ISLINGTON | N1
As London food markets go, Chapel Market might not be one that immediately springs to mind. But if The Little Viet Kitchen isn't already on your radar - set up off the back of a wildly successful supper club - it should be.
Whilst the bricks and mortar restaurant sells fantastic and fresh Vietnamese food that is alas over our London Cheap Eats budget, from Tuesdays to Fridays, they also set up a lunch stall.
For a mere £5 you can get a rice noodle salad topped with shredded vegetables, tofu or chicken, and small pots of tasty sauce to mix in. They also offer changing specials which included fried fish cake or pork on my visit, for £6. And their banh mi baguettes or three of their large summer rolls, are also £6.
The flavours are clean and fresh, and the sauce pots pack a punch. Crispy shallots add texture and crunch, and my friend's fried fishcake was expertly seasoned with spice and chilli. The generous portions are more than enough for a meal, but won't write off the afternoon like so many lunches can.
This is an absolute gem - check it out if you're looking for a cheap, fresh and authentic lunch.
Words and photography | Ed Tan