London’s Soho has a great range of restaurants to satisfy any culinary craving, whether it’s for a traditional British dinner, flavours of Southeast Asia or Italian Umbrian cuisine fit for a king.
There is simply nowhere better than Soho for dining in London, so head on over to London this month and visit one of the best restaurant in Soho London…
Best Restaurant in Soho London
Quo Vadiswas one of the first Italian restaurants to open in Soho, in the 1920s, and it has recently been given a new lease of life with the arrival of Jeremy Lee. Jeremy’s cooking is simple yet superbly executed and he has a fascination with seeking out slightly unusual ingredients that he presents against a backdrop of the best British cooking traditions. The menu changes daily but summer fare has included sweetbreads, squid, duck hearts, samphire and pickled gooseberries.
Simply the name draws people in, who wouldn’t want to visit such a merrily titled establishment? The original Rum Kitchen opened in early 2013, in the island paradise of Westbourne near Portobello Road, and was an immediate hit with the locals, evoking time spent holidaying in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Choose Rum for beautifully flavoured Caribbean food.
The first Polpetto premises was above French House and now the restaurant is an extension to the ever-popular pub. The dining room used to be run by Fergus and Margot Henderson before they opened St John, so it has great provenance and delicious cuisine to match.
Bocca di Lupo
Bocca di Lupo were one of the first in the wave of Soho restaurants that sought to change the local dining scene. Chef Jacob Kennedy’s take on classic Italian regional cuisine is like the Silver Spoon cookbook brought to life, with the stripped down simple food served in buzzy, glamorous surroundings.
Not far from Soho you will find the amazing Chinatown London, where you can experience authentic East Asian cuisine in the very heart of London.
The history of this area stretches back to the late 1960s, when the area was established as the epicentre of London’s Chinese community, and then in the 1980’s the area got a revamp, with the streets becoming pedestrianised, and Chinese gates, street furniture and a pavilion were added. Today, there is so much to explore, but the best bit has to be the array of restaurants, bars and cafes, all serving incredible East and Southeast Asian cuisine.
I have included some of my favourite spots below:
- Dumplings Legend – If you are after dumplings, this is the place to go! The iconic dim sum is a must-try when visiting Chinatown and at Dumplings’ Legend, they stick to traditional methods but adding a twist, with additions including spicy pork and crayfish, or even Xiaolongbao. They serve an impressive 47 variations of the much-loved dim sum, all made in their open-plan, glass-walled, kitchen right before your very eyes. I loved the vegetarian dumplings, and the dumpling platter.
- Viet Food – A favourite of mine, Viet Food serves up some of the best traditional Vietnamese street food dishes, by Michelin-starred chef, Jeff Tan. The menu reflects those long-loved dishes, including Chilli Grilled Sirloin Salad, Five Spice Soft Shell Crab, or Tan’s version of Crispy Coconut Calamari. I was also obsessed with their Saigon beef soup with shimeji mushrooms and vermicelli. YUM!
- Bubblewrap – This is the place to come for waffles, or more specifically bubble wraps! You start by picking your waffle base – plain, chocolate or matcha and then add your toppings. It could be strawberry cheesecake or pistachio gelato, white chocolate stars or even edible flowers.
- Cuppacha – I have fallen for bubble tea and it seems so has everyone else. Those chewy tapioca balls make it the perfect treat for a day exploring London. We stopped here last week to try authentic Taiwanese bubble tea, with a twist: Matcha Red Bean Bubble Tea.
- JinLi – Named after the famous gastronomy street in Chengdu, Sichuan, Jinli serves up some of the best Sichuan in the city. JinLi’s signature dish, JinLi Grilled Fish in Chilli Oil, is a must-eat and I would also recommend the vegetarian spring rolls and the Duck Tongue.
- Wing Wing – This place serves THE BEST fried chicken!! Inspired by Korea’s chicken-and-beer “chimaek” joints and their NYC imitators, Wing Wing serve fried chicken with a difference. The crispy chicken is incredible, and is served with an array of sides. Oh and try their ginger beer slush!!!
- TSUJIRI – One of the best places to try Matcha in London! TSUJIRI is a dessert tea house specialising in everything matcha! They serve amazingly good matcha ice cream and matcha lattes, and I especially love Matcha Strawberry Kakigori, with matcha shaved ice, kanten (agar jelly), yoghurt, strawberry sauce and topped with matcha soft serve, kinako warabi mochi and 2 shiratama dango!
- Sakurado – Well known for their Japanese Wobbly Cheesecake, Sakurado is a cake lover’s dream. They serve an incredible array of cakes all beautifully handmade with 30 mille crêpes carefully layered between velvety rich cream. They use ingredients including Matcha, Yuzu, Hojicha and Black Sesame Charcoal.
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