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Barbican / City Road (South)

Ugly as the brutalist Barbican might be, its surrounds have happily morphed into one of those areas that thrives on its appalling looks and survives on a generation of media peeps. Where the cool crowds flow, top notch hang-outs will follow. Old Street, or Silicon Roundabout, was designed for those who mainline coffee for survival while Bunhill Fields provides necessary respite.


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Nusa Kitchen
I found myself in Clerkenwell today and began reminiscing about my first job in London which was in this very hood. Back in 2006, Nusa was my regular lunch stop. Something about their soups comforts and reassures. Influenced by Eastern flavours it's common to find the likes of Chilli Chicken and Prawn Laksa on the menu but anything spicy goes and other options today included Prawn Jambalaya and Yucatan Tortilla (FYI they do delicious spicy breakfasts, too). At around £4.95, the soups are hearty and filling--more like stews and curries--and are bolstered by brown rice and flat bread. Also mindful of vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options, the menu is clearly marked accordingly which is fab for anyone with those concerns. The soups are made from scratch with delicious fresh ingredients which makes you feel confident that you're eating something nutritious rather than the mass-produced franchise stuff. And judging by the queue that goes out the door they're as popular as ever and probably don't need my endorsement. They are however, food heroes for me, and in the sea of high street dross that dominates the takeaway lunch market, family-run Nusa is still refreshingly different.

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