London's five-strong, Turkish-themed Sofra restaurant chain (0171 493 3320) has introduced a "recession-busting menu". The two-course menu costs pounds 5 at lunchtime and pounds 6.50 at dinner. Starters include hummus and tabule, with main course options of casseroles, grilled kofte and grilled lamb with oregano. The menus will continue as long as the current economic downturn, the chain promises. The restaurants (above) are situated at Shepherd's Market, Charing Cross Road, St Christopher's Place, Mayfair and Tavistock Street.
London's recently launched One Aldwych hotel has opened a similarly trendy cafe, the Cinnamon Bar (0171 300 0800), next door. Open from 7am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday, the cafe specialises in high-energy vegetable- and fruit-juices and numerous varieties of home-baked macaroons. Gourmet sandwiches and soups are also on offer.