Tripadvisor lists a mere 17,868 restaurants in the capital, so the perfect destination for lunch, tea or supper is a choice from a huge window of influences from across the world. Eating good food or finding a new restaurant to rave about to friends should be a regular objective – here are six ways to fulfill that aim.
‘Press for champagne’ is a button we’d all like at our tables, surely? Glamorous booths in this interior designer’s dream in Soho are just part of the story. It’s open every day of the year for foodies desiring an Anglo-Russian affair. Starting with caviar from the Petrossian brothers – responsible for importing it to the Paris Ritz during the revolution – dishes include lobster macaroni and cheese, beef onglet, and Chicken St Petersburg (chicken stuffed with lobster).
Opening in October, this easy-to-remember-the-name diner in Mayfair will be a source of piscine pleasure for foodie and art lover alike. The dishes have not yet been revealed but will likely draw influence from head chef Ben Orpwood’s time working in Japanese restaurants. To find out more on this and other fine diners visit How to Spend It.
Don’t bother deliberating about your choice from this restaurant with two Michelin stars; one set menu for £300 should be enough to sate sushi lovers from here to Japan. The Burlington Street venue was opened in 2015 by Mitsuhiro Araki; the edomae sushi is based on 200 year-old practices, with a simplicity first perfected in Tokyo at Mr Araki’s now-closed three Michelin star restaurant.
Time Out magazine once needed three emails and three visits to get a seat at this ultra-exclusive Marylebone eatery, seated inside a Grade II-listed Victorian-Gothic fire brigade building. From doughnuts filled with crab meat, to smooth roasted aubergine puree and grilled octopus, it takes the hottest trends from across the planet and prepares them in the most contemporary methods. It was good enough for David Beckham and Kate Moss and although it’s rumoured to be slightly easier to get a seat now it is still untouchable, surely…
…but it has competition from a vaguely similar-sounding counterpart in the form of these new hotels, one of which boasts an eccentric great aunt affectionately monikered Wilhelmina. Opened by the multi-award winning Zetter Group, the Guardian described the experience as ‘Miss Havisham meets Ms Westwood over a bottle of absinthe.’ Comfort food includes potted shrimp with nutmeg butter and Montgomery cheese shortbread with homemade piccalilli, accompanying Tony Conigliaro’s ground-breaking cocktails.
This Spitalfields venue was recently awarded the Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide, which recognises good food at affordable prices. Offering a reinterpretation of Portuguese food and flavours by presenting a day in the life of a typical Lisboeta, the breakfast menu highlight is a Alentajo style pork sandwich, while lunch and dinner dishes include cuttlefish and pig trotters coentrada and beef prego, prawn paste and wild garlic sandwiches.