A list of my favourite restaurants organized by cuisine. I’ve also put the pound sign to give you rough guidance on spending…
Japanese restaurants in London
My favourite Japanese restaurants in London, in order starting with my all time favourite. I’m basing my preference on quality of food and the vibe.
(£££) Located in Mayfair.
- Avg price: 100-120 pp
- Atmosphere: Intimate/dates/small group 4-5 people max.
- Food: Authentic Japanese food, specialises in Wagyu beef.
- Notes: Call on the day of your reservation to pre-order the langoustine nigiri/sashimi as sometimes they run out. Don’t order rolls, stick to the nigiri, sashimi and wagyu here.
- Langoustine nigiri
- Wagyu nigiri
- Salmon nigiri
- Toro nigiri
- Sashimi (your preference)
- Wagyu truffle sukiyaki
(£££) Located in Mayfair.
- Avg price: 90-120 pp
- Atmosphere: Formal/business lunches/tête-à-tête/date.
- Food: Authentic Japanese, Michelin starred restaurant.
- Notes: Service was great.
- Your preference of Sashimi and nigiri (give the Langoustine nigiri a try).
(££) Located in Marylebone.
- Avg price: 90-110 pp
- Atmosphere: Date/small group of friends/relaxed
- Food: Sushi
- Notes: I come here strictly for sushi and sit at the bar. Order nigiri served omakase style (piece by piece) even if you order a la carte – ask for Chef Shinya, he’s the best!
More mainstream options:
(££) Located in Mayfair.
- Avg price: 60-80 pp
- Atmosphere: Formal/business lunches/tete a tete/date.
- Food: contemporary Japanese, think Zuma’s sister restaurant.
- Notes: Quality has been quite inconsistent lately. In general like the atmosphere, cocktails are great. Try to book a table outside during summer.
- Rock shrimp
- Yellowtail and truffle yuzu sauce
(££) Located on Beauchamp place in Knightsbridge.
- Avg price: 40-60 pp
- Atmosphere: Intimate, cozy, dates, small group (4 people).
- Food: Japanese
- Notes: Quick bite, excellent service, nothing fancy.
London’s best Omakase spots.
Where else to eat in London
(£££) The crispy duck is a must order.
- Avg price: 70-90 pp
- Atmosphere: Business lunches, family dinner, semi formal.
- Food: Chinese
- Notes: Excellent food, quiet restaurant.
- Crispy duck
- Sweet and Sour Chicken
- Scottish beef
La Petite Maison
(£££) Extremely good food, literally everything on the menu tastes good.
(££) Soho or Covent Garden.
No reservation policy. Spanish tapas concept, the wine is great. My favourite dishes were the Padron peppers, Tuna tartare, Filet & Gambas al Ajilo.
(££) Mayfair – Shepherd’s Market
- Avg price: 30-50 pp
- Atmosphere: casual, cozy.
- Food: Cheeseburgers, and tapas.
- Notes: You can only reserve by text.
Italian/Pizza’s in London
(£) Fullhan road. Great Pizza.
(££) Located on Mount Street in Mayfair. Very thin pizza, great for a quick bite while shopping.
(£) Located in Shepherds Market. Very basic restaurant, expect to feel like your eating in an Italian grandmas kitchen. Stick to the pastas.
(£) Fitzrovia. Part of the Big Momma group. Great Italian sharing plates concept.
Late night eats
Jetlagged? Hungry after a long night out? Either way, here are two spots that’ll make sure you go to sleep with a fairly satisfied stomach..
(many different locations, closest one to me was on Beachaump Place in Knightsbridge) Lebanese cuisine, you can pick it up, get it delivered to your home or eat it there. I usually order Kobeba, Hummus and Shish Tawouk.
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