Generally speaking, anything advertised as ‘all you can eat’ is to be avoided at all costs, unless you like your dinner with a side portion of salmonella.
That said, London is home to quite a few little-known bottomless menus that are a) good and b) won’t make you extremely ill (unless you really go to town on it and end up having to get your stomach pumped).
Go hungry to extract maximum value. Consider it payback for all the times you’ve been charged £8 for a beer.
Randy’s Wing Bar, 28 East Bay Lane, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3BS
Randy’s Wing Bar in Hackney Wick is famous for its traditional American buffalo wings, dripping in salty, cheesy truffled sauce.
On any other day of the week they’re £7.50 a portion, but go on a Monday and you can score as many wings as you can physically eat for £14.
The offer includes the BBQ ‘Kansas’ and Korean ‘Gangnam’ flavours too. Variety is the spice of life.
Bala Baya, Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union St, London, SE1 0LR
If the idea of unlimited hummus tickles your pickle (and good god, why wouldn’t it), make a reservation at Tel Aviv-inspired Bala Baya on a weekend, where you can gorge on unlimited small plates and fresh lemon and thyme grilled pita for just £8 with any full-priced main brunch dish.
There’s a bottomless booze bolt-on too, with unlimited prosecco Gazozini cocktails for an additional £19pp.
NY Fold, 103 Charing Cross Road, Soho, London, WC2H 0DT
Soho’s NY Fold is legendary for its New York-style pizza pies, and on Mondays you can eat as much as you like AND wash it all down with a soda for just £12. (Or a beer for £14, if you’re the kind of mad dog that drinks on a school night.)
Flavours include the Carbonara, which is exactly what you think it is, and the Pitt Master, which comes loaded with pulled pork, bacon, caramelised onion and BBQ sauce.
Gaucho, various locations. Reservations via Bookatable
Legendary Argentinian steakhouse Gaucho runs its Electro Brunch every Saturday across its six London locations from 11am-4pm, priced at £49.95 a head.
As well as unlimited dishes, which include steak and eggs, banana pancakes and Gaucho’s signature salt beef Eggs Benedict, you get two hours of bottomless drinks, including fresh juices, Aperol Spritzes, Bloody Marys and sparkling Argentinian wine.
Tootoomoo, Islington and Crouch End locations
At just £35 for 90 minutes of unlimited food and drink, Tootoomoo offers one of the best value bottomless deals in town.
The pan-Asian menu includes dishes like BBQ pork ribs slathered in char shiu sauce and sesame, popcorn shrimp with nori dust and yuzu mayo, and aromatic crispy duck with pancakes.
Plus, there’s loaded froyo for pudding.
Pix Pintxos takes its name from pintxos, the Basque-country bar snack traditionally held together with a teeny skewer.
You can eat as many of these delicious morsels as you can at its Sunday ‘Infinity’ brunch, running from 1pm-10pm, which also includes 90 minutes of unlimited cava for £33pp.
There are over 30 dinky dishes on offer, including honey-glazed cod fritters, diablo meatballs, patatas bravas and churros with chocolate sauce.
Darwin Brasserie, Sky Garden, 1 Sky Garden Walk, London, EC3M 8AF
Another brunch, this time at the lofty heights of 20 Fenchurch Street’s Sky Garden, home to the Darwin Brasserie.
Choose one main and enjoy free reign over the starter and dessert buffets (DESSERT BUFFET), which include artisan breads, brunch salads and cured meats, and homemade puddings like lemon panna cotta tart, tiramisu gateau and an absolutely banging cheeseboard.
The brunch costs £44.50pp and includes unlimited trips to the Bloody Mary bar.
Ping Pong, various locations
Dim sum bar Ping Pong runs its ‘Lazy Sumdays’ on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, which means you can dull the impending sense of back-to-work doom with copious quantities of dim sum.
Gorge on unlimited Chinese dumplings, bao buns and other goodies like prawn toast and spring rolls for £24.95pp, or add bottomless lychee bellinis for £37.95.