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A date with our friend blog Nest: Keu!, Old Street

Name: Keu!

Type: Vietnamese

Location: Old Street, EC1V 9DR

Rating: ££££

To clarify our mission in life is to find places to eat for people in London trying to live well on small incomes/no income. That’s why we were delighted to befriend Nest Blog who are all about helping those who can’t afford to buy a house just yet enjoy the renter’s lifestyle. I met up with their East London Rep Miranda to find a cheap eat in Old Street. Here is her take on the fiver friendly vietnamese Keu!

I’ve tried to go to Keu before. Dragged there by a Vietnamese-desperate revision buddy dying for a banh mi (that’s baguette to you and I) whose sulk at finding it closed on a Bank Holiday Monday lasted all the way to the reduced section at the Barbican Waitrose.
Luckily, when we turned up on a drizzly Old Street lunchtime, it was open. This was a good start. The cool, kooky interior with its shelves bulging with over-priced coconut-based drinks enticed me further. Exciting ingredients scrawled in chalk made my tummy rumble.
This warm fuzzy glow lasted approximately until the menu perusal. Is there anything more annoying than being told you can’t have what you want, especially in a voice only those with a hearing-aid might be able to pick up?
Add to this the sneaky addition of a sitting-in-charge. Keu, I appreciate your interior is better than any nearby bench, but I’d like the option of paying 20p to be on my terms, thank you very much.

Enough grumbling and onto the food. I went for the crispy pork banh-mi, aka a jazzy bacon-bits butty priced at £4.50 (if you leave the premises to scoff it). A baguette packed with frazzled pig, cushioned with lots of fun veggie bits like vermicelli, spring onion, coriander and chilli made my taste buds tingle. Did it hit the spot? The hipster parts of my tongue may have been happy, but I still needed a pack of strawberry logs from a City Road offie to round off lunch.

Verdict: Keu do better

Londonfood4afiver’s verdict:

The venue is nice, the food tastes good and it fills you for at least half an hour so definitely worth a visit.



GUEST POST: Nachos at Wetherspoons, Angel Islington

We’re excited to feature a review especially for Londonfood4afiver from one of our favourite new food blogs Nacho Times who have kindly sought out some fiver friendly nachos. 

Name: Wetherspoons

Location: Opposite Angel Tube Station

Price: £4.10

Rating: £££

There is nothing wrong with eating at Wetherspoons. For some reason, there seems to be a stigma attached to the chain and suggesting a Spoons-based snack can result in strange looks  or hysterical laughter. Why anyone would joke about eateries is beyond me. It’s not exactly a comedic goldmine.

Anyway, one reason to go there is the nachos. As a devoted nachoist, I have sampled triangles of glory all over London in search of the ultimate mouth party. Wetherspoons remains the most surprisingly consistent purveyor of chos. The best thing is the size in relation to the price. £4.10 for small nachos and they’re filling and adequately sized. In fact, I’d go as far as to say they tend to make for cracking meals (if not shared) alongside something with more nutritional value. Like a salad. Or some blueberries.

But why not just take a swim in Lake Nacho and savour the experience without any side orders clamouring for your tongue’s attention? They’re warm. The cheese is soft. The relishes utilised are spot on both in amount and flavour. You can order large nachos and be forced to “have a little sit” while the party dies down, or small nachos for an acute hit and room for more Strongbow (other ciders are available)

No, they’re not the best nachos I’ve ever reviewed, but you get a lot more joy than the meagre pricetag would have you believe. They’re satisfying, enjoyable, and you get change from a five pound note. What’s better than that? A lot of things actually, now I come to think of it. Like getting them for free. Or being paid to eat them. Or finding £50,000 in your coat pocket. But it’s still a Very Good Thing.

For more Nacho related updates (if you’re feeling too rich for our blog- show off) head to NACHO TIMES

Bikini Body Friendly Lunches (FOR £5 or LESS)

The sun is in town and while this can bring tans, days in the park etc it also means legs out, bikini on. As far as we’re concerned the sunny weather has made quite an early arrival this time round and you might not be quite prepared for  the wardrobe it brings.

So kindly here is a run down of cheap lunches you can get that are also bikini body friendly. To make sure you all have access to these combos and the nutritional info is reliable we are sticking with chain restaurants (the old reliable of caterers).

1. Monday:  Head to Pret A Manger and get a soup, skinny popcorn and a diet coke. Under £5 and bikini body friendly. The amount of popcorn you get to eat will also trick you into thinking you’re not even dieting.

Price: £4.99

2. Tuesday: Hit up Itsu for the Detox Seven Vegetables Broth and wash it down with Itsu vitamin enriched water. Super healthy.

Price: £4.79

3. Wednesday: Go to EAT and eat Smoked Scottish Mackeral and Beetroot salad which as well as being low in fat will make you well clever due to it’s Omega 3. Drink a green tea.

Price: £5

4. Thursday: Go to Wasabi for some sushi and a miso soup. Wide selection that you can get for under a fiver depending on your tastes.

Price: Most combos under £5

5. Friday: Get that friday feeling with a Naked Burritto at Tortilla all the good stuff just without the tortilla.

Price: £4.95 (get some tap water)

Weekend: sunbathe in your bikini/head to McDonalds (you’ve earnt it)

McDonalds Review: There’s one on nearly every street in London

Name: McDonalds

Type: American Fast Food

Location: Most places in London, I particularly like the branch at Victoria train station

Rating: £££

There are some things in life we’re scared of saying. It could be telling someone you like how you really feel, admitting when a hobby has become a problem or telling a friend what they don’t want to hear. However, once you’ve said it you will feel better and that’s why I’m ready to admit it, admit a passion for something that so many people openly hate and slag off. Yes, I like McDonalds.Yes, I love McDonalds.

I like nearly everything about it. I like the fast service, the crispy fries, the multitude of sauces on offer (especially the restaurants that have TOMATO KETCHUP ON TAP), the variety of options and the exciting additions they have sometimes like onion rings or mozzarella dippers. But most of all I love the price, a regular chicken nugget meal costs £3.99. Upgrade to large and you’ve spent just over £4 AND  if you’re a student show you’re student id and you’ll get a free cheeseburger, hamburger, mcflurry or regular fries for free.

Maybe it isn’t the most exciting option or the most healthy but if you want to go for some cheap tasty food where you know what to expect, McDonalds gets my vote.

Saffron Restaurant Review, Brick Lane

Name: Saffron
Type: Indian
Where: 53 Brick Lane
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street Tube
Price: All depends on your haggling skill we got a meal for two that should of cost £16 down to £10 (THAT’S £5 EACH BTW)
Rating: ££££


Since a curry happens to be the nation’s favourite dish, we thought it was about time we found somewhere that offered a cheap and hopefully non food poisoning one.

While London poses several problems for us on our quest to find food under £5 that people actually want to eat, Brick Lane is one of the helps it offers us. Brick lane offers a lane of (you guessed it) Indian restaurants. All in one place it’s ideal if you know what type of food you want (and it’s Indian). It is also ideal if you’re looking for a bargain. The c0mpetition is so fierce between the different restaurants that bargaining is easy and essential.

By glancing a menu and then walking on, a waiter will most likely head out of the restaurant and try to strike a deal with you. Stay firm and push for as much as you can get. If they straight up offer a 10% discount ask for 25% off and a bottle of wine. You have nothing to lose, the next restaurant is two steps away.

Thanks to some charm and the above technique, we managed to blag two rogan josh, one pilau rice, one naan and two poppadums for a grand total of £10. When divided between the two of us this reached an ideal fiver.

The poppadums were as yu’d expect and came with a cariety of dips. The lamb rogan josh had a good balance of tomato and spice while the meat was tender. Hearty or tasty describe it well, I’m informed the chicken version was also well above average.

Any problems? There was no butter on the naan. May be personal preference though. Its also the type of restaurant where waiters constantly check your ok which some may enjoy, but I find a bit claustrophobic.

Conclusion: a filling tasty meal that is a totz bargain at £5 each.