Budget: Bowls from £8.95
Fresh, healthy, and affordable meals are what it’s all about at Tombo, making it the perfect stop for lunch on a visit to the South Kensington Museums. The Japanese Bistro offers a range of noodle bowls, sushi wraps and bento boxes, as well as lovely breakfast and dessert options.
This long-time vegetarian favourite remains a top choice for Sohoites who long to lunch healthily and cheaply. The food comes in small, medium or large cartons – most diners will be more than happy with medium (£6.20). Choose a mix of tasty salads and hot dishes (there’s ten of each), on display behind the counter. Hot stalwarts include a curry of the day, lentil and mushroom shepherd’s pie, and mini ‘sausage’ rolls. Salads feature careful dressing; dilled coleslaw is zingy and creamy, quinoa tabouleh pleasingly nutty. And if your sweet tooth starts aching, a ‘cluster’ (chocolate, coconut and Rice Krispies, £1.80) will cure it faster than you can say ‘brown rice’.
Meal for two with drinks and service: around £18.