So today, I had lunch at Atari-ya on James St. (Thanks oonth!) It was great...so friendly and sweet. But definitely not a "destination" as there are only two tables for two and otherwise, you stand at the sushi bar. But I will definitely go back.
I'm a fan of the two Korean places behind Centre Point--particularly Polo, which has the nice wrap-around bar that you can sit at if you're dining alone. And the folks at Woo Jung are just so sweet. (Although they could do something about the loos and the sketchy hallway.)
So...If you were somewhere between John Lewis and Selfridges and wanted to go someplace for lunch that was still pretty convenient to Oxford Street--I'm thinking two "blocks" north or south--and you just wanted to spend 10 quid...maybe 15...where would you go? (I will expand this area east to Tottenham Court if I must in search of good chow.)
1. Good for dining alone.
2. Not overly difficult if you've got bags. (So for example, I don't mind walking to The Providores on Marylebone High Street, but the ground floor can get totally packed which makes bags cumbersome and difficult.)
I would be particularly interested in Japanese and Middle Eastern recommendations. But it's all fair game. I eat everything. Except for beets, mushrooms, and raw onions...most of the time.