Is there anything more romantic than a hole in the wall? In food terms, that is. Jian bing, or Chinese crepes, is an excellent grab and go lunch option operating out of a hatch on Greek Street. These hefty crepes are filled with vegetables, chilli oil, a fried egg, crispy wonton, and a choice of pork, lamb or chicken - if you fancy it. It’s a big old kiss on the lips of a lunch, especially for six or seven quid, give or take.
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Dum Biryani is a Indian restaurant in a Soho basement. It’s actually a lot more fun than it sounds, and besides the biryani don’t miss the starters.
Dishoom is one of our favourites for Indian food in London, serving street food classics in several locations around town.
Lina Stores is a solid pasta bar in Soho that’s perfect for a quick lunch, or a pre/post theatre bite.
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My Neighbours The Dumplings
My Neighbours The Dumplings in Clapton is a dim sum parlour done East London stye. There’s a great bar and Chinese dishes, Totoro optional.
Chang’s Noodle is an excellent Chinese restaurant in Bloomsbury that can handle pretty much any situation you throw at it.
Green Papaya Xi’Viet
Green Papaya Xi’Viet is a Vietnamese and Xi’anese hybrid on Kingsland Road that suits any situation, and serves some really good noodle dishes.
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