BANKSIDE | SE1
This small chain of six venues dotted around London is a favourite for those seeking out very good ramen and Japanese small plates. The price points for these bowls of goodness sit a fair way above our £8 limit, and so Tonkotsu had never really been considered for London Cheap Eats before.
That is, until they introduced their £7.95 katsu curry. This deal can only be found at the Bankside branch, and was initially only available on Tuesdays. It's since proven so popular, they've extended that from Monday through to Friday, lunchtime only (12pm - 3pm).
Expect a succulent cut of chicken with a crispy-fried coating, a mild curry sauce with plenty of gentle spice, shredded cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and steamed rice, all from a very competent kitchen.
Words and photography | Leyla Kazim