I published a concise London guide on my Swedish blog today and was going to leave it at that. But, on afterthought, I think this guide would be useful here too.
LONDON – a guide, vol.1.
I plan to update this guide a couple of times a year to keep it fresh.
The Square - Wonderful Phil Howards two -starred restaurant is amazing. Sofisticated, amazing service and of of course delicious food.
The Ledbury - Notting Hill restaurant with two stars and a spotless reputation.
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon - Quite relaxed for a two-starred restaurant. Also serves small plates.
Roganic - Simon Rogan is true to his own way of cooking and mixes technical gastronomy with foraging. A pop-up restaurant that became permanent.
Pollen St Social - Jason Atherton is trained by Gordon Ramsay but it far more endearing. And his food is amazing. One star.
Hix - British, well cooked and seasonal food. Nice bar in the basement too.
St John - Fergus Henderson started the concept nose to tail eating and can cook any cut of meat to absolute perfection. The signature dish is his bone marrow and parsley salad which I love. One star.
Bull & Last - Cosy and relaxed with great grub. Known for their Sunday lunches. In Kentish Town.
Harwood Arms - A one-starred gastro pub. Amazing food in cosy surroundings. In Fulham.
Bocca di Lupo - Authentic food, cosy interior. Anthony Carluccio approves!
Zucca - A favourite! Fantastic modern Italian food. In Bermondsey.
The Polpo Group - Four central restaurants with authentic Venetian cuisine. Cheap too.
Leong’s Legends - My fave. Have a feast of dim sum and crispy aromatic duck. First come first serve.
Dishoom - Bombay Style Café with proper Indian food. In the middle of Covent Garden, cheap.
Barrafina - Only 27 covers and no reservations so come here early or late. Simple yet wonderful tapas, always seasonal.
MeatLiqour - A little New York-y with dimmed lights, skull and crossbones in the ceiling and great burgers, chicken wings and fries.
Bar Boulud - American restaurateur Daniel Boulud’s first London restaurant is a hit and may have the best burgers in town.
Hawksmoor - Great steaks, really good bearnaise sauce (and I don’t say that lightly), chilled out ambiance. Not cheap but worth it.
J Sheekey’s - A Covent Garden institution that’s still holding its own. Both restaurant and oyster bar.
Outlaw’s - Nathan Outlaw has created a name for himself and is a fish expert!
Yashin - Sushi serves without soy sauce. The soy is incorporate into the rice instead. Best sushi in town!
The Wolseley - You breakfast in style here. Art deco interiors, perfectly cooked eggs and pastries. So famous for their breakfasts that A. A. Gill wrote a book about it.
Kopapa - Peter Gordon’s café in Covent Garden. Laid back and really good food.
Fortnum & Mason - Fornum’s has great restaurants and cafés too.
Dinner - Legend Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant in Knightsbridge serves dishes dated from the 1390s onwards. One star.
Bubbledogs - Hotdogs and champagne!
Nopi - Ottolenghi’s wonderful restaurant with unusual flavour combinations. Also has a NYC feel to it. Even the loo is fantastic.
John Salt - Neighbourhood restaurant with that little something extra. BBQ inspired food. Very foodie!
Balthazar - The French New York restaurant has opened in Covent Garden. Impossible to get a table at the moment, but the bakery next door does takeaway.
Dabbous – last year’s most popular restaurant is still, indeed, popular.
Footnote There are plenty of great restaurants in London and this is a selection.