Food has never betrayed me, therefore ya girl will never turn her back on the many insanely good restaurants London has to offer. I’m often asked about what my favourite places are to dine, which continues to be a question I still can’t answer, but here are a handful of major hits I think you should know about, both Michelin star and casual spots you can simply walk into without reservations.
Kai, Mayfair. A Sophisticated Chinese restaurant serving gourmet classics in an elegant, modern dining room. I’m yet to find another restaurant who’s food tastes like its been prepared by God himself. You can taste the freshness in the ingredients of each dish, be apart of a narrative as your waiter goes through some of the preparation techniques used and you truly feel like your in a restaurant deserving of its Michelin star title. Definitely on the pricey side and probably best appropriate for a special occasion, but a restaurant I’d recommend EVERYBODY try at some point to experience how food should always taste. 65 S Audley St, Mayfair, London W1K 2QU
Christopher’s. A Modern American Restaurant and Martini Bar offering some great upscale comfort food. I’ve been back many times and never leave disappointed. Definitely worth a booking for a birthday dinner or valentines day meal. Please try the surf and turf, it is unreal. Covent Garden, 18 Wellington St, London WC2E 7DD
Hakassan. An upscale, modern Chinese restaurant in the West End of London. To my surprise, its far from being overly hyped up and just a popular word referenced amongst celebs, but rather a haven for ridiculously delicious (ridiculously priced) food. Although the prices are daunting, you can’t deny how justified this is, considering how beautifully prepared and presented each dish is. I’m yet to find a dish I don’t like here and will always recommend Hakassan for first time London visitors who aren’t afraid to splash out a little. 8 Hanway Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HD
Bob Bob Ricard. Uniformed staff serve Russian-inspired Modern British food and cocktails in cool art deco surroundings. I’ll be honest, I only planned on visiting knowing I could get a photo of the infamous ‘press for champagne‘ button but was pleasantly surprised by how amazing the food was when a friend and I went to dine for lunch. I’d highly recommend a visit. Try the crispy pork belly, it’ll change your life. 1 Upper James St, Soho, London W1F 9DF
Sushi Samba. A Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian sushi restaurant in a cool design setting with 38th-floor views from the Heron Tower. Although considered ‘overpriced’ by some of my peers, still some of the best sushi I’ve had in London with breathtaking views and a chilled environment, perfect for a girls night out. Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
Meat Liquor. Former mission with stained glass and salvaged-wood tables, serving upmarket American style food. The official spot for the best cheeky junk food you’ll ever pig out on and super underrated. Very affordable prices and the best milkshakes you’ll ever taste. I’m long overdue a revisit. 15 Hoxton Market, London N1 6HG
Red Dog American Sandwiches. Discovered at random, my partner and I were pleasantly surprised to find this hidden gem following a hungry walk in search for something new to try. Specialising in American sandwiches ranging from Philly cheesesteaks to classic juicy hamburgers, you can’t go wrong with Red Dog. 37 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NN
Padella. A Modern bistro with a short list of housemade pasta dishes accompanied by wine & Italianate drinks. I’m no Italian but I know when a super small restaurant has customers queuing outside for hours on end and standing up to eat that the food must be good and that it is. Authentic tasting Italian dishes made right. Try and get here early, you won’t regret it. 6 Southwark St, London SE1 1TQ
A super random selection but I hope you guys will try out some of these picks soon! I will be reviewing a whole bunch of restaurants (of many cuisines) this year for Shen Talks so keep your eyes peeled for what new hidden gems I manage to come across. Also comment below if you’d be interested in my top restaurants picks for around Europe, I have a post in abundance just waiting to be shared! Happy dining.