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Best cheap eats in east London

Want some of the best street food on the go? Or discover the insider gems where lunch is less than a tenner? Where vegans are welcomed? Behold these must-visits…

Baba Gs, Finsbury Avenue Square
Best buy: Bombay Potato Burger, £5.50

Once you’ve tasted Baba G’s famed Bhangra Burgers, there is no going back. The perfect marriage of on-the-go moreish spice with satisfying sandwich, our tip is do not pass up on the masala fries in some ill-advised attempt to be healthy. They’re worth it. 

Yolk, Finsbury Avenue Square
Best buy: Shakshuka, from £3.50

“The takeaway for the discerning Londoner”... Heavy night? Then Yolk is there for your early morning offering with an incredible array of egg dishes that will return joy to your heart. And if it’s after 11.30am, then you’re in luck because their sandwich menu has to be tried (try the Pork Bun - pulled pork shoulder, kimchi, gochujang mayo, yuzu slaw, pickled apple, peanut, sesame, demi-brioche bun).  

Island Poke, Broadgate Circle
Best buy: House bowl, £8.75

Bringing the taste of Hawaii to a corner of east London is the ever-welcoming team at Island Poke. Yes, you can build your own but why mess with perfection? With an ever-changing menu of seasonal delights (they’ve teamed up with Claw to create a bowl until the end of September), you need to try the Classic Ahi: sushi rice with pineapple chilli salsa, wakame seaweed, crispy shallots, spring onion and sesame seeds. Yum!

Pasta Bar London, Broadgate Circle
Best buy: Tomato and Fresh Basil Orechiette, £5.80

Bringing freshly made pasta to the lunch masses, Pasta Bar London hits the carb spot when nothing else will do. Marrying fresh, seasonal sauces inspired by traditional Italian cooking with light-as-air pasta, they know their stuff. 

Franco Manca, Broadgate Circle
Best buy: Tomato, mozzarella & basil, £6.55

We’ve tried a lot of sourdough pizza and can attest that Franco Manca are just one of the best. Bringing the flavour of Neapolitan knowhow to London mixed with draft pale ales and salads inspired by southern Italy, embrace the Franco.  

Schmaltz, Exchange Square
Best buy: Classic Schmaltz Sandwich, £7.50

Chicken that’s sourced lovingly then served with seared skin on specially designed teardrop buns (to match the shape of the chicken breast). Choose from a range of sauces (carrot reduction, preserved lemon feta, mushroom) and something pickled or spicy to bring the contrast (pickled fennel, wasabi rocket, chilli).

Sub Cult, Finsbury Avenue Square
Best buy: Sub-terranean, £6.95

Imagine two men dedicated to creating the perfect sandwich. Well, that’s what Ben and Gaz of Sub Cult have dedicated their lives to. And while they do a mean line in rare roast beef and seared chicken, we really love the veggie Sub-terranean (Griddled Woodland Mushroom, Roast Garlic, Thyme, Truffle Mayo and Stilton). 

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5 September 2018 - 28 September 2018

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