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Best 10 Restaurants in London

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by Julie McNamee (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in North London. Visit my blog at www.quirkytravel.com.
Published January 1st 2012
Savoir Faire
Savoir Faire


Having lived in London for over 6 years now, and having eaten out quite a bit, here's my choice of London's best restaurants.

Savoir Faire



This small family-owned French restaurant between Holborn and Oxford Street is a good choice for a bite to eat after a long day's shopping, or a excellent value gourmet meal for two. They tend to stick to the French bistro classics, and it's all good, home-made tasty food. Service is excellent - the Scottish lady who runs the restaurant makes her customers feel right at home and nothing is too much trouble.

Address

42 New Oxford Street
London
WC1A 1EP
Phone: 020 7436 0707
Website: http://savoir.co.uk/savoir/index.html

Bintang



Situated in Kentish Town and easily reachable from Camden Town, this is a quirky and cosy Malaysian/Indonesian/Thai restaurant is probably the best value choice on this list. They're not licensed so bring your own bottle. Try the whole seabass with a choice of spicy sauce and a bottle of your own Gewurtztraminar. Yum.

Address

93 Kentish Town Road
London
NW1 8NY

Phone: 020 7813 3393
Website: http://bintangrestaurant.com/

Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road


Gordon Ramsay, Royal Hospital Road



I have seen it mentioned that this is now the most expensive restaurant in London - down to their seven course Menu Prestige for 125. Their set lunch menu is much more affordable, however, although you can still spend a fortune what with wine and brandies etc ... The best service I've ever experienced, the scrummiest food. I can't recommend Gordon Ramsay's enough for a celebration meal.

Address

68 Royal Hospital Road
London
SW3 4HP

Phone: 020 7352 4441
Website: http://www.gordonramsay.com/royalhospitalroad

Pho

This is a chain of Vietnamese street food cafes. I've tried out their fare in Westfield London, as well as in one of their Soho branches. Fresh, healthy flavours predominate - try their Goi Ga (chicken salad) or one of their noodle soups, accompanied by a zingy apple and ginger juice and you'll feel much better about yourself!

Address

Soho
163-165 Wardour Street,
London,
W1F 8WN,
Telephone:
02074 343 938


Westfield London
Westfield
London
W12 7SL

Phone: 07824 662 320
Website: http://www.phocafe.co.uk/



Lahore Kebab House



Authentic Pakistani food is the speciality of this restaurant. Be prepared to queue as this place is extremely popular: not for too long, however, as service is extremely efficient and they're quite used to dealing with large numbers of people. You'd be hard pressed to find a better curry in London, and you can bring your own beer or wine (there's a supermarket just down the street to stock up in before your meal.)


Address:

2-10 Umberston Street
London
E1 1PY

Phone: 020 7488 2551
Website: http://lahore-kebabhouse.com/


New Fook Lam Moon



Not all Chinatown restaurants can be recommended: some are complete tourist rip-off joints. We've to the New Fook Lam Moon quite a few times now, however, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. Never having been to China, I can't comment on whether their food (it's actually a mix of Chinese and Malaysia) is authentic, but their grilled dumplings are beauteous and service, although brisk, is courteous as well.

Address

10 Gerrard St
Soho, W1D 5

Phone: 0871 075 7068

Fratelli la Bufala



Pizza is the food to try in this neighbourhood Italian restaurant near Hampstead Heath rail station. The buffalo mozzarella is extremely important to the flamboyant owner of this business and it enhances the flavour of the pizza no end (other dishes are available.)

Address

45A South End Road
London
NW3 2QB

Phone: 07435 7814

Bull & Last
Bull & Last



Bull & Last



A favourite of food critic Giles Coren (who lives nearby), this serves some of the best gastropub food that I've tasted in London. You'll find all the usual gastropub dishes on lunch menu and distinctly posher food such as venison and game pie at night, but everything is in season, and every supplier they use get a mention on their website. Excellent.

Address:

168 Highgate Road
London
NW5 1QS

Phone: 020 726 73641
Website: http://www.thebullandlast.co.uk

Sabor



Situated in Islington, this is a lively, bright and modern South American restaurant. The staff are lovely and I can't recommend the ceviche followed by rabbit in chocolate sauce enough. And their margheritas aren't bad either.

Address

108 Essex Road
London, N1 8LX

Phone: 020 7226 5551
Website:http://www.sabor.co.uk/

Eriki

A Swiss Cottage favourite, Eriki has been around for a while now and has even opened up in the Crowne Plaza, Heathrow as well. We've had quite a few meals in this slightly upmarket Indian restaurant and their onion bhajis in particular are to be recommended. Service is professional and friendly and we're always left contented and satisfied.

Address

4-6 Northways Parade
Finchley Road
Swiss Cottage
London
NW3 5EN

Phone: 020 7722 0606
Website: http://www.eriki.co.uk
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