The greatest challenge in London is not so much finding good food, but finding a place where you can eat out on a budget. On an actual budget, not on some obscure concept of what that could mean because you feel bourgouise. Ev fits right in – and even has a rather quirky, relaxed environment that is rather pleasant to be in.
Location: Ev, Southwark, London
What do I mean about “obscure …”? Short rant moment: I have seen countless food bloggers who consider eating on a budget, or a cheap restaurant, at sometimes a bill of 20£ per head, which is completely ridiculous. Most blogs, even then, consider under 10£ to be the Holy Grail of accessible restaurant. Fair enough, it is hard to find something for even less, but if you actually have problems with money, or are on a tight budget, 10£ is a lot (you can buy meat to last around 3 days with this kind of money) – which is why when I started the Cheap Lunch Series the focus was anything under 5!
The rustic setting is great for meeting up with friends or studying – the place is eerily empty and quiet. The vibe does feel a tiny bit like “Ali Baba and the forty thieves”. There doesn’t seem to be much choice of hot food (at least all of the ones you could see there are cold, salad like dishes), but you get to pick from two different ones for about 3£ – and it also comes with bread!
The food is also rather tasty – having gone with some feta cheese salad and another dish with couscous which had a good helping of hazelnuts – and they have a lovely terrace which I think would be great in warmer weather.