Best known for it’s world-class stage performances, London’s West End has plenty more to offer. Fuel up pre-theatre and choose from our top restaurants to visit.
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
The Venetian word to describe ‘a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young local wines,’ Polpo, is one of the top restaurants to visit in the West End. Receiving the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand for five consecutive years, the restaurant offers a menu of extensive classic Italian cuisine. With dishes like Cicheti, Fritto Misto,Rabbit and Spinach, Parmesan & soft egg pizzette, this Soho spot is the ultimate Italian foodies dream. Polpo, 81 Duke of York Square London SW3 4LY,
A stunning rooftop venue, Aqua Nueva is one of the West End’s top spots for Spanish cuisine. The restaurant offers a set lunch menu, an À la Carte, dessert menu, a bar and a Sobremesa Sunday menu. The venue invites people with a variety of tastes to try out its creations. Available to hire for events holding up to 400 standing, the restaurant prides itself on being open for a number of different uses to the London social and culinary scene.
The ‘Daddy of all ramen shops,’ the Bone Daddies restaurant in Soho is the ultimate ramen destination. This quirky spot is a no reservations restaurant that offers a lot more than just a bowl of ramen. With a late night menu, a snacks menu and a specific ramen menu, this is the one-stop shop for all things ramen. A definite spot for great food and great character.
Dishoom, Kings Cross, Shoreditch and Covent Garden
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Paying homage to the old Irani cafes in Bombay, Dishoom takes its rightful place on the list of the West End’s top restaurants thanks to its eclectic and exotic menu. Open for lunch, dinner, tea and brunch, any one of Dishoom’s multiple locations is the perfect place to develop your taste buds and be transported to India through the West End, it’s a must try.
Father and son Albert and Michael Roux Jr come together at their newly-named restaurant Roux at the Landau. The menu offers classically-constructed’ French cuisine with a ‘modern approach.’ The space is also open for private dining and hosts a number of larger events as well. For glamorous dinners to ‘magical weddings’ or any other unique invitation, the Roux at the Landau is the place to turn to.
Head to Momo, London’s very own North African den. Opened in 1997, this historical landmark is open for music, food and art with its restaurant, café, outdoor terrace and basement/bar. With dishes that include authentic North African Cuisine, the restaurant has been named the Most Consistently Excellent Restaurant in the Tatler Awards 2015. This is the place to go for a whole new original and exciting culinary experience.
One of London’s well-known dining rooms, the Ten room at Café Royal holds its own on the list of top restaurants not only in the West End, but also in London as a whole. Overseen by chef Andrew Turner, the restaurant offers a traditional selection of dishes with a mix of contemporary flavors and styles. The restaurant introduced the ‘Bring your own ingredient’ idea, which allows customers to bring their own favourite flavours from which the chefs prepare a meal. A great way to test the chefs of the establishment whilst also allowing the guests to have an unforgettable experience.
‘Bringing the spirit of Latin America to the heart of London’, Coya provides a dinner with a show as the restaurant’s chefs prepare authentic Peruvian food in one of three open kitchens. Coya’s menu keeps traditional elements of Peruvian cooking alive while also adhering to the diverse and cosmopolitan clientele of London.
Boasting a signature weekly changing menu, the Hix Soho restaurant offers a unique collection of seasonal British food. Within each Hix restaurant, however, your attention is also very much drawn to the detail of the décor, which presents eclectic and vibrant neon pieces from a number of celebrated British artists. The bar downstairs and eccentric cocktail list is just another reason as to why customers line up to enjoy an evening at this spot.