12 Michelin-starred lunches for under ¡ê35
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12 Michelin-starred lunches for under ¡ê35

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London has 66 Michelin-starred restaurants (and counting), as well as 37 Bib Gourmand joints ¨C those officially commended for serving high-quality food at pocket-friendly prices. Below, we round up the 12 Michelin-recognised spots ¨C seven that have been awarded an elusive Michelin star, and four with a Bib Gourmand ¨C that offer surprisingly affordable lunch menus.



Best Michelin-starred lunch for: simple ingredients and low-key fine dining

Lyle¡¯s has lured serious foodies to East London since it broke onto the London food scene in 2014. Chef James Lowe and his business partner John Ogier ¨C formerly colleagues at St John Bread and Wine ¨C quickly channelled their love for food into a low-key space with serious menus to match. Now, appealing to the masses, the restaurant is offering its Michelin-starred food as a more affordable three-course lunchtime feast. Dishes such as a cold and sweet crunchy courgette, nasturtium and marigold soup are followed by either bull¡¯s heart tomato and Cornish sardine vinaigrette or a melt-in-your mouth bavette with gem lettuce and heirloom tomato salad. Pudding stays seasonal ¨C we tried the sweet and sour tayberry mess. Say yes to the doughiest bread with cultured butter, too ¨C it¡¯s as good as the rest of the meal. Wine costs extra but they really know their stuff, so it¡¯s worth splashing out for a glass, or two. Katharine Sohn

Address: Lyle¡¯s, Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JJ
Website: lyleslondon.com
Price: ¡ê30 for three courses



Best Bib Gourmand lunch for: fresh dishes that change regularly

Drawing inspiration from the laidback wine bars of Europe, the relaxed menu at Flor, the Borough Market spot from the team behind Lyle¡¯s, includes two courses made with fresh, local ingredients and a glass of wine. Expect dishes such as silky salmorejo, a cold tomato-and-bread soup, followed by braised mutton with pickled mustard or vegetable b¨¢nh x¨¨o. Each set menu is expertly paired with a glass of wine, while the restaurant¡¯s chilled atmosphere makes it the perfect place to decompress and escape the midday crowds. By Abigail Malbon

Address: Flor, 1 Bedale Street, London SE1 9AL
Website: florlondon.com
Price: ¡ê20 for two courses and a glass of wine

Trishna, London

Trishna, Marylebone

Best Michelin-starred lunch for: a neighbourhood feel

Trishna puts such an impeccable spin on the casual setting; you know you¡¯ve walked into somewhere smart, without the need for white tablecloths and buttoned-up service. Burnished mirrors bounce the low lighting around whitewashed brick walls adorned with framed retro posters, while a few wooden tables spill onto the street. In the evening, mains alone can set you back close to ¡ê30 each, which makes the set lunch menu (¡ê35 for three courses) a very good deal indeed. The paneer tikka starter pairs the mild cheese with raw mango and refreshing pomegranate chaat, while the aloo chaat combines potato, masala chickpeas and sweet yogurt. Mains include Welsh lamb cooked with pickled sorrel leaves and wild-mushroom pilau. For pudding it has to be the saffron and pear kulfi, a frozen dairy dessert that rounds out a meal without inciting an afternoon nap.

Address: Trishna, 15-17 Blandford Street, London W1U 3DG
Website: trishnalondon.com
Price: ¡ê35 for three courses


Sorella, Clapham

Best Bib Gourmand lunch for: hand-rolled pasta

Like lots of Bib Gourmand spots, Sorella in Clapham doesn¡¯t have any set menus ¨C it¡¯s too laidback for that. But the team here, led by star chef Robin Gill, do cook up an ¨¤ la carte lunch menu at really reasonable prices. It changes weekly, depending on what’s in season and available, but for less than ¡ê35 per person you should be able to order some cicchetti, homemade focaccia, a bowl of hand-rolled pasta, a side dish ¨C perhaps potatoes and ¡¯nduja or grilled green beans ¨C and a pudding. Elevated comfort food at a price you¡¯ll come back for.

Address: Sorella, 148 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4 6BX
Website: sorellarestaurant.co.uk
Price: pasta dishes from ¡ê15

Venison at Benares

Benares, Mayfair

Best Michelin-starred lunch for: fusion flavours

Of the 66 Michelin-starred restaurants in London, six are dishing up Indian cooking. Benares, a bold Mayfair hangout that¡¯s known for melding British and Indian flavours and techniques, gained a star in the 2021 list. The set menu spotlights this way of cooking ¨C to start, choose between sweet, sour and umami scallops, samosa chaats or tandori chicken momo (a type of dumpling originating from Tibet), and seafood curry made with white wine and coconut, venison keema pao (with a Burford Brown egg) or paneer khichdi (dal) for your main. Two courses are ¡ê29 ¨C add dessert (mango rice pudding, anyone?) to make it a ¡ê35 deal all in, and get a taste of one of London¡¯s most recently starred restaurants.

Address: Benares, 12a Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BS
Website: benaresrestaurant.com
Price: ¡ê35 for three courses

Brasserie Z¨¦del

Brasserie Z¨¦del, Piccadilly

Best Bib Gourmand lunch for: a Parisian-style affair

From the team behind The Wolseley and The Delaunay comes another big, glossy restaurant that takes its cues from 19th-century European caf¨¦ culture, and this one has a Bib Gourmand. Brasserie Z¨¦del is sitting pretty on a prime corner in the centre ¨C close enough to Piccadilly to draw in discerning travellers, but far enough out of the way to attract a steady stream of local workers too. There¡¯s no set lunch menu, but they serve a daily plat du jour, which costs just ¡ê16.95 ¨C it might be smoked sausage and lentils, duck confit or veal-stuffed tomatoes. Add a chocolate mousse (¡ê3.95) or a cr¨¨me br?l¨¦e (¡ê5.95) and a glass of house white (¡ê5), and you¡¯ll still come in well under ¡ê35 per person for the whole meal.

Address: Brasserie Z¨¦del, 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED
Website: brasseriezedel.com
Price: plat du jour, ¡ê16.95


Kudu, Peckham

Best Bib Gourmand lunch for: South African cooking

This small-plates joint won Peckham its first-ever Bib Gourmand for its excellent cooking and decent value for money. We named it one of the most beautiful restaurants in London for its pink concrete walls and velvet banquettes. The South African menu is just as exciting as the interiors: on Thursdays and Fridays, the team cook a three-course lunch that spotlights their signature flavours in dishes such as flaky Parmesan churros with miso mayo, creamy chicken-liver parfait served with a choux bun, confit sea trout or onglet steak with hispi cabbage. Pudding is simple ¨C the one choice combines salted-chocolate ganache, sesame ice cream and chocolate crumble. At ¡ê21.50 per person, this feels like one of the capital¡¯s best-kept secrets.

Address: Kudu, 119 Queen’s Road, London SE15 2EZ
Website: kuducollective.com
Price: ¡ê21.50 for three courses

Oysters at BRAT, London


Best Michelin-starred lunch for: a taste of what¡¯s in season

Brat joined Smoking Goat and Andina on the corner of Shoreditch High Street and Redchurch Street in 2018 and quickly made a serious name for itself. Since the restaurant won a Michelin star within a year of opening, it has become difficult to secure a table ¨C so our trick? Book in for lunch for a chance to taste Tomos Parry¡¯s (ex-Kitty Fisher¡¯s) Basque-style flavours, slow-grilled over charcoal or roasted in a wood oven. There is no set lunch here but it¡¯s easy to order a satisfying seasonal feast for less than ¡ê35. We suggest the doughy grilled bread with salty anchovy and the blood pudding, peppers and almost soup-like beans for starters; followed by the grilled leeks, Mooreland beef tartare or zingy crab salad ¨C all ideal for sharing. If you just want to splurge on the raved-about whole turbot, opt for one side of smoked potatoes to share your budget between two. By Katharine Sohn

Address: Brat, 4 Redchurch St, Hackney, London E1 6JL
Telephone: No telephone
Website: bratrestaurant.com

Head Barman Johnny Brissenden at Leroy bar, Shoreditch, London


Best Michelin-starred lunch for: an A+ wine-bar menu

A wordplay on its former life as Ellory in Hackney, this elevated wine bar won a Michelin star within seven months. This is a place with a serious love for ingredients ¨C it¡¯s easy to come for ¡®one drink and some small plates¡¯ and end up with a larger bill than you had planned. But for a three-course taste of what¡¯s in season, there is a chance to sample brilliant Michelin-star dishes for less than ¡ê30 a head. The lunch menu changes daily but might start with a thick and creamy Vichyssoise, followed by flavourful steak hach¨¦ with crispy fried potatoes and spicy peppercorn sauce for ¡ê19. Those who have more time to spare can stay for the zingy strawberry sorbet. Come for the atmosphere of a Parisian cave, but stay for the bargain top-notch food. By Katharine Sohn

Address: Leroy, 18 Phipp St, Hackney, London EC2A 4NU
Telephone: +44 20 7739 4443
Website: leroyshoreditch.com
Price: ¡ê30 for three courses

Scallops Tiradito with cactus, rocoto pepper and tigers milk at Lima restaurant, London

Lima, Fitzrovia

Best Michelin-starred lunch for: Peruvian flavours

It seems like you can get ceviche at a heap of London restaurants these days, but few places rival Lima for a truly authentic taste of the Peruvian delicacy. Order the sea bream ceviche, or lamb seco and finish up with the super-sweet alfajores which comes with Dulce de Leche ice cream and bee pollen. This express menu is also available for an early supper between 5.30pm and 6.15pm, Monday to Friday.

Address: Lima, 31 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London
Telephone: +44 20 3002 2640
Website: limalondon.com
Price: ¡ê20 for two courses, ¡ê25 for three courses

A dish at Social Eating House restaurant, London

Social Eating House, Soho

Best Michelin-starred lunch for: a celebration

For a cheaper meal than sister restaurant Pollen Street Social, head to Jason Atherton’s even more democratic, Social Eating House in Soho, where Michelin-approved fare is presented around a tiny eight-seat bar. Try the inventive salt-baked Jerusalem artichoke with pickled hazelnuts and cured egg yolks.

Address: Social Eating House, 58 Poland Street, Soho, London
Telephone: +44 207 993 3251
Website: socialeatinghouse.com
Price: ¡ê25 for three courses (without cocktail), ¡ê32 for three courses (with a seasonal cocktail)

Veeraswamy, Mayfair

Best Michelin-starred lunch for: no-fuss Indian

With views of bustling Regents and Swallow Streets below, Veeraswamy dishes out some of London’s best Indian food in an opulent and smart setting. For their lunch special, be sure to divulge in their deliciously melty paneer that comes in an onion and tomato sauce and the patiala shahi raan, a slow-cooked lamb shoulder in a smooth bone marrow sauce.

Address: Veeraswamy, Victory House, 99-101 Regent Street, Mayfair, London
Website: veeraswamy.com
Price: ¡ê26 for two courses

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