Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Affordable Places You Should Eat in Liverpool

Until a few years ago, I swear I barely knew that any food in Liverpool existed outside of the two McDonalds either side of the town centre (I know, there's 4 now, but let's talk OG). Realistically, it actually wasn't until my brother moved here and I got to the end of my first year at university in the city that I stepped out of my comfort zone and started looking further afield to grab myself some lunch. There's so much to eat in Liverpool, though, that making the decision can be overwhelming, and deciding which is the most affordable option is a whole different minefield - so I'm here to take the difficulty out of the decision, and tell you where you should eat to take care of your pennies and your stomach alike.

(Halloumi salt and pepper fries)

1: Mowgli (Around £50 for 7 small dishes and drinks)
Okay, so this one isn't exactly cheap - but it isn't expensive either (I promise this is the most expensive on the list, though!). We have two Mowgli's in Liverpool, a walk in only option on Bold Street, and one on Water Street that allows you the luxury of booking if you want to be assured a table. The Water Street restaurant is big, white and airy, but it's the Bold Street choice that will always have my heart - it's small, cosy and dark in the best way possible; so if you're willing to risk it and grab a spot here, I'd definitely recommend it.

Mowgli is really, really good Indian food - gone are the greasy takeaway foil cartons you're thinking of, and in their place are delicious, clean and healthy dishes that all have amazing, intricate flavourings. They have fantastic options for sharing, a full gluten free menu, and an extensive vegan menu - so there really is something for everyone. If you're nipping in for lunch, the tiffin will set you back £14-£16 depending on your choices, but get you four mini random dish picks; so this is a great way to try something new. Not a big fan of taking a risk? Opt in for the Himalayan Cheese Toast, or the Mother Butter Chicken. Thank me later. 

2: Tusk (Around £15-20 for two small dish each and a soft drink)
Nestled in a bright coloured building in Brewery village, Tusk is a tiny hidden gem that more people in Liverpool need to get acquainted with. Vegan and vegetarian options aplenty - and in fact they call themselves a 'Vegan Led' menu - there's something tasty and well thought out for everybody to eat.  The restaurant itself is set in a large, warehouse gallery like space - it's airy, bright and full of families, students and workers all digging into amazing, unusual food, working and just general having a lovely time.

Tusk offerings seem to change regularly, so check the big blackboard on the side of the till area to see what specials they have on the day you head in, though be aware that anything super popular will sell out really quickly (I didn't manage to get avocado hummus when I went, much to my annoyance) so you might want to get out there early if there's something in particular that you have a hankering for. My favourite though? Definitely get the salt and pepper halloumi fries if you can get your hands on them, they're exactly the right amount of greasy, they're spicy and sweet in equal measure and they're probably the best salt and pepper chips you will ever have.

3: Paolo and Donato Deli (Around £15 for a meal, slice of cake and a drink)
If you've ever walked past this little shop in Williamson Square, you'll probably have stopped to gawp at the cakes - but inside lays one of my favourite lunch spots in the whole city. This looks like nothing but a little pastry shop, but give it a chance and you're about to fall in love - I guarantee it. This places gets really busy with workers around 1-2pm so if you can get there before or after then, I'd definitely recommend doing so; but if you have to wait, it's definitely worth sticking around anyway if you have the time to spare. 

There are a million and one great Italian options to pick up from here, and they're all really, really affordable. Grab a pizza, a sandwich, a san Pellegrino or even an ice cream and settle yourself down for fast food that feels surprisingly luxurious - and if they have their Nutella cake in stock, you better buy as many slices as they'll let you have, because I swear that cake is some next level dessert. All in all, it's a beautiful, little deli with a real homely feel, and it's the kind of place you'll go back to time and time again. 

There were so, so many restaurants I could have put on here, you wouldn't even believe - and I'm sure in the future I'll be sharing many, many more picks; but for now, trust me when I say these are some of the top, affordable restaurants you can grab some food in whilst you're in Liverpool right now.

Do let me know your favourites down below, what can I say - I'll just have to go and give them a try!

Sammy xo.
 
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