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Chicken fry at Thattukada in East Ham, an outstanding Kerala neighbourhood restaurant
Chicken fry at Thattukada
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How London’s Best-Value Restaurants Are Reopening

How and when the best-value restaurants across the city are reopening after lockdown

With restaurants now permitted to open for dine-in service, operators across the city are figuring out what it means for them. Some never closed; some adapted to COVID-19’s reshaping of the city with restaurant delivery, meal kits, and whole new brands. Others spoke last week of their plans to bring customers back into their dining rooms.

As dine-in measures become more finalised, from social distancing to mask-wearing to temperature checking, Eater will track how its current best-value restaurants across the city are reopening. Restaurants are expected to post their COVID-19 safety measures online, but the place in question can be contacted directly if more clarity is needed. Most of these restaurants never closed, continuing to serve their local communities throughout the period of lockdown.

As restaurants navigate any new guidance and customer confidence, this list is extremely likely to change. Check for regular updates, and if there’s a tip Eater needs to hear, send it right over.


B&K Salt Beef Bar

Where: 353 Uxbridge Road, Pinner HA5 4JN
Status: Open for dine-in and takeaway salt beef, schnitzel, and latkes.

Taste of Pakistan Restaurant

Where: 369 Hanworth Road, Hounslow TW4 5LF
Status: Open for dine-in and takeaway service, with northwestern Pakistani dishes including coriander seed-flecked chapli kebabs.

Gana

Where: 15 Village Way East, Rayners Lane, Harrow HA2 7LX
Status: Reopened in full, with the menu still including its “Gana Special” dishes which are the heartbeat of the restaurant.

Shree Krishna Vada Pav

Where: 121 High Street, Hounslow TW3 1QL
Status: Open for dine-in, delivery, and takeaway, with its outstanding range of Maharastrian snacks and carb-on-carb masterpieces.

Shree Krishna Vada Pav in west London
Vada pav at Shree Krishna
Shree Krishna Vada Pav [Official]

Tetote Factory

Where: 12 South Ealing Road, Ealing W5 4QA
Status: Open, as it has always been in its nook of a space, for takeaway Japanese buns and breads which are some of the best in the city. Pre-order, for now, to avoid disappointment,

Dosa Express

Where: 547 High Road, Wembley HA0 2DJ
Status: Now reopened for dine-in as well as takeaway, with the chaotic good self-service element scaled back for COVID-19 compliant eating.

Imone

Where: 169 High Street, New Malden KT3 4BH
Status: Open for takeaway and delivery, perhaps the best Korean restaurant in New Malden.

Yasmina Restaurant and Bakery

Where: 18 Western Avenue, East Acton W3 7TZ
Status: East Acton’s man’oushe royalty never closed, slinging out lighter-than-air breads throughout lockdown.

Aladin Kebabish

Where: 147-149 West Hendon Broadway, Hendon NW9 7EA
Status: Having never closed for takeaway, Aladin Kebabish is back serving the Pakistani “holy trinity”: haleem, nihaari, and Karachi qorma, for dine-in.

Sam Sandwiches

Where: 9 Shepherd’s Bush Market, Shepherd’s Bush W12 8DE
Status: Some of the greatest Algerian sandwiches and London sandwiches in the city, now open for leaning while it’s made as well as delivery.

Balady

Where: 750 Finchley Road, Temple Fortune NW11 7TH
Status: The sabich slingers never closed, keeping the local community stocked up on its speciality and superb chips — now reopened for dine-in.

Normah’s

Where: Inside Queensway Market, 23-25 Queensway W2 4QJ
Status: Normah’s has now reopened following refurbishment and during a crowdfunding campaign.

Namak Mandi

Where: 25 Upper Tooting Road, Tooting Bec SW17 7TS
Status: Now reopened for dine-in, customers can again herald the boat-like chapli kebabs, or engage in a socially distanced whole lamb feast.

A wok of simmering lamb karahi at Namak Manda in Tooting
Lamb karahi at Namak Mandi
Ejatu Shaw/Eater London

Seto

Where: 5-6 Plender Street, Camden NW1 0JN
Status: Seto reopened for takeaway on 22 June, and will return for dine-in service, weekends only, from 22 July, ladling out the ethereally light ramen soups that make it such a hit.

Cafe TPT

Where: 21 Wardour Street, Soho W1D 6PN
Status: Open for delivery and dining-in.

Roti Joupa

Where: 12 Clapham High Street, Larkhall SW4 7UT
Status: The Trinidadian doubles and macaroni pie specialists reopened on 22 June.

Paneri Taverna

Where: 340 High Road, Wood Green N22 8JW
Status: Sheftalia, souvla, and more still available for takeaway, with dine-in still to come.

Le Chamarel

Where: 27 Turnpike Lane, Hornsey N8 0EP
Status: Ramping up its full menu, but still on takeaway only.

Little Ochi Restaurant

Where: 113 Dulwich Road, Herne Hill SE24 0NG
Status: Still open for takeaway, though much of its atmosphere is in the waiting for the fish to be cooked, so hope for a full reopening soon.

Kaieteur Kitchen

Where: Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, 335-336 Elephant and Castle, SE1 6TB
Status: Fully reopened, serving Tuesday to Friday until September — order in advance from owner Faye Gomes, via phone: 07466 616137.

Guyanese meat and rice at Kaieteur Kitchen in Elephant and Castle, one of the best value restaurants in central London
Guyanese stew, rice, and plantain at Kaieteur Kitchen
Tomas Jivanda/Eater London

Hala Restaurant

Where: 29 Grand Parade, Harringay N4 1LG
Status: Fully reopened, with staff in visors and masks serving the generous plates that make it such a Green Lanes institution.

La Barra

Where: 147 Eagle Yard Arch, Walworth SE1 6SP
Status: Open for its sublime Dominican pica pollo since 11 May, takeaway from 11 a.m. — 6 p.m.

Rao Deli

Where: 304 Borough High Street, Borough SE1 1JJ
Status: Has reopened for dine-in, adding Mondays to the rotation to take part fully in Eat Out to Help Out.

Zeret Kitchen

Where: 216-218 Camberwell Road, Camberwell SE5 0ED
Status: Having served Camberwell its outstanding lentil dishes and Ethiopian stews through lockdown for takeaway, it has now reopened, in limited capacity, for dine-in.

Tasty Jerk

Where: 88 Whitehorse Lane, South Norwood SE25 6RQ
Status: Open for takeaway jerk chicken and pork with rice and peas from the oil drums in SE25.

Nandine

Where: 82 Vestry Road, Camberwell SE5 8PQ
Status: While its sibling on Camberwell Church Street has reopened for delivery, Nandine has not confirmed the status of its Vestry Road original.

The Bash Restaurant Cafe Bar

Where: 71 - 73 W Green Road, Tottenham N15 5DA
Status: Not yet reopened for dining in, but has been offering takeaway Congolese dishes throughout lockdown.

The Genet Cafe - Ethiopian Restaurant

Where: 4 Victoria Road, Tottenham N15 4PS
Status: Reopened but call ahead to confirm, as this is an owner-only operation and the range of Ethiopian dishes sings for it.

Alhaji Suya

Where: Unit 15 Angerstein Business Park, 12 Horn Lane, SE10 0RT
Status: This address is not for the original Alhaji Suya in Peckham, which is set to reopen in a couple of months’ time, but for the suya outlet it has opened at its kilishi production facility — a dried beef snack dredged in yaji. It’s open for dinner Tuesday — Friday and lunch and dinner on weekends, but order at least 30 minutes before picking up: 07459 739273.

Neco Tantuni Kunefe Salonu

Where: 4 Brick Lane, Enfield EN3 5BA
Status: Like many of the restaurants on this guide, it simply never closed.

Smokey Jerkey 2 London

Where: 158 New Cross Road, London SE14 5BA
Status: Slinging its incredible jerk chicken, pork, and lamb, just as it ever did.

Everest Curry King Restaurant London

Where: 24 Loampit Hill, SE13 7SW
Status: It never closed.

Singburi

Where: 593 High Road, Leytonstone E11 4PA
Status: Considering reopening for seatings in autumn, this outstanding Thai restaurant is keeping things takeaway only for now.

Moo krob at Singburi restaurant, one of the top London standbys of 2019
Moo krob for takeaway at Singburi
Michaël Protin/Eater London

Kate’s Cafe and Restaurant

Where: 174 Balaam Street, Plaistow E13 8RD
Status: Reopened for dine-in as well as takeaway and collection.

Lahori Nihaari

Where: 50 Plashet Grove, East Ham E6 1AE
Status: Stayed open for takeaway Pakistani dishes throughout lockdown, has not confirmed reopening for dine-in.

Udaya Kerala Restaurant

Where: 105 Katherine Road, East Ham E6 1ES
Status: Reopens for dine-in, reservations only, today Friday 10 July; has been doing takeaway throughout lockdown.

Thattukada

Where: 229 High Street North, East Ham E6 1JGT
Status: Having served food packages to the local community through lockdown, Thattukada has now reopened for takeaway and dine-in.

Maya DD’s Restaurant

Where: 25 Anglesea Road, Woolwich SE18 6EG
Status: Reopens for dine-in, reservations only, from 15 July; reservations taken from 7 July. Takeaway and delivery continues.

Everest Curry King Restaurant London

24 Loampit Hill, , England SE13 7SW 020 8691 2233

Cafe TPT

21 Wardour Street, , England W1D 6PN 020 7734 7980 Visit Website

Rao Deli

304 Borough High Street, , England SE1 1JJ 020 7407 4002 Visit Website

B&K Salt Beef Bar

353 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, England HA5 4JN 01923 518693 Visit Website

La Barra

, , England SE1 6SP 020 7701 2188

Seto

5-6 Plender Street, , England NW1 0JN 020 7387 8530 Visit Website

Yasmina Restaurant and Bakery

18 Western Avenue, , England W3 7TZ 020 8735 0450 Visit Website

Neco Tantuni Kunefe Salonu

4 Brick Lane, Enfield, Greater London EN3 5BA

Le Chamarel

27 Turnpike Lane, , England N8 0EP 020 8348 6869 Visit Website

Tetote Factory

12 South Ealing Road, , England W5 4QA 020 8579 8391 Visit Website

Imone

169 High Street, , England KT3 4BH 020 8942 9588 Visit Website

Zeret Kitchen

216-218 Camberwell Road, , England SE5 0ED 020 7701 8587 Visit Website

Thattukada

241B High Street North, East Ham, Greater London E12 6SJ +44 20 8548 8239

Taste of Pakistan Restaurant

369 Hanworth Road, , England TW4 5LF 020 8572 1298

SE1 6SP

Walworth Road, , England SE1 6SP

Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre

New Kent Road, , England SE1 6TE 020 7708 6170 Visit Website

The Bash Restaurant Cafe Bar

71 -73 West Green Road, , England N15 5DA 020 3092 1220 Visit Website

Aladin Kebabish

147-149 West Hendon Broadway, , England NW9 7EA 020 8203 9777 Visit Website

Shepherd’s

, , England SW1P 4LA 020 7834 9552 Visit Website

Trinity

4 The Polygon, , England SW4 0JG 020 7622 1199 Visit Website

Udaya Kerala Restaurant

105 Katherine Road, , England E6 1ES 020 8470 7400 Visit Website

Paneri Taverna

340 High Road, , England N22 8JW 020 8888 3111

Namak Mandi

25 Upper Tooting Road, , England SW17 7TS 020 8767 6120

Balady

750 Finchley Road, , England NW11 7TH 020 8458 2064 Visit Website

The Genet Cafe - Ethiopian Restaurant

4 Victoria Road, , England N15 4PS 020 8376 8618

Smokey Jerkey 2 London

158 New Cross Road, , England SE14 5BA 07946 233176

Alhaji SUYA

15 Peckham Park Road, , England SE15 6TR 07459 739273 Visit Website

Hala Restaurant

29 Grand Parade, , England N4 1LG 020 8802 4883 Visit Website

Kaieteur Kitchen

, , England SE1 07466 616137

Sam Sandwiches

9 Shepherd's Bush Market, , England W12 8DE

Shree Krishna Vada Pav

121 High Street, , England TW3 1QL 020 8572 2269 Visit Website

Singburi

593 High Road Leytonstone, , England E11 4PA 020 8281 4801

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