Eating our way around Carnaby’s Kingly Court
Where can you find a foodie haven featuring over 20 restaurants spanning three floors of total deliciousness, tucked away between two of London’s most well known and busiest shopping streets?
The answer is, of course, Kingly Court!
Nestled between Carnaby Street and Kingly Street in the heart of @carnabylondon, this gastronomic paradise features three levels jam packed with a variety of eateries to suit every taste bud.
Its vibrant decor and alfresco dining that spills out into the courtyard make it the perfect place to dine and rendezvous with friends.
Whittling down to our faves is no easy feat, but we have eaten, pondered and decided that these are our best‑loved destinations to bunker down and feast in.
We like to think of Le Bab as our old friends. Reliable, trustworthy, always there in our hour of need and totally dependable when needing to line your stomach with something truly tasty. @eatlebab has started something of a kebab revolution, and we have been there from the beginning, slowly working our way through their mouthwatering menu, which balances several flavours in one go.
Currently, The Legendary Paneer Kebab is our go-to, with spiced paneer with beetroot and cucumber puree, pickled cucumber, crispy onions and curry mayo. This is a great spot for lunch and dinner, come rain or shine.
Imad’s Syrian Kitchen
Every restaurant and cafe has a story behind it, whether born out of an infatuation for a type of cuisine or out of a kitchen during lockdown, but @imadssyriankitchen is something else. Imad Alarnab was a restaurateur who fled Damascus after his restaurants, cafes and juice bars were destroyed in the war.
Fleeing Syria, he travelled to Calais, where he fed over 400 refugees daily before arriving in the UK. His restaurant in Kingly Court followed numerous supper clubs and pop‑up restaurants, which raised thousands for @chooselove.
Now the food, well, quite frankly, it is very moreish and consists of small plates of Middle Eastern classics. Meals here never disappoint, and we are partial to Baba Ghanoj, roasted eggplant puree, chargrilled chicken thighs and delicious falafel. Yum.
On the ground floor of Kingly Court and spilling out in the alfresco dining area is @clubmexicana, whose vibrant pink interiors are equally as bold as their tasty Mexican food. These tacos are some of the best in town, crunched to perfection and with a menagerie of toppings to suit all tastebuds.
Their burritos come in a wrap or a bowl if you fancy eating your meal with a knife and fork, and the beauty of this totally tropical place is that everything is 100% vegan.
We love nothing more than a slurp on a bowl of noodles, and thankfully @shoryu_ramen is on hand to fulfil our needs. Showcasing Japanese street food at its best, we class these bowls of ramen as the most authentic we have found outside of the land of the rising sun.
And if you don’t fancy a slurp, then Shoryu are known for their fluffy buns too, and we’d highly recommend their BBQ pork belly variety.
We quite like those places with just a few things on the menu. It takes the hassle out of our indecisiveness to decide what to pick, but it also means a real focus on that particular dish so that it is cooked to perfection. Take @bar.kroketa tucked away in Kingly Court towards Beak Street, who have taken the trusty croqueta and made it their signature dish.
The menu at this rustic restaurant features croquetas in all shapes and sizes, well actually flavours. So far, we rate the King prawn version and the Sobrasada & Mahon cheese with honey, but who could resist finishing off with their sweet variety of strawberry & coconut?
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