London can be a little crazy at times. I’m sure all Londoners go through phases where they question just why they have chosen to live in such a busy, fast-paced and hectic city. I know I do every now and then. Like all places, London has its flaws, but for a foodie there really is no better place to be. Whatever cuisine you fancy, London has it on offer somewhere. In fact, some of the best food I’ve ever eaten has been in this amazing city. So, with that in mind, I thought I’d throw together a top ten of my favourite London restaurants for you all to try.
Dirty burgers, cheesy fries, deep-fried pickles and some pretty decent cocktails, is what MEATliquor is all about. Sure it’s a little loud, and it’s not exactly what you’d call fine dining. I mean, your food literally arrives on a plastic tray with some kitchen roll, but as long as you don’t head here on a first date, it’ll all be okay. The Tower Block Burger is a personal favourite of mine, stacked with crispy chicken, cheese, jalapenos, spicy sauce and a hash brown. It’s pretty awesome!
9. Franco Manca
London’s best pizza joint! If you’re a fan of soft, doughy pizzas then Franco Manca is definitely the place for you. The menu has seven pizzas on offer, and then there’s usually a couple of specials on the board each day. You can build your own pizza too if you like. The ham, ricotta and wild mushroom pizza is a firm fave of mine though, so make sure you give that one a go.
8. Tapas Brindisa
This is by far my favourite tapas restaurant in the whole of London. The wine is amazing, the atmosphere is always buzzing, and the food is top quality. I’m not gonna lie, although all the dishes here are great, I’d probably visit Brindisa just for the Iberico ham alone. It’s literally the best thing in the world. Sure, the menu is a little more pricey than some tapas joints in London, but with food this good, it’s well worth the money.
Blacklock through the week is all about it’s top quality chops, cooked over burning hot coals. And while this sounds just delightful, it’s Blacklock’s Sunday lunch that I want to tell you about. Book a table and order the ‘All In’, and what you’ll get is a mountain of meat piled high on top of all the components of your dream roast dinner. Pour on a little bone marrow gravy, and you’ve got the best roast dinner in the city.
6. Som Saa
So I may have only been to Som Saa once, but if that’s all it takes to make it to number six in my top ten, then it must be pretty damn great. I went here a while back with a friend and we ordered way too much food, as always. But I’m so glad we did as we got to try so many of the amazing dishes that Som Saa offers. The best without a shadow of doubt, was the deep-fried sea bass that I’ve been dreaming about ever since. Must. Go. Back!
5. Counter Culture
A belated Valentine’s meal brought me and my girlfriend to this gem of a restaurant this year, and I’m so pleased we chose it. With a daily changing menu made up of small seasonal sharing plates, it’s a great restaurant to visit if you’re looking for something a little different. And with only 15 seats available, it’s a dining experience like no other. We ordered one of everything… and then a few more! Not the cheapest place to eat in London, but perfect for a special occasion.
I LOVE Dishoom. For lunch and dinner it’s fab, but for brunch it’s just something else. I could visit this place for a bacon and egg naan and a cup of chocolate chai every weekend, no problem! There’s a few dotted around London now, but the Carnaby Street branch is still my favourite choice. A perfect spot for group dining with lots of little dishes to share.
I visited Kricket for the first time a couple of week’s ago. After trying their infamous samphire pakoras at Taste of London this summer, I knew I had to get booked in. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed! The menu consists of small sharing dishes and they advise around three per person. Me and my girlfriend ordered seven between us and every single dish was exceptional. If I had to pick a highlight, I’d have to go for the Keralan fried chicken. Probably the best fried chicken I’ve ever had.
Pasta is my favourite food in the world, and Padella does it better than anywhere else in London. You know you’re in for a good meal when people are queuing down the street for a table, and with pasta this amazing I don’t mind the wait. I’ve been here a fair amount of times now and have always had a great meal. The pici cacio e pepe is hands down the best dish at Padella, but with a daily changing menu there’s always a wide range of tasty options to try.
So here it is, my favourite restaurant in the whole of London… Smokestak! Home to the BEST beef brisket I’ve ever eaten, slow-cooked pork that falls off the bone and indulgent rarebit potatoes, it’s my idea of food heaven. The restaurant has a cool industrial interior, and the smell of smoked meats hits you as soon as you walk through the door. Again, like a lot of the restaurants in this list, the menu consists of small plates designed to share. Visit in a group and you’ll probably get to try everything off the menu