Everyone knows that London is full of gorgeous restaurants. Michelin-starred joints are all over the shop and you can sample everything from Mexican to Moroccan in this diverse and delicious city!
I have made it my mission to find some gorgeous London restaurants in my first year here and I do think I have succeeded! I have edited it down to my all-out favourites (some more known than others) that I would highly recommend to any visitors to London.
As with my other London edit posts, I would love you all to give me your recommendations for London restaurants!
I'm finding it very tricky to narrow it down so here are my top five restaurants (in no particular order!)
I'm also hoping to try Ceviche, Bodega Negra, Mildreds, Cabana, Fornata, Roti Chai, Dinings, Dinner by Blumenthal, China Tang, Hawkswmoor and Yashin. I can dream, eh? If you've been to any of these restaurants please do let me know whether they are worth a visit!
|1. Dishoom, Covent Garden (££)|
The best Indian I have ever eaten, with the exception of The Cinnamon Club and Mumbai Mansion in Edinburgh, comes courtesy of this stylish little Bombay cafe in the west end. Central and just a little walk to Leicester Square station, I have had some of my favourite meals in this cosy little restaurant. Almost like an indian tapas, you can share a selection of street food delights including Dishoom Calamari (gorgeous!) and chilli cheese on toast before indulging in a delicious biryani or gorgeously spiced curry served with your choice of bread made right before your eyes! Spicy dips are on the table to add to taste and you can wash it all down with an authentic cooling lassi. My picks are the Dishoom Frankie- a naan bread wrap with chicken- and the delectable salads- the tastiest Indian food in London I reckon!
|2. Fino, Charlotte Street (£££)|
I'm sure you will have heard of the famous Barrafina in Soho, but I am afraid I have yet to try it! However I just had to try their sister restaurant Fino, and I was certainly not disappointed. A more formal dining experience than the bustling Barrafina, Fino offer some seriously delicious tapas (from a bit of a tapas enthusiast!). The fish is delicious, as are croquettes and tomato bread, but i'd suggest ordering a selection and sharing- it's a lovely restaurant with a great atmosphere! If you fancy trying another Spanish i'd recommend Iberica on Great Portland Street and i've heard good things about The Salt Yard. Any other suggestions just pop a comment below!
|3. Manna, Primrose Hill (£££)|
My favourite weekend lunch spot has to be Manna in Primrose Hill. I would kill to be a Primrose Hill resident, not least because this little restaurant is quite something. Tucked away opposite the TriYoga studios off Regents Park Road, Manna is all vegan and all bloody delicious! Try the Manna Mezze, a selection of four starters of your choice (the basil and cashew croquettes were just gorgeous) or the Manna Nachos. Finish it off with a vegan cake and glass of vino! Seriously, I can't rave about this little eatery enough! Another favourite Primrose Hill restaurant is the esteemed Odettes on Regents Park Road. It is unpretentious and great value for money (a reasonable £50 tasting menu) as well as offering some delicious great British food.
|4. Nobu, Park Lane (££££)|
Having been to both the Berkeley and the Park Lane restaurants, I have to say that Nobu Park lane gets my vote. I'm a total Japanese fiend and in London, so far, Nobu is unbeaten. I love Roka on Charlotte Street, but the sashimi salad at Nobu and that delectably sweet black miso cod give it the edge. I love the sashimi lunch option, followed by one of the stellar desserts (Banana Split 3000 is quite something!) It's not cheap, but it's quite an experience and I would eat at Nobu every day for the rest of my life if I could. I have only ever had better sashimi in two other restaurants, both of which are in Spain, believe it or not! (Koy Shunka in Barcelona and Nu in Gerona)
|5. Wahaca, Soho (££)|
Okay, so Wahaca is a chain of Mexican restaurants and it is hardly a hidden gem, but I love the Soho branch best! It is my favourite place for comfort food sans guilt. I love the small sharing plates of cheesy quesadillas, zingy tacos and spicy taquitos and I adore the atmosphere and friendly staff. It is a bit of a pain having to wait for a table (no reservations ya see) but it's 100% worth it. Sit back and wait while sipping a fiery Bloody Maria and munch on a few tortilla chips with chunky guacamole. Finish off your meal on a sweet note with the churros with dark chocolate or the delectable hotcake with dulce du leche- so good! You will not be disappointed with Wahaca- I actually miss it when i'm not in London.