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Cheap, Quality noshing in London

sirfrancisdashwood | Jan 8, 200803:15 AM

For comfort food I've found a few no-frills places that are very comforting to the wallet as well as the stomach. Can other Chowhounds recommend their favourite, nicely priced nosh pits? I'll be amazed if anyone can up with one thats cheaper or dishes up better or bigger portions than the Megabite, outside Arsenal Stadium on the Benwell Road entrance. The decor is borderline industrial with no hints of Bauhaus - plastic bucket seats bolted into the ground, red tiled floor, beige tiles livened up with a few mementos of China. In short everything that screams greasy spoon. First impressions can be the wrong impressions. The grub is superb traditional Chinese cooking with no MSG! Plain and simple. The first dish I tried was Sea Spice Aubergine with King Prawns and boiled Rice. The Aubergine texture and taste was to die-for. The King Prawns large and plentiful. After I hovered it up I had to ask the pipe-cleaner thin chef all about it. "I used to cook that for the Queen, she always had it when she came to the Dorchester". I bet she paid more than the £.4.50 he was charging near the Holloway Road. After that I came back many, many times. The stand-out dishes from the menu for me are Roast Duck with spring onion and boiled rice. Which has an immoral amount of tender roast duck. Louhan Vegetables - a great vegetarian dish with pickled plum, wood-ear fungus, triangular tofu and boiled rice. The cheapest dish in the place is Mixed Vegetables with boiled rice(£3.20) - surprisingly tasty. This is a great lunch-time place you can take a date and still have change from a tenner. Clientele are mixed - sometimes theres a posse of Nigerian Traffic wardens, sometimes students & sometimes regulars as well as the cheap date squad.

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