Whatever your budget, whatever your taste, you can find whatever you’re looking for amongst the wide range of restaurants in Soho London (and we mean ‘whatever’ you’re looking for, food or otherwise). Soho is a cultural melting pot and, as a result, out of the pot comes all manner of cuisines from all parts of the world. Soho is a trendy, fun area - which includes classy area to eat and drink such as Carnaby Street, Kingly Court, Old Compton Street, Greek Street, Wardour Street, Berwick Street, Frith Street and Dean Street - with just a hint of an edgy undercurrent, and the choice of Soho restaurants is bountiful; but in a sea of choice there’s always the distinct possibility of drowning. So, we've opted to act as your personal life raft, delving below the surface to pick the best restaurants Soho has to offer, from French restaurants to Indian restaurants to cheap eats Soho.
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Ten Room at Hotel Café Royal
Mayfair / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: British
This isn't just one of the best restaurants in Soho, it's one of the best restaurants in the whole of London. The executive chef has previously worked at The Langham, The Landau and Wiltons, as well as appeared on various Saturday Morning Kitchen episodes. It's easy to see why you're in safe hands here. The menu is troublingly enticing so ask for directions from the staff. They know exactly what you need. This restaurant is the kind of place you come for a special occasion, to get away from it all, but still be in the West End (right on Piccadilly Circus). The Art Deco interior is superb and was apparently modelled on a photograph of the original. Best get your good frock out then.
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Spanish
If it seems surprising to find a Spanish restaurant in Soho serving innovative, modern takes on traditional Spanish home cooking, it might help to know that the chef at aqua nueva worked at the legendary El Bulli in Spain. Alberto Hernandez's style is more accessible than at the famous temple to molecular gastronomy, but retains the capacity to surprise and delight all the senses. Aqua nueva also boasts a smart but informal tapas bar, the counter looking on to the open kitchen allowing diners to watch as their food is prepared. Check out the view of Regent's Street from the rooftop bar when you visit too!
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese
One of the downsides of eating truly spectacular Japanese food in London is that the places it's served in tend to take themselves terribly seriously, creating a dining experience akin to eating in a particularly strict library. Not so at aqua kyoto - sister to aqua nueva - where New Zealand-born chef Paul Greening's sensational modern Japanese cuisine is served in a sleek black-and-red dining room by young, friendly staff to a DJ soundtrack high above the busy Soho streets. An open sushi counter and sumibiyaki charcoal grill add a sense of theatre. Don't miss the Datterini tomato, edamame and seaweed salad or pork belly, eel and root vegetables in miso.
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Peruvian
This Peruvian restaurant in the heart of Soho in central London is lead by chefs who have travelled all over Peru for authentic, tradition Peruvian recipes. This colourful restaurant has a retro 60s musical backdrop as well as the very first Pisco Bar in Europe. No other spirits are served and the Pisco is infused with some of the most exciting ingredients from Peru. new peruvian online booking restaurant ceviche soho restaurants best new openings ceviche london book online
Soho / Restaurant / Cuisine: American
Cant book, wont book. If it's full: wait. You'll thank us later. This cool Soho restaurant has the air of an episode of Cheers (as almost all customers are sat at the bar) intertwined with an industrial rave (thanks to all the exposed brickwork, funky playlist and sexy staff). Your capacity to appear cool will increase several-fold as you exit this small bar-diner-restaurant extoling the mac & cheese and the interesting array of sliders to the Soho passersby in front of you.
Soho / Restaurant / Cuisine: French
Gastronomy is not only about eating, it is also about pleasure, freshness and conviviality. Blanchette restaurant in Soho is a French bistrot serving simple, classic and inventive french food. The concept is based on the idea of sharing in a convivial atmosphere. Three brothers have established, and are the driving vision behind, the company. Maxime and Yannis have 25 years of hospitality experience in top end restaurant in London, New York and Dublin. In addition, Blanchette benefits from consultancy and partnership with London restaurant favourite, Salt Yard Group (Salt Yard, Dehesa, Opera Tavern and Ember Yard).
Soho / Restaurant / Cuisine: Mediterranean
Ember Yard takes its inspiration from Spanish and Italian methods of cooking over a charcoal fired grill. A number of ingredients include hot and cold smoked and those flavoured using different types of wood (including sherry barrel). Highlights from the menu include: smoked bream carpaccio with blood orange and bottarga; hot smoked old spot pork belly with Basque cider glaze and hot chocolate ganacha with salted caramel ice cream. Jacques Fourie, who has worked as sous chef at Salt Yard for 5 years is at the helm of Ember Yard in Soho.
Soho / Restaurant / Cuisine: Italian
This Italian restaurant in Soho has fast become a London favourite, as the often lengthy queues to get in the door will testify. It is worth it, as the Venetian style bacaro - which occupies the one-time home of painter Canaletto - offers authentically sublime cicheti and other small dishes to compliment the mouthwatering wine list. Couple this with the super-cool interior and buzzy bar atmos, and my favourite London restaurant has the making of a true midtown institution.
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Swiss
London's oldest Swiss restaurant has been tantalising cheese lover's tastebuds since 1974. As soon as you step inside the cosy Alpine style dining room you'll be hit by the smell of sizzling gruyere, vacherin and emmental. Choose from a range of delicious fondues, accompanied by fresh bread, potatoes, meat or vegetables, and have one of their giant rostis on the side. There are plenty of dishes for your less cheese-obsessed companions too, such as grilled sirloin steak and calves liver. A good selection of Swiss wines are also available. Download
Soho / Restaurant / Cuisine: Asian
Bao is having a moment it's true. But how can anyone blame someone for wanting to shove pillowy milk steamed buns filled with confit pork, fried chicken or lamb into their mouth one after the other? Bao Soho is minimalist, intimate in its size and perfectly located next to Carnaby Street, Regent Street and a short walk from Oxford Street. If you're feeling adventurous try deep fried Horlicks ice cream after you've consumed several of these awesome treats before being shocked that a meal for two comes to less than £40. Download
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