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  • 171 Farringdon Road
    London EC1R 3AL
    Bloomsbury
  • Transit information Central Circle Hammersmith & City Metropolitan Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7278 1234
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  • Business website littlebay.co.uk
  • Starter of garlic mushrooms was 2 large flat field mushrooms with a spicy garlicy top, and salad.” in 7 reviews

  • “Starters and desserts for £2.45 and mains for £4.95, price was definitely a good start.” in 6 reviews

  • “In other words you can have a great two course meal for under a tenner!” in 4 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    24/4/2014
    1 check-in here

    As I walked past I saw a billboard advertising half price food. After also been recommended by a friend there was no doubt but to go in and check it out.

    Starters and desserts for £2.45 and mains for £4.95, price was definitely a good start.  I ordered calamari to start, followed by the special of the day lamb shank.

    Both dishes were very tasty and of a good size. The lamb was served in juice with veg, the meat came of bone with ease and was very tasty. I couldn't manage a dessert but my husband ordered the chocolate pecan tart and said it was amazing.

    The service was attentive and fast and the atmosphere was relaxed. The drinks were reasonably priced.  I would recommend coming to anyone.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/11/2013

    Our party of three, including one person who is disabled and had difficulty walking, were made to feel very welcome. The staff were helpful and made an effort to ensure we were all comfortable.

    The food was tasty and well-priced. I had a starter of squid & chorizo, followed by rib eye steak with chips and salad, followed by profiteroles with banana cream and chocolate sauce. My companions had the soup of the day (leek and potato), folllowed by respectively venison and lamb with potatoes and veg, and then generous amounts of ice cream. A bottle of wine was shared between us.

    The bill came to around £80 (for three people eating three courses and a bottle of wine).

    I would definitely eat here again.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/12/2012

    Quick glance:
    + very, very cheap
    + and still edible!
    + really welcoming and friendly staff
    + lots of tables
    + takes credit and debit cards

    My friend introduced me to this quirky restaurant on Farringdon Road, on account of another Little Bay she frequents for dinner near her house in West Hampstead.

    Little Bay on Farringdon Road looks unassuming on the outside, easily missed if you didn't know it exists. At first glance the restaurant looks small and cosy on the ground floor, but there is a downstairs cavern with lots of tables waiting to serve hungry patrons.

    The food itself isn't astounding, but the price makes it outstanding value. For example, at the time of my visit, you can enjoy a 3-course dinner for under £13 - and remarkably everything is edible and, dare I say, tasty.

    Despite the cheap price tag, every staff in the restaurant is overwhelmingly friendly, making every patron feel welcome before, during, and after their meals. The superb customer service alone is worth the visit.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/7/2009
    ROTD 2/11/2009

    When my colleague suggested that we go to "this great all you can eat buffet" for lunch I was expecting the worst, we've all had them; greasy, salty slop unlovingly dumped in a stainless steel bain marie to better allow the E.Coli to mature and the Campylobacter to breed in comfort.

    And then... this far away from 5 stars... this far...  If only it wasn't for the slightly disappointing roasted new potatoes Little Bay would have stormed through with a glowing red five stars.  Rather than a greasy mess, there was a very well thought out selection of loosely Mediterranean salads, (the lentil & beetroot salad is divine), and some wonderful home style stews, with meat that melt in your mouth.  The mashed potato was also extremely luscious, creamy with just the faintest hint of nutmeg, it perfectly accentuated my slightly Moroccan tasting lamb stew.

    True, the decor is almost nighmarishly garish, (in a fun weird Minioan meets renaissance Italy sort of way), but the staff were friendly and attentive without being intrusive, the food was great, (except for the aforementioned potatoes) and the house wine was entirely drinkable.

    And the icing on the cake?  Well my friends, that was undoubtedly the sheer value provided, it is a true all you can eat buffet (as opposed to all you can stack onto your plate in one go), and I had a small glass of house red with my meal... and the price?  

    £10 all in, that's £6 buffet (3 plates of fine food), plus £3 wine plus a tip...  (in truth I threw in a couple of quid on top of that out of the guilt from stuffing my face quite so much making it just over a tenner, but only just)!

    Oh yeah, and they do a takeout option, £5 for a box of their lovely food, the same price or cheaper than much of the food on offer on the nearby Exmouth Market food stalls, (and much nicer than most).

    In conclusion, this place is my new favourite lunch venue, (and when I say lunch I mean lunch that's big enough that dinner is not required of an evening)!  Amazing value, delicious and friendly, a true London lunchtime gem!

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/1/2011
    1 check-in here

    Talk about being judged for your actions... see that big domineering red and gold photo of god in the biz pic? Yeah. That's what was staring at me bite after bite after bite after bite after bite...

    If I could guess, this is what his stern face seemed to be inner monologuing:

    Chsss... you ordered the goat cheese starter? Hmmm.
    Ooohhh... and the tagliatelle? With extra cheese? Wow.
    And how many glasses of wine did you have? After you powered through that bread and butter?
    Yikes.

    But you only paid £12 for a starter, main and aallllll that wine? You're forgiven.

    (Notice that passive aggressive jab even in guilded god's mock-approval?)

    Thus I ordered a fish dish and an asparagus starter. And it was meh. But much more lovely after aallllll that wine for such a great price.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/1/2011
    1 check-in here

    I think this place is a bit of a YEY / WHAT? kinda place. Some things on the menu, and that my friends ordered, looked great. Others were a bit 'meh'.

    I had the crab starter, then sole stuffed with crab for main (I like my crab ok?) I was hoping that the option of two fish dishes would be light and healthy. But both came with a creamy, cheesy sauce (not advertised on the menu) and were really anything from light and healthy.

    Whilst usually creamy and indulgent = good, and for a lot of people it might be, I felt like a lot of the food here was just a little *too* deep-friend, lathered in sauce, and cheesy to be what I love in mediterreanean cuisine - fresh, bursting with colour and flavour from different vegetables, and simply good.

    The ambience is fun, the staff are friendly and had a quirky, odd habit of shouting out the plate orders over our tables heads in a slightly chaotic manner, but added to the experience I suppose. I wouldn't mind coming here again, but I won't be racing back either. Admittedly my sole stuffed with crab was quite tasty, just a little too much.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/8/2010

    Order before 7 and it's a bargain. Not that it's that expensive afterwards. The food here is pretty tasty and portions are large enough to fill you up.

    They have a large downstairs bit which means it's usually easy enough to get a table, but if you're a large group on a weeknight you may end up dining in the basement surrounded by empty tables. Still, if you're a large group you should be able to create your own atmosphere, right?

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/8/2009
    Listed in On the cheap

    I really expected to hate this place to be honest.  It looks like a cheap and tacky restaurant from the outside, and the decorations are something to be desired... We heard about it because they were running some sort of 'pay what you think it's worth' menu which had apparently stopped running by the time we actually remembered to go over.. but it's not like the prices were that high to begin with.  

    The menu made me fearful, I was about as optimistic as I would be at a truckstop diner when matched with those prices, but we were actually pleasantly surprised to find that the food was actually pretty good.  My friend had a steak (for around 6 pounds I think) and I had a burger.   We both came to the consensus that it was actually fairly decent.   I'm not sure what makes this place the underdog that it is, but if you're on the prowl for cheap eats, you probably won't find anything cheaper than Little Bay.  And don't forget to get your picture taken with the giant Zeus!

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/1/2009

    As soon as I saw that Yelp was available in the UK, I knew that I had to review Little Bay!

    I studied abroad in London for a semester, and this was by far my favorite restaurant. It's been a few years, but I remember that the salmon was always really good. Sometimes I wish I was back living on Farringdon just so I could be minutes away from this place again.

  • 3.0 star rating
    19/1/2011
    1 check-in here

    I'm with Patricia S on this one...Little Bay is somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. It certainly is worth 4/5 stars for value alone...prices are extremely reasonable and portions are large.

    The food was just OK, great for the price, but not the best continental food I've had. My fried king prawns, were tasty for sure, but they were deep fried and not too original. My Duck was again average---I wasn't disappointed but wasn't impressed either. That said, if you are looking for a great dinner value, perhaps you have a big group and you don't want to break the bank, then Little Bay is a good option.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/12/2009

    Yes, I'm on a mission to collect the Little Bay Yelp reviews like My Little Ponies from my childhood...bwahahaha. That and I like cheap food (damn you student loans for running out...!!!)

    Anyway, went here for some cheap food after having a great time at Little Bay Kilburn and, well, I like the other one better. We walked in and asked for a table. 'Do you have reservations? Let me check if we have room?' the rather dim witted maitre 'de. Pan around the room...of the probably 25 tables, exactly THREE were filled. Gee, I hope they have room! (Snark)

    After being seated, she was not having my indecision at all and did not come back to the table at ALL except to bring our wine and food. We had to flag someone else for the bill.

    However...this isn't strictly about a moron waitress (well, it sorta is). This is about good cheap food in the heart of Islington/Clerkenwell. I had the salmon and it was AMAZING! With guacamole salsa, it was delicious. The chicken stuffed with lamb was good too, as I tried some of my dining companion's.

    I go for 4 stars because of the quality of food and the cheapness and the AMAZINGLY tacky decorations...who doesn't love a giant Zeus head hanging over you while you eat?

  • 3.0 star rating
    25/1/2011
    1 check-in here

    On the plus side: I dined next to an imposing, floor-to-ceiling art installation of a Greek god's grimacing face coming out of the wall.

    On the down side: I dined next to an imposing, floor-to-ceiling art installation of a Greek god's grimacing face coming out of the wall.

    (The food was good for the price and the wine was cheap.)

  • 3.0 star rating
    7/4/2012
    1 check-in here

    Decent food, late-ish, and super cheap.

    Starters are around £3, and mains under £6, at least the evening I was there - I think with quite a bit of wine, the total came to about £18 each. Decent wine and whatnot.

    It's a nice, decent, not to spendy joint. I could almost go 4 stars if they had better service, which was just... indifferent.
    4
    Still and all, probably back, sooner or later.

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/12/2008
    First to Review

    Gaudy Romanesque sculptures and paintings run amuck in Little Bay.  The décor is absolutely cheesy.  When I first walked into this unassuming restaurant in Farringdon I thought I had entered a cheap, wannabe version of hell.  The menu was equally unappealing as it was too basic to incite the imagination: chicken, peas and mash; duck, peas and mash; steak, peas and mash with gravy.  I was ready to leave.

    I forced myself to order the chicken, peas and mash.  When it got to my table I was prepared to be absolutely bored with my meal.  I was shocked to find that it was some of the most delicious home cooked food I have ever had the opportunity to eat in my life.  It was absolutely fantastic.  The gravy was superb, the chicken just oh so tender.  To top it off, it only cost a tenner.  This is obviously a family run organisation.  All of the waiters and waitresses are related and I'm sure the cook is part of the fam too.  My snobbiness could have been disastrous in this situation: don't judge a cook by its cover.

    • Qype User filcha…
    • Copenhagen, Denmark
    • 305 friends
    • 829 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    18/10/2007

    I really like Little Bay. It's not that often you can eat out in London and feel like it was really good value, but here you definitely can. They are a small chain of about 6 places now, I think this may have been the first one. The decor is quite boho - reminds me a bit of Beach Blanket Babylon or Les Trois Garcons, but a whole world cheaper. The cuisine is French, and good at that. Everything I've had here has been delicious. Prices as in the previous review, but actually, if you get here before 1800 - it's even cheaper than quoted!

    Recommended.

  • 3.0 star rating
    11/2/2009

    Okay. The only reason I ate here was to check out their "pay what you wish (londonist.com/2009/02/li…) " pricing gimmick. It was good. But just. And to be in such a yummy part of town (next to Gazzano, doors from The Eagle, across from Quality Chop House, and steps from Exmouth Market), I can't think of any other reason to go back. No complaints, just no accolades either.

    The decor is ... interesting (overwrought and baroque). The service was super friendly, if a little flustered (I think our server was overwhelmed by all the peeps coming to try the "pay what you wish" menu).

    Would I go back? Sure, but I wouldn't be the one suggesting it.

    • Qype User mseaso…
    • London
    • 53 friends
    • 47 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    11/3/2009

    I came here on the Pay What You Think promotion - and I completely overpaid, which I guess means it was pretty good and a nice value.

    My seafood tart was just ok - a bit dry, but the duck main I had was great! The creamed leeks and duck en croute served with were absolutely amazing.

    Other than that, decor was a bit tacky, but it wouldn't be enough to keep me from returning.

    • Qype User Sian…
    • London
    • 415 friends
    • 752 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    4/12/2009

    When Chris says "Would I go back? Sure, but I wouldn't be the one suggesting it.", I think he sums up this place perfectly.

    I feel a bit bad for Little Bay - two doors up from London's 'first' gastro pub The Eagle, directly over the road from fabulous eaterie The Chop House, but just a tad too far down the road to miss out on any passing trade from Exmouth Market.

    But that doesn't mean my meal wasn't good. Far from it. The pigs cheek starter was yummy. I've never had pigs cheek before, and it's something that I've always been wary about. Honestly, had I been in a more expensive restaurant I probably wouldn't have ordered it. But it was tasty, tender and yummy. With a few more bits on the plate it could easily have been a main. My friend's deep fried gouda was good too - but it's deep fried cheese, that's always going to taste good.

    Rib eye main was yum, but no waiting about - speedy service is one thing, but I like the little wait inbetween courses! My companion's lamb was very tender and he was happy.

    Nothing caught our eye on the dessert menu, so we paid up and left. The bill was a tad more expensive than I'd expected - about £25 a head I think which seemed a bit steep considering we'd barely drunk anything. There's just something about it that stops it being a top notch restaurant. There's nothing wrong with it, but I'm not itching to go back. There are places in Farringdon that I'm itching to go back to, and they'll always win.

    But they did write a handwritten "thank you" on the bill and that made me smile when I found it the next day.

  • 3.0 star rating
    14/7/2011

    So cheap!

    I dined recently and they have 50% off everything. So entrees were 2 pounds, mains 4-5.

    Very good value for money. Ambience is romantic.Upstairs more buzzing, downstairs is quieter. Music was weird though, like being in a church. Candlelights.

    Service was excellent. My friend had her birthday here and they sang and didn't charge for cakeage.

    Try the baked mushroomentree. Vegetable muffin was a bit disappointing. I suspect most of the meals were pre-made but hey for that price I am not complaining.

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/3/2012
    2 check-ins here

    We were here Saturday night with friends for dinner and the operatic accompaniment  hard to say a bad word. We often end up here for nights out with the salon team  great value and good fun. Warm and friendly staff but the star of the show was the opera singer roaming the restaurant  he had all the diners captivated. Don't let the rather garish papier mache inspired decor put you off  be clear this is not fine dining but it is the best value french restaurant in town. Half price food offer back on again at the moment.
    Some dishes are more successful than others  the pig cheeks are good  I tend to end up with the generous rib eye steak and goose fat chips for main.

    • Qype User Anomal…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    22/9/2013

    This quirky little Mediterranean restaurant
    has a very reasonably priced A La Carte Menu with a good selection of dishes.
    But what is the highlight of this venue is the live opera singer. Performing
    twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays at 8pm and 9pm for half an hour at a
    time, the singer walks around the restaurant engaging with the diners whilst
    singing his operatic notes. A very enjoyable atmosphere and good fun in a big
    group. This restaurant has a few venues around London.

    • Qype User AnnieM…
    • London
    • 98 friends
    • 81 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    9/1/2009

    Very good value for money and as other reviewers have said the decor is very interesting. It's a little like a French boudoir which has gone extra heavy with red and gold. It can be a bit daunting at lunchtime and is a bit more suited to dinner.

    However, the food was very good for the price. If you like crab and choux pastry, the Choux de crab which is little balls of choux pastry filled with a mix of crab, ginger & chili and smothered with hollandaise sauce is superb.

    They also do a fantastic Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict at lunchtime.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/1/2014
    1 check-in here

    This was my first visit to the Farringdon branch and the meal lived up to expectations. There is a good choice on the menu and our dinner was very tasty. Prices here are reasonable by London standards so this is definitely reccommended.

    • Qype User theku…
    • London
    • 19 friends
    • 104 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    15/11/2008

    Little Bay delivers not so little flavours and plenty of value for your money with great French inspired foods just a short walk away from Exmouth Market. Their decorations are sometimes a little obscenely over the top, though in some ways, it definitely makes a statement of sorts.

    Their meals have always been good here although my friends recommended it mainly for their goose fat fried chips (that you can also request to be friend in vegetable fat for those bringing vegetarian friends). Some of their dishes can be particularly rich although always very tasty.

    • Qype User thecat…
    • London
    • 25 friends
    • 29 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    17/3/2010

    I'd never even heard of the The Little Bay before, but a brief perusal of their menu on Friday morning sent the pink haired troll in my belly into rapturous tumbles, celebrating the impending deliciousness that was going to set me back the cost of a normal wrap+fruit+drink from Pret. Excitement plus. Plus. PLUS.

    [It occurred to me that the teensy weensy price could mean either low quality products or minuscule portions, but I'm happy to report that it is neither. Good food, large portions - win ]

    So we arrived at The Little Bay and check out the menu (even though of course I'd already picked what I wanted). It's an interesting menu, dabbled with European cuisine by Yoguslav chef Peter Ilic. I couldn't really place the feel of the place either, with the interior decor ranging from Greek to Turkish and uh, they serve a Sunday roast. Let's just call them pan-European.

    Onto the food. We ordered our starters  Parsons pastry, goats cheese & beetroot tart and pig's cheek for me, recommended by the wisdom that is the Twitterati  which at only £2.55 each, left us waiting in anticipation for what could potentially be the smallest or crappest or smallest and crappest meal we've ever had.

    But as each starter was brought out, our fears were slowly put to rest. The Parsons pastry, smoked chicken, mushrooms and herbs encased in a light filo pastry was delightful in its clean and tasty flavour and for the price, two portions of filo pastry is honestly a bargain.

    The goats cheese & beetroot tart also proved to be a fantastic deal  a full sized tart, complete with baked beetroot and topped with a generous slice of goats cheese.

    But it was the pig's cheek that won it for me. Two fat, juicy (and perfectly pinkly cooked) pieces of cheek served over garlic mash and topped with a slice of crispy smoked bacon. Tell me that doesn't make you drool.

    Starters didn't disappoint, and the bar had just shot up for our mains. Not surprisingly, we all adored our mains too but you know what was shocking? My workmates, they said their mains were actually too big. Too big. At £6.45 each, having a meal which not only tastes good but is too big actually confuddles my little brain.

    Anyway here's a snapshot and first up, the culprit. The chicken surpreme, stuffed with minted mince lamb and served with lentils and a port wine jus. Again, not just one but two full portions of solid chicken breast, sinfully stuffed to the brink with mince lamb. The taste was good, but not my personal choice as I'm not into chicken breast nor lentils and not lamb when it's all minced up.

    Another main was the chicken breast with grilled vegetables (not on the online menu) which was delicious in all its simplicity and again, two large serves of chicken breast.

    I, of course, was a little more luxurious (and really, to be able to be luxurious at £6.45 is a luxury in itself) and ordered the breast of duck, with steamed bok choi and a honey & ginger jus. A little nervous about the breast (I'm a leg girl, and always opt for the confit of duck leg) I have to say it was spectacular  moist, cooked to a dark pink with an ever-so-thin layer of fat. Oh and that little parcel next to the duck? No idea what that was. A little filo parcel of happiness is what I'll call it.

    At this point, we were sufficiently full but never one to let down the foodie team that is me and I and catty, I ordered dessert  white chocolate and pistachio parfait. I have to say my dessert looked the lamest out of all the others that we saw (the apple cake and profiteroles were massive servings and looked amazing) but really at £2.55, I need to just stop my whining.

    My white chocolate and pistachio parfait was ok, and really more like ice cream, which I'm not complaining about. The pistachio flavour was a little synthetic so maybe don't order this one. Go for the apple cake, it really did look incredible!

    And there you have it. £2.55 + £6.45 + £2.55 totals something along the lines of £11.55 and yes I used a calculator because my math is like way worser than my English.

    • Qype User samnic…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 47 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    After my first visit recently, I have to say I am hooked - a fantastic ambience, no fuss service and tasty, hearty, well cooked food. The menus across the chain of four are slightly different, and change regularly, but I do feel the Farrigdon branch has the best selection per course. The food menu is not extensive, but what they do, they do very well - particulatly the mussels and the lamb steak. In fact the lamb was amongst the best I have ever tasted in a restaurant. The price was astounding - particularly by city standards, and I will be making another visit soon.

    Some people may expect more choice, however this was not a problem for me. It is a bit tucked away, so can be seen as one of those restaurants that goes by world of mouth.

    • Qype User kaicha…
    • London
    • 7 friends
    • 6 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    14/1/2010

    Loved the price, the burger and the starters. Brilliant for lunch.

    The price has a sliding scale depending on the times... the mussel starter looked like a feast to die for alongside bread dipped in the wine sauce. At £2 it was brilliantly priced.

    I really cant explain in words how great the burger was either. For £5 this was easily the best burger. Nice fresh bread, nice meat... simple to do, nicely executed.

    • Qype User caitha…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 10 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    15/4/2011

    The service was quick and polite. The menu was broad enough for normal eating requirements (I'm incredibly fussy and was a little stuck for something to eat). It's quick and easy if you work nearby and need to eat in an hour... But, the food was pretty dire. You really know you're only paying £5 for a main course.

    I'm not saying don't go, I'm just saying that you ought to know what you are letting yourself in for!

    • Qype User Ian_tw…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 22 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    8/8/2010

    Extremely good value. Probably the best value food in London. The food is good for the price, so no complaints there.

    For a couple on a budget wanting a nice meal, or a group of dinners not wanting o break be bank, Little Bay is excellent.

    • Qype User chloel…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 15 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    17/8/2011

    I had a really nice evening here, thats the main thing!
    The food was a mixed bag. Some of it tasted like it was from Icelands(profiteroles, urgh!) and other bits were yummy (my pork escalope and lovely salmon)
    Staff are justy great, very helpful and professional.
    Id come back again.
    They currently have a 50% off almost everything until the end of September!!

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/1/2011

    I happened upon this restaurant by chance and have become a fan of its extremely reasonable prices and good quality food.

    A long established part of London's 'Budget Bistro' scene, Little Bay serves well prepared continental dishes with much more of a flair than you'd expect for the price. If you go before 7:00pm mains are priced at under 7 pounds and starters are under 3 pounds. In other words you can have a great two course meal for under a tenner! Even after 7:00pm, the prices are reasonable with starters going up by a pound and mains by 2 pounds. And the taste of the dishes are definitely not compromised by the price. I was more than satisfied with my main course of beef and mussels starter.

    The atmosphere at the Farringdon branch (there are 4 Little Bays in London and one in Belgrade) is eclectic and seems popular with couples- when I went with a friend pretty much every other table seemed to be on a date.

    Service is unimpressive, but not unusual for the standard in this town.

    It's so easy to eat mediocre and pay way too much in London, so Little Bay is a great choice if you're looking for solid fare and reasonable prices.

  • 3.0 star rating
    20/12/2010

    I'm teetering on the line between 3 and 4 stars. While the food itself is good and seems almost "home cooked by Mom". It lacks polish in flavor. There were no surprises here in taste. My lobster tart with poached egg and hollandaise sauce (a special of the day) would have been good if it wasn't absolutely drenched in hollandaise. I wish they let the tart shine a bit more and left the small green salad on the side undressed, or less dressed. My vegetable moussaka was exactly how I wanted it - potato-y, aubergine-y, yum. But then there was some uncooked random veg chopped on the side with a dry, salty cheese sprinkled all over the top. It wasn't feta and there was way too much of it. I had to scrape it off. The fresh, crunchy veg to compliment that roasted moussaka was a good idea, though. I walked away not craving any of the food again nor did I feel like I needed to return to try any other standouts on the menu.

    The service was a bit slow and aloof. It was a busy night, but it seemed that they asked for drink orders too quickly i.e. as soon as our party sat down! And asked for our food order entirely too late. They were friendly and hospitable though.

    Also, the decor is very very tacky. Kind of charming and funny, but yes, tacky. Keep an eye out for the huge statue hung up on the wall of the stairwell! Now that's a gem.

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/7/2011

    Food was very nice! Starter of garlic mushrooms was 2 large flat field mushrooms with a spicy garlicy top, and salad. The main was salmon with an avocado salsa and 2 sauces, 1 creamy, the other tomatoey. All was very tasty! Staff could have been more smiley though. Masses of room and lots of customers on the main floor and the basement. Worth a look, especially seeing as the prices are ridiculously low. Less than a tenner for starter, main and side!

    • Qype User maychi…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 3 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    19/9/2013

    very nice decoration and strange atmosphere in here, the meals are also good, an ideal place to come and enjoy.
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    • Qype User Jessy_…
    • London
    • 64 friends
    • 79 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    21/7/2009

    Safe bet for a perfect and delicious dinner meal, at a reasonable price. It's particularly good for brunch and the Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon come highly recommended! sitting outside on the High Street and watching the world rush past is a nice way to pass an hour or so. The coffees - espressos included - are decent and the lunch menu includes many tasty pre-prepared choices.

    • Qype User camden…
    • London
    • 18 friends
    • 120 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    11/2/2009

    I have to admit I was drawn to Little Bay by it's current pricing scheme - pay what you think the food is worth. An interesting economic technique, but was the food any good?
    As I understand, Little Bay wasn't terribly expensive to begin with, but under their old, more conventional pricing scheme, you could still say it was a good value for what you're getting. I had a rather nice pasta with cream sauce and smoked chicken (which of course made everything taste like smoked flavour), while my friends had duck and other chicken dishes. For starters there was foie gras and a rather interesting combination of caviar-topped haddock in a leek and potato soup (though listing caviar as an ingredient was rather liberal - you could actually count the individual eggs there were so few).
    For dessert, a cappuccino and a nice chocolate mousse. We came away from there feeling very satisfied. The staff were really nice as well - there was some question as to whether or not they would adjust their service according to how much they thought their customers would pay (and though we aren't, we do look like students), but our waitress couldn't have been nicer or done more for us. The only thing I think Little Bay has working against it is that it is so near to Exmouth Market, which has lots of food that is equal in price and slightly more remarkable. Still, those other places don't have weird, over-the-top neo-classical decor

    • Qype User notfor…
    • Saint Albans, Hertfordshire
    • 2 friends
    • 75 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    15/11/2008

    Pretty little restaurant which does excellent food all for cheap!

    Feels very much like a family run restaurant (maybe it is?!) in the heart of London. Has an offer price before a certain time so mains are around £7,00. Decent place to go out in a largish gang for a quick feed before a pub or club.

    Even though it's cheap the food is very good.

    • Qype User Jagell…
    • Dorking, Surrey
    • 1 friend
    • 50 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Fantastic value and well worth a visit at lunch time. Unfussy, good service and they can handle big parties very efficiently. How they have resisted the urge to bump their prices up is beyond me but it's really refreshing to have a place that is like this near where I work.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/12/2011

    Intrigued by the exceptional prices and proximity to the flat where I was staying when in London, I wandered in here late one Saturday night for a solo dinner.  The ambience was eclectic and felt *much* fancier than the prices would suggest...dim lighting with candles stuck in wine bottles on each table.
    I was there while they were offering the 1/2 off menu, so my appetizer, entree, and a glass of wine came to just under 10 pounds.  I don't quite remember what I had for an appetizer, but I think it was something with goat cheese and maybe artichokes.  For about 2 pounds, it was good!!  I was happy that I ordered an appetizer b/c my entree wasn't very filling, although it too was very good (especially for the price).  I got the duck leg, which was tender and flavorful, and served on a bed of unexciting lentils...but I mean, it was about 5-6 pounds.  
    Conclusion: If you're in the area and on a budget, Little Bay is definitely worth a stop!

    • Qype User rabhar…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 8 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    7/9/2010

    I cannot think of a reason not give this place five stars!

    Excellent food, excellent service and an amazing interior plus it is vegetarian friendly.

    A spotless bathroom too, it always scares me when a restaurant has a dirty bathroom!!

    I highly recommend Little Bay if you are in the Farringdon area.

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