The appeal of this place is simple: all-you-can-eat buffet at an amazingly low price. Most all-you-can-eat buffets are as appetising as mouldy bread, but here it’s genuinely good if inevitably a little carb-heavy. Get the ace onion bhajis as soon as possible after they come out of the kitchen. Prepare yourself for some pretty intense anti-meat propaganda on the walls (‘Cancer danger in your fry-up!’), but applaud the restaurant for letting homeless people eat for free. And bring a couple of beers – there’s no alcohol license.
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Trullo is the kind of neighbourhood Italian restaurant you’d find in an actual Italian neighbourhood, and the food is simply fantastic.
For one of the best breakfasts/brunches in Islington, head to Sunday. The eggs benedict is worth the long queue.
Linden Stores is a wine bar and small plates spot near Highbury Corner, and it’s really quite nice.
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Delhi Grill is a fun spot for a cheap group dinner in Islington. Get involved with the whole menu.
Dum Biryani is a Indian restaurant in a Soho basement. It’s actually a lot more fun than it sounds, and besides the biryani don’t miss the starters.
Tayyab’s is an Indian restaurant and classic spot in the East End, serving Punjabi curry and sizzling lamb chops in a laid back room.
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The East Ham branch of Indian restaurant Saravana Bhavan serves some of the best South Indian food in London, with a menu of pure vegetarian dishes.
Afghan Kitchen opposite Islington Green serves hearty, tasty Afghan food in a minimalist setting.
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