13 Chelsea Bun, 9a Limerston St. ( 7352 3635). Airy, casual diner that serves heaping portions. Early-bird specials available 7am-noon (£2-3). Sandwiches (£1.60-3.20) and breakfasts (from £3.70) served until 6pm. Burgers, omelettes, pasta, and salads £6-8. Open M-Sa 7am-ll:30pm, Su 9am-7pm. MCV.

13 Chelsea Kitchen, 98 King’s Rd. ( 7589 1330). Dimly lit diner booths provide intimacy and a quietly decadent feel. Entrees, like the roast chicken and mozzarella salad, run about £4; wine is £1.50 per glass and £6.80 per bottle. Open daily 7am-midnight; breakfast served until 11:30am. MCV.

Bluebird, 350 King’s Rd. (7559 1222). Designer food emporium includes an outdoor cafe and restaurant. Cafe food £6-11. Restaurant fare £16-20. Cafe open M-Sa 8am-11pm, Su 10am-6pm; restaurant open M-F noon-3pm and 6-1 lpm, Sa llam-3:30pm and 6-1 lpm, Su llam-3:30pm and 6-10pm. AmExMCV.

La Lune, 250 King’s Rd. ( 7351 5351), entrance on Sydney St. Relaxed and chic cafe, restaurant, and juice bar. French-inspired sandwiches are the centerpiece (£6-10). Smoothies £3. Open daily 9:30am-5pm. MCV. The PhSt Phuc noodle bar shares the seating, serving entrees for just £5. Open daily noon-5pm. MCV.

Buonasera, at the Jam, 289a King’s Rd. ( 7352 8827). The bunk-style seating makes for a worthwhile experience in itself. Fish and vegetables are bought fresh daily. Grilled fish and steak £8-11.50. Pasta dishes £5-6. Reserve ahead for dinner. Open Tu-F noon-3pm and 6pm-midnight, Sa-Su noon-midnight. MCV.

Cafe Spice Namaste, 16 Prescot St. ( 7488 9242). Tube: Tower Hill. The standard-bearer for a new breed of Indian restaurants. The menu features Goan and Parsee specialities. Meat dishes are pricey (£11-13), but vegetarian meals are a bargain (£7-8). Open M-F noon-3pm and 6:15-10:30pm, Sa 6:30-10pm. AmExMCV.

Futures, 8 Botolph Alley ( 7623 4529), off Botolph Ln. Tube: Monument. Suits besiege this tiny takeaway for breakfast (pastries 80p, porridge £1) and later for a variety of vegetarian dishes (£2-4). Open M-F 7:30-10am and ll:30am-3pm.

The Place Below, Cheapside (7329 0789), in the basement of St. Mary-le-Bow (172). Tube: St. Paul’s or Mansion House. Fantastic vegetarian restaurant. Fresh sandwiches £3-5. Porridge £1.20. Entrees £4-6. Open M-F 7:30am-3:30pm. Cash only.

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