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Parker bao by Call Suzy, which is popping up for Eat Out to Help Out at Bao Fitzrovia this week
Parker bao by Call Suzy, which is popping up for Eat Out to Help Out at Bao Fitzrovia this week
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30 Brilliant London Restaurants Offering the Eat Out to Help Out Discount, Outside

Here’s the pick of those where it’s possible to eat on the cheap al fresco

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Parker bao by Call Suzy, which is popping up for Eat Out to Help Out at Bao Fitzrovia this week
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The government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme has gotten the take-up from plenty of great London restaurants. A third of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants have signed up, while there are deals to be found now on the city’s best burgers, peerless udon noodles, outstanding liang pi, delicious dal puri roti, hypey plates of fresh pasta, and much more.

The discount, 50 percent off up to the value of £10, applies on food eaten in, cannot be claimed on alcoholic drinks, and can only be used at participating venues on Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays in the month of August.

Check the restaurant’s website in case there are any restrictions, or indeed extras attached to its offering this month.

Note: all those included in this guide offer outside seating, because it’s still the surest way to stay safe, and protect those around you, while eating out in the city. Plus, right now, it’s roasting.

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The Red Lion

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The same brilliant pizza as Santa Maria next door, with the bonus of a sprawling outdoor terrace.

Chef-restaurateur Stevie Parle — he of Dock Kitchen, Pastaio, and Palatino renown — has teamed up with long-time collaborator, the designer Tom Dixon, for an outdoor only restaurant space in Ladbroke Grove: With dishes like clams, guanciale, fino, and peas; grilled seabass with anchovy and lemon; and American cherry pie with Kentish cherries, it is the epitome of west London summer pleasantness.

Trishna

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Michelin-starred Trishna in Marylebone specialises in the coastal cuisines of India, with a keen focus on seafood. Offering three courses for £20, its Eat Out to Help Out menu shifts from this focus: Aloo chat; dum chicken biryani or wild mushroom pilau, each served with served with dal panchmel, pink peppercorn raita, and bread; rose and pear kulfi falooda. Small number of outside seats are available; scheme applies only on Tuesday and Wednesday, after 6 p.m.

Ben Chapman’s northern Thai-inspired grill restaurant reopened last month with the option to dine outside on Brewer Street — a perk of the new licensing permits granted to businesses in Soho and elsewhere in Westminster this summer. Head chef Meedu Saad’s shorter terrace menu, designed for drinking, sees dishes like fried sour Tamworth pork with honey sweet melon; aged hogget and cumin skewers; and northern Thai herbal sausage, presented on logo-emblazoned brown paper. Enjoy it while it lasts, especially this week (Monday – Wednesday) when there’s 50 percent off, up to the value of £10 per person.

Call Suzy at BAO Fitzrovia

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For four days only, Bao and XU’s newest delivery brand Call Suzy, will pop-up at the group’s Fitzrovia location, making use of its front terrace. It promises “a playful, nostalgic twist on a traditional Chinese takeout,” with a menu featuring prawn BAO toasts with mentaiko sour cream; sweet and punchy sanbei chicken wings; beef cheek in black bean bone marrow gravy; and sweet and sour Taiwanese fried chicken with a piece parker bao roll. (Monday 24 – Wednesday 26 August, from 5pm, and on Monday 31 August, from midday.)

Tōu at 72 Old Compton St

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The creators of London’s most well-known and adored katsu sando are currently offering that, plus an Iberican pork burger from their pop-up location on Soho’s Old Compton Street. Inside a toasted brioche bun, it is topped with melted American cheese, and furnished with kimchi and gherkins. Open from 6 p.m. Monday — Wednesday.

Quo Vadis

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Chef Jeremy Lee’s seasonal British and Mediterranean menus — spanning pies, salads, and old-fashioned puddings — are the reason to visit this classic Soho restaurant. A handful of outside tables on Dean Street are the way to go.

Barrafina

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Michelin-starred tapas plates in Soho, available on a small terrace. Be prepared to queue, but a cold beer or sparkling water ought to be forthcoming.

Plum Valley | All day Dim Sum | Outdoor Seatings | Reopened

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Chinatown’s Plum Valley is among a host of restaurants in the central London area taking advantage of new outdoor dining permits. Plum Valley might be the pick for dim sum outside in the sun: XO turnip cake, cheung fun, xialongbao, and more with 50 percent off. Available at lunch and dinner Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Koya Soho

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It’s true that the serenity of Koya’s wooden bar is the anchor of its Soho restaurant, but with tables spilling out on to the street, the plain spectacle of its udon noodles is undiminished. A new cumin lamb special, cribbed from its short time at Market Halls, would be a strong order.

Master Wei Xi'An

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At Master Wei, chef Wei Guirong’s restaurant in Bloomsbury, the focus is on the Xi’an region’s flour-foods, mianshi: peerless biang biang noodle dishes, with vegetables or beef and hot chilli oil; fine liang pi, cold skin noodles with a cool, piquant, umami-rich dressing, and the chef’s inimitable “burgers” with a cumin-spiced beef or pork filling. Plenty of space, to order all of this, on the terrace.

Garden Museum Cafe

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One of the low-key lunch gems London does so well, book by email to reserve one of the most tranquil tables of them all, for dishes like cuttlefish croquettes with aioli; hake, tomatoes and crab; and a diamond-sharp slice of blackberry and hazelnut tart.

Ciao Bella

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It’s practically criminal to visit this Bloomsbury old-timer without ending the meal with a lemon stuffed with its sorbet, heavy as a softball but much less chewy. Before that, grilled sardines, saltimbocca, and whatever spaghetti is on offer are the moves.

Fish, Wings and Tings Brixton

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One of the best places in town to find Trinidadian dal puri roti, filled with curried mutton, or vegetables — pumpkin, string beans, chickpeas and potatoes — and kuchela (a delicious hot, spiced green mango condiment). Elsewhere, there’s Jamaican jerk chicken, stewed oxtail, and coconut curry prawns, served with rice, peas, mango chutney, and coleslaw.

Nasi Economy Rice

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Mandy Yin’s Malaysian restaurant is now serving its range of rice boxes, curries, salads, and potato curry puffs — including nasi goreng: fried rice with cucumber and prawns in tomato sambal — from a new outside terrace. Offering the Eat Out to Help Out discount on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August. (Next-door sister site Sambal Shiok, which specialises in laksa, is also offering the discount on Wednesdays.)

Westerns Laundry

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Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell’s beautiful Holloway restaurant is offering a selection of “courtyard plates”, available with the 50 percent discount on Wednesdays only. The small terrace offers a concise menu edit which recently included cured ham, salted sardines, olives, almonds, beef croquettes, and braised chard on toast.

Llewelyn's

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Low-key, one of London’s best modern European neighbourhood spots. Llewelyn’s spills out on to Railton Road and offers plenty of outdoor seating: The perfect place to enjoy the likes of deep-fried rabbit with mustard mayonnaise; sardines with green tomato, chilli, and coriander; and cavatelli with artichoke, walnut, and summer truffle.

Zeret Kitchen

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Having served Camberwell its outstanding lentil dishes and Ethiopian stews through lockdown for takeaway, it has now reopened, in limited capacity, for dine-in, with a smattering of outdoor tables.

Elliot's

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Anchovies on toast with the correct — absurd — amount of butter, outdoor tables across the road, and low-key excellent pizza make this another solid Borough Market choice.

Padella

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The acclaimed fresh pasta slinger has taken over some outdoor space behind its Borough Market restaurant, with no change to its lineup of cacio e pepe, fettucine with ‘nduja and marscapone, and pappardelle with beef shin ragù.

ASAP Pizza

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This New York-ish pizza spin-off from Borough Market’s Flor has outdoor tables, solid pizza, and swirls of not-your-average soft serve; get the latter two for £10 with the discount.

Casse-Croûte

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Bermondsey Street’s very-French French bistro is brimful of character and charme, offering guests the choice of three starters, mains, and desserts from a menu du jour written only a blackboard, lifted and taken to each table. It lists the likes of a salad of roquefort and lardons; beef en-croute with green beans; and a pistachio crème brulée. Just a couple of outside tables are available to take in the experience a la terrace.

Pique-Nique

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One of the best blackboards in London with coveted outdoor tables, offering either a cobbled together share of classic French simplicity, or a centrepiece dish like whole turbot, veal t-bone, or corn-fed roast chicken.

Casa do Frango Shoreditch

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Casa do Frango make peerless Algarvian-style piri piri chicken, serves it with excellent fries, and a good crunchy, green pepper, tomato, and oregano salad. Close your eyes and, honestly... it will not feel anything like being on the Algarve. Such is the cruel reality of being on the edge of a Shoreditch new-build. But it will still be extremely satisfying.

Dumpling Shack

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... John and Yee Li’s shengianbao slinging counter, where the soup dumplings are best served alongside a shatteringly flaky cong yoo bing, green spring onion laced into the dough.

Bleecker Spitalfields

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Sort-of outdoor, the best burger in the city — and its new vegetarian counterpart from Symplicity Meats — are still the key move at Old Spitalfields Market, alongside...

Forza Wine

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Easygoing Italian drinking food, frozen drinks, and soft serve with a sweeping terrace. A simple sell.

E5 Bakehouse

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One of London’s most renowned modern bakeries is offering 50 percent off non-alcoholic drinks, pastries, breakfast, and lunch. Bread and groceries are not included in the scheme. Plenty of space to sit outside on Mentmore Terrace before a walk through London Fields.

London Fields’ first-class restaurant and wine bar returns with an expanded number of tables outside, which are kept for walk-ins only. Chefs Will Gleave and Pepe Belvedere are offering a “bar menu” for those guests, which includes the likes of a pizza fritta, pork sandwich, grilled sweetcorn, and grilled sardines, plus strawberries, smoked chilli, and salt for dessert.

Chef Mitshel Ibrahim’s Ombra showed great dexterity under lockdown with its fresh pasta kits, wine, and grocery offer, and it’s doing the same upon reopening, with a set menu at £39 per person joining the loosely Venetian rank of dishes that regulars will recognise. A fine terrace has ample space, and features a half-decent rain covering for if and when this glorious sunshine toddles off.

The Red Lion

The same brilliant pizza as Santa Maria next door, with the bonus of a sprawling outdoor terrace.

Flora

Chef-restaurateur Stevie Parle — he of Dock Kitchen, Pastaio, and Palatino renown — has teamed up with long-time collaborator, the designer Tom Dixon, for an outdoor only restaurant space in Ladbroke Grove: With dishes like clams, guanciale, fino, and peas; grilled seabass with anchovy and lemon; and American cherry pie with Kentish cherries, it is the epitome of west London summer pleasantness.

Trishna

Michelin-starred Trishna in Marylebone specialises in the coastal cuisines of India, with a keen focus on seafood. Offering three courses for £20, its Eat Out to Help Out menu shifts from this focus: Aloo chat; dum chicken biryani or wild mushroom pilau, each served with served with dal panchmel, pink peppercorn raita, and bread; rose and pear kulfi falooda. Small number of outside seats are available; scheme applies only on Tuesday and Wednesday, after 6 p.m.

Kiln

Ben Chapman’s northern Thai-inspired grill restaurant reopened last month with the option to dine outside on Brewer Street — a perk of the new licensing permits granted to businesses in Soho and elsewhere in Westminster this summer. Head chef Meedu Saad’s shorter terrace menu, designed for drinking, sees dishes like fried sour Tamworth pork with honey sweet melon; aged hogget and cumin skewers; and northern Thai herbal sausage, presented on logo-emblazoned brown paper. Enjoy it while it lasts, especially this week (Monday – Wednesday) when there’s 50 percent off, up to the value of £10 per person.

Call Suzy at BAO Fitzrovia

For four days only, Bao and XU’s newest delivery brand Call Suzy, will pop-up at the group’s Fitzrovia location, making use of its front terrace. It promises “a playful, nostalgic twist on a traditional Chinese takeout,” with a menu featuring prawn BAO toasts with mentaiko sour cream; sweet and punchy sanbei chicken wings; beef cheek in black bean bone marrow gravy; and sweet and sour Taiwanese fried chicken with a piece parker bao roll. (Monday 24 – Wednesday 26 August, from 5pm, and on Monday 31 August, from midday.)

Tōu at 72 Old Compton St

The creators of London’s most well-known and adored katsu sando are currently offering that, plus an Iberican pork burger from their pop-up location on Soho’s Old Compton Street. Inside a toasted brioche bun, it is topped with melted American cheese, and furnished with kimchi and gherkins. Open from 6 p.m. Monday — Wednesday.

Quo Vadis

Chef Jeremy Lee’s seasonal British and Mediterranean menus — spanning pies, salads, and old-fashioned puddings — are the reason to visit this classic Soho restaurant. A handful of outside tables on Dean Street are the way to go.

Barrafina

Michelin-starred tapas plates in Soho, available on a small terrace. Be prepared to queue, but a cold beer or sparkling water ought to be forthcoming.

Plum Valley | All day Dim Sum | Outdoor Seatings | Reopened

Chinatown’s Plum Valley is among a host of restaurants in the central London area taking advantage of new outdoor dining permits. Plum Valley might be the pick for dim sum outside in the sun: XO turnip cake, cheung fun, xialongbao, and more with 50 percent off. Available at lunch and dinner Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Koya Soho

It’s true that the serenity of Koya’s wooden bar is the anchor of its Soho restaurant, but with tables spilling out on to the street, the plain spectacle of its udon noodles is undiminished. A new cumin lamb special, cribbed from its short time at Market Halls, would be a strong order.

Master Wei Xi'An

At Master Wei, chef Wei Guirong’s restaurant in Bloomsbury, the focus is on the Xi’an region’s flour-foods, mianshi: peerless biang biang noodle dishes, with vegetables or beef and hot chilli oil; fine liang pi, cold skin noodles with a cool, piquant, umami-rich dressing, and the chef’s inimitable “burgers” with a cumin-spiced beef or pork filling. Plenty of space, to order all of this, on the terrace.

Garden Museum Cafe

One of the low-key lunch gems London does so well, book by email to reserve one of the most tranquil tables of them all, for dishes like cuttlefish croquettes with aioli; hake, tomatoes and crab; and a diamond-sharp slice of blackberry and hazelnut tart.

Ciao Bella

It’s practically criminal to visit this Bloomsbury old-timer without ending the meal with a lemon stuffed with its sorbet, heavy as a softball but much less chewy. Before that, grilled sardines, saltimbocca, and whatever spaghetti is on offer are the moves.

Fish, Wings and Tings Brixton

One of the best places in town to find Trinidadian dal puri roti, filled with curried mutton, or vegetables — pumpkin, string beans, chickpeas and potatoes — and kuchela (a delicious hot, spiced green mango condiment). Elsewhere, there’s Jamaican jerk chicken, stewed oxtail, and coconut curry prawns, served with rice, peas, mango chutney, and coleslaw.

Nasi Economy Rice

Mandy Yin’s Malaysian restaurant is now serving its range of rice boxes, curries, salads, and potato curry puffs — including nasi goreng: fried rice with cucumber and prawns in tomato sambal — from a new outside terrace. Offering the Eat Out to Help Out discount on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August. (Next-door sister site Sambal Shiok, which specialises in laksa, is also offering the discount on Wednesdays.)

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Westerns Laundry

Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell’s beautiful Holloway restaurant is offering a selection of “courtyard plates”, available with the 50 percent discount on Wednesdays only. The small terrace offers a concise menu edit which recently included cured ham, salted sardines, olives, almonds, beef croquettes, and braised chard on toast.

Llewelyn's

Low-key, one of London’s best modern European neighbourhood spots. Llewelyn’s spills out on to Railton Road and offers plenty of outdoor seating: The perfect place to enjoy the likes of deep-fried rabbit with mustard mayonnaise; sardines with green tomato, chilli, and coriander; and cavatelli with artichoke, walnut, and summer truffle.

Zeret Kitchen

Having served Camberwell its outstanding lentil dishes and Ethiopian stews through lockdown for takeaway, it has now reopened, in limited capacity, for dine-in, with a smattering of outdoor tables.

Elliot's

Anchovies on toast with the correct — absurd — amount of butter, outdoor tables across the road, and low-key excellent pizza make this another solid Borough Market choice.

Padella

The acclaimed fresh pasta slinger has taken over some outdoor space behind its Borough Market restaurant, with no change to its lineup of cacio e pepe, fettucine with ‘nduja and marscapone, and pappardelle with beef shin ragù.

ASAP Pizza

This New York-ish pizza spin-off from Borough Market’s Flor has outdoor tables, solid pizza, and swirls of not-your-average soft serve; get the latter two for £10 with the discount.

Casse-Croûte

Bermondsey Street’s very-French French bistro is brimful of character and charme, offering guests the choice of three starters, mains, and desserts from a menu du jour written only a blackboard, lifted and taken to each table. It lists the likes of a salad of roquefort and lardons; beef en-croute with green beans; and a pistachio crème brulée. Just a couple of outside tables are available to take in the experience a la terrace.

Pique-Nique

One of the best blackboards in London with coveted outdoor tables, offering either a cobbled together share of classic French simplicity, or a centrepiece dish like whole turbot, veal t-bone, or corn-fed roast chicken.

Casa do Frango Shoreditch

Casa do Frango make peerless Algarvian-style piri piri chicken, serves it with excellent fries, and a good crunchy, green pepper, tomato, and oregano salad. Close your eyes and, honestly... it will not feel anything like being on the Algarve. Such is the cruel reality of being on the edge of a Shoreditch new-build. But it will still be extremely satisfying.

Dumpling Shack

... John and Yee Li’s shengianbao slinging counter, where the soup dumplings are best served alongside a shatteringly flaky cong yoo bing, green spring onion laced into the dough.

Bleecker Spitalfields

Sort-of outdoor, the best burger in the city — and its new vegetarian counterpart from Symplicity Meats — are still the key move at Old Spitalfields Market, alongside...

Forza Wine

Easygoing Italian drinking food, frozen drinks, and soft serve with a sweeping terrace. A simple sell.

E5 Bakehouse

One of London’s most renowned modern bakeries is offering 50 percent off non-alcoholic drinks, pastries, breakfast, and lunch. Bread and groceries are not included in the scheme. Plenty of space to sit outside on Mentmore Terrace before a walk through London Fields.

Bright

London Fields’ first-class restaurant and wine bar returns with an expanded number of tables outside, which are kept for walk-ins only. Chefs Will Gleave and Pepe Belvedere are offering a “bar menu” for those guests, which includes the likes of a pizza fritta, pork sandwich, grilled sweetcorn, and grilled sardines, plus strawberries, smoked chilli, and salt for dessert.

OMBRA

Chef Mitshel Ibrahim’s Ombra showed great dexterity under lockdown with its fresh pasta kits, wine, and grocery offer, and it’s doing the same upon reopening, with a set menu at £39 per person joining the loosely Venetian rank of dishes that regulars will recognise. A fine terrace has ample space, and features a half-decent rain covering for if and when this glorious sunshine toddles off.

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