New Regency, London, EC1V
I’d suggest you don’t arrive late for the noon to 2pm daily buffet as some of the food will be cold (tops off the serving trays, even the warmer plates seem to have given up). “Get here early, it’s nice and fresh,” I’m told.
That said the lunchtime buffet food at New Regency in Old Street is pretty decent for a paltry £5.95 (large takeaway £4.95 and a pound less for a small one). The promo leaflet says ‘over 16’ items but as an example from my visit you’ll get a couple of starters (onion bhajis and pakora), three curries (two veg and one lamb), a couple of rice and deals plus salad, pops, nan slices and a dessert.
But frankly for a quick and cheap lunchtime curry (it looks like it attracts local office workers) one or two decent dishes are fine. The Vegetable Curry was spot on, and with rice and salad makes a great lunch. If you like something a bit heavier the Lamb Curry with Chick Peas was sweet and tender too. This lot, at least, was still hot.
New Regency, 96 Old Street, London, EC1V. Tel: 020 7336 8636/8696. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: daily, noon–2pm, 6pm–midnight.
New Regency snapshot
Atmosphere (Tuesday lunchtime) 3⃣
Service and friendliness 7⃣
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