We’ve all written the same story: finished work late in the City of London; meeting overran; had to get that report in before the end of the day. You could get the train home to a sloppy takeaway from your local Chinese restaurant or you could stop a while longer and spend the evening with friends and colleagues at one of the great Liverpool Street restaurants. Alternatively, you might be considering a working lunch, the business lunch, with clients or associates. There are loads of pizza, burger, steak, Asian, Indian, Thai, Italian, Mexican, French, and seafood restaurants in and around the Bishopsgate, Moorgate, Spitalfields, and London Wall areas of Liverpool Street Station. Trouble deciding which restaurant to book? Don’t worry, we’ve done all the hard work for you.
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
Hey city slickers, are you feeling bored of beef, pensive about pork, cursed with yet more chicken. Never fear, the Cinnamon Kitchen restaurant - CK to the cool cats in the know - offers you the opportunity to rip your teeth into red deer and guinea fowl instead. It's a sophisticated Indian restaurant in the City of London with a bit of North and South African fusion added to the mix. Yes, you also can order beef, pork and chicken if you like, but it's nice to have a more adventurous option open to you.
Shoreditch / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Steak House
For many London dwellers, a food-driven lifestyle starts and ends with meat. We're all descendants of the T-Rex, and Hawksmoor restaurant in Commercial Street is the perfect carnivorous feeding ground. If asked, most people will describe it as being the best meat restaurant in London, but seeing as they have outposts in Seven Dials, Guildhall and Piccadilly, it is its own competition for the title. With delights like pork belly ribs and whopping steaks on offer, what are you waiting for? To top it off, the cocktail drinks menu is, by itself, contender for best cocktail bar in London. A Bloody Mary and a steak is the ticket to a mind blowing dinner. What a winning combination!
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Dim Sum
Yauatcha City restaurant in Broadgate Circle bext to Liverpool Street Station presents authentic Cantonese dishes with a modern influence, offering a wide range of steamed, baked, grilled and fried dim sum such as scallop shui mai, prawn and beancurd cheung fun and venison puffs. The drinks menu comprises 38 types of tea, as well as cocktails and a broad wine and Champagne list. Yauatcha City also has a standalone Yauatcha Patisserie on the level below the main restaurant, where customers can purchase from an array of macarons, petits gateaux and chocolates.
Shoryu Liverpool Street
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese
This Japanese restaurant in Broadgate Circle, close to Liverpool Street Station specialises in Hakata tonkotsu ramen, Shoryu buns and royal warrant sake, but with the addition of a traditional Hakata yakitori and specialist sushi bar for a more luxurious dining experience. Elaborating on the stone, wood and earth design concept, the restaurant has a well stocked sake and cocktail bar with Gekkeikan imperial warrant sake.
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: Italian
Located close to the arches of Liverpool Street station, inspired by the traditional charm and contemporary buzz associated with classic brasseries, Piccolino brings the true taste of Italy to the City of London. The restaurant is the perfect setting for a business lunch, intimate dinner or classic cocktail with friends and colleagues after work. The al fresco dining area is the perfect setting to enjoy a classic cocktail.
Le Restaurant de Paul
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
Old Broad Street is not the sort of thoroughfare where you dawdle along contemplating the puzzle of existence or looking at cleverly designed window displays. Especially inauspicious is the pavement space abutting the steel-and-glass frontage of mammoth Tower 42 -- so all the more vital to find an escape and a little piece of France in Le Restaurant De Paul's on the ground floor. Drinks and food from breakfast to dinner and if you've already tasted goodies from Paul's bakeries then all the more promising is the restaurant menu of cocktails, gourmet burgers and regional Gallic specials like côtelettes d'Agneau and salade Aveyronnaise.
Shoreditch / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: American
HotBox, alumni of countless festivals and pop-ups, bring their American-style 'cue joint to Liverpool Street, where the order of the day is slow-cooked smoky, saucy meats (pictured above) wolfed down in an almost pitch-black room on hard wooden benches, accompanied by super-strong bourbon cocktails or craft ales and thunderous 'background' music. If that sounds critical it isn't, but there's no denying these places follow a type. All the classics can be found here - brisket, ribs, hot links, plus their not-to-be-missed deep fried mac 'n' cheese balls and blisteringly tasty chilli sauce.
Shoreditch / Restaurant / Cuisine: Jewish
Jago takes its name from the colloquial title given to an area stretching from Shoreditch High Street to Spitalfields in the 1860s. At that time the area was a notorious slum full of thieves, prostitutes and gin palaces, made popular in its namesake novel by Arthur Morrison, A Child of the Jago. The restaurant's menu has East London Jewish roots as well as deftly weaving Southern European and Middle Eastern flavours with modern Yiddish fare. Alongside a carefully curated wine list, the bar menu offers a concise list of classic cocktails, carefully selected boutique vermouths and sherries, spirits and craft beer by draft and bottle.
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese
Taking a leaf out of Yo Sushi's book and providing a conveyor belt of sushi delights, this modern Japanese restaurant tucked behind Liverpool Street Station provides time-pressed City workers with a salubrious range of tasty seafood and rice dishes, as well as a decent array of non-salubrious sake and Japanese beers. Unlike Yo Sushi, there are no noodles or unnecessary menu fillers. We loved the duck, the chicken gyoza, and the calamari popcorn bites the most. Grab a stool and get stuck in to the finest and freshest Japanese cuisine. No chance of getting too full as each plate is small and you'll know when enough is enough. Leave some room for the desserts circling the room though.
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: Steak House
HIX City is a British restaurant by Mark Hix. The cooking at HIX is led by the seasons celebrating great British produce, oysters and seafood from the British Isles, locally produced meats and steaks, and often foraged ingredients. Nestled in the basement is Mark's Bar, the second outpost of Mark's award-winning Soho cocktail bar, serving up late night music and cocktails championing British producers.
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
From a menu created by chef Saurav Nath, who has worked in Michelin star restaurants, Inito brings you a range of flavoursome urban Indian street food. Choose from design-your-own rotis to delicious curry bowls. All of the produce is ethically-sourced and British wherever possible, plus the coffee is fair-trade, and, if you're in a mood for culture, try India's most traditionally well-known drinks.
Taberna do Mercado
Shoreditch / Restaurant / Cuisine: Portuguese
An all-day dining restaurant, Taberna do Mercado offers small sharing plates alongside an exciting and accessible Portuguese wine list. Taberna Do Mercado is Nuno Mendes' first venture fully focused on his native country of Portugal and is a small casual dining restaurant in Old Spitalfields Market. Nuno wants to share the breath of flavours and wines that Portugal has to offer. Trained as a chef in Portugal, head chef Antonio Galapito was born and raised in Negrais, a little village in the Sintra region of Portugal, famous for roasted suckling pigs which his family had a long history of business in.
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