A hidden gem, and one for dedicated sushi lovers, this 6 seater set up specialises in Yoroppa-Mae style Sushi Omakase. There is no menu, the chef serves up to 18 inventive courses with the freshest fish he can source that day. The chef graduated from Tokyo Sushi Academy and the restaurant focuses on Japanese techniques while also taking influence from his Colombian and Thai heritage. An intimate and unique experience.
The character of Brixton comes from the diversity of long-standing independent businesses and Caribbean community, and this Jamaican restaurant offers staple Caribbean food that many locals will queue for. The no-frills site on Electric Avenue cooks up salt fish, callaloo, chicken and beef patties, dumplings and more. They also bake fresh Jamaican hardo bread on site daily and there is seating on two floors if you want to take your time.
Franzina Trattoria began its life in a shipping container in Pop Brixton. This husband and wife team then found themselves a permanent spot a mere stone’s throw away from their original home. Passionate about food from their hometown Palermo, this restaurant takes you through Sicily’s culinary traditional dishes and more - try their panelle, arancini and sfincione. Finish with cannoli or their Sicilian doughnuts with cinnamon, fresh ricotta cream and chocolate.
Can’t afford a flight to the Caribbean? Close your eyes, take in the reggae vibes, order a rum Ting and you are halfway to being there at this laid back, well-known corner spot in Brixton Village Market. Food is unfussy, delicious and flavourful with the home made chilli sauces packing a punch. Local owner Brian hails from Trinidad and gives credit to his grandma for inspiring delicious dishes such as codfish fritters, reggae wings slathered in sticky chutney, rotis and a banging jerk chicken.
Well known within the South American community, this Colombian restaurant often has a queue outside its doors. Located on the Coldharbour Lane Village entrance, this simply furnished space offers a cosy setting with a largely meat based menu. Known for substantial portions, often served with a drink and banana on the side, diners can choose their famous hen soup, empanadas, beef in creole sauce or frijoles with rice and fried plantain. The food is traditional, rustic, and reasonably priced.
A crisp, refreshing beer with an Indian is a fine thing and Booma’s USP is to match its selection of craft beers, ales, stouts and ciders to the dishes you choose on the menu. Think wine pairing but with beers. Booma offers 1/3 and 2/3 pint options so that you aren’t limited to what you can taste and match to your dinner. The staff are super knowledgeable, helping to choose what’s right for you.
This family-run business opened its second location on Coldharbour Lane, bringing authentic Vietnamese cuisine inspired by their grandmother's cooking.
Traditional dishes such as fragrant summer rolls, crispy mini Banh Khot prawn pancakes and lemongrass beef in betel leaves are great for sharing, while there are lots of heartier larger dishes and a great vegetarian offering too. Make sure to try the Bhan Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) on their weekend menu.
Beb's is a bring your own, café-style Indian restaurant specialising in Goanese food. Generous portions and a wider variety of well known Indian dishes are also available, making it a staple for many locals. Green masala curry lamb, a fragrant dish with spinach, or xacuti chicken cooked with coconut, star anise and nutmeg draw the regulars back in time and time again.
This all-day bistro is set in a former Edwardian laundry - stylish and grown up with a New York feel to it. The terrace will be fantastic in the summer as few places offer outside drinking and dining in this area. Food is seasonal, with a chalk board noting daily sharing dishes. With the same owners as The Wine Parlour in Pop Brixton, a lot of time has been spent on the drinks menu, with wine also available to take out.
Run by the Raclette brothers, this shipping container in the middle of Pop Brixton offers up a short, seasonally changing menu. Melted raclette is scraped at your table on to potatoes, pickles and crispy pancetta and there's also tartiflette with wild mushroom and gungy rebloucon, fondue with a choice of either gruyere or Lincolnshire poacher and more. Let's face it, you aren’t going to walk away hungry. All that and an informed wine list too.
Paradise took over the space once held by Spuntino, serving up British and Sri Lankan ingredients in a menu that's inspired by the owner's childhood trips to Sri Lanka. This is matched by a sleek room designed by the people who did Smoking Goat and Klin.
This is a combined wine bar, trattoria and deli in Marylebone. It comes from chef Maurizio Morelli, also behind Latium in Fitzrovia. Expect a traditional Italian menu throughout, and you should pay particular attention to their bread - bricole does mean breadcrumbs, after all.
Once referred to by Alain Ducasse as having the best fish and chips in London, this isn't your standard chippy, with the decor being a cut above to start. The restaurant has been family-owned for 50 years, surviving a fire in 2009 and there's a lot to back up Ducasse's claim.
This upmarket Chinese restaurant in Marylebone certainy hasn't stinted on the opulence, with a flamboyant look and feel throughout. The menu is huge, but the weekend and lunchtime dim-sum is what it's all about. It's very popular with families and larger groups alike.
This Italian restaurant in Marylebone comes from Kurt Zdesar, the man behind Chotto Matte and Black Roe. There's traditional Italian cooking in a very impressive building, decked out in stained glass windows.
Clarette took over an old pub in Marylebone and kept the pub aesthetic with a touch of Art Deco design. You'll find a wine bar downstairs with a more traditional bistro upstairs, alongside a French wine list.
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
This is the Standard's flagship restaurant at the top of the high-rise building in King's Cross. It's run by Peter Sanchez-Iglesias who has two Michelin-starred restaurants in Bristol, features food that's inspired by Mexico and Spain - and has some great views too.
This neighbourhood cafe in Clerkenwell is blessed with a hidden courtyard terrace which is a good-to-know alfresco option in this area. As for the food, they serve up ethically-sourced organic produce taking inspiration from both European and Californian cafes and a small regularly changing menu.
This Clerkenwell pub has a long history in Clerkenwell and may only be second in line to The Eagle when it comes to pubs that went "gastro". Settle in downstairs for more traditional pub fare, or head to the upstairs restaurant if you're after something a little more fancy.
The Eagle in Clerkenwell is often credited as the first modern gastropub - with restaurant-quality food being served inside a pub. Many years down the line, it's still a reliable spot for a good meal, serving up a seasonal menu in a faintly ramshackle pub. The steak sandwiches are some of the best in town.
Hammer and Tongs specialises in serving up South African braai(aka barbecue). So expect meat, fish and vegetables cooked on a wood-fired grill, not to mention some local specialities including biltong, Cape Malay curry fish, braaibroodjie and more. And yes, there will be a lot of South African wine on the menu.
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Macellaio RC have a few sites across London where the main event is the steak, and you'll see plenty of this hanging in the restaurant. It's all Italian-style steak from a female Fassona breed. There is some pasta available too - but you'll really need to be trying as much from the grill as possible to do the place justice.
This is an offshoot of Josh Katz's Berber & Q, and is something of a cut-down version of the main restaurant. Here you can find a combination of mezze, hummus and plenty from the grill - including the lamb shawarme of course - as well as rotisserie chicken. And make sure to hang around for their desserts.
In a quiet part of Clerkenwell, The Green comes from the same people who also run The Culpeper in Shoreditch. Either take it easy in the pub downstairs or head up to the first floor restaurant and you'll find the pub serving modern British food from an ever changing menu. Also look out for a Sunday lunch where they concentrate on Beef Wellington and one key roast dish.
Notting Hill's Ukai is very much in the fusion mould - mainly Japanese, but taking in Mediterranean and South American infuences. The robata grill is put to good use - and look out for their snacks, aka "Japas".
This Notting Hill pub is highly rated by locals. The ethos is "Eat heartily and give the house a good name'" which has given London this lovely, modern gastropub, with a strong selection of oysters and shellfish.
This egg-focused, brunch-heavy restaurant comes from Ennismore (the same people behind the Hoxton hotels). There are all types of eggs - in burgers, omelettes, salads and even simple boiled eggs and soldiers if that's what you fancy.
Natoora are already known for their excellent grocery stores, and this Notting Hill outpost also features an in-store cafe, the Natoora Counter. Open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, each dish on the menu will be fully traceable.
Originally beginning life as Cool Chile Co stall on Portobello Road, the team moved inside to become Taqueria, serving up tacos, tostados, ceviches and all manner of Mexican treats.