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Oxford Street and Regent Street in central London are best known for their many shopping attractions, but there are also plenty of great places to eat. From Michelin-starred restaurants to relaxed Middle Eastern locales, there are many options available should you need to refuel mid-shopping trip. Put your bags to the side and take the time to savour the many culinary delights of this area of London.
If you’re looking for high-end Cantonese, then Hakkasan is a good place to start. This highly regarded restaurant is hidden in a little cul-de-sac just north of Tottenham Court Road Underground station. Hakkasan Hanway Place is the original in what is now a set of global restaurants. Expect top quality food and a price tag reflecting this; Hakkasan’s signature dishes include Peking duck with caviar and braised dried whole Japanese abalone. On Sundays, there is also a special dim sum menu with seasonal cocktails, accompanied by a DJ.
Hakkasan Hanway Place, 8 Hanway Place, London, UK, +44 20 7927 7000
Yalla Yalla is a relaxing place to rest your feet after some hardcore shopping. Yalla Yalla serves good value, tasty Beirut street food accompanied by friendly service. Think rich creamy hommus, refreshing tabboule and tender lamb skewers, accompanied by piping hot pittas. There are many choices for both vegetarians and meat lovers. If you’re in a celebratory mood, you can even treat yourself to an unusual cocktail. The coriander cocktail containing gin, orange curaçao, passion fruit and fresh coriander is particularly intriguing.
Yalla Yalla, 12 Winsley Street, London, UK, +44 20 7637 4748
Sketch is worth visiting for its appearance alone; there are few London restaurants with such quirky design and rotating art exhibitions in the foyer. On Sketch’s top floor is two Michelin-starred restaurant The Lecture Room & Library. Dishes are intricate French creations, such as saddle of venison marinated with cumin, served with red cabbage and cassis marmalade, roasted pear chestnut ice cream and grapefruit gel. The wine list is equally impressive and has been awarded the ‘Best Award for Excellence’ by Wine Spectator and AA Guide’s ‘Best UK Wine List.’
Sketch, 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London, UK, +44 20 7659 4500
Heddon Street is a restaurant oasis at the lower end of Regent Street. Momo takes its pride of place in this square of great places to eat. Momo has a big celebrity following and was voted ‘Most Consistently Excellent’ at the Tatler Restaurant Awards 2015. Alongside the traditional tagines and couscous served here there are more unusual North African dishes. One such example is wood pigeon pastilla, a fine pastry filled with spiced pigeon and served with orange marmalade. In addition to lunch, you can also visit Momo’s MoCafé for a Moroccan Afternoon Tea or mezze.
Momo, 25 Heddon Street, London, UK, +44 20 7434 4040
Perched above Regent Street, Veeraswamy is one of England’s oldest Indian restaurants. The great grandson of an English general and an Indian princess founded the restaurant in 1926. The menu is based on classical cuisine from different regions of India. Food inspiration is taken from the streets as well as the palaces. Expect well-executed classics such as Kerala prawn curry and duck vindaloo plus a small selection of vegetarian dishes. Complement your curry with a glass of wine recommended by the sommelier or perhaps a refreshing guava and passion fruit mojito.
Veeraswamy, Victory House, 99 Regent St, London, UK, +44 20 7734 1401