1. The Montagu Kitchen, Portman Square
Mark Sainsbury is the Executive Chef at the newly redone Montagu Kitchen, the Hyatt Regency London’s restaurant. It’s about as British as you can get, with marmalade pork belly and raspberry rose Bakewell tart leading the home-grown charge.
2. Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross
Launching this month is the long-awaited Coal Drops Yard near King’s Cross. Restaurants will include Michelin-star tapas bar favourite, Barrafina and The Drop Wine bar, not to mention Great British Menu 2017 winner, Pip Lacey’s first solo project, Hicce.
3. Floral by Lima, Covent Garden
Lima Floral’s new ‘The Lost Alpaca’ bar offers a range of fun and flavoursome cocktails featuring spirits from Mexico’s mezcal to Brazil’s cachaça and, of course, the classic Pisco Sour. Snack on beef empanadas and fried sweet potato cakes before finishing with a Dulce de Martini.
4. ROKA, Covent Garden
Devour a seven-course pre-theatre tasting menu that Group Executive Chef, Hamish Brown, has created for the dinner rush. Beef, ginger and sesame dumplings, a selection of sashimi and Robata grill mains, this menu is as much of an event than any theatre show.
5. RedFarm, Covent Garden
The latest addition to Covent Garden is dim sum spot, RedFarm. Their spicy crispy beef and Pac Man dumplings are divine, but their shrimp stuffed chicken is a must. They’ll be going up against Din Tai Fung, whose Michelin-star parcels of brothy joy are bordering legendary.