Covent Garden Food Spots On The Go
You don’t need to be Jay Rayner to realise that Covent Garden is a total food mecca. But don’t be fooled in thinking this corner of the West End is all fine dining and slap‑up meals, as the beauty of Covent Garden is the access to delicious fodder available on the go.
Perfect if you only have time for a quick bite to eat between appointments, during a show’s interval or between drinks or shopping. We have handpicked our favourites, meaning you’ll always feel full and satisfied even if time is not on your side.
Kastner and Ovens
This is the sort of warming food we would love to whip up if we had the culinary prowess or the time. @kastnerandovens serves up a variety (and mouth‑watering) choice of hot and cold dishes available for takeaway every weekday lunch.
Dishes change daily, from hot options like sausage and butterbean hotpot to beef lasagne or butternut squash, chickpea and coconut curry to savoury delights like spinach and feta quiche and aubergine, pepper and goat’s cheese frittata. There is a serious salad buffet to contend with too, plus a selection of cakes. Yum.
Covent Garden Piazza Food Markets
Some Asian countries like Thailand and Singapore might be the street food kings, but @coventgardenldn is giving them a run for their money with their pop‑up street food markets held in the Piazza throughout the year.
Inviting different independent food and drink brands to park up their trucks in the cobbles for street food festivals means that us punters can tuck into different cuisines with minimal effort. Plus, the varied choice is the perfect solution for those awkward moments when you want to tuck into a juicy burger while your friend only has eyes for a chicken tikka.
Obviously, the best sushi comes from Japan, but popping over to Tokyo or Kyoto every lunchtime is far from feasible, and that is why we are proud as punch to call @tobiko.london our neighbours. Their mix of fresh sushi keeps Hannah coming back here to grab her lunch on the go debating between her two top Tobiko’s, the spicy tuna roll or the crispy salmon variety. The menu also features a range of donburis, katsu curry and udon noodle soup to get a taste of the rising sun without clocking up your carbon footprint.
We are pretty sure that @pokehouse_official chose their Covent Garden location across the road from @tavistockbow HQ to keep us lot happy. This pink palace serves poke bowls, a traditional Hawaiian cuisine packed with proteins, fruit and vegetables and homemade dressings using fresh ingredients. You can opt for a house special like Jamie’s favourite, Heat Wave featuring quinoa, juicy salmon, avocado, kimchi, cucumber, red onion, spicy mayo and coriander seeds or go off‑piste and create your own poke bowl. And yes, we are smug that this is our local.
Another bowl of goodness, this time thanks to the Egyptians, whose national dish is also a staple street food usually eaten at lunch or dinner. Koshari is one of those dishes made from the heart combining a selection of grains like rice, pasta and vermicelli with chickpeas and teamed with a tasty tomato sauce and some marinated protein or plant‑based ingredients.
Crispy onion shavings and a mix of herbs, nuts and spices take prime position at the top of the bowl. It is no wonder that legend has it that Ancient Egyptians feasted on this dish to give them strength to build The Pyramids, although most likely not from @koshari_street.
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