Set menu dealTwo courses for £15, three for £20

Availability:Lunchtime, Wednesday to Saturday

 

 

Notting Hill

Hereford Road

Simple British food done well is the order of the day at this much-loved West London establishment. And, like the main menu, you can expect the set lunch to be highly seasonal.

Set menu deal: Two courses £16.50, three courses £19.50.

Availability: Friday and Saturday.

 

Mazi

The concept at this modern Greek restaurant is all about sharing which extends to the set lunch here which is perfect for picking a range of plates for the table to devour.

Set menu deal: Two courses £24.95, three courses £29.95

Availability: Lunchtime Monday to Friday

 

Six Portland Road

The self-dubbed ‘little lunch’ at this neighbourhood spot changes daily, so it’s great for popping back to try time and time again. Expect dishes with a Euro-influence that showcase the best seasonal produce.

Set menu deal: Three courses £28

Availability: Monday to Saturday

 

 

North London 

Camden

Grassfed

Chef Paul Foster, of Michelin-starred Salt in Stratford-Upon-Avon, is behind Grassfed in Camden's Hawley Wharf, focusing on grass-fed beef cooked over coals. At the time of writing, the set menu has that front and centre with a grass-fed beef rump as the main event. 

Set menu deal: Two courses for £20

Availability: Wednesday - Friday lunch

 

 

Various locations 

Bao

Each of BAO’s five London locations offers a BAO15 set menu where you can choose the components of a small set meal.

Set menu deal: A bao bun, a snack and a rice bowl for £15.

Availability: Times, days and menu options vary according to each restaurant.

 

Flesh & Buns

Both the Flesh & Buns locations offer a short set menu that allows you to try their modern Japanese-inspired menu including their bao buns and kinako doughnuts.

Set menu deal: Two courses £20

Availability: Lunchtime (Covent Garden), pre-theatre (Oxford Circus)

 

Blacklock

Every Blacklock restaurant offers the now-infamous ‘All in’ option allowing you to order pre-chop bites, plus a mix of beef, pork and lamb skinny chops on charcoal-grilled flatbreads with a choice of side each.

Set menu deal: £26 per person

Availability: All day, every day

 

Tonkotsu

Even though they now have multiple branches across town, Tonkotsu pride themselves on making all their noodles, broths, katsu curries, gyoza and sides from scratch. The ramen is the big draw here, but there’s plenty more to enjoy too.

Set menu deal: Lunch-sized ramen or hirashi and a side £9.95

Availability: Lunchtimes

 

Hawksmoor

A normal trip to steak palace Hawksmoor can set you back a bit, but the set menu that's available in all their branches is particularly good value for money. And yes, that does include steak as the main course. 

Set menu deal: Two courses for £27 (three for £31)

Availability: Lunchtinmes and early evenings

 

 

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