CocoonSync London Renter’s Guide to the best value restaurants in Shoreditch
Check out our pick of the most amazing affordable restaurants Shoreditch has to offer
Eating in London can be pricey and achingly hip Shoreditch is no exception. Yet in a city as infinitely diverse as this, it’s no surprise that there are many budget-friendly options for good dining in every neighbourhood. Students in particular, rejoice! We’ve rounded up the best places to eat in Shoreditch that will fill you up with tasty grub and leave you with change for a pint after.
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If you’re a fan of street food, artisanal coffee and craft beer you’re in the right place. Shoreditch is the original home of the hipster and is full to the brim of instagrammable spots that are just on the right side of edgy. This is, after all, where the world’s first cereal café was born. But Shoreditch is not all soy milk macchiatos and people wiping beer foam off their beards, it’s a resolutely East London quarter that’s also well known for its incredible choice of international restaurants. Brick Lane, for example is famous for the seemingly endless array of curry houses serving authentic East Asian dishes at very attractive prices. Elsewhere, there’s plenty of institutions that have been around for yonks and whose sound reputations ensure they won’t be going anywhere fast. Read on to discover where’s best to dine out in Shoreditch.
Ask any Shoreditch resident where to get a cheap, tasty bite on the go and they will certainly point you in the direction of Brick Lane’s Beigel Bake. Operating as a one-stop shop for all your Jewish bagel needs since 1974, the bakery itself actually dates back to 1929. Open 24/7, Beigel Bake is always available to satisfy your hunger pangs, whether you want a smoked salmon and cream cheese number for breakfast or you’re stumbling in for their signature salt beef bagel after a night out. A word of warning to the wise, though: the mustard is strong enough to singe your moustache.
Lahore Kebab House
You haven’t really dined in Shoreditch until you’ve visited one of Brick Lane’s legendary curry houses. Our pick for the best value option is the Lahore Kebab House, which, as the name suggests, specialises in Pakistani food. Their delicious rolls - chicken, lamb or paneer wrapped in Pakistani bread - will set you back just a fiver while most of the curries are less than a tenner. This is one to come to with your mates and have a real banquet that won’t break that bank (see what we did there?).
The Polo Bar
Situated conveniently across from Liverpool Street Station, The Polo Bar is another classic Shoreditch restaurant that’s been going for over half a century (since 1953, to be precise). Serving up Great British comfort food, The Polo Bar’s trump card is the fact that not only is it open 24/7 but it also has a 24 hour bar license, meaning that you can justifiably have a glass of Prosecco with your bacon butty and, what’s more, you’ll go home with change from a tenner.
Old Spitalfields Market
When it comes to exciting, eclectic street food from all over the world, Shoreditch has a multitude of great choices. If you’re looking for a place that has a whole host of interesting options under one roof, look no further than the Old Spitalfields Market. There’s a mix of cheap and not-so-cheap eats here but never fear, confused market-goer, CocoonSync is here to guide you. For sumptuous Chinese street food, head to Dumpling Shack for their signature pork soup dumplings or a hearty dish of beef Szechuan noodles. Don’t miss Bleecker Burger for NY-style dry-aged beef burgers that come in at under £10 or, if you want something sweet, hit up dessert pop-up Humble Crumble, which makes individual fruit crumbles with innovative twists (toasted meringue, anyone?)
Burro e Salvia
Need a carb fix? Burro e Salvia is a sweet little Italian spot that has a short menu of fresh, homemade pastas that all cost in the region of a tenner. This is the perfect spot to bring a date to because you can trust the food will be really good, which means you can focus on being charming and interesting. The menu changes monthly so every time you go there’ll be a new dish to try, totally justifying a weekly visit - or at least that’s what we’re telling ourselves.
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09 March 2021