Best Monday Night Restaurant Deals in London

No one ever looks forward to Mondays. The dreary morning commute, the pouring rain, the packed tube train. All this before you even set foot in the office and sipped your morning coffee.

That’s why all over London, top restaurants are offering their finest to help us get through the worse day of the week.

From golden, crispy fried chicken to gigantic savoury pancakes, these top-notch Monday restaurant deals in London aren’t just delish, but light on the hard-earned cash too. Win-win!

Absurd Bird UK

What: Fried chicken; Spitalfields & Soho (London)

The deal: dishes with a drink included: £6.95

I like my KFC, but you know what’s even better? Absurd Bird’s bargain lunch time deal. At those prices, you’re getting your fried chicken fix and a whole lot more in a upscale establishment. And if you’re into cocktails, then get this – it’s 2-4-1 cocktails all day.

Offer is only available if you book in advance though, so get booking.

Blues Kitchen

What: BBQ; Brixton & Shoreditch

The deal: Two meals for the price of one.

You’d be hard pressed to find a better deal than this ‘Best Mate Monday’ deal at Blues Kitchen. Not only are the food top-notch, you’re treated to live music of blues, soul or funk every night at this hip Shoreditch bar and restaurant. An eclectic, industrial space serving comforting cajun-BBQ grub with a side of blues for half-the price? Tell a mate and see you there.

Like, Absurd Bird, you better book ahead.

Fire and Stone

What: Pizza; Covent Garden

The deal: 2 pizzas for £14 + plus more

I’m afraid those takeaway Dominoes just won’t do anymore after you’ve grabbed a slice of Covent Garden’s gourmet pizzas. Inspired by cities around the world, their creative toppings taste just as good as it sounds. Peking pizza with duck confit and hoisin sauce? Yes please. Grab a mate and enjoy gastronomic pizzas for just 7 quid.

You know the drill, book first before enjoying.

London Cocktail Club

What: Cocktails; various location

The deal: why spend a fiver on a tepid pint when you can spend that on a cocktail? The LCC have been serving revellers creative concoctions like the Brixton Riot since 2008 and now you can sip on some weird and fantastic cocktails for 50% at one the LCC’s many locations around London. It’s not for the refined, you can expect booming music, low-lit settings and swing lamps underneath the streets of London. This is the place for a night out, and if you ask me, the LCC Monument is the cream of the crops.

Drink up: https://londoncocktailclub.co.uk/

My Old Dutch

What: Pancakes; Holborn

The deal: Monday madness pancakes at £5.95

Pancakes aren’t just all sweet. Transforming how we see these delightful thin, flat cake of batter, My Old Dutch have been lifting Londoner’s gloomy Monday blues for years by offering outrageously brilliant pancakes for an equally brilliant deal.

No need to RSVP, but expect to queue for dinner.

Mac and Wild

What: Scottish, Steak; Soho

The deal: “Meaty Monday’s” 50% off Butchers Cuts, every Monday

I raved about just how good Mac and Wild was, and now us lucky lot can chomp down on some of the best steaks from Scotland for half the price. That beef chateaubriand was unbelievably good. And it gets better, if you’re a lucky cardholder of a Taste Card, you’re entitled to another 50%. Incredible food for so little money, it’s almost daylight robbery.

RSVP not required but highly recommended: https://www.macandwild.com/mac-wild-devonshire-square/meaty-mondays

Blacklock

What: Meat chops; City, Soho; Shoreditch

The deal: Butcher price Mondays

Located on the site of a former brothel bang in the middle of Soho and just a minute walk from the bright lights of the West End, Blacklock are offering big, quality chops at butcher prices. Butcher prices can vary and the quantity may be limited but notwithstanding this, all we need to know is that you’re still getting a good deal of chops at awesome prices. I highly recommend bringing a mate for this one. One person will not be able to handle the meat sweats alone here. Wash all that meat down with cocktails for a fiver. What’s not to love?

RSVP not required but recommended: https://theblacklock.com/menus/

Soft Launch: 50% Off at Arabica, King’s Cross

Anyone else get excited as I do when I hear about a soft launch offer?

Borough Market’s favourite, Arabica, are opening a sister site in King’s Cross this October and to celebrate, us lucky Londoners are getting 50% off our food bill over its soft launch period from 25th-29th September.

The new site has an almost entirely new menu, packed with Middle-Eastern inspired flavours (complemented by a handful of the best-loved dishes from Borough) The drinks list will include eight wines available on tap from the bar, as well as Arabica’s Middle-Eastern inspired cocktails.

It keeps on getting better – the menu caters to meat-eaters, pescatarians, vegetarians and vegans, meaning it’s easy to cater for everyone in your group of chums.

The new restaurant is housed within a ground floor corner of the recently opened Aga Khan Centre building, designed by world renowned pritzker prize winning architect. Basically, it’s fancy.

The 66 cover interior will feature an open plan kitchen and bar with counter dining seats, a large communal table, cosy leather banquettes and a terrace with room for a further 40 guests.

Summer may be coming to an end but this Middle-Eastern restaurant is bringing a bit of sunshine to London’s foodie scene.

Get booking: https://www.arabicalondon.com/kings-cross/

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 9am- 11pm, Friday 9am – 12am, Saturdays 9am – 12am, Sunday 10am – 10pm

Discovering the Wonderful World of English Wines with Chapel Down and Florentine #EnglishWineWeek

English Wine doesn’t get anywhere near the same level of praise it deserves compared to wines from other parts of the world. So, to celebrate this coming English Wine Week (25 May – 2 June 2019), leading English winemakers Chapel Down has teamed up with modern European restaurant Florentine in Waterloo to create an exquisite 3-course sharing menu paired with fine English wine to showcase just how good they really are.

Florentine and Chapel Down English Wine Week 3-course set menu.

Pork belly with homemade apple purée served with a glass Pinot Noir? Don’t mind if I do.

A quick glance at the menu told me I was in for a treat. Mackerel fillet with oranges, cherry tomatoes and sorrel served with Bacchus Reserve white wine for starters? Yes please. Pork belly with homemade apple purée served with a glass Pinot Noir? Don’t mind if I do. Rhubarb crumble and Eton Mess with a Nectar Dessert Wine? Keep it coming.

Expectation continued to be exceeded with the sumptuous roasted pork belly.

I can’t even begin to describe how enjoyable the meal was. The mackerel fillet wasn’t fishy at all. Delicate but intensely creamy in texture which complemented perfectly with the sweet apricot notes of the Bacchus Reserve White wine. It’s healthy too. Expectation continued to be exceeded with the sumptuous roasted pork belly. Satisfyingly crispy skin and tender pull-apart porky goodness which paired brilliantly with the fragrant spices of the red Pinot Noir. All this and I’ve not even mentioned the beautiful rich organic salmon with English asparagus and lemon tahini yoghurt, or the delightfully sweet Eton Mess with Nectar Dessert Wine.

Main course: pork belly with homemade apple purée and organic salmon with English asparagus and lemon tahini yoghurt

Designed to share between 2 people, my partner in crime and I were pretty stuffed at the end, and I have a pretty big appetite. Trust me, you won’t be leaving hungry.

Why not celebrate English Wine Week and win a second date while you’re at it?

There’s no better place to celebrate the wonderful world of English wines. If you want my advice, bring a date. Florentine is a snazzy place not too far from the London Eye, and the perfect venue for a special occasion. Why not celebrate English Wine Week and win a second date while you’re at it? Since my last visit, I thought the sophisticated surroundings of Florentine makes it a sound choice for a date and I still think so.

Florentine by night

Six dishes to share, 4 glasses of wine including an aperitif to? Sounds like a pretty good deal to me and the perfect way to celebrate English Wine Week. Chapel Down and Florentine have created something pretty special here. It’s just a touch sad it’s only around for a limited time.

English are just as good as any wine. We just don’t know it yet.

English wines are just as good as any wine in the world. We just don’t know it yet. I certainly before I was invited to try it for myself. Do what I did and visit the Florentine from Thursday 23 May – 31 May and get a glimpse into the wonderful world of English Wines with Chapel Down.

English Wine Week at Florentine: Thursday 23 May – 31 May
RSVP: bit.ly/2Yp5AP2
Discover: Florentine in Waterloo
Check out: English winemakers Chapel Down

Pho & Bun Review: Authentic Vietnamese Comfort Food

I’ve visited Chinese, Malaysian, Korean, Japanese and Thai restaurants, but never Vietnamese. So I did something about it, and after this recent visit to Pho & Bun on forever buzzing Shaftesbury Avenue, I’m already planning my next visit.

Bang in the middle of town with Soho on one side and Chinatown on the other, I waltzed in on my lonesome on a pretty wet and gloomy Friday night in need of some comfort ‘pick me up’ food. Immediately, I was greeted by a cheerful staff who guided me to my table in the basement dining area.

By dinner time, this popular place was alive with the sound of talkative tables

Looking around, I was glad I had a reservation. By dinner time, this popular place was alive with the sound of talkative tables celebrating the end of the day or theatre-goers getting some pre-show grub before at one of the nearby theatres. Space is a premium here and the low tables are so close you can find yourself rubbing shoulders with your neighbours. If you are lucky, you might be able to nab a table in the cosier basement dining area.

You’ve got to hand it to Vietnam for coming up with an array of vibrant and bold array of dishes and the menu reflects that. I gave up trying to decide what to have and asked for recommendation instead. It also saved me from the embarrassment of butchering the pronunciation the names of the Vietnamese dishes.

I went traditional as I could and ordered summer rolls with tigers prawns (Gỏi Cuốn Tôm), Pho with wok fried garlic beef (Bò Tái Lăn), and to satisfy any sweet cravings, deep fried bao buns with salted duck egg custard.

The four summer rolls were beautifully presented and bursting with fresh herbs, satisfyingly crunchy veggies, silky glass noodles, and fresh tiger prawns. I’d highly encourage anyone to liberally dunk them in the accompanying peanut sauce.

Gỏi cuốn tôm – summer rolls with tiger prwans

All this swims in a 24-hour cooked broth so rich, it might as well be a dish in its own right.

Pho is as quintessentially Vietnamese as fish & chips are here in the UK. As a superfan of garlic I was sold on the Bò Tái Lăn – pho with wok-fried garlic beef. The semi-wide rice noodles were soft and silky. The wok-fried tender strips of beef were flavourful with garlic but not so overpowering. All this swims in a 24-hour cooked broth so rich, it might as well be a dish in its own right. If that’s not fragrant enough already, crunchy veggies like beansprouts, herby coriander, fiery red chillis and lime juice are brought out as a side dish for me to freshen it up.

Bò Tái Lăn – Wok fried garlic beef

I was told the pho here is the best in town (their words not mine). After slurping every last drop of that fragrant broth, I’d say it’s right up there, for now.

Finally, onto dessert and it is here I should warn you not to let your curiosity get the better of you. The deep-fried bao bun with salted duck egg custard is unique, but it won’t satisfy the sweetest of tooth. Buns are, well, just deep-fried and the saltiness of the egg custard won’t be for everyone.

Deep fried bao bun with salted duck egg custard

It’s the closest I felt to being in Vietnam without leaving London.

While I braced myself for the imminent food coma, I admired the decor around me. The distinctly Vietnamese features such as the low tables, fake graffiti on the walls, a flag of Vietnam, brick-and-mortar exposed walls and a tiki-themed bar provided a glimpse into what the streets of Hanoi must be like. It’s the closest I felt to being in Vietnam without leaving London.

It’s not just the food that impressed. The staff are stars too. Helpful with recommendations and well-up for a good chat if you’re willing to engage. Honestly, a good bunch of people.

I’ve long held the impression that Vietnamese was vibrant in colour, fresh in ingredients and bold in flavour. There was nothing to change my perception and why you’ll find me slurping pho again.

It’s a great choice if you’re before looking some pre-theatre food before a show, or simply catching up with pals in Soho.

All you need for a good dining experience is a delicious array of food delivered speedily, good company, and a relaxed, casual setting. You’ll get it here at Pho & Bun. It’s a great choice if you’re before looking some pre-theatre food before a show, or catching up with pals in Soho, or in need of some warming, comfort food. And if budget is tight, then Happy Hour will be able to help you out – it’s 20% off your total bill from 3-5pm and 9pm onwards. Sounds good to me.

🍴 Type/Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
📍 Location: 76 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6ND
🗣 Social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
🌏 Website: https://vieteat.co.uk/pho-bun/

DECOR AMBIENCE: 3.8/5.
🤵🏻 SERVICE: 3.9/5
🍸 FOOD: 4.1/5
🌟 OVERALL: 3.9/5

Mac and Wild Review: A Scottish Restaurant As Good As Any Other European Cuisine?

Scottish restaurants don’t tend to get as much attention as some of the more celebrated European cuisines in London. Sophisticated that those restaurants ostensibly appear, I am a firm believer that food from this little island we call Britain can rival any cuisine in the world and so, I was excited at finally experiencing some Scottish hospitality for the first time right here in Fitzrovia.

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Pachamama East Review: Another Peruvian – can it hold its own?

AT A GLANCE

🍴 Type/Cuisine: Peruvian-inspired
📍 Location: 73 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HR
🗣 Social: Instagram
💸 Price: £45 for one person, 4 courses inc. dessert and service charge
🌏 Website: https://www.pachamamalondon.com/


As one of the foodie capital of the world, London pretty much has you covered. But with Peruvian cuisine pretty well established already in London, what can Pachamama East bring to the table in a part of London that’s seen it all (or so East-Enders would like to think)?

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Palomar Review: Changing The Way London Sees Israeli Food

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The front located in Soho just a minute walk from Chinatown.

At a glance

🍴 Type/Cuisine: Israeli / Middle-Eastern.
📍 Location: 34 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DN, England.
🗣 Social: Instagram
💸 Price: dinner for 2 with a glass of wine each – £45pp inc. service.
🌏 Website: https://thepalomar.co.uk/

Flying the flag for Israel

I’d be hard pressed to think of an Israeli restaurant I can recommend. For me, London’s Jewish restaurant doesn’t excite, many stuck in kosher’s past and up against the behemoths of London’s food scene including Thai, Chinese and Italian. But finally, I think Palomar are changing the way we Londoner’s see Israeli food.

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50% off your Food Bill at Emilia’s Crafted Pasta: Soft Launch Alert!

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Front entrance to Emilia’s on Alie Street, Aldagte.

Pasta specialists Emilia’s Pasta have launched their second site, in Aldgate! And to celebrate, Emilia’s will also be offering a whopping 50% of your total bill (4th Feb – 17th Feb).

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Interiors feature a dining counter and a communcal table for larger groups.

Carrying on from the success of its older sibling in St. Katherine’s Dock, Emilia’s are offering a succinct selection of seven pasta dishes hailing from various regions in Italy.

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Creamy burrata with toasted sourdough bread drizzled witholive oil.

Signature dishes include their famed 4-hour slow-cooked Bolognese with fresh béchamel, and casarecce pasta paired with walnut and chestnut mushroom sauce.

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4 hour cooked bechamel bolognese with grated parmesan (papadelle).

As a recent visitor, I can confirm just how good freshly-made pasta really is. The 4 hour cooked bolognese comes naturally recommended, and when it came from my Italian waitress, I know it’s legit.

The best pasta’s in London? You decide, and with 50% off until 17th Feb 2019, now is the time to try everything!

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An open kitchen to see all the clever things your chef are doing to your food to make it taste amazing.

At glance:

📍 Location: 77 Alie Street, Aldagte, London, E1 8NH
🗣 Social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
💸 Price: During soft launch – £11 for 2 courses inc. service charge.
🌏 Website: https://www.emiliaspasta.com/