Today, choosing to go to a chain restaurant can be equated to a lack of imagination. Moreover, the majority of the chains are too speed-oriented, food is never as good as it looks on the menu, and what you end up with is a familiar feeling of disappointment. Of course, it is not always like that, and here is a bunch of chain restaurants that will not be a waste of your time.
Salvador and Amanda is a Spanish chain with branches in Covent Garden and Bloomsbury areas. First of all, the menu is huge: there is a variety of classic Spanish tapas for any taste, as well as a decent range of main courses. There is also happy hour where you can get 2 for 1 jugs of sangria, or great cocktail and beer deals. On Friday and Saturday nights the restaurant turns into a trendy drinking spot; note there might be an entrance fee after 9 pm on these days.
People who don't like Mexican food are a little bit like those who don't like chocolate – we assume they have no heart. Wahaca is the place to be if you are not one of these people. This chain is notable for serving Mexican street food – enchiladas, tacos, tostadas and many other small bites. It is great for sharing and trying many different dishes in one meal; each small dish costs between 3 and 5 pounds. Going to Wahaca never gets boring, as the menu is constantly transforming, and so is the cocktail list. Tip: when you go to Wahaca, order 2-4 small plates per person, and this way you won't even have to move on to the main courses.
Cote Brasserie never disappoints with any orders at various occasions. Cote is good for many things: tasty breakfasts, light lunches, dinner deals and a generally nice atmosphere. It is no surprise that Cote restaurants are always busy with customers, but you will most likely get a table within 5-10 minutes, even if the place is full. The wines on the lunch and dinner menu are of a decent quality, the food menu is rather classic – meat, fish, salads, desserts. Service is quick and prices are comfortable.
This place might appear a bit pricey for just serving breakfast food but you will discover that there are always people willing to get in, and there is a good reason why. Breakfast Club is the ultimate breakfast spot that gathers long queues almost at any time of the day. The place serves breakfast food throughout the day, so you can have pancakes whenever you want. There are a few branches across London, the most popular are located in Shoreditch and Soho (clearly, the party areas).
Ping Pong is a chain of contemporary Asian food restaurants, serving small plates and original cocktail recipes. Dim sums are not to be missed: order a seasonal special if you fancy, or go with a traditional combination, these will be equally delicious. Have 3-4 dishes for a person, all of these range from 3 to 5 pounds.