Darjeeling Express

I LOVE Carnaby. It’s my go-to food spot and never fails to provide a great selection of restaurants, including old faves and trendy new hotspots. Home to some of my favourite restaurants, such as Pizza Pilgrims, Dishoom and Le Bab, this foodie heaven is prime location for any new restaurant. Constant footfall, hungry tourists and…

Le Bab

Kebabs are the next in the culinary trend of gourmet fast food following the footsteps of hot dogs, meatballs and burgers. The creative foodie founders of Le Bab, Stephen Tozer and Ed Brunet, met at university and decided to turn everyone’s favourite kebab stop into a gourmet dining experience. The food is cooked on a wood, charcoal-fired robata and incorporates seasonal ingredients and the wood-fired flavours of the Middle East, near East and South East Asia. The meal was delicious, particularly the paneer bab. Slightly cramped with tightly packed tables and good service. Another one to try in the food heaven that is Kingly Court!

Reservations: Bookings can be made online via OpenTable
Location: Kingly Court, Carnaby. Closest station – Oxford Circus
Perfect for: A casual lunch or dinner
Rating: 8/10

Jinjuu

A contemporary Korean restaurant located on Kingly Street in the heart of Carnaby by celebrity chef, Judy Joo. Trendy menu featuring tapas and larger dishes with surprise appearances from classic foods, such as burgers and tacos. Good service, fun atmosphere and upbeat music similar to an underground bar in New York. A great place for drinks and a bite after work or to celebrate a special occasion.

Reservations: Can book online via OpenTable or email reservations@jinjuu.com
Location: 15 Kingly Street, Carnaby. Closest station: Oxford Circus
Price: approx £30
Perfect for: A dinner with friends/family
Rating: 7/10

FlatPlanet

A great find in Carnaby specialising in flatbread pizzas made with organic English spelt flour. Tasty vegetarian options available. FlatPlanet also offer salads, coffees/drinks and desserts on their short and sweet menu. Friendly staff and good service. Seating available (more downstairs) and there is a click and collect takeaway option.

Reservations: No reservations
Location: Great Marlborough Street, Carnaby. Closest station: Oxford Circus
Perfect for: A casual lunch
Price: Under £10
Rating: 7/10

Dishoom Carnaby Test Run Event

My first blog post goes to one of my favourite restaurants in London (as well as many other Londoners judging by the queues!). I have been eagerly anticipating the opening of the newest addition to the growing Dishoom family and as expected it didn’t fail to impress! Lots of delicious vegetarian dishes and unforgettable service. The extremely popular restaurant has been a preferred go to of mine for a few years due to the wide variety of veggie options and this won’t be changing anytime soon!

Reservations: Reservations can be made online for groups of 6 or more for dinner and any number for breakfast/lunch. You can also email reservations@dishoom.com
Good luck! It’s hard to secure a dinner reservation here unless its well in advance.
Locations: Carnaby, Kings Cross, Shoreditch, Covent Garden
Perfect for: Any occasion.
Rating: 9/10