The appeal of this place is simple: all-you-can-eat buffet at an amazingly low price. Most all-you-can-eat buffets are as appetising as mouldy bread, but here it’s genuinely good if inevitably a little carb-heavy. Get the ace onion bhajis as soon as possible after they come out of the kitchen. Prepare yourself for some pretty intense anti-meat propaganda on the walls (‘Cancer danger in your fry-up!’), but applaud the restaurant for letting homeless people eat for free. And bring a couple of beers – there’s no alcohol license.
Where we've featured it
More spots in IslingtonSee more
The Gate is a vegetarian spot in Islington that meat-eaters won’t complain about. And if you don’t feel like going healthy, have some cocktails.
Kipferl is an Austrian cafe in Islington that’s perfect for a weekday lunch or quick coffee run. And when you can’t pronounce the dishes, just point.
Linden Stores is a wine bar and small plates spot near Highbury Corner, and it’s really quite nice.
More Indian spotsSee more
Trishna is a excellent posh yet casual Indian restaurant in Marylebone, where casual is relative and a good credit line is required for the meal.
Tayyab’s is an Indian restaurant and classic spot in the East End, serving Punjabi curry and sizzling lamb chops in a laid back room.
Indian food, cushions, surprisingly chilled by Mayfair standards - that’s what you can expect from Lucknow 49.
Suggested by our writers
The East Ham branch of Indian restaurant Saravana Bhavan serves some of the best South Indian food in London, with a menu of pure vegetarian dishes.
Afghan Kitchen opposite Islington Green serves hearty, tasty Afghan food in a minimalist setting.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more