Top 10 London Restaurants:
- Hakkasan: Michelin starred, Chinese restaurant in Mayfair and Soho. Stylish interior with dimmed lighting create the perfect setting for after-work snacks or an intimate dinner. Speaking from experience, be sure to head to the bar and be enticed to try all cocktails - Rose petal martini was my favourite. The food is the finest you can get, mouth-watering and full of flavours. Service is impeccable and your water glasses are replenished before you’re even finished!
- La Petite Maison: Franchise of a renowned establishment in Nice. High end priced French-Mediterranean cuisine. Similar to Hakkasan, the staff never let anyone feel neglected.
- Nobu: Japanese restaurant in Mayfair, second branch on Berkeley Square is said to be ‘the heavyweight on the Japanese dining scene’. Head to Old Park Lane to find the original and classic Nobu Matsuhisa which includes black cod, shrimp tempura and crab. Plenty of vegetarian dishes available. If you’re looking for great views (over Hyde Park), authentic Japanese food and impeccable service then get dressed up for a night at Nobu.
- Social Eating House: Gordon Ramsay’s apprentice Jason Atherton has opened a handful of restaurants with the Social Eating House being the most recent in Soho. The cocktail bar upstairs named the Blind Pig and can be used separately if you don’t wish to eat. Or you can lead down the stairs to the ground-floor dining room. Presentation is key to the Social Eating House.
- Bird of Smithfield: Open from morning till night with multiple eating, drinking and socialising areas such as a rooftop bar, lounge bar, private dining room and a basement cocktail bar. A very modern British feel to the menu, classics with a twist. Greeted by always happy staff who give you the exclusive club treatment without actually needing to become a member.
- Sushisamba: An extremely high-end restaurant with an exclusive lift to take you to the top of Heron Tower with panoramic views of the hottest landmarks in London. With cuisine including influences from places such as Brazil, Peru and Japan, the dining is rather unusual, inventive and curious. With rather high pricing Sushisamba is rather prestigious in terms of service as well as cuisine with the staff’s professional knowledge of the food and alcoholic drinks. If you would just prefer to have a drink, the bars require no booking and the views of the city are still part of the experience.
- The Modern Pantry: British influences mixed with unusual asian elements are the main dishes you are likely to find on this cafe’s menu. A must try when visiting is the signature dish of a sugar-cured prawn omelette with chilli, coriander and spring onion. A casual atmosphere with aproned staff makes for a friendly feeling as does the soft decor. Upstairs is a small bar area and a formal restaurant.
- Duck & Waffle: The comical name describes just what you will get in this restaurant..waffles in the morning and duck at night, open 24 hours and the sister to Sushisamba (previously mentioned) which is two-floors immediately down, this restaurant is less jazzy however no less ambiguous in terms of cuisine focussing on European dishes. Meals are served after 1am (rare for London) including alcohol!
- Polpo Covent Garden: Heavily inspired by not just New York Italian food but also culture, this is just one of the 4 restaurants the proprietors Russell Norman and Richard Beatty have created. With not only a huge selection of various meats but also some vegetarian options like mozzarella balls served with broad beans and pea shots; all are catered for here. No reservations are needed to dine here making the atmosphere casual and friendly.
- Bread Street Kitchen: Gordon Ramsey’s own restaurant has countless positive reviews on the ultimately perfect dining experience with the most exquisite food. The brunch menu includes good budget conscious options for everyone. The two bars welcome you from 7am through to nightcaps everyday and in each bar, items from the StolenSpace gallery are exhibited. Reservations are needed to ensure a table as it undoubtably gets very busy.