Where are the best places to grab lunch in Moorgate?
We’ve compiled a list of the best lunch spots to venture to, tried and tested by ourselves and our ravenous members at Runway East Moorgate. From pub lunches to personalised pasta pots, this list answers for a variety of cravings all within walking distance of Moorgate station and Liverpool Street.
Aptly named for its cult-like following, Sub Cult has been upgrading the standard lunch sandwich since 2014. Served from a hatch at Broadgate – which they call The Soul Roller – Sub Cult are famed for their US deli-style rolls. Last year they won ‘Best Sandwich’ at the British Street Food Awards and were included in Time Out’s ‘London’s Best Sandwiches’ list (who have hailed them as the Sandwich Kings). Those looking for a quick lunch in Moorgate should head down to experience its inventive fillings and freshly baked bread.
If you’re looking for a sit-down lunch in Moorgate, Finch’s is a great spot for some quick comfort food. Conveniently located next to our Moorgate building, Finch’s does classic British pub dishes such as fish and chips and Angus steak, plus you’re spoiled for choice with the impressive craft beer and wine selection. It’s a great pick for team outings due to their impressive sharing boards which range from mini burgers and fries to vegan platters.
A firm favourite amongst RWE Moorgate members, Hop’s founding concept of ‘Com Binh Dan’ (working people food) is fitting for the East London workers that descend upon lunchtime. Situated within Broadgate, the Vietnamese offers hot boxes, noodle salads and soups, as well as everyone’s favourite Viet-baguettes bahn mi – fully loaded rolls filled with fresh herbs, pickled veg and tasty meat. Choose their click and collect option online to save wasting your lunch hour and have it ready upon your arrival.
Another member-recommended lunch spot, Fab Thai lives up to its name with its tasty Thai street food. Just a short walk from Finsbury Square, the cafe serves up all of the favourites including green curry, massaman, tom yum soup and of course pad thai. While it’s warm and flavoursome servings make it a must-visit, it’s the generous portions that makes this one stand out from the rest. Visit early to avoid queues or if you can wait until 2.30 you’ll be able to grab the pad thai.
Coco di Mama
Coco di Mama is a great lunch spot in Moorgate if you’re looking for fast fuel that’s still fresh. Italian-inspired, the eatery is best known for its fresh pasta and Allpress coffee. Pick a pot size, select your pasta style of choice and then let loose on the sauces and flavours. Pancetta and ham hock carbonara, sunblushed Caprese and beef and chianti ragu are some of the more indulgent flavours to choose from. Most recently, they’ve introduced a Charcoal-Activated Vegan Croissant to the menu – something to try if you’re feeling adventurous.
Technically not in the Moorgate area, but it’s a short walk away and according to our members it’s well worth the journey. Beijummy sits at Whitecross Street Market, where it serves up beiju – soulful Brazilian flatbreads made from scratch in front of you and then stuffed with fillings of your choice. The flatbreads only contain 3 ingredients, making them a great option for those with a gluten intolerance or on a low-carb diet, and they’re sugar-free.
Just a 5-minute walk from the station, The Gable is another pub option for those after a sit-down lunch in Moorgate. Alongside the lunch usuals (sandwiches, burgers and wraps), you’ll find wild mushroom pasta, halloumi and pepper skewers and bang bang chicken – all within a reasonable price range.
Baba G’s is your go-to if you’re after a truly indulgent lunch in Moorgate. Known for their colossal ‘Bhangra Burgers,’ Baba G’s serves up Indian food with a twist; think lamb burgers with onion bhajis on top, Club Naanwiches and ‘Baba Bowls,’ warming portions of rice and spiced curry. The Lamb Jalfrezi Burger which is topped with mango pulp and a mint cumin sauce was voted as one of Timeouts Top 100 Eats. Just seconds from Liverpool Street and minutes from Moorgate station, there’s no excuse not to give this a try.
Bad Egg was created in 2014 as a messier alternative to The Smokehouse (the team’s other restaurant.) The result is a laid-back venue that offers sit-down and takeaway options from a varied and eclectic food menu. The cheeseburger hash is a stand-out on the menu, though the pulled pork and kimchi fries and buffalo ribwich come a close second. These burgers, salads and sides are good any day of the week, but if you really want to celebrate the approaching weekend, you can participate in its ‘Frunch,’ a bottomless brunch that takes place on Friday’s from 2.30 onwards. Whether it’s a good idea to go back to the office after, we’ll leave you to decide.
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