The “different place for lunch every day, when working in London” Challenge 2017

January 2017 – a new year and a new job, working in central London for the next month or two. On my first lunch break (I get a whole 40mins), sitting in Pret a Manger on Carnaby St, found myself struck by the number of places to eat in the area. Thus began my “Eat at a Different Lunch Place every day when working in London Challenge 2017“. There were/are no rules really, except no take-aways, you must sit in the place to eat! Also, I do try to keep the cost as cheap as possible, which has become to mean, less than £10 – blame the location. Originally I aimed at 30 places, as that would be a month’s worth, but then I (surprisingly) got re-hired and decided to keep it going. Despite the walking distances and difficultly of find places increasing and a desperately strong desire to go back to previous establishments, I have persisted and been rewarded with a surprisingly good and varied cuisine for lunch. So, here is my 2017 lunch-challenge diary so far…

Notes: Yes, I’m still updating this list – as it comes from my phone and I’m still trying to workout/remember some of the places.
Also Yes, I will add quite a lot of these to Trip Advisor at some point – already a Level 4 contributor 🙂

When: Where / What / Any Good? : Notes:
Wed 4.1.17 Pret a Manger, Carnaby St Where it all begins…
Thu 5.1 Asian cafe round corner pork noodles  
Fri 6.1 Hipster sandwich bar  
Mon 9.1 Cafe Pomodoro chips?  
Tue 10.1 Leon, Carnaby St – green curry  
Wed 11.1 Itsu on , chicken & rice –   
Thu 12.1 Work from home day  
Fri 13.1 Wasabi on Wardour St. – Katsu curry – good as always from Wasabi   
Mo 16.1 Work from home day  
Tu 17.1 Italian cafe on Wardour St – had v good lasagne  
We 18.1 Italian cafe chicken panini  
Th 19.1 Vital Ingredient on Golden Square – pork rice – nice tasty healthy food  
Fr 20.1 Hawaii Poke bowl, Kingly St – an unusual lunch of fish and rice in a bowl. Surprisingly tasty and good.  
Mo 23.1 Carbon – rice & lamb – not many seats in the place(maybe 3 or 4) but the food was fresh and good.  
Tu 24.1 Flatplanet pizza flatbread – pretty good, but a bit expensive for a flat piece of pizza, still the service was very good.  
We 25.1 Mother Mash (pie shop), Ganton St – sausages and mash – excellent fayre  
Th 26.1 Burgeri, Great Marlborough St – burger and chips – good place, they give you a machine that buzzes to let you know when your order is ready, think this place is Qatar version of McDonalds.   
Fr 27.1 Cafe by salt beef and cheese panini  
Mo 30.1 Crush – beans wrap  
Tu 31.1 Hummus Wardour St – bowl chicken  
We 1.2 Bao – 1 X chicken Bao 1 X xaio Thai chicken – good food, but expensive and I don’t quite get what’s so great about it, but it’s very popular.  
Th 2.2 Urban Tea Rooms – chorizo panini  
Fr 3.2 Vietnam noodles soup  
Mo 6.2 Work from home day  
Tu 7.2 Toi & Moi Cafe place – bacon guacamole panini  
We 8.2 Koti Roll, Poland St – very good value and a tasty eat.  
Th 9.2 The Diner, Ganton St – pork burger & fries – wasn’t bad, but expensive for what it was, also the service was awful, the waitress did’t return with my change, which was quite annoying.  
Fr 10.2 Joe and the Juice, Carnaby St – a sandwich -a loud trendy place, the loud trendy version of Costa really, would’ve preferred not to be quite so loud, even the serving guy shouted at me when my order was ready.  
Mo 13.2 – Th 16.2 Worked from home and went on trip to Scafell Pike.  
Fr 17.2 Eat  

Contract ends: 28 places eaten at in total

Get re-hired – Work and lunch-challenge starts again…

When: Where / What / Any Good? : Notes:
Mo 3.4 Wok to Walk – Excellent place  
Tu 4.4 Dunkn Donuts – chicken baguette – always wanted to go to this place, but never have done til now, not bad.  
We 5.4 Mister Lasagnia – fab potato lasagne. This was a real random find and glad I did find it.  
Original Goal Reached: 31 place(an entire month’s worth)
Th 6.4 Wok on fire 18.4  
Fr 7.4 Chilangos – burito!  
Mo 10.4 Tuk Tuk noodle bar  
Tu 11.4 Ma Plucker  
We 12.4 Thai Street Food place  
Th 13.4 &Pasta 19.4?  
Fr 14.4 Good Friday  
Mo 17.4 Easter Monday  
Tu 18.4 Princi Italian bread place  
We 19.4 Ten Ten Thai – 40th place  
Th 20.4 work from home  
Fr 21.4 Cotton Cafe  
Mo 24.4 Herman Ze German  
Tu 25.4 Jumbo Eats  
We 26.4 Itenburi  
Th 27.4 Shoryu Ramen  
Fr 28.4 Billy & the Chicks  
Mo 1.5 Bank holiday  
Tu 2.5 Taro – Japanese yakisoba  
We 3.5 Cafe near ronnie scott’s – chicken escalope wrap thing good £6  
Th 4.5 Subway – yes I was getting restaurant-outed at this point and just wanted a Subway!  
Fr 5.5 Lingo Japanese – not bad  
Mo 8.5 Poppies – Fish & Chip shop – chicken pie & chips £12 v good  
Tu 9.5 Work from home day  
We 10.5 Rasa Sayang Malaysian – the chicken was not great in this place £10  
Th 11.5 Melt Room cheesy sandwich place – top place £5  
Fr 12.5 Masala Zone – not bad, considering I asked them to rush serving me £10 pretty good  
Mo 15.5 Rosa’s Thai good £10  
Tu 16..5 Cafe TPT – did not like this much Kung po chicken £12  
We 17.5 Bodeans Soho Special Sandwich v good £7  
Th 18.5 Thai cottage restaurant – excellent noodle dish and only £5  
Fr 19.5 Tommi’s burger place – the burger & fries were a bit expensive, but good, only thing this place played very loud music for such a small place  
Mo 22.5 Taiwan Street food in soho old tree Daiwan bee – Taiwan need noodle soup  
Tu 23.5 Potato people – duck in jacket – v good  
We 24.5 BGR burger place – nice burger  
Th 25.5 Jamie Oliver’s diner burger – a surprising bargain at £6  
Fr 26.5 Butifara Peru sandwich thing – unusual cuisine in this place  
Mo 29.5 Bank holiday  
Tu 30.5 T Gerrard’s Corner Chinese chicken noodles – a giant restaurant, but with wonderful service and lovely noodles £9  
We 31.5 Caffe Nero – time and wanting something a bit plain meant a cheese panini here  
Th 1.6 Vital Ingredient, Berwick St – my rules allow me to visit the same chain, BUT it must be a different location and the Sri Lankan chicken and quinoa here was v good.  
Fr 2.6 Libanis restaurant – remarkably good lunch dish  
Mo 5.6 Tombo poke and matcha –  
Tu 6.6 Katsu curry china town Matsoki – this was a good katsu curry.  
We 7.6 The Breakfast Club – had “huevos rancheros”(eggs) at this trendy hugely popular cafe  
Th 8.6 Leon china town – chicken burger meal  
Fr 9.6 EAT on Golden Square – Coconut chicken noodle soup + brie and ham baguette  
Mo 12.6 Hungs Chinese – really not the most pleasant restaurant, was almost sitting in the kitchen, but the shredded chicken noodles sure were good £7  
Tu 13.6 Pret on soho road – wahey – always reliable for a sandwich  
We 14.6 Costa coffee – a gloriously sunny day, so ended up walking to The Mall and sat and had a cheese panini on the way back.  
Th 15.6 Bap – burger restaurant – it was indeed a burger and fries, not much else to say really  
Fr 16.6 Pepe’s Italian – on Old Compton St – Pepe herself served me and was a top Lasagne £7 nice  
Mo 19.6 Shelley’s cafe hot – it was the hottest day of the year and this place was like a sauna, but the £7 large katsu curry was worth sweltering for, Amazing!  
Tu 20.6 Yoobi suishi £9 expensive for 6 bits of salmon  
We 21.6 Tostado £5 v good Ecuador lunch  
Th 22.6 Yoshimo Gyoza £5 v good rice curry sauce and 6 X pork Gyoza  
Fr 23.6 Smack Lobster Roll – £8 + 2.95 chips shrimp roll – nice  
Mo 26.6 Muslim cafe Shaftsbury – chicken escalope and chips –   
Tu 27.6 Simit sarayi chicken roll not great nice pretzel  
We 28.6 Work from home day  
Th 29.6 Wholefoods buffet £8 for 500g but has to be said was delicious  
Fr 30.6 Cafe Buon Gusto – Frith St. – marvelous  



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