the best restaurants in soho
Given it’s bang in the centre of London, it’s not surprising that Soho is full of places to eat. You can get everything from all-day dim sum to fresh pasta to authentic sushi, but which restaurants are the best? These ones right here.
It’s no secret that Yauatcha is one of our fave restaurants in London and we could eat dim sum all day long, so we suggest diving straight in to their Taste of Yauatcha set menu. It gives you a good flavour of the place and includes THOSE baked venison puffs – but whatever you do save room for those macarons!
15-17 Broadwick St, Soho, London, W1F 0DL
Getting a table at The Palomar might not be easy, but it’s SO worth the effort. The menu brings together the cultures of Southern Spain, North Africa and the Levant and their tone Bass machluta and Jerusalem mix of chicken liver, heart & veal sweetbread a la plancha are must orders.
34 Rupert St, London, W1D 6DN
Located in the basement of an old brothel in the heart of Soho, Blacklock has been serving up piles of juicy tender meat for several years now. They’ve become pretty famous for their ‘all in’ Sunday Roast for just £20 per person you’ll be presented with a huge platter of beef, lamb and pork, giant Yorkshire puddings, perfectly crispy roast potatoes, heritage carrots and sprouting broccoli. What’s more, at the bottom you’ll find three thick fingers of bread, soaked full of gravy and juices – a genius move. Also on the menu are their ‘cocktails for a fiver’ – what else could you ask for?
24 Great Windmill St, Soho, London, W1D 7LG
Evelyn’s Table is a 15-seat affair in the basement of Soho pub The Blue Posts. 11 of the 15 seats are at a counter around the kitchen and this is where you ideally want to be, so you can see the chefs in action and chat with them throughout the meal. It’s hard to get a ressie here but it’s well worth the effort because the food, like smoked eel,served with super soft potato blinis and beetroot; brill with celeriac puree and mushrooms; and tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream, is incredible.
The Blue Posts, Cellar, 28 Rupert St, Chinatown, London, W1D 6DJ
Lina Stores, which has been supplying Londoners with the best Italian ingredients for over 75 years, is a Soho institution, and as well as the iconic deli on Brewer Street, they have a pasta restaurant around the corner on Greek Street. It’s all handmade daily in the deli, just like it has been since 1944, and head chef Masha Rener has created a menu that features Lina Stores classics as well as regional Italian specialities. Not only is the food great – not surprising given the quality of the produce – it’s bloody great value too.
51 Greek St, London W1D 4EH
We don’t just like Kricket – we love it! Their Indian small plates take some beating; our faves include Keralan fried chicken, Cornish crab mean moilee and duck leg kathi roll. Oh and they do some bloody good Indian-inspired cocktails too, so make a night of it and eat until you can’t eat anymore…
12 Denman St, Soho, London, W1D 7HH
These street sea-foodies put down their first perm spot in Soho and they’ve been serving up CLAW faves like crab mac & cheese, lobster rolls and grilled oysters, as well as newer creations like trout reubens and KFC…that’s kimchi fried soft-shell crab. Wash down all that sweet sweet seafood with a coupe of samphire G&Ts.
21 Kingly St, Carnaby, London, W1B 5QA
Run by the team behind Bao, Xu is a traditional Taiwanese gem – without a fluffy bun in sight. The stunning dining room is inspired by 1930s Taipei, a beautiful mix of ornate wood panels, rich dark greens, and soft art deco lighting. The tomato and smoked eel ‘Xiao Tsai’, pan-fried pork soup dumplings and the taro dumplings stuffed with Taiwanese sausage and Iberico pork collar marinated in char siu are on our order list every time. Xu is also big on tea, with many rare Taiwanese infusions on the menu so finish off with a coal baked 10-year Oolong.
30 Rupert St, London, W1D 6DL
Jugemu is one of those places that you’d walk right by without noticing if you weren’t looking for it. Inside it’s very authentic: tiny, with just a few stools around the counter and a couple of tables and the day’s sushi menu is scrawled on oblong bits of paper and hung up over one wall. The food is fantastic. Ordering is done via tick box menus and it’s a good idea to order quite a bit as dishes are all on the small side. Our faves are the prawn dumplings, the takiyoki – chunks of octopus fried in balls of batter – the duck teriyaki, and the eel omelette. You’re gonna want to save room for plenty of sushi too.
3 Winnett St, Soho, London, W1D 6JY
The menu at Breddos is a creative take on Mexican cuisine with a few Asian influences thrown in to many of the dishes. You can’t go wrong with the Breddos classics such as the baja fish and the masa fried chicken tacos but we also rate the lamb neck barbacoa, juicy tender meat served with house salsas and tacos, and the whole octopus with black vinegar, Sichuan pepper. And don’t forget about dessert, hello churros ice cream sandwich.
26 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5QD
The Good Egg
The Good Egg is undoubtedly one of our fave spots, especially their second branch in Kingly Court, with a much bigger space and a bigger menu. The flatbreads, fresh and warm out the oven with an incredible array of dips including marinated aubergine and green whipped feta; the ZFC, The Good Egg’s take on fried chicken; and the PBJ ice cream are not to be missed. This place is one good egg!
Ground Floor, Kingly Court, Kingly St, Soho, London, W1B 5PW