Rishi’s dishing up dinner again, and this week he’s taking us somewhere proper posh.
A tenner goes a surprisingly long way even on a Michelin-starred bill, and savvy foodies can this month find themselves paying as little as £10 for a full meal in the capital’s most famous dining rooms.
Forget “eat out” — put on your stretchiest gladrags, it’s time to treat out.
For a heady mix of star-studded glamour, critically-acclaimed food and a cheeky tenner off a curry, Michelin-starred Gymkhana is an EOTHO charmer. David Beckham and Ed Sheeran’s favourite Indian is going all in, and not just for Rishi’s three days a week — it’ll be offering the discount on lunch and dinners between 5.30pm and 6.30pm every day. Get a half-price snack of kid goat methi keema for £6.50, or knock £10 off an indulgent portion of wild muntjac biryani with pomegranate raita, and enjoy for just £18.
42 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JH, gymkhanalondon.com
Founder Ed Thaw calls Leroy “probably the world’s most casual Michelin-starred restaurant"— and it’s been dubbed the cheapest in the capital too. The buzzy Shoreditch dining room and wine bar is about as laid-back as fine dining gets. Post-lockdown, it’s offering a four-course set menu in the evenings, plating up the likes of whipped cod’s roe with Italian tomatoes and guinea fowl with sauteed girolles. With the discount, the bill will be just £35pp.
18 Phipp Street, EC2A 4NU, leroyshoreditch.com
A dim sum lunch is divine, but picking through plates of dumplings can add up fast. Yauatcha is letting diners get a taste of its speciality dim sum, and much more, for a neatly wrapped-up price. The four-dish “Taste of Yauatcha” menu includes a dumpling trio, a wok main (including ribeye beef or truffled vegetables), jasmine rice and the restaurant’s famous macarons, all for £15.
15-17 Broadwick Street, W1F 0DL, yauatcha.com
Channel your inner Sophia Loren with a vintage Italian glamour. Daphne’s has had a 50-year love affair with Kensington locals, and as such an EOTHO dinner date here fuses chic with neighbourhood comforts. Dishes aren’t cheap, but your discount has an impact: spaghetti alle vongole drops from £22 to a very reasonable £12, while a tenner off a sea bass fillet with caponata means it’ll cost just £16.50.
112 Draycott Avenue, SW3 3AE, daphnes-restaurant.co.uk
Forget Ibiza: hit the beach at Trishna, where the coastal cuisines of India get the super-luxe treatment. It’s a less glitzy affair than sibling Gymkhana, lighter and brighter, with outdoor dining in the summer. Tasting menus usually cost in excess of £65, but now there is a special three-course evening menu. Aloo chaat is followed by a choice of dum chicken biryani or wild mushroom pilau and a rose and pear kulfi falooda — all for an extraordinary £10.
15-17 Blandford Street, W1U 3DG, trishnalondon.com
From Shanghai to Las Vegas, this famously pricey celeb-magnet has hosted Kim Kardashian, Will Smith and countless more — and now’s the time to eat like you’re on the A-List. At its low-lit, EDM-pumped Mayfair restaurant, the Michelin-starred Chinese dishes are getting the Rishi treatment: head there in the afternoon to get its two-course “Taste of Hakkasan” menu for £24, with dishes including brown butter and black bean scallop with taro mousseline.
17 Bruton Street, W1J 6QB, hakkasan.com
There’s nothing quite like dining with an uninterrupted view of London’s glittering skyline, and Aqua Shard’s spot on the 31st floor of the city’s tallest building offers just that. Such a panorama has, however, been known to bump up a restaurant’s menu prices. The EOTHO discount is your chance to mitigate that, as is Aqua Shard’s additional offer of £10 off any bottle of wine over £40 on the designated days. Try the elegant pearl barley risotto, now £16.
31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY, aquashard.co.uk
Angela Hartnett is transporting holiday-deprived Londoners to a little bit of Venice at her Mayfair restaurant Murano — an elegant dining room filled with refined Italian cooking. The set lunch menu is already a steal, but the EOTHO discount means two courses for £20, or three for £25. Hartnett’s pasta is an absolute must-have, so be sure to choose the seasonal Swiss chard and ricotta ravioli with broad beans, peas and marjoram.
20 Queen Street, W1J 5PP, muranolondon.com
The Nanyang-style Chinese cooking at Kai Mayfair has held a Michelin star for more than a decade now, but there’s no time like the post-lockdown present to tuck in. Quirky decor is met with aesthetically dazzling food and a three-course lunch for just £29 includes signature dishes that have been on the menu since 1993 — their crispy duck is rightly well known . A £36 “Chinese Whispers” afternoon tea (£13 for children) features pandan crème brûlée and exquisitely decorated chocolate cookie birds.
65 South Audley Street, W1K 2QU, kaimayfair.co.uk
Pre-and-post theatre menus are often a bargain way of eating out in the capital, but if budget is of little consequence, the curtain call is followed by a glitzy trip to seafood stalwart J Sheekey. Keep it simple during EOTHO and the deal pays dividends: enjoy its signature fish pie for £9.25 and pay almost the same for half a dozen Carlingford oysters. Alternatively, fish and chips with mushy peas comes in at a tenner.
28-32 St Martin’s Court, WC2N 4AL, j-sheekey.co.uk
Ollie Dabbous’s multi-tiered, Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant seemed practically custom built for big-budgers, but at the relaxed Ground venue, an EOTHO-friendly set dinner menu offers three courses for £38 — dishes include smoked salmon tartare with pickled blueberries and a chocolate, saffron and sunflower tart. Head there at lunch to get a similar menu for £28, and if you pick up a bottle from partner wine boutique Hedonism, corkage is only £10.
85 Piccadilly, W1J 7NB, hide.co.uk
Social Eating House
Of the seven top London restaurants run by Jason Atherton, just two are currently open, but both Social Eating House and Pollen Street Social are getting their EOTHO on. At the rustically-styled former, a stonking set menu deal (available at lunch or from 6pm-6.30pm) usually costs £22 for two courses, £28 for three. With the discount, it means a Michelin-starred meal for as little as £12. Be sure to head to the venue’s excellent cocktail bar, The Blind Pig, to toast your bargain.
58 Poland Street, W1F 7NR, socialeatinghouse.com
The Cinnamon Club
Chef Vivek Singh doesn’t just want you to eat out this month — he wants you to “feast out”. Set in Grade II listed former Westminster library, the Cinnamon Club is not only serving an EOTHO three-course menu for £28, but has launched a “Feast Out to Help Out” deal. Singh’s signature seven-course tasting menu will usually set you back £85 — in August, he’s offering it for £45, Monday to Saturday, for lunch or dinner.
The Old Westminster Library, Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU, cinnamonclub.com
Culinary theme park Sketch has reopened and is taking part in EOTHO — but, in what is probably a blessing for the budget, it’s three-Michelin-starred Lecture Room & Library is closed on the designated days. Instead, Sketch’s lower-key Parlour is open for seven days a week and for extended hours in August, and has rejigged its prices so that guests can enjoy discounted fish and chips or steak and french fries for just a tenner each.
9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XG, sketch.london