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Top 10 Best Restaurants in Covent Garden

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Covent Garden epitomises what London eating is really about. The cultural quarter of the West End sees the heart of theatreland in every stone-throwing direction. The buzz that is the marketplace at night sees the famous – and historical – piazza come alive with performers, fire eaters and jugglers any night of the week. And we haven’t even started talking about the food yet. Traditional, local or international cuisine sees Covent Garden offering the best fare around. Whether an informal munch or a sophisticated evening ahead, the hundreds of contemporary, conventional and curious restaurants await. The best menus, the best special set deals, and the best stylish offerings make Covent Garden one of the hottest areas to eat in town. So check out our Top 10 Guide to the Best Restaurants in Covent Garden.

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West End
Restaurant
Steak House

As this boutique steakhouse is first restaurant from the brand outside of the US, Londoners can expect the same warm American hospitality together with a menu of signature USDA Prime dry-aged steaks alongside Scottish cuts, premium seafood, award-winning wines and classic cocktails. At the heart of every Smith & Wollensky is the dry-ageing process and London is no different with both a dry-ageing room and a butchery on-site for true field to fork traceability.

Image of L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

West End
Restaurant
French

It's smart casual attire at this French restaurant, but as something special, it's worth it. Two things to note upon entering: two floors of sophistication basked in leather and dark colour; and the al fresco effect of plants on the wall. The modern French cuisine is stunningly presented as art pieces that look too good to eat. Signature dishes include onion soup and braised duck, but it's the wine list that blows me away with over 30 pages to choose from.

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West End
Restaurant
Japanese

Sticks'n'sushi Japanese restaurant offers diners traditional sushi and yakitori sticks from the grill made to order. Signature dishes include beef tataki (fillet of beef, smoked cheese, Yuzu dressing and soy roasted almonds), hotate kataifi (scallops in kataifi with miso aioli and trout row) as well as a selection of chicken, pork, beef, lamb and vegetable yakitori skewers, freshly grills over hot coals. The cocktail list comprises a great number of Japanese ingredients and techniques such as the shohito, a Japanese twist on the classic using fine Japanese shochu with ginger, raspberry or passionfruit. This snazzy restaurant is just metres from the main Covent Garden piazza too.

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West End
Bar / Restaurant
Indian

Talli Joe is a casual, all-day bar and restaurant specialising in half plates and full drinks. Expect a menu of diverse, regional sharing plates, designed to introduce Londoners to a different side of Indian dining through dishes such as Nihari Nalli (bone marrow served with Nihari sauce and a Kadak roti) and Junglee Murgi Poha (tandoori guineafowl served with beaten rice). Meanwhile, punchy Indian cocktails are on hand to wash it all down, with highlights including the Keri Collins (vodka, mango puree, lime and soda) and the Amma?s Special (gin, cucumber, coriander, lime and sugar).

Image of Inamo - Covent Garden

West End
Restaurant
Japanese

Famed for being the first restaurant to bring interactive ordering systems to the tables of diners, alongside customisable projected tablecloths and other exciting interactive content, Inamo immerses guests in a beautifully designed world of captivating technology and interactivity. Oh, and they also serve high quality pan-Asian cuisine drawing inspiration from Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, and beyond. The menu at this Covent Garden restaurant centres around sharing plates.

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West End
Restaurant
Indian

This Bombay cafe has a certain retro aura about it as it grasps at a yesteryear ambience. It holds on to the cafe idea with wooden Bentwood chairs and crisp white tables, with it's simple yet elegant menu, and with friendly and informative staff. The European food with an Indian twist is intriguing (the chilli cheese toasts and Bombay sausages offer a good afternoon feed). If I had more room, the Desi fish fingers would have been on the list but there's always next time.

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West End
Bar / Restaurant
Peruvian

Lima Floral is an evolution of Lima Fitzrovia inviting diners to Peru's full diversity, sharing an authentic and native culinary offering - Michelin-star level dining with a casual relaxed level of service. The 107 cover restaurant, set over two floors, serves an innovative menu overseen by Virgilio Martinez and Head Chef Robert Ortiz. The overall interior, by B3 Designers, is simple with emphasis on geometry and materials of the Earth's natural elements. The basement bar offers piqueos - traditional Peruvian tapas plates. The extensive cocktail list is based on Pisco infusions with Amazonian fruits including the famous Peruvian pisco sour.

Image of Cinnamon Bazaar

West End
Bar
Indian

This all-day, modern Indian restaurant in London's theatreland, Covent Garden mixes real Indian heritage with urban London. The restaurant's team are inspired by the colours, sounds, scents and flavours from bazaars in India and across the globe; small plates and sharing platters bursting with flavour, whilst vibrant cocktails, exclusive wines and craft beers from around the world are poured from a casual and stylish bar. The menus draws inspiration from ingredients and dishes that were popular in these bazaars. The menu is guaranteed to send you on a journey and an exploration of both discovery and re-discovery.

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West End
Restaurant
French

Terriors specialises in rare and biodynamic wines, that's where the vineyard plants with cycles of the moon or uses herbal sprays on the grapes. Nevermind that, though, because this wine bar is where wine buffs can get stuck into a brilliant selection with the guru-like staff. The house wines are quaffable and a bargain by the glass. Food - rustic, seasonal, inspired by France - is recommended, you can order a full dinner or just plates of curated charcuterie and cheese (you can curate cheese: dream career). Red wine, sour dough and lumps of oozing cheese: heaven.

Image of Pacata

West End
Restaurant
Asian

This is the first ever European restaurant from Singha Beer. The West End restaurant serves Pan-Asian fusion street cuisine. The exquisite Grade II listed building where the restaurant sits was once King John's kitchen garden; today, the unique interiors have been designed by famed Asian designer, May Noradee, boasting an authentic amalgam of styles, vintage knickknacks and hand-blown lighting instillations. Pacata's menu has been created by Yasuji Morisumi, the first ever Michelin starred ramen chef. This is a perfect place for theatre-goers, romantics, tourists and office workers alike.

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