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    17 London Dishes Under £10 You Must Try Before You Die

    Dine well on a budget.

    1. The Rib Man, Brick Lane

    Rib Man

    If you eat meat, and you like ribs (who doesn't?) then either you have tried Rib Man and are a convert, or you're in for a treat. He dishes up full racks, half racks, rib meat rolls and rib meat wraps of low and slow smoked happy pork. Get a rack from £8, or a roll for £7 – and grab a bottle of his hot sauce to take home.

    2. Padella, Borough Market


    Padella will serve you the best hand-rolled pasta this side of Rome, and leave you with change from a tenner at the same time. The menu changes, but you should be able to do a cacio e pepe (£6) and a bruschetta (£4.50) and nudge over a tenner.

    3. Roti King, Euston

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    It's hard to wrong at this mouth-watering Malaysian place. Look at that fluffy fresh roti, and the bowl of steaming curry. You can get a roti canai (the above combo) for £5.50 – meaning you could take a date, and only just about go over a tenner. Bingo.

    4. Taro, Soho

    5. Elephant, Brixton Market


    This cheap and cheerful Pakastani joint only has four things on the menu: Thali (veg, chicken, keema), daal, pakora and samosas. The Thali comes neatly in at £9.25 and is a hefty portion.

    6. The Regency Café, Pimlico

    7. Zeret Kitchen, Camberwell

    8. ICCO, Goodge Street

    9. King of Falaffel, Clerkenwell

    10. Savage Salads, Soho

    Savage Salads

    For £6, you get: four freshly made and hearty salads (today it was: panzanella, sweet potato and couscous, orzo and peppers, cabbage slaw), chicken, halloumi and bread. And it is so delicious that I recommend you buy their cookbook too.

    11. Gokyuzu, Green Lanes


    Just try their lamb shish (£8 with hunks of lamb and loads of salad), and banish all thoughts of "greasy" kebabs forever. Or you could load up on endless hummus and mezze and see how far your tenner will take you.

    12. Beigel Bake, Brick Lane

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    Salt beef stacked high on a plain bagel, astronomical amounts of English mustard, and all your dreams come true for £3.50.

    13. Daddy Donkey, Clerkenwell

    Daddy Donkey

    Daddy Donkey's giant burritos are delicious, and in the grand scheme of charging extra for guacamole, they're not too bad (only 75p). They're stuffed with nice extras too – like coriander and lime rice, sour cream and black beans as standard. Nothing on the menu is over £6.50 – and their chicken (£5.95) is worth the visit alone.

    14. Bleecker Street Burger, Spitafields/ Canary Wharf/ Southbank/ Dalston

    Bleecker Street

    Bleecker Street know their burgers. And for £10, you can get a perfect cheeseburger with a side of Angry Fries (that's fries with hot sauce and blue cheese sauce). If you want to spend your tenner all in one go, there's only one choice: The Bleecker Black. It's got double beef, double cheese, black pudding, onion and sauce. Amazing.

    15. Japan Centre, Piccadilly Circus

    Japan Centre

    This Japanese food hall is a hidden gem. Emma writes:

    "They easily do some of the best value takeaway sushi in the city. You can get 4 pieces of sushi for about £3 to £4, which is cheaper than most of the UK’s bog-standard sushi chains. And it’s better quality too."

    16. Arepa and Co, Haggerston

    Arepa and Co

    Gluten and wheat free, these delicious Venezuelan delights are all you could ever want. The above arepa is stuffed with shredded beef, cheddar, black beans and plantains and comes in at £7.50. Perfect.

    17. Finally, @LDNCheapEats is a great Instagram account to follow – they track down the best deals for under £8 in London.

    What are your favourite London cheap eats? Let us know in the comments.

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