Bloggers’ Favourite Restaurants in London

There are few people that eat out as much as London’s food blogging community, so we decided they’d be the best people to consult for some foodie tips. No doubt a tough call as there are so many to choose from, but here’s what they chose as their top 3 restaurants in London:

Andy Hayler – @wyahaw

1) Hedone
“Hedone uses the highest quality ingredients of any restaurant in London.”

2) The Ritz Book The Ritz
“The Ritz has a magnificent dining room and classy classical cooking.”

3) Bonhams
“Bonhams has a talented young chef and the best value wine list in the capital.”

The Ritz

The Ritz

Angie Silver – @SilverSpoonLDN

1) ROKA Mayfair
“There are 4 branches of Roka in London and each has their own character. I’d choose the Charlotte Street branch for a group night out starting at the subterraenean bar, Shochu Lounge, and the Mayfair restaurant for a more intimate date night. At any of the restaurants you’ll get an extremely high standard of Japanese food so choose the tasting menu to try a bit of everything.”

2) Hakkasan Hanway Place Book Hakkasan Hanway Place
“I love the dark, sultry and clubby environment of Hakkasan in Mayfair, and the modern Cantonese food is just incredible. I’d highly recommend choosing the dim sum platter and soft shell crab to start followed by the stir-fry Chilean sea bass and one of the noodle dishes.”

3) Bob Bob Ricard
“Perhaps the most Instagrammable restaurant in London, BBR has become famous for its interior inspired by the Orient Express and the press for champagne button. But the food is excellent too especially the chicken and champagne pie and the signature chocolate glory dessert.”

Hakkasan Hanway Place

Hakkasan Hanway Place

The Foodaholic – @garyjberry

1) Fera at Claridge’s Book Fera at Claridge’s
“Simon Rogan is one of my favourite chefs in London at the moment and on the few occasions I’ve visited Fera, I’m blown away each time by the flavours and kitchen’s creativity – the service is polished and pristine too which I love.”

2) SixtyOne Book SixtyOne
“SixtyOne has been a favourite of mine since the day it opened. The menus here are incredibly complex, attention to detail is mind-boggling and every dish has you talking – they love deconstructing things or playing around with flavours and presentation. The interior is gorgeous too, adorned with smoky glass and lots of copper.”

3) Augustine Kitchen
“My favourite restaurant in London and one I feel incredibly passionate about. Franck has created a little bit of France here in London, hidden away on the nice side of Battersea. His food always astounds me; he’s creative, passionate and makes some of the best tarts and terrines in London.”

Fera at Claridge's

Fera at Claridge’s

Paula Holmes – @TheLDNDiaries

1) Bob Bob Ricard
“Bob Bob Ricard just oozes sophistication and from the minute you walk in the door you are in for a luxury dining experience. The menu includes caviar and oysters, but also classics like steak and chicken pie. The service is on point and their ‘press for champagne button’ is irresistibly press-able. It also plays host to my favourite dessert – the Eton mess en perle.”

2) MASH Book MASH
“I am a massive steak lover and so MASH steak for me just gets it right each time. I love a Wagyu steak and they have various offerings that melt in the mouth. I love the American steak house feel inside with the comfy leather booths and the service has always been great too.”

3) Mayfair Pizza Co Book Mayfair Pizza Co
“Nestled in Mayfair, Mayfair Pizza Co is quite a hidden gem I’d say. They do amazing woodfire pizzas and my favourite is definitely the Nutella & marshmallow Calzone dessert, which I think I tell everyone about – it’s just too good!”

Mayfair Pizza Co

Mayfair Pizza Co
Image source: The LDN Diaries

inher30s – @inher30s

1) Restaurant Story
“Restaurant Story is unique in concept, the dishes completely different to any you can get elsewhere and the thought and detail put into each morsel is unbelievable!”

2) Lobos Tapas
“Lobos Tapas is like going to visit your family and being plied with gorgeous food and drink and leaving very happy. The food is delicious but it’s the service that stands out.”

3) HKK
“HKK is Chinese comfort food done to perfection. Delicate dim sum and the best roast duck you will ever have, you’ll never be able to settle for a Chinatown one ever again!”

 

Restaurant Story

Restaurant Story
Image Source: inher30s

Yummy Feed – @yummyfeeduk

1) Dishoom
“Firstly, we personally love Dishoom’s vintage, cafe style, mood and decor. Secondly, have you tried the black house dhaal? It’s amazing. A must-have dish, especially in these cold months. We go here for proper Bombay style comfort food.”

2) Joe’s Southern Kitchen & Bar Book Joe’s Southern Kitchen & Bar
“Rich, comforting flavours of the Deep South is what you’ll get here. Our favourites include the beef short rib and Joe’s signature fried chicken smothered in Tabasco honey. A full belly is guaranteed and the dishes are well worth getting your hands dirty for.”

3) Shoryu Ramen Book Shoryu Carnaby
“Great broths for your bucks. The Kotteri Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen is legendary. We get it every time we go here. Tender pork in a creamy broth with moreish noodles topped with soft boiled eggs. Big bowls of deliciousness.”

Shoryu Ramen

Shoryu Ramen

Mitzie’s Bubble – @MitziesBubble

1) Sexy Fish
“Loved the electric atmosphere, the abundance of marble everywhere you look, surprisingly friendly service, and most importantly the delicious food that graced our table. Jalapeño and pickled apple scallops were just divine and that addictively tangy yuzu marshmallow dessert sealed the deal for me. Not at all style over substance.”

2) Hakkasan Mayfair Book Hakkasan Mayfair
“I still remember being totally blow away by the silver cod, champagne and honey almost 10 years ago and it’s still one of my favourite go-to dishes in London. I’m in awe of how they transform simple ingredients into flavour-bursting dishes. Together with the slick interiors and super efficient service, it’s a flawless dining affair.”

3) Jose
“My no.1 spot for tapas. What it lacks in space, it makes up for in flavour.  Serves all the usual suspects but the regularly changing menu keeps things fresh; seasonal beetroot salads, blue cheese croquettes. Then there’s the fabulous wine selection and that A-mazing chocolate and olive oil pot dessert. Carb heaven!”

THAT gorgeous olive oil and #chocolate pot. Heaven in a glass! @Jose_Pizarro #tapas bar

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Fresh and Fearless – @FreshnFearless

1) Bob Bob Ricard “Bob Bob Ricard is a classic restaurant with ambience, a chance to experience something more luxe for a celebration or a finer dining experience. My favourite part about it is the ‘press for champagne’ button which I know attracts a lot of diners.”

2) Roux at The Landau Book Roux at The Landau “Roux At The Landau, another British classic. Their brunches and lunches are to die for. The food is incomparable, full of flavour, beautiful presentation and attentive service. Not to forget the extensive menu of wine, which is great for wine lovers.”

3) ROKA Aldwych Book Roka Aldwych “I had heard a lot about ROKA but only managed to go recently with a bunch of my close blogger friends – a chance to have their amazing Han Setto brunch which was literal foodie heaven. The service was brilliant, the scents and flavours that oozed from the food was just enough to make me want to eat each dish to myself. A real go-to place if you like Japanese food.”

Roka Aldwych

Roka Aldwych

 

Make- Bake- Travel – @naomi__loo

1) ROKA Aldwych Book Roka Aldwych “Every dish that is served is full of flavour! Their chocolate green tea pudding is divine and definitely a must try!”

2) Oka “Their sushi and rice dishes always leave you feeling satisfied without the extortionate prices. The spider roll is my favourite!”

3) Indigo Restaurant Book Indigo Restaurant “I fell in love with this place as soon as I heard they’ve been secretly serving dairy-free dishes! The flavours and textures in each dish have been throughly thought through and is beautifully presented. I would highly recommend.”

Dalton Banks – @Dalton_Banks

1) Oldroyd
“Oldroyd is the neighbourhood restaurant we’ve all been waiting for. This cosy little spot serves an ever-changing menu that reflects the seasons and is spot on every time I go. Order whatever pasta dish is on the menu – you won’t regret it. And the courgette fries – best in London town.”

2) Merchants Tavern
“Merchants Tavern has an air about it; it’s special without being pretentious. I love the atmosphere in there. The menu is always good – you’ll have trouble narrowing down your order. They served some of the best pork belly I ate in 2015!”

3) Shackfuyu
“Shackfuyu is fun and generally damn good. If you only order 2 things order the Korean hot wings and the miso aubergine oh, and of course *the* French toast. But then order every other possible dish you can fit in. Everything is exploding with flavour and excellent cocktails to match.”

Shackfuyu

Shackfuyu
Image source: Wander to Wonder

Milly Vanilli – @whoismilly

1) Le Mercury
“If you like quality French food on a budget, you can get yourself a 3-course meal for under £20 with Le Mercury’s simple set prices. I recommend the seabass, responsible for turning me into a bit of a fish fiend.”

2) Bird
“Fried chicken is having quite the moment. And one of the forerunners in bringing it from the realm of the late-night drinkers to a destination dish is Bird. Serving up the tastiest free-range fried chicken with waffles and smooth maple syrup, you’ll regret it if you chicken out of visiting one of their restaurants.”

3) Flat Iron
“Steak doesn’t have to be expensive – Flat Iron offer a flat price of a tenner for juicy, tasty steak cooked to perfection. Be prepared to queue at a busy time – but it’s totally worth it.”

Flat Iron

Flat Iron
Image source: Mini Adventures

Molly – @SpoonMeBlog

1) Sushisamba
“Sushisamba is one of my all time favourite places. However save those pennies! It’s the price of a small car, but so so so worth it just for the view itself. Make sure you order a dish from each section to get the full experience.”

2) Meat and Shake
“Meat and Shake is HONESTLY one of the best hidden gems of south London. The Smoking Bandit is quite literally smoking. Seriously. A fun, inexpensive treat for some of the juiciest burgers about!”

3) Black and Blue
Black and Blue is perfect if you’re in the mood for a wicked steak that won’t break the bank.”

Meat and Shake

Meat and Shake
Image Source: Spoon Me Blog

#FatInside – @Fatinside1

1) Patty & Bun
“When my friends come to London I always take them to Patty & Bun just off Bond Street. Although they’ll have to queue, I guarantee them one of the best burgers they’ll ever eat. Their reaction to the first bite of the Ari Gold is priceless and the rest as they say, is history.”

2) Meat People Angel
“The quirky name attracted me and I’ve never looked back. Meat People offer quality dishes and the melt-in-the-mouth ribeye is the best I’ve had in the UK. Its quiet little location is nice for an intimate dinner and their friendly staff make the experience one to remember.”

3) Dishoom
“Having an Indian background, my experience of Indian restaurants in London has not lived up to expectations, that is until I went to Dishoom. The moreish dishes, innovative cocktails and the unique ambience will transport you from a street in Covent Garden into an authentic Mumbai street cafe.”

Dishoom Image source: #FatInside

Dishoom
Image source: #FatInside

Emily’s Recipes & Reviews – @emily_etc

1) Dishoom
The Indian inspired breakfast at Dishoom is the best! Think hot chocolate chai, sausage naans and spicy Bombay omelettes.

2) Sake No Hana Book Sake No Hana
“I love the design of Sake No Hana, especially the super cool architecture by Kengo Kuma and open sushi kitchen.”

3) Sticks ‘n’ Sushi
“Sticks ‘n’ Sushi has something for everyone! From traditional sushi to grilled yakitori sticks, it’s a really versatile dining experience!”
Find Sticks ‘n’ Sushi in Wimbledon, Covent Garden, Greenwich and Canary Wharf.

Sake No Hana

Sake No Hana

NotSoBasicBelle – @notsobasicbelle

1) Outsider Tart, Chiswick
“Authentic American food by authentic Americans. Big portions. Big taste. Big personality.”

2) The Joint, Brixton Village
“The mother of all pulled pork joints where the onion rings are the size of frisbees and the messier you get the better. Probably not the best place for a first date!”

3) Dip & Flip, Battersea
“Patty melts, sandwiches and fries. All soaked in gravy and with an extra side for dunking. Their motto says ‘because life tastes better dipped in gravy,’ and they’re not wrong!”

Dip & Flip

Dip & Flip
Image source: Time Out

Vi Vian @vi_woo

1) Flat3
“Refined cooking bringing Japanese, Korean and Scandinavian flavours together. A fusion of flavours by a passionate cook with an ingenious taste for flavour and an artistic flair portrayed in a plate of food!”

2) Senor Ceviche
“A sophisticated evening of cocktail and food pairing. Senor Ceviche is not just trendy but they deliver some serious flavour-bursting sensations. ”

3) Lotus London
“I love street food, spices and the concept of a sharing platter. Lotus brings all of these together with a touch of finesse – a feast fit for a Maharajah! Indian fine dining but not intimidating.”

Flat 3

Flat 3
Image source: The Guardian

The Swindian – @kirankishore21

1) The Palomar
“With its bustling counter and friendly waiters, The Palomar gives off a cosy and comfortable vibe. The food is by far the best I’ve tasted in London, with extraordinarily fresh flavours from Israel and the Mediterranean. Order the polenta!”

2) Brasserie Zédel Book Brasserie Zédel
“A stunning 1920s vibe with glitzy waiters and astonishingly low prices. Love their bread to start and the steak haché is the best deal in town. Go for the glamour and indulge in the creme brûlée.”

3) Matsuri St James
“An upmarket Japanese in Mayfair with mostly business clientele. Gorgeous grill prepared before your very eyes, plus luxurious sushi platters. Visit on a special occasion and splash out on the scallops.”

Brasserie Zédel

Brasserie Zédel

Binny’s Kitchen – @binnyjs

1) Gymkhana Book Gymkhana
“Every special celebration, whether it is my birthday, anniversary or a special milestone is celebrated here. In fact it is my choice of venue to celebrate my blog’s first birthday! The food is divine, the service is exceptional and the cocktails are delicious.”

2) China Tang
“China Tang is my favourite Chinese fine dining restaurant and perfect for a Sunday leisurely lunch. The simplest Chinese dishes are made to look and taste spectacular. The venue is impressive and it really is my go to restaurant when I fancy really good Chinese food.”

3) Rivea Book Rivea
“The food at Rivea is a fusion of French and Italian and is breathtakingly beautiful. Each plate is like a work of art. The choice of butters with the bread basket blew my mind and the courses that followed continued to wow me. The service was flawless and the venue was trendy and gorgeous and you can smell the lovely Bulgari scents everywhere.”

Gymkhana

Gymkhana

SavlaFaire – @SavlaFaire

1) Bocca di Lupo
“It may be around the corner from Piccadilly Circus, but this Italian gem is no tourist trap. Everything I’ve eaten there has been impressive, but the most unforgettable dish is the caponata. It only contains 3 vegetables, yet the flavours are so bold and intense. Ice cream is from Gelupo across the street and not to be missed – share it if you must, but don’t leave without having a few bites or you’ll be sorry!”

2) Bleecker St Burger
“London is awash with gourmet burger places, but I want substance over style. Bleecker St patties literally melt in your mouth and actually come rare, not medium rare like in most chains. Their creations are so good I don’t even mind eating them while walking around StreetFeast, standing around a fire or braving the crowds, which speaks volumes for me!”

3) The Drapers Arms
“What’s better than an amazing steak tartare? Onglet tartare with luxurious bone marrow toast, served loose and coarse with capers instead of cornichons, topped with a rich egg yolk. Drapers Arms do one of the best tartares in London, and I’ve tried a few! Their menu also includes staples like terrines, pies and roasts, all to be enjoyed in a relaxing neighbourhood pub atmosphere.”

Bleecker St

Bleecker St

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