Bib Gourmand Restaurants in Central London

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The Palomar

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The Palomar
Brasserie Zedel
BAO, Soho
Foley's
Barrica
Great Queen Street
Honey & Co
Dehesa
Copita
Salt Yard
Clipstone Restaurant
Kricket Soho
Kricket Soho
Kiln
Kiln
Kiln
Hoppers
Hoppers
 

 

Unsurprisingly, central London is home to a large number of the capital's Bib Gourmand restaurants. From Soho to Fitzrovia, the area is full of tempting but affordable eateries.

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BAO, Soho

Steamed milk buns filled with braised pork, fried chicken or lamb shoulder.

53 Lexington Street, London, W1F 9AS

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Oxford Circus Station

 
 

After proving popular at Netil Market, BAO was given its first permanent home in Soho, serving its steamed milk buns and Taiwanese cuisine to more hungry Londoners. The buns are filled with ingredients such as braised pork, peanut powder and coriander; fried chicken, kimchi, Sichuan mayo and sesame; and lamb shoulder, garlic mayo and soy pickled chilli. For dessert, there's a fried Horlicks ice cream bao. Fancy more Bao? You can find them in Netil Market and Fitzrovia , too.

 
 
 

The Barbary

The menu here reflects the countries along the Barbary Coast through to the Mediterranean Sea leading to Israel.

16 Neal's Yard, London, WC2H 9DP

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

What happens when you can't get a seat in one of London's most desirable restaurants? They open a new one, thankfully. The second restaurant from siblings Layo and Zoe Paskin, Assaf Granit and Uri Navon who also own The Palomar, you'll find The Barbary in Neal's Yard, Covent Garden. The menu reflects the countries along the Barbary Coast through to the Mediterranean Sea leading to Israel. The mood of the food is 'grilling and baking from the Barbary Coast to Jerusalem' so you get Moroccan, Algerian, Tunisian, Libyan food like grilled duck hearts, sirloin steaks, octopus mashawsha, and asparagus with black tahini. Eat at the silver metal bar that wraps around the open kitchen and take in the theatre of the chefs at work. The slight snag - the place is tiny... and it doesn't take reservations. In short, be prepared to queue.

 
 
 

Barrica

As close to a Barcelona tapas bar as you can get.

62 Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4NE

Tube: Goodge Street Station

 
 

Designed to be an authentic Spanish tapas bar, Barrica Tapas Bar on Goodge Street in London is as genuine as those on the busy streets of Barcelona. Leave the hustle and bustle of the West End behind and experience the true tastes of Spain. Barrica Tapas Bar is focused on providing a casual, relaxed environment in which you can share delicious tapas with friends, enjoy a quiet espresso and pastry, or have a glass of wine at the end of the day. Nibble on olives and salted almonds from behind the bar before you enjoy a wide selection of tapas dishes, from cured meats and cheeses to seafood tapas and vegetables. Daily and weekly blackboard specials are also available. The extensive range of drinks is just as much of a highlight at Barrica Tapas Bar. Just as the tapas dishes are influenced from all regions of Spain, the wines and sherries have all been carefully selected to offer a full reflection of Spain's fantastic diversity.

 
 
 

Brasserie Zedel

A large Parisian style brasserie in the heart of London.

20 Sherwood Street, Soho, London, W1F 7ED

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 
 

Chris Corbin and Jeremy King (the duo who brought us The Wolseley and more recently The Delaunay), return with a new addition to the London restaurant scene, Brasserie Zedel, which opened on 18th June 2012. Its location, set in the vast new development just off Piccadilly Circus (the restaurant occupies the Grill Room of the former Regent Palace Hotel), alone makes Brasserie Zedel a significant opening. But pair that with the Corbin and King names and you have a launch that's sure to get the critics salivating. We are promised "a large, bustling Parisian brasserie transported to the heart of London", with restored Art Deco style interiors by the designers of the moment, the David Collins Studio. Even more intriguing is the claim that the restaurant will offer "great value with remarkably low prices". If that really is the case, Brasseries Zedel will be busy. The restaurant offers all day dining and there's a separate 'Bar Americain'  as well as a cabaret and live music venue called, quite brilliantly, 'The Crazy Coqs'.

 
 

Events at Brasserie Zedel

Vodka Is The Reason For The Season
On Soon

18th, 19th and 22nd December 2017 - 9.15pm | £20

 
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Category: Brasseries

Comedy, Musical.

Clementine's Christmas Special
On Soon

Tuesday 19th December 2017 at 7pm-8pm & Wednesday 20th December 2017 at 7pm-8pm and 9.15pm-10.15pm | £20

 
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Category: Brasseries
Eva Scholten With Latchepen

Thursday 4th January 2018 - 9.15pm-11.30pm | £15

 
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Cinnamon Bazaar

Vivek Singh's fourth restaurant takes inspiration from vibrant bazaars.

28 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7JS

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station

 
 

Vivek Singh opened his fourth London restaurant in 2016, stepping into the world of bazaars. Following in the footsteps of Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen and the less formal Cinnamon Soho, Cinnamon Bazaar takes inspiration from the colours, sounds, smells, bustle and energy of these marketplaces to create vibrant dishes like Indo-Chinese chicken wings; Calcutta spiced crab and beetroot in chickpea batter; double-cooked pork belly with curried yoghurt; and lamb roganjosh shepherd's pie. There's also set lunch and dinner menus, a tasting journey and high tea, which offers a selection of fine Jing Teas, Indian nibbles and sweet treats.

 
 
 
 

Clipstone Restaurant

A quality restaurant from the team behind the Michelin-starred Portland.

5 Clipstone Street, London, W1W 6BB

Tube: Great Portland Street Station , Warren Street Station

 
 

From restaurateurs Will Lander and Daniel Morgenthau and chef Merlin Labron-Johnson - the people behind Michelin starred Portland Restaurant - is Clipstone, offering the same focus on quality cooking, wine and service but in a more informal setting. Also found in Fitzrovia, just two minutes away from Portland, on the corner of Clipstone Street, this sister restaurant offers an inviting list of cold cuts, larger sharing dishes and wood pigeon and homemade ravioli among the mains. The pizza oven (a relic from the old Italian restaurant which pre-dated Clipstone on this site) gives rise to freshly baked flatbreads and pizzas topped with unusual combinations like slow cooked goat, aubergine, yoghurt and mint. Wine, cocktails and house-made soft drinks get just as much attention as the food with half of the wine list - which includes Le Grappin's Fleurie and Fleurie-Poncie - available by the glass or carafe.

 
 
 

Copita

This relaxed tapas bar gives Londoners an authentic taste of Spain.

26-27 D'Arblay Street, Soho, London, W1F8EP

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Oxford Circus Station

 
 

Providing Londoners with an authentic taste of Spain, Copita is an informal tapas bar that embraces the culture of eating either standing up or on stools at bar level, creating an upbeat and relaxed environment. Despite this, food is still very much at the forefront and the menu is constantly evolving, created using carefully sourced ingredients. Serving 'true tapas', they offer dishes such as truffled goat's cheese, almond and honey; duck egg with patat a lo pobre; sweet potato, bravas sauce, alioli and peanuts; and salt cod fritters with paprika mayo. Proving that sherry is a fantastic accompaniment to food, they have over 15 varieties to choose from and a good selection of Spanish wines, all available by the glass to ensure diners can enjoy a variety. 

 
 
 

Dehesa

A terrific tapas restaurant with delicious food and a good vibe.

25 Ganton Street, Soho, London, W1F 9BP

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 
 

Owners of terrific tapas bar Salt Yard, Sanja Morris and Simon Mullins, have turned their hand to delivering more of a fine dining experience with Dehesa (Spanish for grazing meadow). Specialising in small dishes designed for sharing, the flavours of Spain and Italy can be sampled in the charcuterie including acorn fed Jamon Iberico and cheese - try the farmhouse goats' cheeses hand rolled in ash from Tuscany. The tapas menu comes in four parts: meat, fish, vegetable for savoury and puddings for afters. The beauty of this kind of eating is that you can eat as much or as little as you like: sit at the bar with a handful of Marcona almonds to munch on; or weigh down your table with five or six tapas plates accompanied by a bottle of Gattinara Riserva from the award-winning Travaglini vineyard in Nebbiolo, Piedmont.

 
 
 

Foley's

A diverse range of modern world dishes can be enjoyed here.

23 Foley Street, London, W1W 6DU

Tube: Goodge Street Station , Oxford Circus Station

 
 

Mitz Vora, previously sous chef at enviably popular restaurant The Palomar, brings a diverse range of modern world dishes inspired by the spice trail to Foley's. Cornflake-crusted chicken with pickled mushrooms, sticky beef with cucumber som tam and dishes like nori wrapped tuna with compressed nashi pear are just some of the choices on offer. Leave room for The Fatboy Elvis - a warm chocolate chip banana cake served with banana cream, peanut honeycomb, bacon crack and strawberry jam. Found on Foley Street, the 70 cover restaurant is set over two floors with an alfresco coffee bar and an open kitchen with bar seating in the basement. The open kitchen isn't just for show - the chefs talk to and entertain the guests while they cook, creating a great buzz and convivial atmosphere. Even if you haven't booked you can chance it - walk in customers can enjoy a drink and snack at the queuing counter while they wait to be seated at the kitchen bar.

 
 
 

Great Queen Street

Daily changing dishes are served in casual, rustic surroundings.

32 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5AA

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station

 
 

Fans of St John in Farringdon (described by us as "one of the best restaurants in the capital"), The Eagle nearby ("the original and arguably one of London's best gastropubs") and The Anchor & Hope in Waterloo ("a London landmark"), will love Great Queen Street. This is thanks to the same team behind these three London favourites: Tom Norrington-Davies (from the Eagle) is head chef; Robert Shaw (also Anchor & Hope) is in charge of front of house; Jonathon Jones (chef at Anchor & Hope) is a partner; and Mike Belben (ex-Eagle) is an investor. With names like these it's no surprise that the daily changing dishes are swooned over. Don't be fooled by the casual, rustic decor, the food here would beat many classy restaurants even if it doesn't have the starched white table cloths. As at St John meat is a speciality and for sophisticated carnivores seven-hour roasted shoulder of Hereford lamb should surely be sampled. Adventurous eaters will love the warm salad of snails with crispy bacon or beef heart with a baked beetroot and horseradish salad; there's plenty to keep the taste buds intrigued. And, unlike the Hope & Anchor, you can thankfully book a table; doing so will not disappoint.

 
 
 
 

Honey & Co

A delightful Middle Eastern cafe/restaurant.

25a Warren Street, London, W1T 5LZ

Tube: Warren Street Station , Great Portland Street Station, Euston Square Station

 
 

Recipient of a Bib Gourmand award, Honey & Co is a delightful Middle Eastern café/restaurant run by husband and wife duo Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich. The couple's first solo project, it's seen as an extension of their home and serves food inspired by their Israeli upbringings. The menu is seasonally changing but expect dishes such as Turkish fig and goat cheese salad, Yemeni falafel with salad and tahini, pomegranate molasses chicken with roasted pistachios, and roasted lamb salad with plum tkemeli and tarragon. Breakfast is also available, with dishes such as shakshuka and roast pepper frittata offering a tempting alternative to avocado on toast.

 
 
 

Hoppers

This restaurant takes inspiration from the roadside shacks of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.

49 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4SG

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Tottenham Court Road Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

The third London-based Indian restaurant for the Sethi brothers - Karam, Jyotin and Sunaina Sethi, the siblings behind Michelin-starred Gymkhana and Trishna who also back Bubbledogs, Kitchen Table, Lyle's and Taiwanese steamed-bun specialists Bao - Hoppers takes inspiration from the roadside shacks of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. The hopper - a thin, bowl shaped pancake made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk - and dosa are at the heart of the menu with the fermented ground rice and lentils batter served with a choice of meat, seafood or vegetable kari. The menu also lists 'rice and roast' dishes including a Buffalo shank biryani or Tamil spit chicken, and bar snacks, ('short eats' in Sri Lanka), including Oxtail Veechu Roti and mint sambol. A short list of cocktails focuses on Genever and Arrack, with Sri Lankan Lion lager and stout also available as well as ginger beer and buttermilk chaas made in-house. The design, by Katy Manolescue of Article Design Studio, references the hopper and dosa shacks of Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu and the whole thing promises to be "fast paced and bold on flavour".

 
 
 

Kiln

Stripped backed Thai dishes made using quality British ingredients.

58 Brewer Street, London, W1F 9TL

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

Presented by self-taught chef Ben Chapman - known for the Smoking Goat - Kiln focuses on northern Thailand as well as Burma and Laos to create exciting street food style dishes. Opened in late 2016, the restaurant was highly praised by critics and visitors alike from the offset and has since gone on to win a Bib Gourmand in the 2018 Michelin Guide. The menu is stripped back but full of flavour with simple yet exciting dishes like an aged lamb and cumin skewer, wild mussel and sour turmeric curry, northern style pork laap, mackerel dry red curry, and langoustines with kaffir lime and sweet mint.

 
 
 

Kricket Soho

Modern Indian food in a sophisticated setting.

12 Denman Street, London, W1D 7HL

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 
 

Chef Will Bowlby and front of house Rik Campbell, the team behind Kricket Brixton, have chosen Soho for their first permanent restaurant space. Influenced by regular trips to India, Kricket Soho specialises in modern Indian plates - this is simple and accessible Indian cooking. The menu has sections devoted to dishes made on a robata grill and breads, meats and fish baked to order in a clay tandoor. Choices include duck leg kathi roll, peanut chutney and pickled cucumber; lamb Haleem, fresh ginger, puffed wheat and fried onions; and venison rump, burnt onion raita , artichoke crisps and pickled blackberries. Dishes such as Bone marrow with cep kulcha are also sure to be a hit with late night diners. Enjoy Indian-inspired drinks - gin, black pepper, apricot and jasmine, through to short blends of Rose and cardamom with tequila, pomegranate and orange - at the cosy basement bar.

 
 
 

The Palomar

This intimate restaurant serves food typical of modern day Jerusalem.

34 Rupert Street, Soho, London, W1D 6DN

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 
 

The Palomar "serves lovely food" says Jay Rayner. "It pulls on the traditions of the Mediterranean fringes without being overwhelmed by them", and it does so with an "utterly infectious" "vigour and enthusiasm". This achingly hip, intimately small restaurant situated at the Leicester Square end of Rupert Street, in Soho, serves excellent food typical of modern day Jerusalem, with influences from Southern Spain and Italy, North Africa, through to the Levant. The narrow entrance space as you enter offers seating for 19 at the Kitchen Bar - from where you see the chefs at work - and opens out onto the main dining space at the back; a small room with space for 35 people arranged around banquette seating. The cooks occasionally break into an impromptu dance, or down shots with diners, creating a party atmosphere. But that doesn't affect the serious approach to the food - "dish after thrilling dish" (The Independent). From the sow-baked Yemeni bread to a salad of octopus, yogurt and chickpeas everything is to be sampled and savoured. As The Independent food critic Tracey Macleod put is, The Palomar is "Clamorous, cramped and exciting."

 
 
 
 

Picture

A buzzy, rustic hideaway in central London.

110 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 6PQ

Tube: Great Portland Street Station

 
 

Awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand, Picture restaurant is a buzzy, rustic hideaway on Great Portland Street. Guests can choose from a plethora of eclectic small plates, complemented by a selective list of wines, seasonal cocktails and beers. Led by an impassioned trio consisting of an Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman, the 3 bring together a wealth of experience running Michelin-starred restaurants in the West End, and a forward-thinking yet relaxed approach to cooking.

 
 
 

Polpetto

The Venetian inspired tapas dishes keep Londoners coming back to this Russell Norman restaurant.

11 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0PL

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

A reincarnation of the original location above The French House, Polpetto is now housed within a larger site on Berwick Street - a welcome improvement that allows for groups bigger than four. Following the departure of head chef Florence Knight, who was a key part of the restaurant since the beginning, Polpetto reopened in August 2015 with a new menu. Returning to its original roots with Venetian influences, options include anchovy and chickpea crostini, spicy meatball pizzetta, rabbit pappardelle and zucchini fries. The wine list promotes northern Italian wines from small producers, while desserts include panna cotta with blackberries, flourless chocolate and hazelnut cake, and lemon polenta and almond cake. Sister restaurants co-owned by BBC's 'The Restaurant Man', Russell Norman, dubbed the "king of Soho restaurants" by The Times, include Polpo restaurants in Covent Garden, Soho and Smithfield as well as Mishkin's and Spuntino.

 
 
 

Salt Yard

This split level restaurant has a relaxed tapas bar and more formal restaurant.

54 Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4NA

Tube: Goodge Street Station , Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

Drawing heavily on the flavours of Spain and Italy, Salt Yard is a tapas bar that likes to mix up its influences. While upstairs is a charcuterie bar for lighter bites, downstairs is the more formal restaurant with tables tightly packed. There you'll be presented with the inventive tapas menu, divided into vegetable, meat and fish dishes. But most important is the particular emphasis they place on the quality of the ingredients. Cured hams and salamis include Jam'n Ib'rico de Bellota - made from semi-wild acorn-guzzling pigs from Southern Spain. Perfect prosciuttos from Alto Adige and herb flecked salamis from Tuscany come served on wooden boards. For vegetarians, the signature dish is courgette flowers stuffed with goats-cheese and drizzled with honey. With a sister restaurant Dehesa in Ganton Street and the Blackfoot Butchers opposite Salt Yard in Charlotte Place, owners Simon Mullins, Sanja Morris, and chef Benjamin Tish are taking tapas to new places.

 
 
 
 
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