Restaurants in Piccadilly and Soho
Immortalised by Britpop favourites Pulp, this trendy Italian café offers the best coffee in the capital, particularly if you are looking for a caffeine injection in the early hours. If nothing else, come here to hang out, sip coffee and people watch. Serves up comforting ciabatta, panini and salads throughout the day. Leave room for the cake.
22 Frith Street, W1
Tel. 020 7437 4520
Once an elegant Edwardian car showroom, China House resides in an awe-inspiring building with vaulted ceilings which has been aptly decorated in Maoist red drapes to enhance the Oriental cuisine. Fabulous dim sum and good value main courses of meat, seafood and noodles give this restaurant huge appeal.
160 Piccadilly, W1 Tel.
020 7499 6996
If the food doesn’t knock you out (although its fair to say it will..) the décor is simply stunning. The gold ceilings dominate the venue and are more than complemented by the neo-classical paintings that embellish the marble walls. Marco Pierre White’s inspired venue attracts a suited crowd clamouring for the fabulous French food he regularly serves.
224 Piccadilly, W1
Tel. 020 7930 0488
The latest sushi inspired eaterie to hit Soho is so slick it can be intimidating at first. But once you’ve familiarised yourself with the switches and uncovered the crockery nattily hidden in front of you, you can get carried away with the joys of the ceaseless conveyor belt as it tempts you with everything from crab wraps to soup and a wicked crème brulee.
103 Wardour Street, W1
Tel. 020 7479 4794
A large and informal subterranean restaurant decked out in true Conran style which will either evoke feelings of loathing or love. Yet, the Conran formula still works for many. Offering over 600 places, it’s Europe’s largest and still draws a noisy but fashionable crowd. Choose from set menus or go all out on a la carte.
100 Wardour Street, W1
Tel. 020 7314 4000
One of London’s finest, Momo offers sumptuous Moroccan decadence and laid back charm in its intimate (almost clandestine) setting. Tucked away off Regent Street, the ambience will instantly transport you to sunnier climes and you’ll be tempted to settle in for the evening. Grab a Momo Special and try the cous cous. Simply divine…
25 Heddon Street, W1
Tel. 020 7434 4040
Momo’s little sister, Café Mo is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a tiring schlep round the capital. A Moroccan inspired bazaar and tea room, recline in authentic low level seating and marvel at the multitude of coloured and bejewelled lights overhead. Everything’s for sale and if they could bottle up the atmosphere, it would be an instant hit with the punters. Share a meat or veg platter and try the tea.
23 Heddon Street, W1
Tel. 020 7434 4040
A firm favourite with friends looking for a sociable and noisy place to slurp noodles and soup in front of each other. Not ideal first-date material. Expect to queue and be seated in close proximity to strangers – part of its charm! The noodles and ramen soup are generous, tasty and good value. Asahi beer washes it all down beautifully.
10a Lexington Street, W1
Tel. 020 7292 0990
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