We’re seeing newbie Indian restaurants poppadom-ing up every month and the demand from Londoners for traditional Indian dishes with a contemporary twist is veryyyy high. Other recently opened Indian hotspots include Kricket, Cinnamon Bazaar and DUM London. We can’t get enough and I’m enjoying seeing what each new restaurant brings to the table with their…
Bubbledogs has been kicking for a while now, and it was a huge deal when it first opened. It was one of the first restaurants in London to pair the casual hot dog with champagne and transform a casual delight into a gourmet meal. The trend has been successfully going in London since with everything…
Calcutta Street is a hot new opening in Fitzrovia founded by Shrimoyee who is behind all of the recipes and was inspired by the incredible Bengali food she experienced growing up. A cute and simplistic restaurant with pops of calm blue and décor that gives you a taste of the vibrant Bengali culture. Delicious food (my favourite dish was the paneer posto) and excellent service. Lots of vegetarian options and a separate lunch menu including rolls.
Reservations: Walk-ins only. Can reserve a table for 5 or more people.
Location: 29 Tottenham Court Road
This is one spice trail you need to follow! Mitz Vora, former sous chef at The Palomar, has created an exciting menu of street food inspired dishes from all over the world. Foley’s in Fitzrovia is a party of flavours with artistically presented food and pops of colour. Great vegetarian selection. My highlights were the peanut crackers, sweet potato fritters, aubergine and baklava cheesecake. The service was excellent throughout the meal – our waiter was super friendly and helpful. Foley’s officially opens 1st July.
Reservations: Can book online via the website
I absolutely love this place. Huge, thin crust 20 inch Pizzas or by the slice, beer and wine. The heavenly pizzas are made in Homeslice’s large wood fire oven using the freshest ingredients. A short and regularly changing menu with creative topping combinations. The focus is solely on the pizzas and there are no distracting sides or desserts. Paper plates and no cutlery so be prepared to get messy! Great speedy service, cheap and cheerful.
Reservations: No reservations
Locations: Covent Garden, Fritzovia, Shoreditch
Perfect for: A casual bite, lunch or dinner
A Scottish Highland inspired dining experience by Andy Waugh who has successfully brought a taste of Northern Scotland to Great Titchfield Street. Brilliant service, Highland themed décor, fresh high quality food and a calm candle-lit setting. Limited choice for veggies. One main vegetarian option – Grilled Cauliflower, a couple of veggie starters and a selection of mouth-watering desserts. For the meat eaters – Mac and Wild is known for the finest game sourced directly from The Highlands.
Reservations: Bookings can be made online via the website or call 0207 637 0510.
Location: 65 Great Titchfield Street, Fritzovia
Perfect for: A nice lunch or dinner with friends/family (More likely to be appreciated by meat eaters)
Breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, dessert, a coffee catch up, drinks after work- The Riding House Café accommodates it all. A lovely experience at The Riding House Café. The brasserie caters to everyone’s needs with its diverse menu. The food was good, but from what I had I wouldn’t say there was anything exceptional I’d have to go back for. However, there was a lot on the menu I would have liked to try (if I wasn’t so full!), particularly from the desserts selection. The service was great and we were well looked after.
Reservations: I booked a table online via OpenTable. It is easy to change or cancel reservations on this website. You can also call or email The Riding House Café directly to make bookings.
Location: Great Titchfield Street- just off Oxford Street and a 5-10 minute walk from Oxford Circus tube station.
Perfect for: Absolutely anything.
Price: Approximately £20-£30.