If you want a bite to eat or a few drinks...
4 Redchurch Street, London E1 6JL
The first solo restaurant of Tomos Parry, Young British Foodie Chef of the Year in 2014 and situated above the equally cool Smoking Goat in Shoreditch, this is one you do not want to miss (if you can get in!)
Beautiful décor and ambience, dark wood sets the tone, its minimalist with an almost 1930s feel, however, that might just be down to the original fixtures and fitting which are above all chic and tasteful.
Using the very best high-quality ingredients, the Oysters roasted with Seaweed were fresh, succulent and delicious, the Soused Mackerel a dream, the Wild Rabbit, Blood Pudding & Beans were action packed with flavour and the Velvet Crab, Monkfish with Winter Tomato just melted in the mouth, even the bread was stunning (Grilled Bread with Anchovy) we had to order more, twice! Desserts were wonderful too (the Cheese cake was naughty but nice) and not forgetting the wine cabinet (situated just as to enter the restaurant, is a feast for the eyes and the tongue! and offers at lease 35 wines by the glass and seven sherries we were told and the beer choices were excellent too!
If you want to eat in one of London’s hottest restaurant right now, book in advance, and that’s for all the right reasons!
11 Berwick Street, Soho, London W1F 0PL
Polpetto in the centre of Soho, is part of the London (and Venice) POLPO group of restaurants that offer a great selection of beautifully presented and tasting sharing plates with a Venetian influence, plates such as smoked mozzarella crocchettes were really delicious, the flank steak & truffle cream and zucchini fries were just amazing and the yummy meatballs and grilled seafood will just make you very happy.
Polpetto also contains an aperitivo bar, where you can sit at the bar and eat and drink to your hearts content, sipping on some of the classics (negronis) or even just make up your own!
The interiors are very comfortable and intimate with quirky little light shades over the bar that look like they have cute little table cloth hanging over them, there’s flickering candlelight on each table and a steady mish-mash of vintage wooded tables and chairs, overall mood... cosy.
27 D'Arblay Street, Soho, London W1F 8EP
We finally made it to Copita (yay!) its been on our list for a very long time but we have held off for a while, as you cant reserve a table and it only has high bar stool sitting, which is fine if there are only two of you (which there was this time) but with a group it can be ‘slightly tricky’ to chat (but that’s just our opinion!) Anyway, we went and we LOVED it!
The food is stunning, delicious traditional and eclectic Spanish tapas dishes done to perfection, the stuffed croquettes were perfect, the fresh scallops with delicate fennel were adorable and the succulent venison with pear and oxtail was as tender as can be and if you like desserts then it has to be their delicious smooth custard tart!
Apparently Copita was named winner at the London Restaurant Festival Awards 2012 and we can definitely see why, we loved the food here, it was bursting with flavour, they know what they are doing and they do it really, really well.
With interiors that are dimly lit, creating great ambience (cosy and buzzy) and with glossy tiles and tall wood benches the atmosphere is both friendly and fun, cant fault it, oh and there’s a large drinks menu offering an impressive wines list, some directly from boutique Spanish growers, we were told. A must!
414 Kennington Road, London SE11 4PT
This brand new addition to Kennington Cross that offers a wide selection of delicious Japanese dishes such as sushi, sashimi, bento boxes and a wide selection of rice and noodle dishes too.
We went for the Prawn & pork dumplings with chilli sauce, which were all delicious and tender and the Chicken Katsu Curry with boiled rice was perfect and just what we expected, the portions were generous too, just right and not too small with flavours that were all there, delicious! oh and the prices were pretty reasonable too. We went for lunch so no alcohol on this occasion however, they did have a wide selection of wines and beers, soft drinks and traditional teas and coffees.
This great little local restaurant is perfect for both lunch and dinner, its relaxed with lovely accommodating staff, simple beech wood interiors and exactly what you would expect from a modern and contemporary local Japanese restaurant.
Taro is a great addition to the ever growing Kennington food scene and one that we will visit again, quick, simple and very tasty healthy Japanese cuisine, what’s not to like?
Unit s38 Pop Brixton, 89 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PQ
Roe equals seafood dreams and very good dreams at that! Located in South London’s top foodie heaven, Pop Brixton, one of the capitals ‘first’ purpose built food and entertainment villages made entirely from disused and renovated shipping containers.
With space for only 32 diners you had better be quick and book early, its ‘really’ worth it. It has one long communal table that runs the length of the container, so be prepared to be cosy, however, this makes the atmosphere more like a group of friend eating together, than a stuffy restaurant with no atmosphere, the atmosphere here is just great!
There’s even a small outside terrace that takes walk-ins, which is probably great on those slightly warmer evenings.
The menu is perfect if you don’t like to be daunted, straight forward and offers small and large plates, reasonably priced and full of tasty options. Beautiful looking dishes are brought out that receive suitable lip-licking reactions, we decided to order the whole of the starter choices as the combinations were amazing and few extras and we were not disappointed, Delicious fresh oysters, pan-fried ray wing, cuttlefish ink arancini, spiced pollock and their Guinness soda bread accompanied with butter that’s whipped with smoked cod roe was stunning
The suitably fruity sparkling, organic wines and the craft beers all helped the dishes along smoothly and made for the perfect dinner, can’t complain about any of it and it wasn’t just the wine that was bubbly, the serving staff were just the cherry on the cake.
Don’t miss out, book immediately, highly recommended by www.ificould.co.uk