5 must eat restaurants for foodies

1) St John

Fergus Henderson has been pioneering his unique style of ‘nose to tail’ eating since 1994. St John champions traditional and often overlooked elements of British cuisine, with an emphasis on less fashionable cuts of meat. For many visiting chefs a trip here is a priority and a pilgrimage, a place of unpretentious excellence.

St John restaurant

2) Barrafina

London’s best tapas restaurant, and perhaps one of its very best restaurants altogether. Situated in the heart of Soho, you can expect a lively atmosphere here where no reservations are taken, and a queue can be expected unless you arrive at the beginning of service. Any wait is always worth the while though, as once seated at the bar you’ll be eating exciting dishes prepared right before you. Two further restaurants, with different menus, have recently opened in the Covent Garden area.

interior of Barrafina in London

3) Moro

In the interesting little Exmouth Market area you are spoilt for choice when eating out, but Moro should be your first stop. The food here successfully and inventively marries influences from Moorish Spain and North Africa. If you want a less formal dining experience then try the adjacent Morito tapas bar where the food is just as good.

people at the bar

34-36 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell

+44 (0)20 7833 8336

http://www.moro.co.uk

4) Ottolenghi

It is impossible to walk past the window of this deli/restaurant and its inviting display of colourful salads and patisseries. Yotam Ottolenghi’s unique style, a blend of influences from his native Israel mixed with flavours and ingredients from across the Mediterranean and Middle East, has found a cult following in London. Dining here is quite informal and good value, but try his Nopi restaurant in Soho for a more refined version.

plate of frosted cakes

5) The Ledbury

Australian chef Brett Graham has created a classic modern British dining experience. Located in a swish part of Notting Hill, the interiors are luxurious and the service is exemplary. The food is memorable, and there is an incredible wine list to match. A must-try for the foodie who’s looking for the big budget blow-out experience.

table at the Ledbury

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