One of London’s most rebellious and eclectic locations, 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 .
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One of four Barrafina restaurants, and superbly located slap bang in the middle of , this cosy tapas bar offers a tantalizing selection of some of Spain’s finest flavours. With the majority of 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 eyes in the exposed kitchen.
For a perfectly conceived menu delivering lashings of dreamy Middle Eastern flavour, 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.
If you’re feeling peckish and fancy watching some food theatre, then this smoky basement is definitely for you. The crowd-pleasing smoked goat taco really is something to behold – served alongside a delightful accompaniment of sweet chilli mayo, lime and coriander, it really packs a punch. Priding themselves on sourcing from small farms – and then butchering in-house as opposed to industrial farming – Neil Rankin (the brainchild behind Temper) believes in flavour and sustainability.
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 special 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 creates 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 a good place to start. If you’re new to South Asian cuisine then a very handy glossary accompanies the menu, saving you the embarrassment of Googling every ingredient!
Specialising in South Korean gastronomy, Olle offers high-quality cuisine in a casual dining setting. Think mouthwateringly good Wagyu beef cooked on your very own tabletop barbecue, traditional hot stone bibimbap and a brazenly loud atmosphere and there you have the true spirit of Olle.