Here’s a likely conversation: ‘where should we meet?’ ‘I dunno. Central?’. Oh yes. Fitzrovia is to friendships what Clapham Junction is to trains. All pals are going to pass through there at some point, and when you do, you should head to Yalla Yalla. This Beirut spot has a long, long menu full of classics like lamb kibbeh, moussaka, and tahini. But, where this place really comes into its own is sharing, with everything from their mezze feast set menu to their shawarma platters, to their cosy interiors, make it prime casual catch up material. Head for a big table, invite everyone you like (hell, invite that smart ass you’d rather not, it means you can get an extra portion of the lamb skewers) and see just how much Beirut sangria you can get through on a school night.
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Rovi is a restaurant for the future. It serves excellent middle-eastern inspired sharing plates in a beautiful room in Fitzrovia.
Just off of Oxford Street, this spot is just as perfect for an affordable group meal as it is for a solo bowl of udon.
Not only is the sushi at Sushi Atelier on Great Portland Street great, it’s also very affordable. Sit at the bar and get the 12-piece omakase.
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Le Bab is a kebab spot on Kingsley Court in Soho, and one of Soho's best casual and cost-effective daytime options.
Persepolis is a BYOB deli-cum-café in Peckham serving excellent Persian meze at fantastic prices.
The Good Egg
The breakfasts at The Good Egg are among the best in Stoke Newington. The best way to do it is to share with a few people family-style.
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