Calcutta Street

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.

Rating: 8/10
Reservations: Walk-ins only. Can reserve a table for 5 or more people.
Location: 29 Tottenham Court Road

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Foley’s

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.

Rating: 8/10
Reservations: Can book online via the website
Location: Fitzrovia

Talli Joe

Inspired by the dive bars in India, Shaftesbury Avenue’s Talli Joe is the exciting new venture of ex-Benares chef Sameer Taneja. Expect small plates and an extensive cocktail menu incorporating ingredients from different regions in India. Flavourful food, small portions and a fun tapas style dining experience. Perfect for a light meal, but if you’re very hungry it could cost you a pretty penny.

Reservations: Can book online via ResDiary
Location: Shaftesbury Avenue
Perfect for: A lunch or dinner catch up with friends/family
Rating: 7/10

Chotto Matte

The Chotto Matte experience was one of a kind due to my unfamiliarity with Peruvian-Nikkei cuisine. The extensive and exotic menu hosts a range of fresh flavours, including sweet and sour, making it appealing to most palettes. Picturesque food, decent service and vibrant artistic decor. I’m glad I tried another one of Kurt Zdesar‘s hotspots but I won’t be eagerly running back for the food. I felt it was fairly limited for a vegetarian in terms of flavours and options. I should add my friend very much enjoyed the meat and fish dishes.

Reservations: Online via OpenTable. Card details may be requested later to confirm the booking.
Location: Soho. Closest stations: Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road
Perfect for: A special occasion, date night, a fancy dinner with friends/family
Price: Approximately £50 per person
Rating: 6/10