January is one of those months where many of us need to watch the pennies, but we’re still hungry for good food, so check out The Resident’s pick of the best January deals at restaurants across London
1 £1 Main Courses at Carluccio’s
From 4 January until 8 February, pay just £1 for a main course from Carluccio’s selection of Italian specials when bought alongside another main dish. Vegetables are front and centre on the autumn/winter menu. Try the January special of spaghetti di zucca e cavolo nero (whole-wheat spaghetti with butternut and kale sauce, tossed with chilli and garlic and topped with roasted hazelnuts), or opt for orecchiette al cavoflore (Puglian pasta shapes with cauliflower purée, sautéed kale, chilli and roasted turmeric cauliflower florets). Simply visit the Carluccio’s website to download a voucher (available to download from 4 January) and show when paying your bill.
2 Steak & Malbec for £15 at Vinoteca
Enjoy Vinoteca’s signature marinated grilled bavette steak, served with hand cut chips, homemade horseradish and watercress, plus a glass of Mendoza Malbec ‘Lorca Lorca’ 2017, for just £15. Alternatively, if you’re trying to stay on the wagon, opt for a glass of 0% Syrah or Chardonnay grape juice, a top-quality non-alcoholic alternative. The offer is available from 2-31 January 2018 (excluding Sundays) at all of Vinoteca’s London branches (City, King’s Cross, Soho, Farringdon, Marylebone and Chiswick). Book a table or just drop in for lunch or dinner.
3 50% Off Your Main Course at Brasserie Blanc
Raymond Blanc’s Brasserie Blanc restaurants are offering 50% off all à la carte main courses to ease us into 2018 gently. The menu offers up dishes such as slow-roasted pheasant breast with confit leg bon-bon and dauphinoise potatoes, Malabar fish curry with toasted coconut, grilled king prawns and coconut rice, and black truffle and wild mushroom risotto. To get 50% off your main course, head to the Brasserie Blanc website and sign up for the newsletter. Offer available from 2 January until 11 February, Mon-Fri, at all Brasserie Blanc’s London branches (Chancery Lane, Charlotte Street, Fulham Reach, Southbank, Threadneedle Street and Tower Of London).
4 Harvey Nichols’ £27 Winter Dining Menu
The Harvey Nichols Winter Dining offers three courses and a cocktail for just £27. Choose from three starters, three mains and three desserts, including a Jerusalem artichoke and ginger soup with crème fraiche to start, smoked haddock with crushed new potatoes for main, and fruit tart with melon and lime sorbet or a selection of English and French cheese for dessert. The bar team has also mixed up a Grey Goose Classic ‘Le Grand Fizz’ cocktail to keep the January blues at bay. Available at the Fifth Floor Café at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, from 3 January until 28 February 2018 at Knightsbridge (Mon-Sat 6pm-10pm, excluding 13-15 February).
Book online at harveynichols.com
5 OXO Tower Brasserie’s £33 Winter Dining Menu
OXO Tower Brasserie is offering three courses for £33 including a complimentary cocktail. Highlights from the menu include smoked salmon, crispy-fried hen’s egg with horseradish and beetroot pickle to start, pork chop with colcannon and winter vegetables for main and a rhubarb brulée with orange and almond cookies to finish. To top it all off, OXO offers a choice of two special, limited-edition winter cocktails on arrival. Available from 3 January until 28 February 2018 (Mon-Fri 12 midday-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm, Sun-Fri 5pm-6.15pm and 9pm-10pm, and Sat 10pm-11pm, excluding 14 February).
Book online at harveynichols.com/oxo-tower
6 £45 Set Lunch at Ormer Mayfair
The set lunch at Ormer Mayfair is £45pp for three courses, two glasses of wine, tea, coffee and petit fours. Expect dishes such as foie gras parfait, roast suckling pig, and orange soufflé with mulled wine ice cream, created by Michelin-awarded chef Shaun Rankin. Available Tuesday to Saturday from Friday 5 January for the rest of the month.
7-12 Half Moon Street, Mayfair W1J 7BH; flemings-mayfair.co.uk
7 Reef, Beef and Bubbles for £9.95 at Drake & Morgan
Drake & Morgan’s Reef, Beef and Bubbles deal offers a combination of succulent steak, prawns and green leaves, plus a chilled glass of bubbles, for £9.95. Opt for either classic fizz or a glass of alcohol-free Bees Knees prosecco, and waistline-watchers can relax – the whole meal comes in at under a 500 calories. For just £19.95, you can upgrade to a serving of lobster, steak and chips with a glass of champagne. available throughout January.
6 Pancras Square, Kings Cross N1C 4AG; drakeandmorgan.co.uk
8 50% Off Food at Three Cheers Pubs
Three Cheers Pubs, which include The Rosendale in West Dulwich, The Avalon in Clapham South and The Latchmere in Battersea, are offering 50% off food from 2-31 January 2018. Simply visit the website, fill in your details and show the voucher when you dine and order as little as one main course per person. The menus feature plenty of healthy dishes, including vegan and vegetarian options, as well as burgers and cake if you’re quite happy with your waistline, thank you very much! The offer is available Monday to Friday at lunch and dinner time at most pubs, but do check the website as availability differs slightly at The Abbeville, The Princess Victoria & The Bolingbroke.
9 50% Off Food at Crocker’s Folly
Hide from the misery of January in this beautiful Victorian gin palace in St John’s Wood with 50% off your entire food bill. Transport yourself to the souks of Lebanon with delicious mezze dishes and Josper-grilled meats. Start with pumpkin kibbeh, deep-fried croquettes of pumpkin and bulgur wheat with a delicately spiced filling, or maqaneq (mini lamb sausages), pan-friend with fresh lemon, butter and pomegranate molasses. Follow the first course with mains of Koussa warak inab and stuffed aubergine, vine leaves, courgette, or aubergine stuffed with rice, minced meat and parsley. Simply quote CROCKERS50 to receive 50% off your total food bill.
24 Aberdeen Place, St John’s Wood NW8 8JR; crockersfolly.com
10 Cinnamon Kitchen & The Cinnamon Club
Vivek Singh’s modern Indian dining room, Cinnamon Kitchen, located in the City, is offering three courses for £30 from the à la carte menu, available from Monday to Saturday for lunch or dinner throughout January. You can also opt for a one dish lunch for £20 from Monday to Friday between 12-2.45pm. Over at sister restaurant The Cinnamon Club in Westminster, you can enjoy a one-course lunch offer for £24, an early and late dinner menu which offering three courses for £30, among other offers.
11 25% Off at The Test Kitchen
Enjoy 25% off lunch or dinner at The Test Kitchen in Soho. With delicious dishes created by Michelin-awarded chef Adam Simmonds, all you need to do to get in on the action is pre-book your table and quote ‘January Blues’. The deal is available on Tuesday – Friday throughout January and, of course, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
54 Frith Street, Soho W1D 4SL; thetestkitchen.uk
12 Four dishes for £22 at Inamo
If you like Asian fusion then you have to try the food at Inamo, known for its sashimi rolls and Asian tapas. Right now, you can indulge in four dishes for £22. Choose a soup, two Asian tapas or sushi and one larger dish. The offer is only available Inamo Soho (Mon-Fri and Sun 5pm-6.30pm) and Inamo Camden (Tues-Fri and Sun 5pm-6.30pm). Not available 11-14 February. Maximum party of 6.
13 50% off at Cut + Grind
Cut + Grind is offering 50% off all food from 2-31 January 2018 when you sign up to the newsletter. The team has also created the Vice and the Virtue burgers. The Vice is inspired by burgers in baguettes from Brussels with three beef patties, three kinds of cheese, a 12-inch pork shoulder hot dog, topped with Belgian-style fries (£20). The Virtue is a five-seed bun filled with hummus, chargrilled broccoli, red peppers, heritage tomato and tzatziki (£10).
The Urbanest Building, 25-27 Canal Reach, Kings Cross N1C 4DD; cutandgrindburgers.com
14 Tootoomoo’s £5 Menu
Pan-Asian restaurant Tootoomoo, which has branches in Islington, Crouch End and Highgate, is offering a dine-in for £5 menu on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout January. Choose from more than 30 dishes, cocktails and wines, including favorites like Thai green chicken and a veggie-packed curry with soft steamed brown rice, Szechuan chilli beef with crunchy cashews or spicy Rendang beef curry with sweet potato. Details vary per branch – enquire inside.