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Fitzrovia has been something of a media hub thanks to the range of offices in the area but over the years it has also evolved into a foodie hotspot, especially along Charlotte Street. The area is also fantastically diverse in terms of cuisine; from Peruvian to Scottish to Taiwanese, you’ll find it all here.
The original Bao in Soho has become so popular (there seems to permanently be a queue to get in) that it was only natural a second site would be opened. The Fitzrovia branch of Bao has the same signature steamed buns but also a host of exclusive dishes too, such as fried chicken chops, XO sweetcorn with spiced beef butter and chiang shi rice bowls. And best of all, you can book seats downstairs so no need to wait.
Michelin-starred Lima, from chef Virgilio Martinez, opened when Peruvian restaurants became extremely fashionable in London and has remained popular ever since, even spawning a sister site in Covent Garden. The menu is all about showing off modern Peruvian food using a mix of quality British produce and native ingredients not often seen here, like Amazonian ponzu, fermented Andean chillies and Inchicapi corn. Even for those familiar with Peruvian food, the plates at Lima taste so fresh and exciting, and look pretty as a picture too.
More of a café than a full-on restaurant, Kin deserves a mention because it’s fully vegetarian (there’s also a strong vegan and gluten-free offering too). The menu changes daily and makes great use of seasonal, organic and nutritious produce, so as well as salads, soups, sandwiches and egg dishes you can get specials like raw sushi and vegan burgers. And yes, they haven’t forgotten about cakes and pastries either, so you can score a wholesome meal without compromising on flavour.