Sample U.K. classics like Welsh rarebit and kedgeree at the Albion, the just-opened “caff” on the ground floor of the Boundary Hotel, where chefs use locally sourced ingredients and nearly everything comes in at under $15—a bargain for your weak dollar. For dessert, pick up a couple of gingerbread men to go at the attached bakery.
Grab a window seat at Rootmaster, London's innovative dining experience housed in a retired sixties Routemaster double-decker bus. The cucumber-and-melon vegan soup comes with a side of gluten-free mustard bread fresh from the tiny kitchen.
Enjoy Tbilisi delicacies and Soviet-era nostalgia at Little Georgia (87 Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QR, 20-7739-8154). Bring your own wine (there’s no corkage fee) and your bill could be less than $20 for two.
Bypass the restaurant scene altogether and let an elBulli–trained chef make dinner for you at his home. The ever-changing twelve-course menu ($168) at Nuno Mendes’s supper club, the Loft, highlights his experimental style and the open-kitchen policy means you have a front seat for the prep action. Book online at least three months in advance.