With the festive season in the rearview, post-Christmas cost-cutting is now front of mind – and with that, we wanted to share a whole host of excellent value set menus in London and beyond.
Those looking to dine out this month for less can find a range of options for £60pp and under, including Michelin-starred restaurants The Ninth and Luca; lunch with a side of panoramic views at 15th floor Iberian restaurant, JOIA; the glamorous newly-opened Mauro Colagreco at Raffles London at The OWO; plus sushi and robata feasting at ROKA – to name a few.
Two Michelin-starred Portuguese chef Henrique Sá Pessoa has launched two new set lunch menus on Fridays and Sundays at JOIA – the Iberian restaurant set across the 15th floor of art’otel Battersea.
Friday set lunch menu
Available on Fridays, the set lunch menu offers three-courses for just £45pp. Featuring a selection of Sá Pessoa’s favourite dishes, guests can start with a warming Wild Mushroom and Onion Soup or Octopus Salad with potato, paprika and red peppers. Options for mains include Arroz de Marisco – Bomba rice with prawns, mussels and razor clams; alongside a Feijoada – with white beans, wild mushrooms and coriander. To round things off, there’s an indulgent Basque Cheesecake with quince compote and a refreshing dish of Poached Rhubarb with red pepper, lime and white port sorbet.
Sunday set lunch menu
Those visiting JOIA on a Sunday can also enjoy a set menu featuring family-style sharing plates for £55pp. The perfect alternative to a typical Sunday roast, the menu includes petiscos and tapas of Pan Con Tomate, Iberico Croquetas and Grilled Leeks with almond romesco to start. These are followed by a choice of mains between Seafood Cataplana – a Portuguese fish stew made with clams, prawns and the catch of the day; Rack of Lamb with roast potatoes and rosemary and pancetta sauce; and Feijoada with white beans, wild mushrooms and coriander. Sides of Tenderstem Broccoli with piquillo peppers and Green Salad with apple and moscatel dressing accompany the meal, and guests can round things of with a dessert of Basque Cheesecake or Poached Rhubarb with red pepper, lime and white port sorbet.
With views overlooking the iconic Battersea Power Station, JOIA is the perfect spot to get a head start on the weekend, or to fortify spirits after a Sunday of retail therapy nearby.
LUCA, the Michelin-starred modern Italian restaurant in Clerkenwell, serves a seasonal express menu from its standalone bar, offering diners the chance to enjoy its contemporary take on Italian cuisine in a more casual format.
Guests can choose from a regularly-changing selection of starters, mains and desserts from Head Chef Robert Chambers, all designed to observe the traditions of Italian cooking while breaking the rules a little to deliver a menu of modern classics. Example dishes include: Mezzi paccheri with delica pumpkin, datterini tomatoes, chilli and garlic; Roast coppa with polenta, rainbow chard and salsa verde, and the restaurant’s famed Tiramisù.
The bar express menu is available every day from 12pm – 2pm, priced at just £26 for two courses or £30 for three.
The Ninth, Fitzrovia
The Ninth, Jun Tanaka’s Michelin-starred restaurant in Fitzrovia, offers a daily set lunch menu with two courses priced at just £30, and three at £35.
The regularly-changing menu highlights the best of the seasons, with sample dishes including Salt cod, radish, sourdough and trout roe and Clementine and beetroot salad with coconut yoghurt and fig oil to start, followed by Roast guinea fowl ballotine with brussel tops and celeriac or Chargrilled Delica pumpkin, hazelnut dukkah and whey butter. To finish, guests can enjoy the likes of Madeleines and lemon curd or Gruyere Alpage cheese and biscuits.
For an elevated yet excellent-value meal, guests can opt for the three-course set lunch menu (£60pp) at Mauro Colagreco’s eponymous restaurant, which opened at Raffles London at The OWO in 2023.
Here, the globally renowned Chef Colagreco – who holds three-Michelin stars at his Menton restaurant Mirazur, and in 2021 was inaugurated into the “Best of the Best” category in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards – has created a dining experience that champions locavorism, circular gastronomy and regional biodiversity.
Available between Tuesday – Friday, the set lunch menu offers a curated overview of Mauro Colagreco’s dishes, which, in an ode to British terrier, explore more than 70 fruits and vegetables native to the British isles.
The set lunch menu begins with an amuse-bouche and pain partage, before guests are offered a choice of starter, including: Cep with Westcombe cheddar curd, puffed spelt and rocket; and Potato spaghetti served with hazelnut and wild mushroom ragout. To follow, main courses include Kohlrabi with Cornish turbot and smoked sauce; or Parsnip with venison loin and chocolate; before guests round-off the meal with a dessert, such as Citrus, served in a crispy ravioli shell with black lemon ice cream and yogurt fontainebleau; or Chocolate with rosemary and olive oil, which is accompanied by complimentary mignardise.
ROKA, Aldwych & Canary Wharf
Famous for its fresh and immaculately presented sushi and sashimi, alongside dishes cooked over the robata grill, which are at the heart of all Roka restaurants, Roka offers a range of set menus, depending on diners’ budgets.
Each weekend, ROKA’s Aldwych and Canary Wharf locations offer their Han Setto Brunch for £51.50pp with a wine supplement of £20 per person. An extensive sharing menu is complemented by red, white, rosé & sparkling wine throughout your meal and a bellini on arrival.
Guests can enjoy ROKA classics, including their crispy prawn and avocado maki, prawn dumplings with yuzu truffle dressing and a sashimi selection.
Alongside this, ROKA Aldwych offers a weekday lunch / pre-theatre menu – offering guests one large plate to share from the Robata grill – including baby back pork ribs with sansho and cashew nuts; baby chicken, lemon, miso and garlic soy or salmon fillet teriyaki with sancho salt, which is served alongside a selection of small plates like tiger prawn tempura with tentsuyu and spicy yuzu sauce; beef, ginger and sesame dumplings and chef’s 3 piece sashimi selection to name a few.
The weekday lunch / pre-theatre menu is available Tuesday – Friday (Lunch, 12 – 3:30pm // Dinner 5 – 6:30pm and 9:30 – 10:30pm) for £36 per person.
The Palmerston, Edinburgh
At The Palmerston, the celebrated nose-to-tail restaurant in Edinburgh’s West End, guests can enjoy a three-course set menu for just £21 (two courses £18).
Available midday to 2:30pm Tuesday to Friday, the menu changes daily, but often highlights lesser-known or used cuts of meat to avoid wastage, including the likes of mince on dripping toast, homemade pappardelle with Borders venison ragù and seasonal sorbets using fruit from local farms Phantassie and The Free Company.
Chalk, West Sussex
This January, Chalk – the ingredient-led restaurant on West Sussex’s wine-producing Wiston Estate – will introduce a new Weekday Set Lunch menu.
Launching on January 19th, the menu will be available every Wednesday – Friday, offering two courses for £30 and three courses for £35.
Considered yet approachable, the regularly changing-menu has been thoughtfully crafted to put seasonal and locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality at the core, with Estate Pumpkin Soup with Parsley and Hazelnut Pesto, Bay Leaf Cream and Focaccia Croutons to start, and choices of Braised Estate Venison Shoulder Ragu, Parmesan Polenta, Carrots and Crispy Shallots or Hen of the Wood Mushroom Gnocchi for main. A dessert of Cox Apple Crumble & Cinnamon Ice Cream will round-off the lunch.
Rosa’s Thai, Various locations
With outposts all around London and the UK, Rosa’s Thai offers an unfussy and relaxed Thai dining experience that won’t break the bank. Co-founded by Saiphin and Alex Moore in 2008, the restaurants bring dishes from Saiphin’s native Thailand to London via Hong Kong.
Dedicated teams at each site use only the best of Thai produce – including curry pastes from a husband and wife team in the Huai Yod district and pad Thai noodles from a 3rd generation family business – and guests can sample a selection of these via the express lunch menu priced at £13.95pp (Monday to Friday until 5pm) – featuring a starter, stir fry or curry main plus a soft drink.
Dishes include honey-marinated pork skewers; Rosa’s best loved sweet corn patties; and a fragrant panang curry that’s perfect for the colder months.