Tuesday, 7 August 2012

6 Cheap Lunches in Soho

I'm often asked where my favourite places are in Soho, or where cheap places are, or where good places for lunch are, so I compiled a list of some cheap but nice places I like to lunch in.

Their tagline is 'This is not a f***ing burrito'. They do indian rotis which is kind of like a burrito, but Indian. They sell goat (in a roti). It's about a fiver for a wrap and you can eat in or take out. They even deliver, on a little bike. They also sell goat's milk, which is different. They were bought earlier this year by the guys that did Cinnamon Club and Roast so look out for other branches and menu changes.
50 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4SQ

Hi Sushi
Ok, so from what I've drooled over read in recent reviews, it's no Sushi Tetsu, but it's not exactly Sushi Tesco either. £15.80 for (kind of) all-you-can eat sushi (some items like tuna sashimi are no-repeats), and there's some hot food too. You can only stay there for 1 and a half hours though. So it's all-you-can-eat with quite a few strings attached, but it's still way cheaper and better than another more successful chain, like Wasabi or, shock horror, Yo! Sushi.
40 Frith Street, Soho, W1
EDIT: On closer inspection, you can actually only go there for the all-you-can-eat on Saturday and Sunday day and after 5.30 weeknights but the a la carte's not bad value.

It's been there since the 60s, and it's the restaurant no-one else admits going to, serving national and pseudo-Italian dishes. It's always busy, despite nobody supposedly going there. It's nothing fancy, it's very much basic cooking and you can get a hot, filling meal for not much more than a fiver. Service is quick and no-nonsense. If ever I'm stuck, I'll stroll down Old Compton Street and go there, especially when I'm really hungry.
18 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4TN

Cafe El Buen Gusto
Just off Shaftsbury Avenue on Frith Street, this is in a great location for watching people in Soho. Its staff are always friendly and they do massive doorstep sandwiches full of parma ham and sundried tomatoes, for less than most of what Pret does. Bear in mind they don't take card payments, but there's a cashpoint on Greek Street (the next one down).
39 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 5LL

Rosa's Cafe
Its Soho branch has just got a make-over so it's all shiny and nice. It does great Thai food and you can get lunch and a drink for about six quid.
48 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 5BF

Foxcroft & Ginger
They've got another premises in Shoreditch boxpark, but I prefer the Soho location. If you want somewhere which has quirky bits of furniture (and non-furniture) in with industrial lighting and exposed brickwork, this is the place. Their French toast with honey is one of their signature dishes which is pretty good.
3 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 0DR

My lists are intended to be honest and helpful, not just some boasty account of the latest must-go places, full of back-slapping support for my cheffy mates, PR cronies or earning me free food at others. I don't get anything free at any of these places.


  1. Nice list, and bit different.
    Got very excited by the sort-of all-you-can-eat at Hi Sushi as we've got a branch a few minutes walk from my house, but doesn't seem to be on the menu for my branch. Is it a fixed menu with fixed number of items or you can order more (with no repeats of some stuff?)

    1. Thanks! Yeh, I don't think there's a menu on the site but you just go in and there are bits of paper on the table with a list of items you can tick (A5-sized) and a few of them are no-repeats. Decent portions.



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