Eating Out in Soho
One of London’s most rebellious and eclectic locations, Soho attracts a diverse mix of visitors in search of a quirky vibe. Situated in the heart of the bustling West End, this colourful district is known for its slightly sleazy repute, jam-packed pavements and varied choice of hangouts in which to drink and dine.
Here are our top spots for eating out in Soho:
A classic Soho institution, Quo Vadis is a restaurant and private members club on Dean Street. Serving lunch and dinner from Tuesday-Saturday, diners at Quo Vadis enjoy fresh, seasonal ingredients on a frequently-changing menu. With ample history attached to it, Quo Vadis has a colourful history that aligns perfectly with that of Soho itself.
One of five Barrafina restaurants, and superbly located slap bang in the middle of Dean Street, this cosy tapas bar offers a tempting selection of some of Spain’s finest flavours. With most seats at Barrafina being counter stools, once you’re lucky enough to land yourself a pew at the marble counter, you can relish the drama of watching the creation of your meal before your very eyes in the exposed kitchen.
For a perfectly conceived menu delivering lashings of dreamy Middle Eastern flavour, the authentic Persian restaurant Berenjak is a must-visit. With top-notch food specialising in small sharing plates and charcoal-grilled kababs, this unassuming eatery uses seasonal British produce whilst evoking all the flavours of Tehran.
Presenting Yotam Otteolenghi’s trademark style, all-day-dining eatery Nopi celebrates bold Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavour that changes with the season. The handsome décor of polished marble and golden brass gives Nopi a crisp and refreshing look, creating a unique dining environment for customers. With sharp service, an electric atmosphere and simple-yet-spectacular tasting food, it’s no wonder Nopi gets such rave reviews.
Inspired by Sri Lanka’s ‘toddy shops’, Hoppers’ unpretentious setting and generously flavoured food create a perfect environment to enjoy an evening with friends. If you can resist ordering the whole menu, then a selection of ‘short eats’ would be an excellent place to start. If you’re new to South Asian cuisine, a convenient glossary accompanies the menu, saving you the embarrassment of Googling every ingredient!
A cosy French bistro setting amidst the hustle and bustle of Dean Street, Pierre Victoire is a must-visit if you are looking for contemporary French cuisine in a cosy, relaxed atmosphere. Ideal for a lunch date or pre-theatre meal, this remarkably well-priced establishment offers an extensive set menu or dine in the evening to sample the A La Carte menu in a candlelit setting.
Serving Middle-Eastern cuisine representative of the ‘modern-day Jerusalem’, The Palomar offers fantastic food and an unforgettable dining experience. Watch the chefs prepare your meal in front of your eyes if you are lucky enough to nab a seat at the bar before tucking into a selection of Israeli-inspired sharing plates you won’t forget in a hurry.
Bone Daddies Shackfuyu
Whether it's bottomless brunch, a lunch date with friends or a pre-theatre meal, Bone Daddies Shackfuyu's casual dining experience is ideal. A pop-up restaurant that became a permanent fixture on Old Compton Street, Shackfuyu's Japanese-style cuisine offers a range of small plates designed for sharing, meaning you can enjoy a little bit of everything during your visit.