Here we are again combining our two favourite things, great food and hanging out with loved ones, it’s a no-brainer. We’ve had amazing feedback on our Brunch dates feature and so we bring you the second instalment in this series, top London hot spots for a Lunch date. Enjoy!
For excellent customer service matched by great tasting Lebanese cuisine, head to Maroush. Since launching in Edgware Road in 1981, the chain has grown to 16 restaurants. Browse their extensive menu for authentic treats in a relaxed setting.
What to expect? Authentic Middle Eastern cuisine with great flavour and customer service to match.
What can we tuck into? Everything you would expect from a good Lebanese restaurant: hummus, baba ganoush, tabbouleh, falafel, moussaka, shawarma, jawaneh (chicken wings), soups, salads, prawns, seabass, meat skewers, vermicelli rice, fries, aubergine, baklawa and fruits.
Why should I bring my date here? Who doesn’t love grilled food with a side salad? It’s also much classier than your local kebab spot.
What’s the damage? A grilled main will cost you about £15, soft drinks and juices are around £3.
A dim sum chain consistent in providing good oriental cuisine and cocktails too! There are many branches so you’re sure to find one near you. With such a variety it’s difficult to find something you don’t like on the menu, there really is something for everyone. As the dishes come in steamed stackable baskets it’s perfect for sharing and experimenting with new foods.
What to expect? Dim Sum, something for everyone.
What can we tuck into? prawn crackers, prawn toast, ribs, soups, salads, parcels, rolls, puffs and dumplings, rice, veg and the cocktails and flowering teas are a real talking point.
Why should I bring my date here? The sharing experience encourages conversation, the experimentation and physical sharing could help you spark a real connection on a first date otherwise it’s a stress-free choice for established couples.
What’s the damage? The small plates cost around £4 each so four of those would have you looking at around £16 but this is designed for sharing so you can play this according to your budget really! A cocktail would cost around £7, mocktails are all £3.35, flowering teas £3.25 and beers around £5.
Bill’s is always a favourite of ours, and always a great last minute option. They consistently serve good classic British meals, with fresh ingredients, reminiscent of their greengrocer beginnings. Great food and reasonable prices, plus there’s bound to be a branch near you. A chain with classic dishes that won’t let you down.
What can we tuck into? great tasting salads, prawn cocktail, calamari, chicken wings, seabass, burgers, stew, fish finger sandwich, fish pie, pork ribs, duck pie, Mac n cheese, curried chicken, steak and fries.
Why should I bring my date here? Simple fuss-free food on a varied menu so you can get on with what’s really important. Oh and it won’t hurt your pocket!
What’s the damage? A main will cost you around a tenner, choose one with a side otherwise sides are quite affordable at around £3. Juices and sodas are around £3, a pot of tea costs £2.10 and Bill’s beer is £3.95.
Burger & Lobster
As it says on the tin! They literally only serve burger and lobster (perfect if you eat either or both, not so great if you’re veggie). I usually order a burger and lobster and have half each with my date. This will come with fries and a side salad so you only have to worry about your drink.
What to expect? They do Burger & Lobster and they do them extremely well.
What can we tuck into? Burger or Lobster! It’s that simple.
Why should I bring my date here? If your partner is indecisive, this is the perfect solution. Also if you don’t want to spend half your date night studying the menu, this is great!
What’s the damage? £20 for your lobster or burger with fries and a side salad.