Little Bay, Farringdon

I was on a tube after a night at the theatre with the wonderful Rebecca when she recommended Little Bay restaurant to me. Nothing quite gets my attention like a) tasty food and b) tasty food that doesn’t cost too much, so hearing that they offer a three course meal for FOURTEEN QUID coloured me incredibly intrigued. I went for a birthday meal there a couple of weeks later and was instantly hooked – and recently headed back again for round two.

Little Bay have a few restaurants spread across London, and the Farringdon branch is a pretty unassuming little place just up the road from the station. Don’t be fooled by the size of the entrance though, as inside and downstairs, there’s plenty of seating for bargain-hunting diners. The decor has a sumptuous, European feel to it – lots of red paint and beautifully adorned walls. For your £13.95, you get to choose a starter, main and dessert from their set menu – with plenty of choice, whatever you’re into.

There are actually quite a few starters on the menu that feature things I’m not that big a fan of (mushrooms. crab. ick) but I don’t even consider anything except the Grilled Goat’s Cheese. IT’S AMAZING. Served on a muffin with salad and roast peppers in dressing, I could genuinely eat this every day. Back when I went for my birthday earlier this year, I had the Lamb Steak. It was really good – but the Roast Salmon Fillet completely blows it out of the water. Served with rice, tabbouleh salad and Hollandaise sauce, not only does it look like a face on the plate, but it’s packed with amazingly complimentary and exciting flavours. Usually, I wouldn’t opt for salmon that often at a restaurant, but I’m rather glad I decided to have a vague attempt at healthiness as I’ve found potentially one of my favourite restaurant dishes!

For dessert, both of us had the Baked Bavarian Orange Cheesecake which was insanely lush. For the price, Little Bay offers amazing value – our meal for two with drinks came to under £40, which is insanely good for that quality and amount of food in Central London. It’s genuinely become one of my favourite places to eat out in the city – for budget-conscious foodies, it’s a must.

Have you been to Little Bay? Where are your favourite places for dining out on a budget?

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