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.
15 15% off at Bang Bang Oriental
To celebrate the New Year Bang Bang Oriental is offering a 15% discount across over 20 food kiosks until the end of January 2018. Sample a variety of London’s finest and authentic Asian cuisine at an affordable price. The likes of Bamboo, Xi Home, Yaki Ya Grill, Monster Bites, Café La Viet, Manila Kitchen, Ichiban and Uncle Chilli are offering 15% off. Chatime is offering a 15% discount when you buy two drinks, there is 15% off selected dishes at Janchi Korean Kitchen and Royal China 168 Dim sum is offering 15% off when you spend over £20. Four Seasons, Little Thai Silk, Ramen Samurai RYU, Taiwanese Street Food, and Long Ji are offering 15% off when you spend over £10.
339 Edgware Road, Colindale NW9 0FH; bangbangoriental.com
16 50% off Dishes at Mister Lasagna, various locations
Pasta experts Mister Lasagna are hoping to do their bit to help reduce food waste by offering early bird customers 50% off select lasagna dishes every Monday to Thursday in January from 8am-10am. With a third of all food produced in the UK currently going to waste, Mister Lasagna founder, Alessandro Limone, hopes to do something about it by offering yesterday’s leftovers, whisked up into a new delicious dish, for just £2.95 a slice the following morning. ‘People can pop into any of our restaurants on their way into work and not only grab themselves a bargain for lunch, but also help reduce food waste,’ he said. The offer is for regular size only all four Mister Lasagna restaurants in Soho, Piccadilly, Belgravia and Victoria. Takeaway only, no extra toppings included.
17 50% off at Percy & Founders, Fitzrovia
Say goodbye to those January blues with 50% off your total food bill all day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday evening. Simply mention ‘January 50% Off’ when making your booking. Reservations are required. Maximum of six guests. Happy hour returns, too, with even longer hours – enjoy half price on selected drinks from Monday to Wednesday between 3.30pm and 6.30pm.
1 Pearson Square W1W 7EY; email@example.com; percyandfounders.co.uk
18 Two Courses and a Drink for £10 at The Prince
The Prince, the new epicurean avenue-meets-pub near Earl’s Court dedicated to some of London’s most exciting food experiences – is offering a weekday lunch deal to lift the spirits in January. The special lunch menu includes two courses and a soft drink for £7.50, or two courses and a glass of house wine or bottled beer for £10. The Prince has two bars, four restaurants (Patty & Bun, MAM, Rabbit or Begging Bowl), 800 seats and an enclosed woodland pergola garden, making it the perfect lunchtime spot. The lunch deal is available from Monday to Friday, 12pm until 5pm.
14 Lillie Road, Earl’s Court SW6 1TT; theprincelondon.com
19 30% off Food at Camino
Executive Chef Nacho del Campo uses top quality seasonal ingredients to create bold, exciting tapas inspired by the Camino team’s travels. Get to know the menu this month with 30% off food throughout January. Just sign up to the Camino Club to receive your voucher. Valid until 31 January at the King’s Cross, Shoreditch, Monument and Bankside branches for groups of up to 6 people. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or set menu. Booking not mandatory but recommended to guarantee a table.
20 Bob Bob Ricard’s Off Peak Pricing
Since opening its doors nine years ago, Bob Bob Ricard has been at the forefront of introducing value to special occasion dining, from low margins on fine wine and champagne to keenly priced caviar. Now, eager for even more people to enjoy his Soho institution, owner Leonid Shutov is introducing ‘off-peak’ pricing. On Monday lunch and dinner time, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunch time, Bob Bob Ricard’s entire menu will be noticeably better value with as much as 25% off the regular menu. Off-peak diners will still be able to indulge in Bob Bob Ricard’s hugely popular signature dishes such as Beef Wellington, Lobster Mac & Cheese or the Strawberries & Cream Soufflé.
1 Upper James Street, Soho W1F 9DF; bobbobricard.com