We enjoyed over 80 London restaurants this year so picking our top 10 from those was difficult, especially because we got to reminisce about all the delicious food. But it was also a lot of fun for the same reason 😁. To make the list easier for us, like last year, this is simply a list of the restaurants we dined at for the first time in 2019. Enjoy.
Relatively Cheap Eats (£20-£30pp) Bracket
Bar Douro is an authentic Portuguese small plates restaurant in London Bridge. It’s rather snug, but the vibe is very relaxed and the service is very friendly. The food is excellent. We particularly recommend the Gambas and the Grilled Lamb Rump.
Burger and Beyond
Burger and Beyond is a casually elegant burger restaurant in Shoreditch that oozes “Shoreditch-cool”. But make no mistake, it’s all about the delicious burgers and creative starters. We recommend cauliflower cheese balls and any burger.
Blacklock in Shoreditch is a casual rustic chophouse that specialises in cheap top-quality steaks. The other meats are amazingly delicious as well, particularly the lamb belly ribs, and the white chocolate cheesecake is one of the very best deserts we had all year!
Barrica is a relaxed Spanish tapas restaurant in the heart of Fitzrovia. The décor is stripped back, but the very friendly service and the incredible tapas make up for it and make you feel right at home. We especially recommend the braised lamb shoulder and presa iberica.
Moderately Expensive (£30–£50pp) Bracket
Red Farm is a very vibrant Chinese restaurant in Covent Garden specialising in creative and delicious dim sum. We recommend the pac man shrimp and the shrimp & spinach dumpling with seared scallops and caviar special.
Coal Office is an elegant Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant in a uniquely beautiful space in Kings Cross. The food is absolutely authentic and indulgent. We recommend the Kubalah and Black Masabahha.
Blowout Expensive Bracket (Over £50pp) Bracket
Lucky Cat, Gordon Ramsay’s Pan Asian restaurant in Mayfair is awesome. Everything from the opulent décor, to the service, and the food are fantastically and carefully considered. We recommend JFC, Warm Eggplant Salad, and Salt & Pepper Prawns.
Zuma is an exquisite contemporary Japanese restaurant in Knightsbridge with solid service and tremendously delicious food. We loved everything we ate, but our favourites were the Spicy Beef Tenderloin and Spiced Lamb.
Arros QD is a stunningly beautiful Spanish restaurant in Fitzrovia focused on rice – the traditional paella and a creative contemporary evolution. As you’d expect, we recommend the black squid ink rice, but also the beef cheeks starter and cheesecake dessert.
Kahani is an utterly elegant yet relaxing Indian restaurant in Belgravia. Kahani’s Indian cuisine is contemporary and uses a lot of British ingredients, but that doesn’t mean it lacks that spice kick. Just order the Lamb Seekh Kebab if you want to test yourself. We also recommend Lamb Chops which were much less spicy.
We really couldn’t decide because all ten are worthy winner. Do try them all out, or choose one depending on your cuisine preference, budget, and or occasion. We promise you’ll not be disappointed 😊.