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Posted January 18, 2011 by Leila Hawkins in America / USA
 
 

Cheap eats around the world

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Looking for a cheap place to eat? Here are some of the most interesting value-for-money eateries.

Yalla Yalla
1 Green’s Court, London W1F 0HA, UK
(lane between 18 and 20 Brewer Street)
+44 207 287 7663 www.yalla-yalla.co.uk

This tiny eatery specialises in street food from Beirut. Since opening Yalla Yalla has garnered rave reviews from Time Out and the Financial Times, reviews which are proudly displayed on the restaurant’s windows.

The menu features a variety of mezze-sized dishes designed for sharing as well as larger main courses. Low prices make it a popular choice, meaning it is often necessary to wait a while for a table. The soujouc homemade spicy sausages, delicious herby lamb tartare, and pasties filled with spinach and pine nuts make it worth the wait. A meal for two with wine is around GB£40.

Cheap eats around the world - Yalla Yalla

Eat with us or take to the streets, image source www.yalla-yalla.co.uk

Kay ‘n Dave’s
Various locations in California, US
www.kayndaves.com

Their West LA branch on Pico Boulevard may have recently closed, however Kay ‘n Dave’s are still offering quality Mexican food at low prices at their Santa Monica (Brentwood), Culver City, and Pacific Palisades locations.

Combination plates start from US$8, and the chicken mole poblano consists of tasty grilled chicken in a clay pot with a large side dish of rice, refried beans and tortillas, all for only US$12.95. Lunch deals with a salad, main course and side start from around US$10.

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Kay ‘n Dave’s veggie combination dish

Hummus Bros
Various locations in London, UK
www.hbros.co.uk

With their “Give Peas a Chance” motto, this charming eatery is taking hummus to a whole new level by making it the sole focus of their menu. Hummus-based dishes topped with beef, chicken, fava beans, or mushrooms are surprisingly filling – a small portion is GB£4.70 while a substantial large serving rises to GB£7.70. A range of sides such as tabouleh and Greek salad are also available, starting from GB£3.20. The desserts (baklava and the milk and date-based malabi), homemade lemonades and aloe vera juices are also highly recommended.

The idea behind Hummus Bros stems from when two college friends fed up with the lack of affordable healthy and tasty food, often having to resort to cheap junk food instead. Thinking particularly of students, the lunch menu is even cheaper than the prices mentioned above. Free Wi-Fi and coffee for GB 50p is also available throughout the day.

Cheap eats around the world - Hummus Bros

A placemat from Hummus Bros identifies 3 species of hummus-sapiens, image source Hummus Bros Facebook

Esra
Oranienburger Straße 87, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Esra’s falafels are freshly made and cheaply priced, making this easily one of the best falafel joints in Berlin. Situated near the very trendy Hackescher Market, they do takeaway but there are also a few tables outside. The falafel sandwich and schwarma are particularly good, they also have baklava for those wanting a sweet course.

El Clavo
Calle Almirante Bastarreche 15, 03730 Jávea, Alicante, Spain
+34 96 579 1014

The town of Jávea in the popular tourist region of Alicante has grown from fishermen’s village to a sprawling urban centre over the last 20 years. Located in the port, El Clavo’s fish and seafood offering is like no other.

The influx of tourists has meant that prices are no longer cheap in the resort, however the tapas at El Clavo still represent excellent value – it’s no wonder they’ve been open for over 30 years. Dishes change daily according to availability but octopus, squid, sardines, and prawns are usually on the menu. Grab a table outside to have the sea as your scenery while you eat.


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Leila Hawkins

 
Having an Iranian mother who is an excellent cook and having spent her childhood in Spain meant that Leila was spoilt for choice food-wise from a very young age. Now based in London, she is a regular contributor at I Ate My Way Through and also writes restaurant reviews for an online publication. She loves nothing more than hosting huge dinner parties at home where she tries out all the recipes she’s picked up whilst travelling the world. Her friends regularly get treated to culinary delights that originate in South Korea, Cambodia, Iceland, Iran, Spain, France and Latin America. When she’s not cooking or eating her way around London and the world she is likely to be enjoying her other passion: music, whether it’s listening to it, dancing to it, or writing about it.