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Whether it’s the latest Michelin-starred hotspot, the best Moroccan food or delicate Venetian tapas, London's Soho has something for everyone. And of course, we can’t talk about Soho without mentioning Chinatown and its host of authentic and eclectic restaurants and bars. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite restaurants in Soho to help you choose where to dine on your next night out...
If you’re a fan of Moroccan food, Momo is the place to go. The restaurant itself is beautifully furnished, with Marrakech-style interiors and ornate lanterns.
The food is full of flavour and there’s also a range of great North African wines. Go downstairs to the Kemia bar and you’ll be treated to live music and great cocktails, including the Momo Special, which is made of a blend of vodka, fresh mint and a secret ingredient.
Momo, 25 Heddon Street, W1B 4BH
The Social Eating House is run by chef Jason Atherton, who was taught by non-other than Gordon Ramsay. It’s no surprise, then, that the food is exceptional and beautifully plated. The ground-floor dining room has a mirrored ceiling, giving it a sense of spaciousness. The menu includes octopus carpaccio and wild boar ravioli. The upstairs bar is affectionately known as The Blind Pig and specialises in classic cocktails with a twist. The highlights include Ooh-arr-tinez, Dill or no dill and Thermo-nuclear daiquiri.
Social Eating House, 58-59 Poland Street, W1F 7NR.
Babaji is a Turkish ‘Pide hall’ in the heart of London’s Soho. The restaurant serves traditional ‘Turkish pizza’ which originates from the Turkish regions of the Black Sea, Aegean Sea and Middle Anantolia. The flatbreads are served with a range of mouth-watering toppings including minced beef and lamb, courgette, prawn and spinach. The Soho restaurant also serves other traditional Turkish dishes including slow cooked Dermason bean stew and currant stuffed roast chicken. Babaji is truly a great addition to the wonderful restaurants in Soho.
Babaji, 53 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D 6LB
If you’re looking for great character and great entertainment, you’ll find Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club on Frith Street. There’s no denying that the live music is the real attraction, but the menu is also fantastic, with starters including diver-caught Scottish king scallops, main meals such as the signature Ronnie’s fish pie. There’s also a late-time menu that includes charcuterie and a selection of caviar.
Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, 47 Frith St, W1D 4HT
It may not have been around for long, but MEATliquor has rapidly established itself as the go-to place for great burgers in Soho. It serves up big, juicy medium-rare beef patties in squishy baps with lashings of 'secret sauce', as well as big American-style hot dogs and sides like chilli fries and stuffed jalapeno peppers. There are no knives and forks and no table service, but this only adds to its laid-back charm. There is a no-reservation policy, which means that you will need to queue for up to an hour, but you can avoid this by ordering takeaway.
MEATliquor, 74 Welbeck Street, W1G 0BA
Thai chain Busaba Eathai has built a loyal following over the last 10 years. The atmosphere is casual while the menu is diverse, with every meal packed full of flavour. The highlights include jungle curry – which is made up of red mullet, Thai aubergine, bamboo shoot and french beans – as well as a range of exceptional pad thai meals. There’s also an extensive list of Asian inspired juices and smoothies, as well as a great wine menu.
Busaba Eathai, 106-110 Wardour St, W1F 0TR
Picking a restaurant in London’s Soho can be intimidating with all of the fantastic options available, but Brasserie Zédel truly stands out from the crowd. The grand Parisian brasserie may just look like a run of the mill French restaurant from the outside, but head downstairs into the restaurant and you will be transported back in time with the authentic 1930s Art Deco interior and classic dining options. There are plats du jour Lundi a Dimanche that include Steak Haché and Soupe à l’Oignon and their fixed price menu is fantastic value for money. Merveilleux!
Brasserie Zédel, 20 Sherwood Street, Soho, London W1F 7ED
Palm Court at the Langham Hotel was the first grand hotel to serve afternoon teas back in 1865, and to this day it’s one of the finest and most elegant restaurants in London. Afternoon tea is available from £40 per person, which includes finger sandwiches, beautiful scones and pastries.
There’s also an all day dining menu, which includes an extensive caviar and oyster section, while the a Night of Jazz package is for the Champagne connoisseurs and Great Gatsby lovers among us.
Palm Court, 1c Portland Place, The Langham Hotel, W1B 1JA
If you’re in the mood for a good curry, Cinnamon Soho is the place to go. It’s the third restaurant from Vivek Singh of The Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen and is located just a stone’s throw from the cobbles of Carnaby Street. It offers a modern take on classic, with dishes including Roganjosh shepherd’s pie and Vindaloo of ox cheek, as well as a great cocktail menu. However, its signature dish is its range of balls, including crab cakes, potato bondas, vegetable shikampu, spiced game and Bangla-scotch egg.
Cinnamon Soho, 5 Kingly Street, W1B 5PF
Ethis is something a bit unique for London’s bustling Soho area. The self service restaurant specialises in vegetarian and vegan dishes from around the world. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, their meat-free choices include delights like aloo scotch eggs, Moroccan tagine and Asian kamikaze stir-fry. Ethos is fast becoming a favourite in the Soho area and as it is just moments away from Oxford Circus it’s a great antidote to many of the chain restaurants in the area.
Ethos, 48 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8DX
Bob Bob Ricard serves up an unusual fusion of British and Russian cuisine in one of the most elegant dining rooms in London. All of the ingredients are sourced from small, traditionally run farms, dairies, fisheries, almost entirely from within the UK. Highlights from the menu include chicken, mushroom and champagne pie, as well as oysters, caviar and vodka served at -18 degrees. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that children under 12 are not allowed into the restaurant area.
Bob Bob Ricard, 1 Upper James St, W1F 9DF
This Michelin-starred French restaurant is one of the most exclusive eateries in London – so much so, you even have to press a buzzer to be allowed in. The sumptuously furnished dining rooms in this Soho townhouse are split over two floors and chef Alexis Gauthier’s food is exceptional. There are two tasting menus, as well as an a la carte menu of three, four or five courses. If that sounds a little too pricey for you, a lunchtime menu is also offered.
Gauthier Soho, 21 Romilly Street, W1D 5AF
Chinatown’s Yauatcha is set up almost like a nightclub, with a visible kitchen that ensures a lively atmosphere. The a la carte menu includes an extensive and varied list of dim sum, as well as fresh fish, shellfish and meat.
There’s also a tasting menu and a patisserie counter, which is well worth a visit for the macaroons alone. The only downside is that you’ll need to eat quickly – diners are allotted only an hour and a half for dinner.
Yauatcha, 15 Broadwick Street, W1F 0DL
Polpo serves up stunning Venetian-style tapas in a hip West Village-style environment. It’s a recipe that has proved hugely popular for owners Russell Norman and Richard Beatty, and there are now a string of Polpos across London. Starters include arancini and anchovy and chickpea crostini, while main meals include a range of crispy pizzette and tender meatballs.
Polpo Soho, 41 Beak St London W1F 9SB
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