Who better to ask for a recommendation of what’s hot than Shaftesbury’s Portfolio & Group Restaurant Strategy Executive, the ever charming Julia Wilkinson…
26 Grains | Neals Yard WC2
This scandi-inspired all-day café is located in the hidden gem of a courtyard where London’s health food and alternative remedies movement began in the 1970s. On offer are a seasonal range of sweet & savoury porridges, bircher muesli and a wide range of coffees, teas, smoothies and even drinking vinegar for the most dedicated of healthy eaters.
Café Murano Pastificio | Tavistock Street WC2
Next door to Angela Hartnett’s Café Murano is her “pastificio”, an Italian deli where you can pick up the fresh pasta and wine that is served in the restaurant as well as other Italian deli produce.
Viet Food | 34/36 Wardour Street W1
Chinatown is enjoying a real foodie renaissance with some interesting new openings offering a fresh take on regional Chinese and Asian cuisines. This Vietnamese street-food restaurant has an inventive cocktail list which complements the Asian spices in the food and a great little room at the back which is fun to takeover with a crowd of friends.
Shuang Shuang | 64 Shaftesbury Avenue WC2
This exciting new concept offers a refreshing and genuinely innovative take on the centuries old Chinese Hot-Pot. Bowls of bubbling broth are recessed in the counter, you select meat, vegetables and dips from a conveyor belt, Yo Sushi style, adding to the bowl to gradually build up the flavours as they cook in the broth.
Shotgun Barbeque | 26 Kingly Street W1
One of the latest openings in Carnaby’s most foodie street where chef Brad McDonald has created an authentic southern slow-cooked barbeque menu inspired by his Mississippi up-bringing. I recommend the Wet Brisket, the very moreish Burnt Ends and the Gin Fizz, while the more adventurous might share a Pigs Ear Pancake!
Dishoom | 22 Kingly Street W1
The queues have been snaking down Kingly Street since it opened in October but it’s a must visit for both the experience and the food. The signature black dahl and “Ruby Murray” of the day are always a winner, with sixties inspired décor paying hommage to Carnaby’s fashion and music heritage.