January usually requires a little tighter control of the purse strings, but we’re still hungry for good food, so check out The Resident’s pick of the best January deals at restaurants across London
Lead image: Brasserie Blanc
1 £1 Main Courses at Carluccio’s, various locations
From 2 January until 11 February, pay just £1 for a main course from Carluccio’s selection of Italian specials when bought alongside another main dish. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are front and centre on the autumn/winter menu, with dishes such as pan-fried seabass fillets with tomato and white wine salsa served with rosemary & garlic roasted potatoes, cod with braised lentils, kale and pesto, and signature pasta with choices such as penne giardinera, with spinach balls, grated courgette, garlic, chilli and cheese (50p from this dish goes to the Antonio Carluccio Foundation, in support of Action Against Hunger). There are vegan options, too, such as the Veganese, a plant-based escalope in rosemary breadcrumbs.
Visit Carluccio’s website to sign up for a voucher
2 Steak & Sangiovese for £16 at Vinoteca, various locations
Enjoy Vinoteca’s signature marinated grilled bavette steak, marinated for 24 hours in Arbequina extra virgin olive oil, garlic and herbs and served with hand cut chips, homemade horseradish and watercress, complete with a glass of wine, for just £16. The vino is a vegan Sangiovese Rubicone 2018 from Vinvita in Italy, with dark cherry and plum flavours. If meat’s not your thing, for for the vegan ‘bavette’ – succulent marinated portobello mushrooms with the same trimmings and wine pairing for just £14. Available from 2-31 January 2020 (excluding Sundays) at all of Vinoteca’s London branches (City, King’s Cross, Farringdon, Marylebone and Chiswick).
3 50% Off Your Main Course at Brasserie Blanc, various locations
Raymond Blanc’s Brasserie Blanc restaurants are offering 50% off all à la carte main courses to ease us into 2020 gently. The menu offers up dishes such as hearty duck leg confit with blackberries, moules frites, Malabar fish curry with toasted coconut, and grilled cauliflower steak with truffle cream. To enjoy a French feast simply sign up to the Brasserie Blanc newsletter here. You can also enjoy the same offer at White Brasserie Co pubs, located around the outskirts of London, Surrey and beyond (sign up to the White Brasserie Co newsletter here). Offer available from 2 January until 12 February (excluding Saturday evening and Sunday lunch) at all Brasserie Blanc’s London branches (Chancery Lane, Charlotte Street, Fulham Reach, Southbank, Threadneedle Street and Tower of London).
The Harvey Nichols Winter Dining Menu offers two courses and a cocktail for just £19, or three courses and a cocktail for £23. Choose from starters, mains and desserts created using seasonal ingredients sourced locally, such as Chanterelle mushroom soup with spinach and ricotta tortellini, pork belly with red cabbage, carrot purée and apple sauce, and desserts such as sticky toffee pudding and passion fruit panna cotta. Choose from two elegant cocktails, the Patron Symphony or Grey Goose Fizz. Available from 7 January until 31 March 2020 at Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Café, Knightsbridge (Mon-Sat 12pm-9pm, excluding 14 February).
Book online at harveynichols.com
5 OXO Tower Brasserie’s £33 Winter Dining Menu, South Bank
This January, OXO Tower is offering a four-course Winter Dining menu for £39 in the Restaurant or a three-course menu for £33 in the Brasserie. Highlights from the Brasserie menu include chicken and chorizo terrine with pickles and toast, breaded pork schnitzel with creamed-mushroom sauce and sauerkraut, and an orange brûlée with rhubarb and petticoat tails. At the restaurant, you can choose from the likes of sage and cranberry polenta with red and white cabbage, black garlic and sumac, cod with fennel, orange and bay leaf compote, or a free range pork chop with roast heritage star anise carrots, parsnip and whole grain mustard puree. As part of the set menu, guests can also choose between two cocktails – a Pink Margarita or Moscow Mule. Available from 7 January until 31 March 2020, Monday to Saturday, 12pm-9pm.
Book online at harveynichols.com/oxo-tower
6 £25 Off When You Spend £50 at Cinnamon Kitchen, the City & Battersea
At Cinnamon Kitchen in the City and Battersea Power Station, you can get £25 off when you spend £50 on your next visit before February. Only one offer can be used per table, with a minimum of two people (valid until 31 January, cannot be used on any set menus). If you’re more into brunch, you can also enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbles when tucking into the Grand Weekend Brunch at Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea (valid until 31 January, direct bookings only.
9 Devonshire Square EC2M 4YL & 4 Arches Lane, Battersea SW11 7AB; cinnamon-kitchen.com
7 Two for £20 at Drake & Morgan, various locations
Drake & Morgan bars and restaurants are offering two mains and two drinks for £20 this January. Perfect for you and your broke buddy, you can choose one main course and one drink each, with meat, fish and plant-based dishes available. The January menu includes the likes of sausage & mash with onion gravy, warm chicken salad with aubergine, peppers, onion, pomegranate, coriander and tahini, and crab and crayfish linguini. Drinks-wise, opt for a bottle of Peroni Libera 0.0%, pint of Meantime Easytime Lager or Kozel, a glass of wine, or a Dry Dragon Real Kombucha. With 20 venues across central London, it’s a good bet for a catch up. This offer must be pre-booked.
8 50% Off Food at Three Cheers Pubs, various locations
Three Cheers Pubs, which include The Rosendale in West Dulwich, The Avalon in Clapham South, The Latchmere in Battersea and the Bedford in Balham, are offering 50% off food from 2-31 January 2020. Simply visit the website, sign up to the mailing list and take along the voucher with you when you dine. 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 on à la carte menus only from Monday to Friday at lunch and dinner time at most pubs, but do check the website as availability differs slightly at the different venues.
YO! Sushi has launched a January sale with 1/3 off all coloured plates and selected hot dishes. Roll your sleeves up and grab those coloured plates off the sushi-go-round, from maki rolls to sashimi and nigiri to teriyaki, you can feast till your heart’s content (just keep your mitts off the yellow plates – they’re not included in the offer). Select hot dishes on offer include chicken, prawn and vegetable gyoza, chicken, prawn and pumpkin katsu curry and Japanese fried chicken. Available Monday to Friday from 6-31 January 2020 when you dine in (not valid on takeaway or delivery orders, and not available at Gatwick, Heathrow T2, Heathrow T3, St Pancras Station and YO! Kitchen Westfield White City).
10 Rump & Rioja at Jones Family, Shoreditch & Belgravia
The Jones Family Kitchen in Belgravia and The Jones Family Project in Shoreditch are both offering Rump & Rioja for two to share for just £48 in January. Tuck into The Ginger Pig’s 500g 55-day dry-aged Longhorn rump steak with a choice of salad, triple-cooked chips or fries and a bottle of Rioja to share. The steak is finished off on JFK’s Josper grill, caramelising it beautifully. Available Monday to Saturday at both restaurants throughout the entire month (note that The Jones Family Project in Shoreditch will be closed for refurbishment on Monday 6, 13 & 20 January). Booking essential.
7-8 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia SW1W 9NF; jonesfamilykitchen.co.uk
78 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch EC2A 3JL; jonesfamilyproject.co.uk
11 Love January at Gordon Ramsay restaurants
Start the year the right way and find another reason to love London this month with Love January at Gordon Ramsay restaurants, where you can enjoy two courses for two people for just £30. The offer is available across eight of Gordon Ramsay’s London restaurants for lunch and dinner until 13 February 2020. Participating restaurants include Heddon Street Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill, maze Grill Park Walk, maze Grill Royal Hospital Road, London House, The Narrow, York & Albany and Union Street Café. Menus vary according to the restaurant, see the website for more details.
12 Whole Brixham Dover Sole for £20 at Wright Brothers, various locations
Wright Brothers, the seafood and oyster specialists with locations across London, are offering a whole Brixham Dover sole, served with a choice of seasonal salads, for just £20 this January. Head to any of the Wright Brothers restaurants in Soho, Battersea Power Station, South Kensington, Borough Market and Spitalfields to enjoy an incredible Dover sole, hand selected by the Brixham team directly from British boats. You can opt to enjoy one of the new alcohol-free Seedlip cocktails, like the French 86 (a twist on French 75) and the Peach AmericaNO, a complex, bold and bitter drink made with Æcorn Bitter, Æcorn Aromatic and London Essence Peach & Jasmine Soda (not available at Borough Market). Available from 3-31 January. Pre-order is advised.
26 Circus West Village, Battersea SW8 4NN; thewrightbrothers.co.uk
13 Bottomless Chaat & Chai for £10 at Cinnamon Bazaar, Covent Garden
Cinnamon Bazaar in Covent Garden is offering Unlimited Chaat & Chai for £10 to ease you into the new year. Enjoy as much of this moreish traditional savoury snack – one of India’s most popular street foods – as you can squeeze in, together with plenty of chai tea. The offer is available from 12pm-5pm for 90 minutes until 31 March (pre-booking recommended, direct bookings only). Cinnamon Bazaar will also be treating guests to a free glass of fizz when tucking into the Grand Weekend Brunch (valid until 31 January, direct bookings only).
28 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden WC2E 7JS; cinnamon-bazaar.com
14 50% Off Food at the Alchemist, various locations
Shake up your New Year’s resolutions at The Alchemist with 50% off your total food bill until 31 January 2020. The offer varies according to location. In Canary Wharf, it’s 50% off on Sundays, at Bevis Marks in Aldgate it’s 50% off from Sunday to Wednesday, in Shoreditch it’s 50% off for the whole of January, and on St Martin’s Lane it’s 50% weekdays before 5pm and all day Sunday. Dishes include the likes of pan-friend seabass, crispy pork belly, fragrant chicken katsu curry and kale and hazelnut pesto fusilli. For tables of seven or more, call your local venue and speak to the team directly quoting ‘January Sale’.
15 Grab & Go Giveaway at Gunpowder Tower Bridge
On Monday 13 January 2020, Gunpowder Tower Bridge is celebrating the launch of its Grab & Go boxes by giving 50 of them away for free. The stylish Indian restaurant offers a modern twist on traditional fare, cocktails and views of the iconic Tower Bridge, as well as its new lunch box options. Choose from the likes of Karwari Spiced Soft Shell Crab Butties, Venison Keema Masala with Butter Brioche Rolls, and Punjabi Saag Panner, Caramelised onions & Pulao Rice boxes (usually priced from £7.50-£9.50). The 50 free Grab & Go boxes will be available from 12.30pm on a first-come-first-served basis.
4 Duchess Walk, nr Tower Bridge SE1 2SD; gunpowderlondon.com
16 Social Eating House, Soho
Enjoy Jason Atherton’s fine dining restaurant Social Eating House without breaking the bank this January. The restaurant is offering a set menu priced at £22pp for two courses or £28pp for three courses (or £38pp with a carafe of wine if you’re not doing Dry January). The menus feature dishes such as ballotine of Goosnargh duck leg with sweet hoisin glaze and pickled cranberry puree, and roasted Hebridean salmon loin with sour cream and vodka Vialone Nano. A range of cheese and desserts are also available, whilst a £1 charitable donation to JDRF Research will be added to your bill to help Type 1 Diabetes Research. Available at lunch and from 6pm-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.
58 Poland Street, Soho W1F 7NR; socialeatinghouse.com
17 The Restaurant at Sanderson, Fitzrovia
The Restaurant at Sanderson is offering a huge 50% off its a la carte menu for both lunch and dinner from 2-31 January. The sophisticated winter menu includes the likes of seared scallops with cucumber jelly, pico de gallo and chorizo dust, and a venison haunch with beetroot, artichoke, cavolo nero and blackberry jus. Inventive and indulgent desserts are also available, like a Black Forest delice with tonka ice cream and raspberry coulis. The offer is for a minimum of two courses and excludes drinks. Available for lunch (12pm-2.30pm) and dinner (6pm-10.45pm).
50 Berners Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3NG; morganshotelgroup.com
18 Issho-Ni, Bethnal Green
Stylish Japanese restaurant and cocktail bar Issho-Ni is seeing in the start of the new year with a knock-out offer to banish any January blues. Throughout January, Issho-Ni will be serving up whole grilled 1 1/4lb lobsters for only £24, topped with a choice of two unusual flavoured butters – either yuzu butter or truffle butter. A limited number of lobsters will be delivered live to the restaurant each day, for an affordable way to indulge in super fresh seafood. Numbers will be limited, so do book in advance via email@example.com.
185 Bethnal Green R6ad E2 6AB; issho-ni.com