At City Càphê, a Vietnamese cafe close to Cheapside, there’s always a big queue at lunch for a reason - the food’s very good. Mercifully, the line moves quickly, too. The pho and summer rolls are excellent, and they also have noodle salads that are much better than anything you’ll find at a chain. At a place this busy, you’re definitely going to want to get takeaway. Know that it’s cash-only for orders under £15.
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Brigadiers is a very good and very fun Indian restaurant near Bank in the City, specialising in barbecued meats.
Temper City is an open-fire BBQ restaurant with lots of meat, lots of curry, and an excellent soundtrack of classic 90′s rock.
BBQ restaurant Pitt Cue is all about eating your body weight in smoked and slow-cooked meat. It’s close to the City for perfect after-work eats.
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Viet Grill is a fun place for solid Vietnamese food in Shoreditch. Come for a group dinner before a night out.
Green Papaya Xi’Viet
Green Papaya Xi’Viet is a Vietnamese and Xi’anese hybrid on Kingsland Road that suits any situation, and serves some really good noodle dishes.
Kêu Banh Mi Deli
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Oie Thai is a takeaway shop by Liverpool Street station that’s known for its big lunchtime queues, as well as reliably good soups and salads.
Assenheims is a classic City go-to for tasty chicken and rice, South American-style. Never skip the green sauce.
Close to Liverpool Street station, K10 is a convenient and reliable place for takeaway sushi in the City.
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