Hot Dinners readers pick their Top 10 best new London restaurants of 2019

The votes are in! We asked you to vote for your favourite new restaurant of 2019 - and here's what you said. 



1 - Readers' vote winner - Bubala

65 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6BD

What: Vegetarian Middle Eastern cuisine in Shoreditch. 

The winner in our readers' vote (by some margin) was Bubala, the Middle-Eastern vegetarian restaurant in Shoreditch from Berber & Q and Palomar alumni Marc Summers and Helen Graham. You were effusive in your praise for the place with the expression "I didn't miss meat" coming up time and time again. In a year when vegetarian and vegan food was bigger than ever, this is a very worthy winner of our readers' vote. Congratulations Bubala!

Here's what you said about Bubala:

"I’m not a vegetarian but I love the option to go out for a good, satisfying (all filling!) meal for such a reasonable price. The owner is so lovely and seems like he genuinely cares if each guest has a good time and the service is so friendly without being overbearing. It’s my favourite new restaurant for so many reasons!" Emilie

"Quite simply, the most delicious, affordable, non pretentious, vegetarian feast I have ever had. The cocktails are great too!" Ed

"They've made vegetarian food something to look forward to. It's a joy to bring friends to this secret little hotspot where the service is as full of love as the food." Robert

"Inexpensive, delicious food representative of everything good about the London Food scene." Emily

"Just simply gorgeous. An approachable and vibrant menu that celebrates the vegetarian cuisine of the Middle East." Nick

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The Grand Duchess2 - The Grand Duchess

Sheldon Square, Paddington, London W2 6EP

What: Floating seafood restaurant in Paddington

You said: "Such a unique experience. Brilliant food, brilliant wine, wonderful staff. It’s grand, it’s homely, it’s also like no other place in London. Floating on a boat and eating seafood - it’s distinctively London with the sense of being on holiday for an evening. Bliss." Charmaine

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Gezellig3 - Gezellig

Holborn Hall, 193-197 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD

What: A formidable restaurant team take on the old Holborn Town Hall

You said: "Great diverse menu that thinks as much about the grape varieties in the wine as the ingredients in the dishes. A winning combination!" Richard

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Plu4 - Plu

12 Blenheim Terrace, London NW8 0EB

What: French fine dining in St John's Wood

You said: "An artist chef who besides demonstrating an excellent technique and a solid French school behind him, literally draws the dishes, perfectly balanced between taste and creativity. A cosy, warm and romantic restaurant where you can surely experience a food and wine experience" Giusy.

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Allegra5 - Allegra

Olympic Park, 20-22 International Way, London E20 1GQ

What: High Rise in Stratford from Patrick Powell

You said: "The food and atmosphere are brilliant. The space is super special and it is game-changing for east Londoners and those outside of London wanting a truly special experience. The cocktails are also on point and it's very welcome to the area" Erika

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Church Road6 - Church Road

94 Church Road, Barnes, London SW13 0DQ

What: Rebecca Mascarenhas and Phil Howard's revamped Barnes restaurant

You said: "Beautiful decor - a room you want to stay in all night. Modern, tasty but light food. And the best front of house team in London in my opinion." Jennie

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Daffodil Mulligan7 - Daffodil Mulligan

70-74 City Rd, Old Street, London EC1Y 2BJ

What: Richard Corrigan goes east. 

You said: "Great food, wonderful atmosphere, friendly staff and best bar in London to end the evening."

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Wilder8 - Wilder

2-4 Boundary St, London E2 7DD

What: Seasonal food in the basement of Boundary

You said: "Eating out as it should be: a real treat! Excellent, quality produce beautifully prepared. Relaxed but attentive service."

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Norma9 - Norma

8 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2LS

What: Ben Tish does Sicilian in Fitzrovia

You said: "The food is just delicious and it honours Sicilian cuisine, elevating it beyond expectations. The arancini are not the traditional ones that grandmas would do in Italy, but with truffle and mushrooms you cannot go wrong, and they are one of my favourite things to eat. And the pasta alla norma is the reason we are all here, right?" Eleonora

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Flor10 - Flor

1 Bedale St, London SE1 9AL

What: The Lyle's team go to Borough

You said: "After a lifetime of believing that tomatoes are a crime of evolution, the chefs at Flor served me dish on dish of raw, dressed tomatoes. Not only did I like the food, not only did I go back for more, but I loved every bite. True, startling talent." Grace

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