Where to find a cheap place to eat lunch around Leicester Square. Our recommendations for good value takeaways, cafes and restaurants near the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and Trafalgar Square.
The prix fixe deal in the Art Deco dining room at Brasserie Zedal is a bargain. The French brasserie serves carrot rapee, steak hache in a peppercorn sauce with slim french fries and a rich chocolate flan for £13.75 or two courses for £10.50. It’s available from 11.30am to midnight so is convenient either lunch or pre and post-theatre meals. Booking is recommended.
Address: 20 Sherwood St, W1F 2ED
Malaysian and Singapore restaurant in Chinatown serving traditional favourites. Tables are packed close together but service is quick. Roti Canai with chicken curry or Nasi Lemak are £7.90. Eat in only.
Address: 5 Macclesfield St, W1D 6AY
Good Friend Chicken
Small joint serving Taiwanese-style fried chicken with a choice of seasonings. There are few seats inside, but it’s really a takeaway place.
Address: 14 Little Newport St, London WC2H 7JJ
They sell soups and salads, but this is the place to eat delicious Koshari, the Egyptian dish of rice, lentils, pasta, chick peas topped with caramelised onions and a spicy tomato sauce. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: 56 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4EA
Next door to Koshari is a little Italian place selling pizza by the slice as well as pasta and Piadina, grilled flatbread wraps. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: 57 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4EA
Avoid the pizza by the slice joint on Cranbourn St and head to Pizza Pilgrims. Authentic pizzas from £6. Eat in.
Address: 23 Garrick St, London WC2E 9BN
This chain is big on healthy soup, stews, salads and wraps. Create your own salad or indecisive types can pick up a ready prepared salads. Nutritional and calorific content are displayed. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: 100 St Martins Lane, London WC2N 4AZ