Cheap and good food in Soho
Andy Campbell at 23 Romilly Street - you'll need to keep your eyes peeled for this dark and atmospheric restaurant located at the top of Soho members club 23 Romilly Street, but once you've found it I guarantee you'll want to come back. For a London restaurant, the restaurant has an oddly homely atmosphere, the same kind of hospitality you find at a B&B when you're being served cooked by the owner. The food is pretty good too - the pork chop, clams, bacon, mash and purple mash brough a whole new meaning to surf and turf - the pork was succulent and the clams inflused with a sweet garlicly sauce - delicious. Check-out the menu here.
Verdict: A great place to enjoy good food and a bottle of vino sans the crowds on Friday.
Beer and bratwurst Notting Hill
Tiroler Hut - is a basement Austrian restaurant in Bayswater that combines food with entertainment, think bell ringing and audience participation. Its been open since 1967 and over the years its built up a cult celebrity fan base. A look at the pictures which adorns the walls reveals that everyone from Kate Moss to Pierce Brosnan has partied at the quaint little joint. The food is not very refined and consists of meat and veg on the plate-type combos served with sauerkraut, but then you don't come here for the food. It's all about the glasses of steins.
Verdict: Book a table for ten. This is a great place for groups and to celebrate Oktoberfest.
Spanish deli and tapas on Great Portland Street