From street food to fine dining, here's our faves...
We're big fans of Hoppers London (and so is everyone else by the size of the queue). Standout dishes include the freshly baked roti filled with duck, the string hoppers which resemble discs of noodles with kiri hodi, Pol Sambol and egg hoppers. You must order the chicken too; a super tender full chicken with fresh roti and various condiments. Oh and the special crab curry shouldn't be missed either - let's just say it's all bloody good.
49 Frith St, London W1D 4SG -
Blacklock is all about the meat and we’re especially partial to their epic Sunday roast. If you go ALL IN you can expect a with a huge platter of beef, lamb and pork, giant Yorkshire puddings, perfectly crispy roast potatoes, heritage carrots and sprouting broccoli, and at the bottom you’ll find three thick fingers of bread, soaked full of gravy and juices. Genius.
24 Great Windmill St, London W1D 7LG -
Typing Room, run by Lee Westcott and set in the Town Hall Hotel has a pretty relaxed vibe, given the standard of the food coming out of the kitchen. There's two menus, a la carte or the 6 course tasting menu which includes cumin lavoche, crab, sweet corn & curried egg; mackerel, passion fruit, burnt cucumber & radish; turbot with heritage tomato, courgette & squid, and tender lamb with smoked aubergine, wild garlic, yoghurt and onions. It's the kind of meal that you want to keep on going forever.
Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, London E2 9NF -
Nest is the perfect neighbourhood restaurant, offering brilliant food at affordable prices. At £28 for the tasting menu (yep £28) it offers amazing value given the quality of food on offer. It's super cute inside too, the kinda place you can take a new date, impress them with your local food knowledge and generosity ("yes, of course you can have the tasting menu") and leave with change from a ton.
177 Morning Lane, London E9 6LH, United Kingdom -
Hackney Central Homerton
Pachamama has got Peruvian grub nailed. The restaurant serves typical dishes from Peru made with British ingredients and DO NOT MISS the parsnip, sweet plantain and chilli taco from the snacks menu. Other faves include the smoked Gloucester Old Spot ribs with English malt & peanut glaze, the purple potatoes, fresh peanuts, mint & crispy onions and the blackened herb-fed chicken, grilled corn, lime and wild oregano. There's a crackin' selection of ceviche too.
18 Thayer Street, W1U 3JY -
Padella serves up hand rolled pasta dishes in Borough Market and has had queues down the street since the day it opened. Our fave dish is the pappardelle with 8-hour Dexter beef shin ragu - rich tomato sauce, super soft beef shin and fresh pasta...mamma mia. It's great value grub made with love, and defo worth a visit.
6 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TQ -
London Bridge London Bridge
The Barbary comes from the guys behind The Palomar. The food is inspired by countries that span the Barbary coast, from Israel to Morocco. Dishes are made for sharing, and you can expect deep fried pastry rolls filled with a spicy cod mix (a.k.a Moroccan cigars), Pata Negra neck with a sticky sweet marinade and the flaming lamb cutlets. The cauliflower Jaffa style is MUST order too. But with only 24 seats, expect queues...
16 Neal’s Yard, Seven Dials WC2H 9DP -
Clipstone is another restaurant named after the street its on, and whilst it may not be original it is simple with a hint of grandeur, which is exactly what you can expect from the food. The menu doesn’t overcomplicate things but delivers on big flavoursome dishes like the scallop and walnut pesto flatbread and Cornish plaice with rainbow chard. And don't miss their signature, insta-worthy Paris-Brest pud.
5 Clipstone St, London W1W 6BB -
Goodge Street Great Portland Street
Gunpowder is the place to get innovative Indian dishes cooked with authentic spices. Think Indian food for the 21st century. Highlights include the spicy venison and vermicelli doughnut; Maa’s kashmiri super tender lamb chops; and the sigree grilled mustard broccoli with a thick coating of creamy, korma-like sauce. And, if you're in the mood for booze there's some explosive Indian cocktails too. It’s tiny and there’s no bookings to expect so queue but boy is it worth it.
11 White’s Row, London, E1 7NF -
Liverpool Street Liverpool Street Liverpool Street
We absolutely loved the original ROK Smokehouse when it opened in Shoreditch, and ROK on Upper Street is just as bangin'. The menu changes quite regularly, but expect the likes of ndjua scallops, blackened cabbage nori rice, macadenia & vasterbotten, pork chop with granny smith & carawaykraut and THAT cauliflower cheese.
149 Upper Street, London, N1 1RA -
Galley, on Upper Street in Islington, was opened by siblings Marcel Grzyb, who was previously Head Chef at Soho seafood restaurant Randall & Aubin, and Oriona Robb, a professional stylist. The menu is mainly fish but there are some meat options too - expect tempura oysters, scallops with carrot & cardamom puree, sea bass served with gnocchi and Moroccan-inspired hake with chickpeas, chorizo and tomatoes. Save room for desserts too there's white chocolate pannacotta with honeycomb and a salted caramel tart with green tea ice cream.
105 – 106 Upper Street, London N1 1QN, United Kingdom -
Angel Essex Road
Breddos is the PLACE to get tacos in London. On the menu there's some signature classics such as the fried chicken taco and some new additions including beef rib eye taco with shrimp chiltomate, masa onion rings, and pickled jalapeño and Baja fish tacos with punchy lime mayo. There's some bigger grill dishes and specials in the evenings too - don't miss the Iberico pork al pastor with pineapple nam jim and pickled onion.
82 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7DB, United Kingdom -
Barbican Old Street Old Street
The family behind Churchill's opened Bar Douro dedicated to Portuguese tapas, wines, and port. It’s a great place to pop in for a glass of wine and a few small bites such as crisp golden salt cod cakes; milk fed lamb rolls; soft octopus with sweet potato; and hake belly with tomato risotto. And if you swing by around lunchtime make sure you pick up the daytime-special roast pork sandwich topped with oozing Serra cheese.
Flat Iron Square, Union Street, London SE1 1TD, United Kingdom -
Borough London Bridge London Bridge
Kricket opened up fairly quietly in POP Brixton back in 2015 but once a few people had discovered their Indian Keralan Fried Chicken, word quickly spread and Kricket was suddenly the hottest ticket in town. Their menu in Soho includes all the faves and new dishes including Delica pumpkin, makhani sauce, fresh paneer, hazelnut crumble, puffed wild rice; Cornish crab meen moilee, castlefranco, peanuts; Duck leg Kathi roll; and the bone marrow & cep kulcha.
12 Denman Street, London W1D 7HH, United Kingdom -
Lambeth isn't somewhere we'd usually think of when recommending restaurants but The Garden Cafe has changed all of that. The restaurant serves a small menu of beautifully presented, simple dishes that taste every bit as good as they look. We were wowed by cured sea trout, venison wellington and a buttermilk pudding topped with fresh rhubarb and honey. The menu changes daily and the bad news is at time of writing the restaurant is only open for lunch and on Friday evenings - although we're hoping that might change!
Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB, United Kingdom -
Perilla is fine dining without the fuss and their tasting menu is the best way to try a bit of everything. Although the menu changes regularly, expect dishes to include cuttlefish ‘bolognese’ and duck egg with mussels and parsley.
Green Lanes, London N16 9BS, United Kingdom -
Canonbury Dalston Kingsland
It’s hard not to fall in love with Blanchette as soon as you walk through the door; the whole place has the vibe of a scruffy but still suitably smart French bistro. When it comes to the food you defo need to order the merguez sausage roll, the cheese beignet with onion marmalade and the pissaladiere (a anchovy pastry tart) off the snack menu. For mains we suggest the monkfish with smoked aubergine puree; the pork fillet with pickled girolles, artichoke and truffles; and the saffron couscous with pomegranate yoghurt.
204 Brick Ln, London E1 6SA -
Shoreditch High Street
Park Chinois makes you feel like you're dining in a James Bond film with it's insane decor. The place is dripping in gold and their dim sum menu takes some beating with Sichuan vegetable wontons; pork Xiao Long Bao; crispy beancurd and prawn cheung fun; and a baked venison puff. All in all, it's pretty bloody swish and perfect for a special occasion.
17 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London W1J 8EA, United Kingdom -
One of our favourite openings of 2017 - so good we went back twice in one week and ate most of the same dishes again. Lupins offers seasonal British dishes - think white bean crostini with anchovy and lemon salsa, Cornish crab Thermador, hake with Ndjua risotto and chocolate mouse with seasame and salted caramel. The bad news is it’s seasonal so your favourite ones probably won’t be there on your next visit (thus our visit two nights later), the good news is they’ve never hit a dull note on any we’ve eaten so far.
66 Union St, London SE1 1SG, United Kingdom -