I would love some help with choices for eating in London next week. My boyfriend and I will be there for 3 nights and 3 and 1/2 days (Sun-Wed) after a weekend-long family reunion in North Lincolnshire.
However, there are constraints. First, and probably most difficult, I'm a vegan. I don't need 100% veg restaurants, nor do I need a lot of choices, but I would like there to be something appetizing and reasonably well-balanced (ie more than salad) at most places we go. We will probably take care of the boyfriend's need for fish & chips up north as we'll be near the sea (this is his first trip to the UK). Hopefully we can also knock out a decent fry up while we're with my family so I don't have to give up a meal in London for that.
We'll be staying near the Waterloo station, but will travel anywhere we can get to without needing a taxi. We are trying to spend less than 10-15 pounds each on breakfasts and lunches (will probably pick some things up from a supermarket for one or both of these meals) and less than 25 each on dinner. Anything less expensive is great, though we probably will go out to one nice (30+ per person) place.
So, here are my questions:
I will get to go to one vegetarian restaurant, which one is best? Right now I'm leaning toward Manna, but would like to hear about others.
We'd also like to have Southern Indian, veg is great, non-veg is fine too. We don't need anything fancy, just the best food. New Tayyab is out on account of the lack of vegan options. Would Rasa Samudra be a good choice? For those of you who have NYC experience, Pongal is a place we like a lot (though the service is awful).
We both love middle eastern, Lebanese especially. I've been to Levantine and generally liked the food but it did seem cheesy and overpriced. Can we do better than that? I've read about Mohsen, but never had Iranian, can anyone offer some guidance?
Are there any good gastropubs where I stand a chance of finding something to eat?
Does anyone have recommendations for good, not too expensive lunch stops? We're not totally sure what we're doing aside from a trip to the Tate Modern, so area and cusine are fairly open at the moment.
Also, does anyone have any recommendations on a place to get high quality, not too expensive mangosteens? Harrods had them the last time I checked, but they were pricey! They're illegal in the US and we both love them, so we're going to stock up!